The best places to live in Buckinghamshire have once again been named in an annual list published by a national lifestyle blog. Muddy Stilettos has rounded up the top 10 areas in the county to call home - with a few changes compared to 2022.

Last year's list saw places such as Amersham , Marlow and Olney named among the best eight places to live. All three retain their spots as the list expands by two.

As a result, there are a few new entries among the Buckinghamshire elite. The list includes commuter towns, quaint villages and tiny hamlets with stunning backdrops.

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A total of four Buckinghamshire places unfeatured last year have made the list, which is part of the Muddy Stilettos national guide. The national list features the best 250 places to live in the country, narrowed down by each county.

Hero Brown, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Muddy Stilettos said: “When people decide to move, they’re searching for more than just a house - they want a home, a lifestyle that works for them and their family, and if they’re strategic, a long-term investment too. Our 2023 Top 250 Best Places to Live guide will give them that extra reassurance they need to make their search easier in these difficult economic times."

Keep scrolling down to see the areas that made the cut. Do you agree? Have your say in our poll at the bottom of the page.

The top 10 best places to live in Buckinghamshire

Swanbourne

Average house price: £1,337,500

Although the average house prices in Swanbourne are eye-watering, the village excels at the essentials and offers a few of the luxuries too. As well as the much-loved pub, the Betsey Wynne, a shop and post office, Swanbourne is also home to a gym, yoga studio and a rifle range.

Swanbourne House offers boarding school education in a village that homes less than 500. In adding Swanborune to the list this year, Muddy Stilettos said: "Tiny but mighty, the village of Swanbourne has all the perks of a rural idyll, but with the amenities of Milton Keynes on its doorstep."

Olney

Looking across the Great Ouse river In the market town of Olney.

Average house price: £413,929

It'd be wrong of us to talk up Olney without mentioning its pancake-related history. The town north of Milton Keynes holds a yearly pancake race, hence the delicious pancake parlour in the town centre. But there's more history here, too, as the song Amazing Grace originates here.

Found upon the River Great Ouse, Olney has plenty of culture and is described by Muddy Stilettos as "an underrated gem of a town hidden in the North Bucks countryside." The lifestyle site added: "It’s a beautifully preserved Georgian market town that boasts an indie-loving high street, a farmers’ market every first Sunday of the month and a stellar food and drink offering."

Nether Winchendon

Average house price: £500,000

Described by Muddy Stilettos as having "the best of both worlds", the postcard-worthy Nether Winchendon is about 15 minutes from Aylesbury . A peaceful village near the Oxfordshire border, Nether Winchendon offers a mix of ancient and modern homes and is the second new entry on the list.

With a 13th Century church and an easy route to the rest of the county and over the border to Thame via the A418, the village offers the best of rural living. Muddy Stilettos added: "Surrounded by countryside, with gorgeous walks in all directions, Nether Winchendon is quiet and almost nostalgically ‘English’"

Brill

The Brill Windmill offers a spectacular view. A fundraiser has also been kick started after the beloved windmill was damaged in a storm in 2021
The Brill Windmill offers a spectacular view

Average house price: £626,346

If you want to live in a picturesque village with a wonderful country pub, Brill is the place for you. Another new listing in the top 10 Bucks places to live, Brill is as charming as it gets.

A Grade II-listed windmill sits on a large hill that overlooks both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and is only half an hour from the city of Oxford. Muddy Stilettos said: "This pretty village is perfect for those who crave countryside life, but don’t want to stray too far from city amenities."

Haddenham

Average house price: £478,708

Returning to the list after featuring in 2022, Haddenham is host to a duck pond and an annual scarecrow competition. Found a few miles from Aylesbury down the A418 , the village has a wonderful community feel and leisure facilities.

With plenty of places to eat, shop and explore, Haddenham is unsurprisingly back on the list for 2023. Muddy Stilettos said: "If your idea of a perfect village includes chocolate box thatched cottages, a duck pond, idyllic 12th century church, respected schools and excellent commuter links, it’s time to start feeling the love for Haddenham."

Hambleden

Hambleden is a prime filming location
Hambleden is a prime filming location

Average house price: £1,037,500

Just 10 minutes from the foodies' paradise of Marlow, Hambledon is often touted as one of the best places to live in the county. It has a history on the silver screen and TV to rival Hollywood itself as well as a number of excellent gastropubs.

You might baulk at the house prices but with a number of outstanding schools nearby, Hambleden represents the best of countryside living. Muddy Stilettos said: "Part of a clutch of picture-perfect villages that make up the Hambleden Valley and encompassing the stunning Culden Faw Estate, the sweet village shop and quiet streets lined with brick and flint cottages make this village a popular filming location"

Long Crendon

Long Crendon's High Street is full of thatched houses
Long Crendon's High Street is full of thatched houses

Average house price: £769,019

Home to a bustling community, the village of Long Crendon is back on the list for 2023. Found southwest of Aylesbury and 14 minutes from Waddesdon Manor, Long Crendon is the quintessential British village.

With plenty of high-quality eateries, shops and schools nearby, Muddy Stilettos said: " Rolling fields , thatched cottages with honeysuckle around the door, historic coaching inns and a gentler pace of life: Long Crendon is prime Midsomer Murders country."

Marlow

People can enjoy a lovely picteresque walk along the Thames
Fancy a walk along the Thames?

Average house price: £744,537

Another returnee, and with good reason: Marlow is home to Michelin-star dining and A-listers who rave about the town. Set on the banks of the Thames, it's the perfect candidate for the Muddy Stilettos' best places to live list.

You'll find the likes of Ricky Gervais and Tom Kerridge in Marlow, with plenty to do and see. Muddy Stilettos added: "The original escape for Londoners due to its close proximity, stunning Victorian architecture and riverside locale, overtime it’s cultivated all the mod cons of city life and has a vibrant social scene that’s great for families."

Great Missenden

Great Missenden
Great Missenden is a popular village amongst families and tourists

Average house price: £727,929

The final new entry this year, Great Missenden has a bit of everything. History, great food, and independent shops on the High Street? Check.

The home of Roald Dahl and nestled wonderfully in the Chilterns, it's not hard to see why Great Missenden has made the list. Muddy Stilettos said: "A postcard-perfect village nestled in the Chiltern Hills, Great Missenden and its sister Little Missenden boasts literary history and plenty of traditional shops and eateries."

Amersham

Amersham Old Town offers the history

Average house price: £763,607

Welcome back Amersham, one of the prize jewels in Buckinghamshire's crown. A town of two halves, the modern and historic merge beautifully in the Chilterns.

With plenty to do, Michelin-star food and an easy London commute the envy of the South East, Amersham could be the perfect Buckinghamshire town. Muddy Stilettos said: "Refined and elegant from one end of its historic high street to the other, the area nevertheless has a buzzy ‘town’ feel with its thriving indie shops and excellent foodie offering. "

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