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5 best towns and villages to live near Hinckley & Burbage

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Moving to the Hinckley Area? Great!

Hinckley is a rapidly growing town that has become a real hotspot for both private home dwellings and a wide range of businesses.

There are many benefits to living in Hinckley, especially because of its central location in the heart of England. There is also the suburb of Burbage, a larger village that adjoins Hinckley.

The cities of Leicester and Coventry are equal distance from Hinckley and Burbage, which makes the area an ideal base for many people who prefer to work in the city. Hinckley is just off the A5, and near to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways, which also makes it handy for travel by road. There’s well served railway station in Hinckley and regular bus services in and around the area.

Whilst Hinckley and Burbage are popular places to live, our team at Extra Room (a self storage centre on the outskirts of Hinckley) shares some insights about alternative surrounding towns and villages based on experiences of household self storage customers moving to the area.

1. Stoke Golding – the epitome of Leicestershire village life

Stoke Golding is an expanding village to the northwest of Hinckley, close to the Warwickshire border. This vibrant Leicestershire village has much to offer in terms of location and local amenities.

A good village pub is often the beating heart of a community. Stoke Golding has several pubs such as The George and Dragon, The White Swan and The Three Horseshoes. The village hall and club also draw local people in, providing a lively hub for the community. The village hosts many popular Stoke Golding events.

For families, Stoke Golding has so much going for it. There are some excellent schools including St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, St Martin’s Preparatory School and St Martin’s Catholic Voluntary Academy plus a choice of nearby secondary schools.

Stoke Golding also has a large recreational area to keep children entertained! There are some local shops, including the nearby Spinney Bank Farm Shop, with plenty to see and do in the neighbourhood, which makes Stoke Golding appealing to families.

Just off the A5, in close proximity to towns such as Hinckley, and cities such as Leicester and Coventry, Stoke Golding is an ideal compromise for those who enjoy the spirit of a village but work in a town or city.

Stoke Golding offers some lovely walks along the neighbouring Ashby Canal, with some great opportunities to appreciate the countryside. The small hamlet of Dadlington with its attractive village green and 18th century pub, and Parish church of St James the Greater, is just a stone’s throw away.

2. Market Bosworth – historical, picturesque market town

Market Bosworth is one of the most famous historical market towns in Leicestershire. It’s renowned for the famous Battle of Bosworth Field witnessing the War of the Roses between Richard III (the last monarch to die in battle in 1415) and Henry Tudor. Little wonder then, that it is home to the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park!

Away from the ‘Battlefield’, Market Bosworth is full of charm and is equally famous for its beautiful town centre and market square. With an abundance of pubs, restaurants and shops (including an award-winning Fish and Chip shop), Market Bosworth is not only a popular place to live, but a popular place to visit.

For parents, there’s the peace of mind that Market Bosworth has some excellent schools which makes it a sough-after location to live. And there are many ways to entertain children. Market Bosworth Country Park is a place for all the family, with woodland trails and walks around a pretty lake.

There are always so many events in this bustling little town. The Market Bosworth Festival is an annual event that promotes the Arts in the town, through a series of events and exhibitions, including the famous “Rail ale” festival featuring pints for £3! There is the Market Bosworth light railway running from Shackerstone Station to Shenton Station, providing some wonderful views of the countryside.

And we shouldn’t forget Bosworth Hall Hotel and Spa which is located just outside Market Bosworth, close to St Peter’s Parish Church. With a gym and a spa, it’s the perfect venue for friends and family to stayover and enjoy the leisure facilities.

With so much going for it, perhaps unsurprisingly, Market Bosworth has one of the highest average house prices in Leicestershire at over £300,000 compared to approximately £200,000 in central Hinckley.

3. Earl Shilton & Barwell – vibrant market town with attractive house prices

Located roughly 5 miles from Hinckley is the market town of Earl Shilton and adjoining village of Barwell. Like many other market towns and villages in Leicestershire, both Earl Shilton and Barwell are surrounded by open countryside with some lovely parks and green spaces to enjoy.

Earl Shilton has a rich medieval history (in fact there was once a castle at Earl Shilton – just ruins remain) so there are some wonderful heritage trails to explore. There are several churches too, including St Simon and St Jude Church, St Peter and St Paul Catholic Church, and Earl Shilton Methodist Church.

In times gone by, Earl Shilton was famous for its industrial crafts too, including shoe and knitwear factories. There are still a varied range of shops and businesses in Earl Shilton including a choice of supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and local services.

Barwell is quite a large adjoining village close to the A47. There are two primary schools in the village in addition to the Barwell Church of England Academy. There are plenty of local amenities and recreational activities including Barwell Bowling Club.

If you are thinking of buying a property, one of the great benefits of living in either Earl Shilton or Barwell is that house prices are slightly cheaper compared to house prices in Hinckley. There are also some new housing developments springing up in Earl Shilton, including plots for self-build.

It’s an area that provides easy access to Leicester, so both Earl Shilton (about 10 miles from Leicester) and Barwell (just over 12 miles from Leicester) have a lot going for them in terms of location.

4. Stoney Stanton – charming village with local shops and amenities

Stoney Stanton is a large village about five miles east of Hinckley.  It’s a pretty village with some beautiful cottages, several pubs and shops which makes Stoney Stanton a real local community. The Church of St Michael is at the heart of the village. The relatively newly installed Quarryman Tree Sculpture is a reminder of the village’s stone quarrying history.

There are no less than three pubs, a Co-op, a Post Office, DIY Shop, and two hairdressing salons in the village. There’s an excellent local primary school too, village hall, local GP surgery and library so Stoney Stanton offers a range of on-the-doorstep services to the community.

Nearby, is the Stoney Cove underwater adventure park, which is also the UK’s National Diving Centre together with Nemo’s Bar and Restaurant. The cove is extremely popular with open water swimmers and diving enthusiasts. The ever-popular Croft Car Boot is also not too far away.

While Stoney Stanton is a traditional village, there are modern houses too including luxury and executive homes in surrounding areas, such as Sapcote.

5. Sapcote – combining the old with the new, village life with new housing developments

Sapcote is a small village close to Hinckley adjacent to the River Soar. It is surrounded by medieval woodland and fields, with some lovely footpaths and bridleways close by to explore.

Like many Leicestershire villages in and around the Hinckley and Burbage area, Sapcote has an interesting place in the history books. Among the many discoveries in Sapcote has been Iron Age pottery, an early Bronze Age occupation site and a Roman Villa and Bath House.

A focal point of this fascinating little village is the 12th century All Saints Parish Church. Other buildings of interest include the Stanley Burroughs Almshouses in Cooke’s Lane, dating back to 1847. Arts and crafts have also played their part in Sapcote’s history.

Today, however, Sapcote is a thriving village that’s growing through many local housing development projects, including two, three and four-bedroom houses. There’s a sports centre, as well as some shops and pubs and a range of local amenities. This, together with its close proximity to Leicester and Coventry, is fast making Sapcote an appealing place to live.

So, there you have it … some of our favourite towns and villages to live near Hinckley and Burbage. There are many more lovely places to live in Leicestershire.

As a self storage company near Hinckley, we provide state-of-the-art storage facilities for business storage and domestic customers from many of these local towns and villages. We make storage as simple, easy and hassle free as possible. You can click here to find out more or go online for a quote.