The Weasleys from Harry Potter are the onscreen family brits would most like to live next door to, according to new research by Bluestone National Park Resort

A new nationwide poll has revealed the onscreen families we’d most like to live next door to, with the charming and ever popular Weasleys (19 percent) from Harry Potter taking the top spot.

Appearing in every single Harry Potter, Harry first encounters the Weasleys during Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, when Mrs Weasley explains to him how to get onto the famous platform 9 and three quarters. This marked the start of a long friendship with the family, with Ron eventually helping Harry to fight Lord Voldemort and restore peace in the wizarding world.

Next on the list of families we’d like to live next to were the Trotters (14 percent) from Only Fools and Horses. Based in Peckham and including Del Boy, famously played by David Jason and his half-brother Rodney, as played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, the family hope to become millionaires through hilarious “wheeler dealer” schemes.

The Royles (12 percent) from the Royle Family, the Kardashian-Jenners (11 percent), and the McFlys (11 percent) from Back To The Future were also chosen by Brits as families they would like to live next door to.

Bottom of the pile of dream on-screen neighbours however were the eccentric Cattons, as featured in one of the biggest films from last year, Saltburn, with just one in twenty (five percent) admitting they’d like them to live next door.

The research, commissioned by Bluestone National Park Resort, also revealed how important neighbourly relationships are for Brits’ mental health and wellbeing, with 97 percent feeling that having good neighbours and a community around you is good for your mental health.

One in five (20 percent) insisted they couldn’t live without their neighbours and 57 percent said having good neighbours gave them a sense of belonging.

In fact, over half (55 percent) feel that strong neighbourly relationships are key to happy communities, with almost half of respondents (47 percent) believing that having a strong community around them helps to build confidence. The research also revealed that across the nation, men (51 percent) rely on their community for confidence, more than women (44 percent).

The luxury family-friendly holiday destination, located in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is shining a light on the impact good neighbourhoods and strong communities can have on people’s happiness and wellbeing as part of its “Welcome to our Neighbourhood” campaign.

Claire Lewis, Head of Guest Experience at Bluestone, said: “Creating a sense of community at our resort is a huge part of our offering to guests. We want to provide not just luxury accommodation, but a space for families and friends to create unforgettable memories together. From kayaking across our lake, exploring the beautiful natural surroundings of Pembrokeshire’s beaches, coast path and harbours, to recharging in the resort’s award-winning Well Spa, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Surprisingly, Londoners were most likely to say they’re friends with their neighbours (73 percent), followed by those from Edinburgh (70 percent), Stoke-on-Trent (68 percent) and Plymouth (65 percent).

The research also revealed over 60s are most likely (86 percent) to say hello to their neighbours with Gen Z the least likely (47 percent).

Despite the nation admitting the importance of community, four in ten (46 percent) don’t know the full names of their neighbours, and more than one in ten (13 percent) have no idea what the people who live next door to them are called.

One in twenty (four percent) admit they completely ignore their neighbours when they walk past each other, with a third (36 percent) insisting they’re GLAD their neighbour doesn’t speak to them, as they don’t want them to stop and chat.

And for the fifth of Brits (19 percent) who haven’t spoken to their neighbours recently, it’s been over FOUR MONTHS since they uttered a word to each other. Yet almost one in twenty Britons (four percent) say they’ve NEVER spoken to their neighbours.

The research also reveals how problematic neighbours can be, with over two thirds (69 percent) insisting that having difficult neighbours can make their life hell. So much so that over a quarter of Brits (27 percent) have decided to move homes or leave a neighbourhood because the people living next door were so hard to get along with.

And on average, difficult neighbours have played a part in a decision to move four times.

When it comes to what makes someone a good neighbour, the most important qualities were being trustworthy (71 percent), quiet (57 percent) and kind (53 percent).

19 percent wish they had better neighbours and community around them, with over a third (36 percent) happy to trade the family next door for an onscreen family instead.

41 percent of Britons admit that not having a sense of community leaves them feeling isolated, sad (30 percent) and lonely (29 percent).

THE ONSCREEN FAMILIES WE’D MOST LIKE AS NEIGHBOURS, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH

  1. The Weasleys (Harry Potter)                                                                19%
  2. The Trotters (Only Fools and Horses)                                                 14%
  3. The Royles (The Royle Family)                                                             12%
  4. The Kardashian-Jenners                                                                        11%
  5. The McFlys (Back to the Future)                                                          11%
  6. The Barlows (Coronation Street)                                                         10%
  7. The Dunphys (Modern Family)                                                             9%
  8. The Crawleys (Downton Abbey)                                                          9%
  9. The Cranes (Frasier)                                                                               8%
  10. The Byers (Stranger Things)                                                                  7%
  11. The Bridgertons (Bridgerton)                                                               7%
  12. The Milburns (Sex Education)                                                              6%
  13. The Cawoods (Happy Valley)                                                                6%
  14. The Slaters (Eastenders)                                                                        5%
  15. The Cattons (Saltburn)                                                                           5%