Idylls from across England, Scotland and Wales have proved the most desirable for home owners, according to The Sunday Times's 101 Best Places to Live in Britain.
The compilation, published today, identifies the North Yorkshire town of Skipton as the ultimate location, ahead of Newnham in Cambridge, Monmouth in Wales and Falmouth in Cornwall.
Judges said Skipton was commended for its ideal combination of low crime rates, top-class schools, great transport links, a "buzzing" high street dominated by independent shops, pretty and reasonably priced property, and beautiful surrounding countryside.
Newnham was praised for offering "country living in the heart of Cambridge", which retains a genuine village atmosphere, while Monmouth in Monmouthshire was described as a charming and attractive market town, which has good transport links and high-performing schools.
The coastal town of Falmouth - the last of just four locations to be identified for special praise from judges - was commended for combining traditional attractions of wonderful sea views, beaches and countryside with a newly earned reputation as a cultural hub.
Supplement home editor Helen Davies said: "The four places we have selected demonstrate the range of fantastic places there are to live across Britain.
"Skipton is a worthy winner for this year but each place featured deserves its spot on the list."
The places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops, services and attractive outdoor spaces.
The south west and Yorkshire and north east regions each recorded the highest number of desirable locations in the top 101, with 15 each.
The list is also available to subscribers online at www.sunday-times.co.uk/home.