Top places to live in Northamptonshire Brackley
Ready to bid farewell to the constraints of city life but want good connections and busy, well-heeled vibe? Brackley could be just the place you're looking for and it couldn't be prettier. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
It’s an elegant market town built from warm, honey coloured stone. There’s a sedate village vibe, but it’s well connected by road and it’s easy to zoom to London and Oxford.
The Green Room is a firm favourite, they are not messing about with their veggie tacos, and in the evenings the cafe is transformed into a super cool wine bar. The Flight Deck at Turweston Aerodrome is a popular family eaterie, perfect for weekend brunches and with great views to the runway. Brackley Central is gorgeous cafe with high, arched windows in the converted former train station and, just opened at the end of 2020, M on the Square is a coffee lounge and wine bar in the beautiful old Town Hall.
A choice of supermarkets and a decent market, there’s also a number of brilliant independent boutiques to choose from including a really nice deli/butchers and a beautiful florist. Don’t miss Old Hall Bookshop and Brackley Antique Cellar for one-off finds. For designer gear, hop in the car for 15 minutes to luxury outdoor designer outlet Bicester Village with 160+ boutiques and restaurants.
Silverstone Circuit is a couple of miles away (Force India F1 and Mercedes F1 are both based in town), Evenley Wood Garden is an absolute must, a wonderful fairytale garden with a cafe in an open sided wooden chalet that dishes everything up on pretty vintage china. Sulgrave Manor is just up the road.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Detached properties sell for around £381, 712, semis for £263,513 and terraced for an average of £246,757.
There are a number of Ofsted outstanding state primaries to choose from within striking distance, including St. Loys Primary Academy in Weedon Lois, which also has an excellent pre-school attached. Magdalen College state secondary located in town has an excellent reputation, Winchester House, Beachborough and Stowe School are all close by.
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Nearby Juniper Hill is the birthplace of Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford, and is the inspiration for the autobiographical novel.
15-20 minutes to either King’s Sutton or Banbury for the train into Marylebone, which takes around 56 minutes. An annual season ticket costs £6116. It’s around an hour and half’s drive to central London.
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