FALMOUTH is the fourth best place to live in the British Isles, according to The Sunday Times.

Fifteen southwest towns have been named in the top 101, with Fowey and Wadebridge also making the list.

The accolade comes in part one of The Sunday Times’s annual Best Places To Live supplement, which is published on Sunday March 16.

The respected guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top 101 best locations to make your home.

The list ranks Falmouth, in Cornwall, as one of the top four places to live in Britain. The places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Editor Helen Davies said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages. We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list. There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating, and everyone has different priorities, so this year our supplements cover everything from the countryside to inner-cities.”