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7 Of The Best Villages To Live Around Bristol

Posted 30 January 2023 by Keith Osborne

We look at the best villages around the Bristol area for house-hunters to consider buying their first or new home...

The city of Bristol has frequently scored well in surveys about the best places to live in Britain due to factors such as its exceptional amenities, job opportunities and high-quality housing.

Lockdown has led to major changes in people’s top priorities in what makes the best new home, with many having less reliance on commuting and seeing that their budget can go a lot further outside a city to acquire a home with more space inside and out.

If you’re looking for the best new homes for sale within easy reach of Bristol, there are some top candidates to consider.


This new village four miles to the north of Bristol has delivered around 1,100 new homes and is located between the A38 and M32, providing excellent links by road and public transport services, including a rail link from nearby Finton Abbey Wood station. The village centre has a number of shops and eateries and Wallscourt Farm Academy is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.


Around 11 miles south-west of the city, Yatton, with a population under 8,000, is helpfully served by regular rail services, the quickest of which reach Temple Meads in under 20 minutes. Its long High Street is home to a number of pubs and restaurants in addition to a supermarket and a variety of other useful shops and amenities.


Another top Somerset village, Backwell is just seven miles from Bristol, this village has regular rail services into the city centre – around 11 minutes on the fastest trains. It’s only a ten-minute drive from the centre of Backwell to Bristol Airport. Families with children of all ages will be attracted by a range of high-quality schools in the village.

Chew Magna

Chew Magna is largest of several villages in the Chew Valley, a few miles south of Bristol, close to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bath, Wells and Weston-super-Mare are all around half-an-hour away too. This sought-after place to live provides a wide array of amenities on the doorstep, including independent shops and places to eat, dental practice and a number of sports clubs.


These two villages a few miles west of Bristol have merged into one and are popular due to their location close to the River Avon and the M5, with the A369 offering a direct route into the city centre in one direction and the coastal town of Portishead in the other. Pill has the majority of shops, services and facilities, though the Kings Arms in Easton-in-Gordano is widely praised for its food, drink and service.

Frampton Cotterell

Seven miles to the north-east of Bristol, in Gloucestershire, this village is already established as a Bristol commuter spot, with the added benefit of proximity to two motorways with link to the South West, Wales, the West Midlands and London. It has its own range of shops and amenities and is close to those of neighbouring villages, and is just a few miles from Yate, which has grown into a town over the last 50 years. as a commuter hub. Frampton Cotterell Church of England Primary School is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and Watermore Primary School ‘Outstanding’.


Like Frampton Cotterell next door, Winterbourne is just inside the Gloucestershire border and has a range of shops, pubs and amenities to serve its population of around 9,000. Its most famous former resident is author JK Rowling, who lived in the village as a child, with friends whose surname was Potter, and who may have based the Dumbledore character on her primary school headmaster, a Mr Dunn. There are two Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ state junior schools in the village, and an independent prep school, Silverhall School and Nursery, for children between six months and 11 years.

Find out about current new homes for sale in and around Bristol.

If the Bristol area isn’t quite for you, why not take a look at Bath and the villages around it, and the brand new homes for sale there?


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