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Top places to live in Northamptonshire Daventry

Looking for a new life in a burgeoning market town with bags of character, all the amenities and a vibrant community feel, surrounded by luscious, rolling countryside? Introducing Daventry, where history and heritage nestle alongside some of the most splendid hospitality in the shire. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

This dynamic and well-connected market town has a wealth of new housing but has kept hold of its charming character. It’s also having a bit of a renaissance, with cute shops springing up in the 16th century town centre, jostling for place with edgy bars and cosy cafes.

EAT

We love Pudding and Bear on Sheaf Street, a fab takeaway that started up in lockdown and serves the most spectacular comfort food. Mac and cheese toastie and a biscoff waffle for lunch? Now you’re talking. The Foundry is a cool cafe and cocktail bar with Friday night tapas and Saturday night street food pop-ups. Head to the fabulous Antisocial bar for smashing cocktails, live music and scrumptious nachos, and Born and Bread has recently opened a branch of their baking empire and artisan cafe in town. Don’t miss the delish sarnies and mouth-watering pastries. There’s also a clutch of gorgeous local pubs in neighbouring villages that aren’t to be missed. The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton is an indulgent foodie haven (read our review here), The Red Lion in Hellidon serves fabulous roasts and boasts a pub dog named Percy who loves to accompany diners on their local rambles, whilst the Royal Oak in Eydon serves gourmet dishes in a cosy, traditional setting as well as Friday night pizzas. Nearby Fawsley Hall is a must, with fine dining, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas in a rather sumptuous setting.

SHOP

Muddy Award winner The Simple Interior Company sells the most beautiful homewares and furnishings with a Scandi-chic vibe and we are here for it. A few doors up the road is Sheaf Street Health Store, one of our very favourite spots to shop for tasty, healthy produce, lovely skincare, books and loads more. Also on Sheaf Street is the super cool Hooked, stuffed full of vivid contemporary art and home furnishings. Daventry Farmers’ Market takes place on the third Saturday of each month, with bags of lovely local producers and you’ll find a healthy mix of high street stores and the indispensable Waitrose, of course.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Fawsley estate is divine for country walks and the ancient Badby Wood, an SSSI, is especially good for bluebells in the spring. Daventry Country Park and reservoir has a fab circular walk and a huge kids play area. As National Trust properties go, Canons Ashby is a small, lesser known sorta gal, but she’s a corker. The bijou gardens are packed with flowers and seasonal veg (the pumpkin patch is always a winner) and the second hand bookshop is a treasure trove. Inside the house, look out for the daisy wheels and burn marks on the walls and furniture – said to ward off witches, but I got over the threshold no probs, soo… It doesn’t get much further from the madding crowd than Catanger Farm in Weedon Lois, a short drive away. Not only can you trek along country lanes and bridleways with the adorable llamas who live here, you can also stay in a secluded and romantic gypsy wagon or shepherd’s hut nestled in the woods and nab some llamarabilia in the gift shop.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Daventry is a growing town, with lots on the market, although nearby villages tend to be considerably more sought-after. Detached homes sell for £323,769 on average and terraces come in a fairly bargainatious £180,236 and semi-detached homes selling for around £210,541.

HOT PROPERTY

Badby Howkins and Harrison
This Grade II listed, Queen Anne country house in the village of Badby comes with just over 2 acres. It’s on the market for £1.3m with Howkins and Harrison.

SCHOOLS

Falconer’s Hill Academy is a good local primary and there are some excellent nearby independent schools including Rugby School, Quinton House and Spratton Hall.

BEST KEPT SECRET

We love the teeny Early Doors micro pub, it’s super cute, welcoming and friendly and serves locally produced drinks in abundance with regular pop-up dining events.

COMMUTE

Long Buckby train station is a 10 minute drive and it’s 67 miles from Long Buckby to London, with the fastest direct train journey taking an hour and 3 minutes to Euston. An annual season ticket will set you back £6096. Driving to central London takes around 1 hour 45 minutes.

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