THE Sunday Times Best Places to Live, published in The Sunday Times from tomorrow, will reveal the little Nirvanas dotted across the UK - including Bruton.

The comprehensive and up-to-date two-part guide will take a wide range of elements into account including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low crime rate, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.

Each area is also assessed on its own individual assets, whether it is a local festival, fascinating architecture or proximity to an airport.

The guide names the 12 most desirable locations in the South West as: Wadebridge, Cornwall; Topsham in Exeter, Devon; Totnes, Devon; Thornbury in Bristol; Bruton, Somerset; Sherborne, Dorset; Truro, Cornwall; Beaminster, Dorset; Oddington, Oxfordshire; Tisbury, Wiltshire; Wells, Somerset; Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live is edited by Sunday Times Associate Editor and regular broadcaster Eleanor Mills.

As author of the “Beyond the Brochure” property column she has visited every corner of the country to assess the pros and cons of relocating.

Eleanor said: “Scampering around Britain for my column I find there are particular bits of our crowded island which always retain a particular attraction for people.

"We have built on this basic information to create a definitive guide. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live will prove invaluable for anyone starting a family, retiring, or simply considering a move."