Top places to live in Northamptonshire Oundle
Oxford in miniature: Oundle has the dreaming spires, notable gastronomy and first rate academia. You may never want to leave. Property is not cheap compared to other parts of the county, but it is very easy on the eye. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Brimming with old world charm and character, Oundle is assuredly the posh bit of Northamptonshire, set as it is in a perfectly picturesque rural bubble. Thankfully, the culture and foodie scene is bang up to date and, whilst you could live here and forget London even exists, you can also get there in a jiffy.
The Falcon Inn Fotheringhay offers a gastronomic flair that sets the bar high for other local hostelries, but they seem to be stepping up to the challenge. Tap and Kitchen is a lively waterside restaurant at Oundle Wharf dishing up bbq grills and zingy salads with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients that reflects a sort of Ottelenghi vibe crossed with Roth Bar and Grill, not a bad combo. The actually wonderful Brew Babu bills itself as a boutique brewing bar, which really spells out what Oundle is all about, because a cafe would just be far too basic.
Oundle is bursting with boutiques and independent shops. Head to Lutton Farm Shop for fresh seasonal fruit, and The Barn garden centre for everything green fingered. Oundle Mill is an imposing and beautifully converted water mill showcasing luxury kitchens and bathrooms, and Dolby Gallery sells ceramics, paintings, prints and handmade jewellery and furniture. Foxtail Lilly is a gorgeous plant and flower barn with a vintage vibe and The Rounded House sell exquisite homewares and fashion. For designer gear, hop in the car for 50 minutes to luxury outdoor designer outlet Bicester Village with 160+ boutiques and restaurants.
Oundle Intrernational Festival takes place every year in July, with tons of fab music and theatre and a buzzing food festival alongside. Fotheringhay Castle, birthplace of Richard III and where Mary Queen of Scots met her untimely demise, is now little more than a hillock but nevertheless worth a trip for a bit of geekery. Oundle Museum in the former courthouse, hosts regular events. Barnwell Country Park is great for nature trails and has a cool zip line.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Quite far north in the county, so plenty of bargains to snap up. Detached houses for £417,961, semis for £300,216 and terraces coming in at around £271,611.
For primary, Oundle C of E Primary and Laxton Junior schools are popular. Prince William School is a decent state secondary, whilst Oundle School offers a private alternative for both primary and secondary and is a big presence in town.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Muddy girl crush Caroline Criado-Perez OBE went to school here. Surely no greater recommendation?
The nearest train station is Peterborough which goes into Kings Cross, so a twenty minute drive to the station is followed by the 74 mile train journey to Kings Cross taking 49 minutes. A season ticket costs £6936. The drive to central London is two hours.
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