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Top places to live in Northamptonshire Thrapston

Leave behind the grind and escape to this charmingly period drama-esque riverside market town. Surrounded by rolling farmland and nature reserves, Thrapston's comfy, bucolic vibe is just minutes from fast road links towards Cambridge. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


Thrapston has the best of both worlds, with scenic rural landscapes and easy access to great food and drink, shopping and water sports nearby. The A45 and A14 intersect just wide of this characterful and burgeoning market town with its picturesque medieval stone bridge so, whilst there is plenty of action to be had here, you get semi-rural vibes with easy access to Kettering, Peterborough and Cambridge.


Popular indie spot Bennett’s is a fave with locals and serves up great coffee and comfort food. There are heaps of family friendly eateries at nearby Rushden Lakes including Wagamama, Bill’s, Five Guys and Pizza Express. The Wheatsheaf in Titchmarsh has a chic modern country interior and a crowd pleasing menu.


Thrapston Farmers Market is on the first Saturday of the month, proffering all the best local produce. Hilly Horton Home is a gorgeous interiors and accessories store on the high street, Jollys Toys is a delightful traditional toy and gift shop for kids and Auburn Fox luxe interiors has recently opened, giving much joy to local homewares addicts. Rushden Lakes is also just a ten minute drive for staples like M&S, Boots, Primark, Next, Decathlon and Muddy fave Magazine Heaven.


National Trust Lyveden with its Elizabethan lodge and moated garden is a close neighbour and a lovely picnic spot. Thrapston Lake has a sailing club and water sports, as well as being a lovely spot for walks. Rushden Lakes also has a Cineworld, climbing centre, canoeing and is home to the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre.


Detached house around £335,525, semi-detached for £225,553 on average, and terraces come in at around £187,721, so all in all pretty reasonable. There are some lovely character properties to be had in the area and lots of new development happening too.


Mill Lane Islip
This 5-bed waterside property in nearby Islip comes with 195 ft. of river frontage, mooring and fishing rights and is on the market with Woodford & Co for £1.295m.


Head to nearby Ringstead or Titchmarsh for the best local primary schools. There are a several state secondaries that offer differing specialisms including Manor School Sports College, Huxlow Science College and The Latimer Arts College. Kimbolton Prep and Senior schools are selective, independent co-ed day and boarding schools in glorious rural settings.


Take a tour around Nobby’s Brewery, another great little local biz. Make mine a Guilsborough Gold. Hic.


Kettering train station is a 15 minute drive with fast trains in to St. Pancras taking 50 minutes to cover the 66 mile journey. Annual season tickets are £7436. It’s an hour and 50 minutes to London by car.

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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.


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.


Industrial chic canal side living is the order of the day in this gorgeously rural village community with something of a dual personality.


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Oxford in miniature: Oundle has the dreaming spires, notable gastronomy and first rate academia.

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.



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?.


Leave behind the grind and escape to this charmingly period drama-esque riverside market town.

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