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And the Best Place to Live in Rutland is…

Sitting proudly in England’s smallest county, this tiny market town oozes charm from every corner and is made up of pretty stone buildings, cosy pubs and so much more.

The hanging baskets were primped, the shop windows polished and it was a tooth-and-nail contest among Rutland’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:



Enveloped by lush greenery and with the largest artificial lake in Europe on its doorstep, Oakham is unique in so so many ways. Quiet and calm with barely any traffic, the high street has a swath of period property and a string of lovely indie shops where you can find a tonne of quirky and unique bits. Tiny it maybe, but they’ve got an award-winning bakery, a brewery, a buzzing farmers market, even a castle. Here, read our full Best Places to Live guide to Oakham to get a 360 on what makes it so special, and check out the final voting results below.

1/ Oakham
2/ Uppingham
3/ Hambleton
4/ Exton
5/ Ketton
6/ Edith Weston
7/ Greetham
8/ Cottesmore

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in Northamptonshire or Leicestershire 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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