A beautifully realised garden village (built by soap magnate William Hesketh Lever to house his Sunlight Soap factory workers), Port Sunlight is a picturesque intrusion into the industry and warehouses along Wirral’s Mersey shores.

A pleasing hotch-potch of ersatz tudor, English country cottages, pebble-dash terraces, ornamental bridges and a grand central axis leading to the fine Lady Lever art gallery, Port Sunlight is a mini masterpiece of town planning, complete with a wooded dell, handsome church and a couple of pubs.

Set in 130 acres of beautifully maintained parkland, the village’s 900 houses hunker down alongside a series of “principal” buildings – such as the grand Leverhulme Hotel.

Nearly every building in the village is Grade II listed and two sections of the landscape are included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.