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Top places to live in Northamptonshire Weedon

Industrial chic canal side living is the order of the day in this gorgeously rural village community with something of a dual personality. The strategic heart of British military defence during the Napoleonic wars, Weedon marries pretty cottage charm with edgy vibes redolent of pre-Olympics East London. What's not to love? Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

A large, vibrant village with both Watling Street (famous Roman road – look it up!) and the Grand Union Canal meandering alongside, and within a stone’s throw of the M1 junction 16, Weedon is ideal for commuting. But there’s a lot more to this buzzing community than just location. Steeped in history, you’ll find oodles of character here and a ton of brilliant businesses from fitness and foodie to bookshops and bridal boutiques.

EAT

Probably (definitely, but don’t tell Mr. Muddy) the best pizza in Northants, Santina’s Wood Fired Pizza Co. is based in Weedon. With regular mouth-watering pop-ups in the village and surrounding area, look out for their rather cool branded Land Rover Defender and tell Oli I sent you. Roman Way Brewery, at the Royal Ordnance Depot, hosts regular tap room events with street food and live music. The Narrow Boat is a lovely gastro-pub overlooking the canal, serving up dishes with an emphasis on local produce and, just up the road in Upper Stow, The Barn restaurant is a popular eaterie set within the Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, where you’ll also discover a whole host of irresistible craft and interiors shops. Darlington’s Tea Room at Heart of the Shires shopping village serves up delightful meals and cream teas, with cosy interiors and a decent garden area – perfect for a family lunch or an afternoon refresher when you’re laden with shopping bags. Head out to nearby Farthingstone village, where you’ll find The King’s Arms pub, probably one of the quirkiest and friendliest village pubs ever, with chintzy sofas by the fire, a fabulous garden dotted with homespun sculptures and gorgeous food on offer including seafood platters with fish delivered overnight from Cornwall. A rare treat in landlocked Northants.

SHOP

Weedon is a hive of vintage and antique shops. Be sure to check out both Helios & Co. and The Village Antique Market on the High Street, as well as Vintique and The Emporium at the Royal Ordnance Depot. At Noborough Lodge farm shop you’ll find locally produced and homegrown foods, including honey and eggs produced right here on the farm, Heygates flour, and a selection of local cheeses, all conveniently located opposite Heart of the Shires shopping village. And speaking of which, Heart of the Shires is one of our top shopping spots, with Abraxas Cookshop, Bridal Par Helene, Margo and Evie, and Texture Interiors among a host of other brilliant stores to explore. On the High Street is Muddy Award winner Seredipity Brides and back at the Royal Ordnance Depot, another Muddy Award winner, The Reading Tree is a vast bookshop that sells all its books at £2.50. Gotta love a bargain.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Our go-to destination for yoga, pilates and barre fitness classes, Pose Fitness not only has inspiring instructors and a studio space with enormous windows and high ceilings, it also hosts regular social events and workshops. The Weedon Project (see what they did there? ) is a friendly indoor bouldering gym that caters to climbers of all ages. Althorp House, the family home of the Spencer family and the final resting place of Princess Diana, is close by and open to visitors during the summer season. There is also a hugely popular annual food festival and a literary festival in the grounds of Althorp. Whilton Mill karting is great for petrol heads and, for fresh air and trees, try nearby Everdon Stubbs and Harlestone Firs.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

There’s lots of new property around the village and plenty on the market with a good wedge of character properties to be had in the area too. Detached homes sell for £303,200 on average and terraces come in at around £254,550, fairly reasonable we reckon. There’s a decent supply of flats too, which sell for around £135,583, making it more accessible than some other nearby villages for first-time buyers. Weedon featured in an episode of Location, Location, Location in 2021, so worth checking that out if you’re looking to buy in the area.

HOT PROPERTY

Banbury Road, Charwelton Daventry NN11
This detached 4-bed property set in 4.22 acres with barns and stabling in nearby Charwelton is on the market with Strutt and Parker for £795k.

SCHOOLS

Weedon Bec and nearby Flore both have good primary schools, whilst there are a clutch of excellent independent schools within reach too, including Quinton House, Bosworth and Northampton High School. Sponne secondary school in Towcester is Ofsted-rated Outstanding.

BEST KEPT SECRET

There’s a visitors centre tucked away at the Royal Ordnance Depot and it’s a history geeks dream. You can find out all about what was once the epicentre of British military might. Men in uniform with big guns right here in Northants, you say? It’s like a scene from Pride and Prejudice.

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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