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Is this the best village in Wales?

St Hilary near Cowbridge has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK.

The Bush Inn in St Hilary. Credit: Google Maps

The village, which is residence to around 260 people, was named 5th best in a list of 30 places according to a new ranking compiled by The Times. It was praised for its atmosphere, picturesque appeal and property market.

Despite its appeal, the village is comprised of only a few houses, a pub, a church, a village hall and nursing home.

St Hilary is home to around 260 people. Credit: Google Maps

St Hilary - why the appeal?

  • St Hilary has a 12th-century church, active village hall and the thatched grade II listed pub, The Bush Inn.
  • It's about two miles from Cowbridge, the market town with Georgian houses and home to one of the best performing secondary schools in Wales, Cowbridge Comprehensive. Sir Anthony Hopkins was a pupil when it was a grammar school.
  • Just 260 or so people live in 80 houses.
  • The average house price, according to Zoopla, is £184,169.
  • Knight Frank estate agent named it the Best Village in Wales.
St Hilary is home to this 12th century church. Credit: Google Maps

Our reporter Nicola Hendy has been to St Hilary to ask villagers what makes the place so special. Watch her report: