I have a couple of relatives who have lived in various parts of the uk, one being self employed contracts themselves out to various big authorities as a consultant. The kind of work they do is long term and can keep them in places for 4 or 5 year stints. For this reason they tend to be provided with accommodation for part of all of their tenure on the job.
Of all the places they have lived, outside London, it seems that the Bristol and Bath areas have been their favourites. They seem to sing the praises of the areas and had lovely flats in each. They seem to enjoy the penthouse style, at the very top of the block. So long as the management company looks after any block of flats, keeps the communal areas in good nick, and ensures fire safety regulations are adhered to, they love the feeling of space up there!