Top places to live in Northamptonshire Brixworth
Just a stones throw from the county town, Brixworth village has got it all: the location, the character, the community vibe and the bustling amenities, so if you want a slice of country living but still need a cafe 'round the corner and a basic level of human contact, then you could do a lot worse than Brixworth. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Just north of Northampton, this area of the shire is pretty idyllic – it’s no coincidence that there’s an abundance of stately homes around these parts. And, as it’s just 20 minutes to Northampton station with fast trains to Euston for either for the daily commute or those odd days when you might need to travel to the smoke, Brixworth brings the perfect balance of rural retreat and urban buzz.
The Workhouse is our top spot for coffees, cakes, toasties and scrumptious breakfasts. It’s located in an actual former workhouse, though the food is significantly more spectacular nowadays. Make mine a chocolate orange milkshake and a tuna melt, ta. Orange and Black sells amazing takeaway scran from the coolest converted horse box (you can probably guess the colour). The Kings Head pub in nearby Spratton is one of our favourite gastropubs with it’s very own coffee shop and the Red Barn Supper Club is on a family farm where home-reared produce is the order of the day.
Muddy Award winning florist Wilder Floral is right at the heart of the village. Fleur Fields vineyard grows a variety of grapes on a sunny hillside and you can stock up on your favourite reds, whites and rosés at their shop or take a behind the scenes tour. Head to Manor Farm Shop for local fruit and veg and other produce, there’s also Muddy Award winner Smiths Farm Shop just up the road in Chapel Brampton. Northampton is close by for chic boutiques including Thackerays and 32 The Guild, as well as fab deli St Giles Cheese.
Brixworth Country Park and Pitsford Water are the go-to destinations for walks and water-sports. Northampton Sailing Club run courses in sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding from their base here. There’s a rather impressive clutch of stately homes in the area to inspire your interior decor and garden landscaping (what? A girl can dream…) including Lamport Hall, Kelmarsh Hall, Coton Manor Garden and Cottesbrooke Hall. Head to the Royal and Derngate in Northampton for brilliant theatre and the newly re-opened and renovated Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of shoes. Squeee!
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Brixworth is ever-popular with families but relatively affordable – detached homes sell for around £369,083, semis for £275,375 and terraced houses for £216,688.
BEST KEPT SECRET
It’s not exactly a secret but Brixworth Pate has been made in the village for over 40 years and is something of a regional delicacy.
Northampton station is a 20-minute drive and it’s 59 miles to London Euston, with the fastest direct train journey taking 46 minutes. An annual season ticket will set you back £6096. Driving to central London takes around 1 hour 45 minutes.
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