In a poll of 10,000 people by country clothing retailer A Hume, more than half of respondents said peace and quiet is their favourite thing about the British countryside.
This was closely followed by idyllic scenery, with 45% of participants – and 60% of 18-24 year olds – saying they love a countryside view.
A third of participants said the chance to get up close with the wildlife is what attracts them to the countryside.
Additionally, more than a quarter of people said that visiting a country pub and enjoying locally sourced food is their favourite aspect of country life.
Archie Hume, Managing Director at A Hume, said: “The survey results have highlighted the UK’s love of the great outdoors.”
He added: “The countryside, peace and quiet, and unrivalled views are a huge part of Britain’s appeal – and clearly the survey’s respondents agree.”