A TEST Valley town has been named among the best places to live in England for 2024, according to Muddy Stilettos.

The women's lifestyle website creates a list of the 'best places to live' every year, and it has expanded its number of entrants from 250 to 260 on this occasion.

It draws upon its insight into the 28 most sought-after counties in England, guiding potential buyers to the local hot spots and up-and-coming areas.

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In a statement on their social media, they shared: "Come on in! We're thrilled to launch our brand new Best Places To Live 2024 in association with @struttandparker.

"We’ve shortlisted 260 gorgeous villages, towns and cities across our 28 ‘Muddy’ counties and beyond using our insider local knowledge."

Included on this year’s list is Stockbridge, describing the town, the website said: “The beating heart of Stockbridge on the River Test is its fishing past. Local produce is a big pull in the various foodie pubs, cafés, delis and butchers. Throw in a healthy number of stylish boutiques, smart coffee shops and chocolate-box thatched cottages and you have one seriously desirable locale.  

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“You’ll have to beat off the competition with a stick to get your mitts on a terraced period cottage or detached property slap bang in town here (they’re in very short supply), but there are equally beautiful houses in the surrounding villages. Try Houghton, Broughton, Chilbolton and the Wallops.”

Also included in this year’s list is Overton, with Muddy Stilettos describing the village as: “A well-kept secret sitting quietly near the source of the River Test, the charming North Hampshire village of Overton is very well connected (but doesn’t like to shout about it) and even lays claim to a Jane Austen connection: Hampshire’s First Daughter was born a stone’s throw away in the village of Steventon. 

“The village centre is a charming patchwork of period property: leaning 17th century timber-framing, thatched cottages, bijou terraces and more contemporary newer builds. Given the quick train ride into London you get a lot more property for your money here than you might imagine.”