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Former 'Most Romantic Village in the World' is trying to reclaim its title

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 10/02/2019 Natalie Cornish
a small house in a yard: Lover in Wiltshire is reviving a sweet local Valentine's Day tradition by stamping Valentine's card with their coveted Lover stamp. Read more at Countryliving.com/uk. © Lover Village Lover in Wiltshire is reviving a sweet local Valentine's Day tradition by stamping Valentine's card with their coveted Lover stamp. Read more at Countryliving.com/uk.

Residents of a pretty Wiltshire village have been hanging heart-shaped bunting, wreaths and balloons on their garden fences and front doors this month for a very special reason.

'Lover' near Salisbury was once crowned the most romantic village in the world. And Valentine's Day meant an influx of cards passing through the local Post Office, to pick up a coveted Lover Cachet stamp before being sent on to sweethearts all over the world.

a house that has a sign on the side of the street: Lover village Wiltshire © Lover Village Lover village Wiltshire

Sadly the Post Office closed in 2008, but the local community has since come together to revive the old tradition once more. Last year they raised £5,000 for local projects by stamping thousands of envelopes destined for lovers as far-flung as Mexico, Australia and Japan.

This year, they're expecting to be inundated with more red envelopes than ever, as John Craven joins the volunteers for Countryfile ahead of Valentine's Day on Sunday 10th February.

a sign hanging from a tree: Lover village Wiltshire © Lover Village Lover village Wiltshire

This means the small team will potentially have just 24 hours to stamp what could be thousands of cards.

The Lover Post Office opened its doors on Wednesday 6th February. Orders can be placed online now, either by buying a special Lover Valentine's Day card, or posting your own card to be stamped.

a sign on the side of a tree: Lover Sign.JPG © Lover Village Lover Sign.JPG

Every envelope will receive the Lover Cachet stamp before being sent on its way by the village postman. What could be sweeter?

Take a tour of the village...

a garden in front of a tree: Lover village Wiltshire

Lover village Wiltshire
© Lover Village

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