It’s official, the countryside property market is booming as people turn away from towns and cities in search of the perfect rural bolthole.

Estate agents Knight Frank this week reported the highest number of sales in the country market for 15 years and the number of home buyers registering last year up 35 per cent.

Driven by this increased demand for country life, The Telegraph named where they calculated the country’s most desirable villages in each county.

Lancashire Telegraph: People are heading out of towns and cities in search of country life (Canva)People are heading out of towns and cities in search of country life (Canva)

Talking about what makes a place highly sought after, an analyst at Savills, Frances Clacy, told the newspaper: “People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure.

“Less well-trumpeted factors count too, such as the main road through the village should only lead to other villages.”

So, taking into account the highest house prices, best lifestyle amenities, connectivity and chocolate box appeal, here’s which village came out on top in Lancashire.

Lancashire’s most desirable village

Great Eccleston

Average house price: £430,630

What makes it so appealing?

Great Eccleston is flat with plenty of pubs to visit and it’s in easy reach of Preston, Blackpool and Lancaster.

It’s a village where you’ll find cottages as well as houses and it’s famous for its annual agricultural show and tractor-pulling event.

You’ll also come across a clothes boutique (MMJs) and a farmers’ market that takes place every other Wednesday.