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Top places to live in Northamptonshire Earls Barton

Looking for loft living but want to ditch the Shoreditch price tag? Welcome to Earls Barton where the legacy of the Northants shoe industry lives on in warehouse conversions and, for the wine lovers, there's even a local vineyard. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Peaceful village life with the bustle and amenities of an actual town, there’s loads going on here from am dram to a lively marina and a rich industrial history visible in the smattering of factory and warehouse conversions. There’s even a summer carnival. And all within a fairly decent commute of London.

EAT

Jeyes is a cafe, gelateria, mini museum and gift shop located (geekery alert) in the building where Jeyes Fluid was first formulated, The Boathouse at White Mills Marina serves up marvellous brekkies and light lunches with river views. The Stags Head is a fab dog-friendly, foodie pub.

SHOP

More retail options than you could ask for in a village, from a Co-op, Post Office and library to the fabulous wine shop and tasting venue, Ruby and Claret. Scotch Lodge is a farm shop, craft shop and cafe on the outskirts and the Barker Shoe’s factory shop is right a the heart of the village. Stock up your wine cellar at New Lodge Vineyard, who have regular open days for tours and tastings.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Visit the museum of shoe making and village life at Jeyes, have a go at any number of adrenaline-fuelled water sports on the nearby River Nene and Stanwick Lakes, including stand-up paddle-boarding, wake-boarding and canoeing.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Overall, the average price is £314,150, with detached homes coming in at around £417,308, semi-detacheds at £223,848 and terraces for £212,041.

HOT PROPERTY

Ecton,
Northampton
78, High Street
NN6 0QB
This 17th century former farmhouse in nearby Ecton village has 5 beds and a gorgeous bespoke kitchen opening on to a large conservatory along with bags of original features. On the market with Richard Greener for £875k.

SCHOOLS

There’s a highly rated state primary in the village and several good state secondaries nearby including Friars Academy, rated Oftsted “Outstanding”. Pitsford School and Northampton High for girls are fantastic independent day schools nearby.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Earls Barton is the setting and shoot location for the stiletto-tastic cult film and musical Kinky Boots.

COMMUTE

Commuting to London is a toss up between Wellingborough (13 mins drive) and Northampton (18 mins drive), with times being fairly competitive. The 58 mile commute to London St. Pancras from nearby Wellingborough is 47 minutes minimum. An annual season ticket currently costs £6680. The 60 miles from Northampton to London Euston takes at least 46 minutes with an annual season ticket being slightly lower at £5940. The drive to London takes around an hour and 45 minutes.

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Earls Barton

Looking for loft living but want to ditch the Shoreditch price tag? Welcome to Earls Barton where the legacy of the Northants shoe industry lives on in warehouse conversions and, for the wine lovers, there's even a local vineyard.

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