Take a peek at the highlights of living in Rugby. The town itself has a fantastic farmers market every month, boutique stores and lovely restaurants and cafes, in addition to great road and railway networks; London Euston is only 52 minutes by train. It is also home to the famous Rugby school where the sport was founded by William Webb Ellis.
Rugby has grown to become Warwickshire’s second largest market town, boasting a variety of designer and high street shops, restaurants and pubs. Famed for its public school, the birth of rugby football and the Frank Whittle jet engine, Rugby is also home to the green open spaces of Caldecott Park, Coombe Abbey Country Park, Brownsover Hall and Draycote Water. With a range of excellent schools, Rugby is ideally placed for a well-rounded education. Equally so for transport too, thanks to its convenient motorway links and speedy rail services to Birmingham, Leicester and London Euston in around 50 minutes. Situated on the northern edge of Rugby, this location combines the relaxation of a semi-rural retreat by the River Avon, with plenty of amenities close by including a new retail park at hand and the Warwickshire countryside beyond. Positioned in the heart of England the county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. There are no cities in Warwickshire since both Coventry and Birmingham were incorporated into the West Midlands County in 1974 and are now metropolitan authorities in themselves. Warwickshire hosts several key towns including Leamington Spa Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Henley In Arden and Rugby to name a few. The northern tip of the county is only three miles from the Derbyshire border. An average-sized English county covering an area of almost 2,000 km2, it runs some 60 miles north to south. Equivalently it extends as far north as Shrewsbury in Shropshire and as far south as Banbury in north Oxfordshire.
The attractive village of Thurlaston is a no-through village with around 150 dwellings and is situated just a mile from Dunchurch where there is a good range of days-to-day facilities and just five miles from the centre of Rugby. Draycote Water can be accessed from a path in the village and Whitefields Golf Course forms the other boundary to the village making this an ideal rural retreat. There are more extensive shopping facilities in Rugby, Southam, Daventry, Coventry and Leamington Spa and there is a high-speed train service from Rugby to Euston in under 50 minutes. There is also easy access to the extensive road networks making commuting less onerous. Private education is available at Rugby School, Bilton Grange as well as in Leamington, Bloxham, Princethorpe and Warwick with excellent Grammar schools available in Rugby.
This area spotlight covers Dunchurch; This picturesque village is just three miles south of Rugby. The village is also known as 'the gunpowder plot' village - as it was here that on the 5th of November 1605 the Gunpowder plot conspirators met at the Old Red Lion Inn to await the news of Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up parliament. Today, with a population of approximately 2,938, it has essential shops for everyday needs including a pharmacy, post office and hairdressers. There is also a doctor’s surgery, dentist, library and plenty of pubs and eateries. Rugby train station (just 4 miles away) can get you into London in under 50 minutes. The M45, M1, M6 and M40 are all readily accessible with Birmingham, Stratford-On-Avon, Coventry, Northampton, Leicester, and Warwick all within commuting distance. Just a 30-minute drive away and you are also in the Cotswolds. Birmingham International is the nearest airport about 22 miles away. There is no shortage of local attractions. In the next village, Thurlaston, there is an 18-hole golf course. Also, on the doorstep is Draycote Water and country park - a 650-acre reservoir used for sailing, windsurfing, fly fishing and bird watching.
The town comprises a historic market centre surrounded by much modern housing and light industrial development. On the edge of the town centre is the popular Daventry Country Park and reservoir, just east of the A425. Daventry itself is a great location for commuting being only a short drive from major road networks and only fifteen minutes from the closest railway station.
Lutterworth provides day-to-day shopping including a Waitrose, butchers and doctors surgery. Sporting activities include leisure centre, cricket, rugby and football clubs and Lutterworth Golf Club. There is Secondary Education with private schooling in nearby Rugby. Communication links are excellent with the M1, M6 and A14 all within easy distance giving excellent access to all local business centres, with airports at Birmingham, Nottingham and East Midlands. Rugby provides a rapid train link to London Euston inside 50 minutes and Market Harborough provides a train service to London St. Pancras International in about one hour.
This area spotlight covers Monks Kirby; a small and very attractive village which has the great advantage of easy access from all directions but with almost no through traffic. With an approximate population of 445, it is about eight miles north-west of Rugby, six miles west of Lutterworth and ten miles from the centre of Coventry. The village is dominated by the Grade 1 priory church of St Edith and there is public house, The Denbigh Arms - Monks Kirby, Primary schooling is available at the very well regarded The Revel C of E Primary School, while there is an extensive range of excellent senior schooling in Rugby, Lutterworth and Coventry. There is excellent access to the national motorway and road networks with the M1, M6, M69, M42, A5 and A361 all within easy reach. There is a superb high speed train service from Rugby to London Euston arriving in under 50 minutes.
This area spotlight covers Braunston; a village and civil parish on the western edge of Northamptonshire, next to the border with Warwickshire. With a population of approximately 1,759, Braunston is situated just off the A45 main road and lies between the towns of Daventry and Rugby. There are 776 households in the village including a former windmill which still stands without any sails. The village contains several pubs, a selection of shops - excellent butchers, hairdressers and village stores incorporating the post office, a fish and chip shop, car servicing garage and a primary school. Braunston's main claims to fame are its canal and church.
This area spotlight covers Kilsby; a village and civil parish within Northamptonshire and is situated a short distance south of the border with Warwickshire, approximately five miles from Rugby. The village has a volunteer-run, community-owned shop in the car park of the Red Lion pub and this warm community spirit is also evident in a number of thriving community groups, including Womans Institute, Brownies, Girl Guides, as well as a good neighbour community support scheme born out of the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown and a village newspaper.
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