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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.

WHY?

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.

EAT

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.

SHOP

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.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

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.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

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.

HOT PROPERTY

Sudborough cottage
This renovated 3-bed cottage in the nearby village of Sudborough is on the market for £390k with Chris George

SCHOOLS

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.

BEST KEPT SECRET

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

COMMUTE

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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