We live in one of the UK's most beautiful villages – it's overshadowed by neighbours but we love it… here's why | The Sun

RESIDENTS living in one of the UK's most beautiful villages love it despite it being overshadowed by neighbours.

Iford, a tiny but picturesque village in Wiltshire, is a popular getaway just two hours from London on the train.

But despite its small size, Iford was recently ranked the 14th most beautiful village in the UK by luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller.

Tracing its roots back to the 11th century, the village has been owned by several prominent families.

The hamlet's most impressive feature is arguably Iford Manor, a Grade I listed house and garden that dates back to the early 14th century.

The manor was bought by famous garden designer Harold Peto in 1899.

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And he set about transforming the gardens into the stunning Italianate masterpiece that stands today.

The grounds boast terraces, statues, fountains, and a tranquil cloister garden.

Not only that, the small hamlet is surrounded by rolling hills and lush countryside that provide jaw-dropping views in all directions.

The stunning natural beauty of the River Frome surrounds the manor as well as the iconic Britannia statue.

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Visitors can take a stroll by the idyllic river where there are also plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic.

The village’s picturesque setting makes it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Iford and the surrounding area also play host to several local events throughout the year, including the Bradford Roots Music Festival and the Bath Comedy Festival.

But despite its stunning views, Iford is often overshadowed by Bradford-on-Avon which is just three miles up the road.

The much bigger town is home to its own iconic buildings including the Saxon Church of St. Lawrence and the medieval Tithe Barn.

The Conde Nast review says: "Hidden in a valley outside Bradford-on-Avon is this tiny hamlet, so lovely you’ll be glad you made the detour from nearby Bath’s big-hitting sights.

"Iford Manor takes centre stage (with its Grade 1-listed Peto garden), the River Frome flows in front of it and Britannia stands proudly on top of the medieval bridge.

"Walk through the valley to The Inn at Freshford to cool off with a drink in the beer garden, or join the queue for the mobile artisan pizzeria at The Freshford Village Memorial Hall on Friday nights."

It comes as disappointed visitors blasted another of the UK's most beautiful villages as boring.

Disgruntled tourists have said that despite being a gem, the place has now begun to feel over-run.

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Meanwhile, those in England's "prettiest village" have slammed hordes of tourists who peer into their windows and picnic in their gardens.

And locals in the nation's "best village" say that they wouldn't live anywhere else thanks to the friendly residents and cheap houses.

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