Yorkshire village where house prices have gone up by 293% appears in Telegraph's list of locations that have risen in value in 20 years

A Yorkshire village has appeared in a Telegraph list of 20 rural locations where property values have risen hugely in the past 20 years.

House prices in Hovingham in Ryedale have gone up by 293 per cent since 2002, with the average home now costing over £373,000.

Originally the estate village for Hovingham Hall, where the Worsley baronets have lived for centuries, it sits on the edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Natural Beauty and appeared in The Sunday Times Best Place to Live Guide earlier this year.

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The Telegraph praised Hovingham’s ‘active community’ which includes a village hall, tennis club, family history society, repair cafe and Project Purple, which aims to make the settlement carbon neutral. For eating out, there’s the Worsley Arms Hotel and Rolling Pin cafe, and an award-winning monthy farmers’ market. Many of the properties are still rented to tenants by the Hovingham estate.


However, Hovingham’s increasing affluence comes at a price. Its Church of England primary school is in the process of being closed down after pupil numbers dwindled to zero, raising fears that young families are being priced out of the area by retirees and holiday let investors.

Village pub The Hovingham Inn also closed earlier this year in controversial circumstances when top chef Richard Johns gave up the lease, citing ‘unviable conditions’.

For sale in the village earlier this autumn was this converted barn on estate land, which its owners turned into a bakery to run a business from. It comes with its own orchard.