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Top places to live in Northamptonshire Towcester

Crave country living but can't see yourself ditching life in the fast lane? The buzzing market town of Towcester is perfectly positioned for zooming to the big city when required, but, from international motorsports to vast parklands, why leave when you've got all this on your doorstep?. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Towcester has had something of a renaissance in recent years, with the redevelopment of the town’s Moat Lane area and the opening up of the Water Meadows parklands (previously a part of Easton Neston estate, the Hawksmoor designed stately home now owned by Russian fashion designer Leon Max) prompting a swathe of new independent businesses to pop up in sync with lots of new housing development. The A5 Watling Street cuts through the middle of town, allowing for easy access to Milton Keynes, and the A43 will take you straight up to the M1.

EAT

Thriving cafes Clarke and Dean and Ten Hands are both perfect pitstops for coffee and brunch. The Folly Inn is an excellent gastropub serving exquisitely presented, locally produced food. Olive Tree and Truva both serve mountains of heavenly Turkish grub, The Watling Street Village is a funky, modern bar and restaurant on the site of a historic coaching inn with a lovely beer garden and the team at Casa de Tapas are renowned for their incredible tapas.

SHOP

There’s a Waitrose, praise be! Mooch is a gorgeous local chain of gift and homewares shops with a store in Towcester, Popsy and Peanut sell cool children’s clothes and toys. Bell Plantation garden centre has a popular cafe and a number of concessions on site, including a vintage emporium, bridal boutique, beauty parlour, Towcester Mill Brewery shop and vets. There’s also a monthly farmers market.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Towcester Racecourse hosts regular events, including the hugely popular annual food and drink festival. Silverstone Circuit is just outside town, hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Moto GP, the biggest events of the year in the area, which attract tens of thousands of visitors to Towcester and the surrounding villages and prompt many locals to AirBNB their homes for a fairly decent profit. Stowe Landscape Gardens and Canons Ashby National Trust are both ten minutes by car.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

The overall average house price for Towcester is currently £343, 432, with detached homes fetching £437,240, semi-detached £257,795 and terraced houses reaching slightly higher at around £266,344.

HOT PROPERTY

Stoke Bruerne barn conversion michael Graham
This 5-bed farmhouse with paddock and outbuildings in the canalside village of Stoke Bruerne is on the market with Michael Graham for £1.5m.

SCHOOL

Towcester has several good state primaries including Nicholas Hawksmoor and Towcester C of E Primary and the surrounding villages also have some great little schools such as the Ofsted outstanding St. Loys Primary Academy in Weedon Lois. Sponne state secondary school is also rated outstanding. Akeley Wood and Northampton High School both offer good independent options.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Jo Whiley lives locally, single handedly raising the Towcester cool factor by a significant wedge.

COMMUTE

There’s no train station but it’s a twenty minute belt down the A5 to Milton Keynes Central, from where the 44 mile journey takes just 33 minutes. An annual season ticket will cost £5524. Alternatively, you can drive to central London in an hour and a half.

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