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And the Best Place to Live in Glos is! …

Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Five Valleys, with a fab foodie high street, thriving arts scene and vibrant community spirit, we have a worthy winner.

The hanging baskets were primped, the shop windows polished and it was a tooth-and-nail contest among Gloucestershire’s finest towns and villages. But your votes in the inaugural Muddy ‘Best Places to Live’ competition have now been counted and …*drumroll*… we’re delighted to announce that the worthy winner is:


This historic market town in Gloucestershire has it all – buzzy artisan cafés, renowned bakery, deli and butchers, a new multi-million pound ‘shop and dine’ destination (Five Valleys Shopping Centre) a large recreation ground, and fabulous scenic walking trails across National Trust Commons. There’s also a weekly Farmers’ Market to rival Borough Market, a glamorous fashion and homewares boutique fresh from Notting Hill, a local-artisan homeware shop, an eco refill store, a live music and arts venue and the kind of community spirit that makes it a wonderfully friendly place to live. Here, read our full Best Places to Live guide to Stroud to get a 360 on what makes it so special, and check out the final voting results below.

1/ Stroud
2/ Cheltenham
3/ Lechlade-on-Thames
4/ Tetbury
5/ Cirencester
6/ Stow-on-the-Wold
7/ Tewkesbury
8/ Painswick

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire or maybe plot the location for your next break or dream holiday home? Check out the full list of winners across 25 counties.

Don’t agree with the verdict? Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if can make the cut for next time.

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