Two British beauty spots named among world's most picturesque villages

For a brief period, bloggers would take to the steps of Georgian houses in London with appealing front doors and checked tiling for a photoshoot – living proof that the internet loves Instagrammable homes.

Now, two British beauty spots have been declared among the prettiest villages in the world, guaranteed to rack up hearts on grids and stories alike.

Better still, one is just a few hours away from the capital, while the other is located in (arguably) one of the country’s most beautiful counties: Yorkshire.

Experts at Faraway Furniture assessed the most popular villages on Instagram to help the holidaying public choose their next getaway destination, placing the charming Cotswold locale of Bibury in the 14th spot globally.

A chocolate box village nestled in southwest England, Bibury is a short drive from the so-called ‘Cotswolds Capital’ of Cirencester, Gloucestershire and just over two hours by car from London.

It was named by artist and textile designer William Morris as the ‘most beautiful village’ in the country, and is home to the famous Arlington Row – some of the most photographed cottages in the country.

This cute row of houses was first constructed in 1380 as a monastic wool store before being converted into a row of weavers’ cottages during the 17th century.

Visitors can also soak up the countryside with hiking or fishing, or enjoy the many quaint pubs, restaurants and cafes dotted around the streets of Bibury.

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In at number 17 on the list was the North Yorkshire seaside destination of Staithes, once one of the North East’s largest fishing ports, characterised by winding cobbled streets and 18th century cottages.

A gem offering cliff-top paths, rock pooling and sandy beaches apt for fossil hunting, it’s situated between Saltburn and Whitby on the famous Yorkshire coast.

Though Staithes hasn’t had a train station since the 1950s, it’s still accessible via public transport: just take the train to either Whitby or Saltburn, both served by Northern Rail, and take a bus or taxi onward to your destination.

A trip here could see you enjoying some of the regions best roast dinners, heading down to the beach for rockpooling and stunning sea views, or taking a brisk walk along the Cleveland Way cliffside trail.

Meanwhile, Italy’s gorgeous Cinque Terre grabbed the top spot – and for good reason.

Found at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, the world’s most Instagrammable location is characterised by dramatic coastal scenery and colourful houses.

Cinque Terre was originally comprised of five isolated hamlets, with a 19th century railway line transporting visitors from village to village. Cars have actually been banned for more than a decade, too, so it’s relatively quiet.

This one might not qualify for day trip status if you’re UK-based, but the nearest airports are found in Pisa, Genoa and Milan. From there, it’s just under three hours by train.

A number of Italian places made the list of 20, alongside Hobbiton in New Zealand, Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia and Fenghuang Ancient Town, China.

The full list of the world’s most Instagrammable villages

Courtesy of Faraway Furniture.

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