Top places to live in Cambridgeshire Kimbolton
Kimbolton is one of the friendliest places to live in the county, with a beautiful historic high street and great sense of community, plus a rather stately school that's a huge part of town life. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Kimbolton is a charming little market town on the very western edge of Cambridgeshire. With over 80 listed buildings on the high street it’s a great choice if you love oldly-worldly charm and want to live somewhere that has a strong sense of community. It’s also a good place for commuting across the border to Northampton, Bedford, Kettering or within the county to St Neots, Peterborough and Cambridge.
For a decent Sunday roast and occasional live music there’s The Saddle on the high street, or for a light bite head to Olivers Cafe and Courtyard Kitchen. Outside Kimbolton, The White Horse at Tilbrook is a cute country pub with amazing walks from the front door and The Royal Oak at Hail Weston.
Truffles & Twine is an Aladdin’s Cave of a gift and interiors shop, Blue Blancmange is a small, but well-stocked indie women’s clothes shop, there’s The Kimbolton Flower Shop (that looks like a cute French florist with blooms spilling out onto the street) and Purlwise is a knitting and wool shop.
Grafham Water is a huge reservoir with a brilliant outdoor sports centre just down the road from Kimbolton. You can cycle, walk, fish and take part in all manner of watersports like sailing and windsurfing. Nearby family attractions include Hamerton Zoo Park Wicksteed Park (an amusement park) and there’s a spa and golf resort at Wyboston Lakes.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£430,875. Last year detached properties were the majority of the sales and went for £552,250 on average. Terraced properties sold for £310,833, with semi-detached properties going for £333,750 on average.
It’s offers over £400,000 for this cute cottage with three bedrooms, countryside views and delightful front and rear gardens.
Kimbolton School is a huge feature of the village and a major part of local life, hosting events throughout the year. The castle makes a beautiful entrance to Kimbolton and the high street contains two of the boarding houses. The prep school sits on the other side of the village and pupils, parents and villagers mix happily.
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Kimbolton is actually a town (one of the smallest in Cambridgeshire) and its broad high street is one of the prettiest in the country. It’s well-known for its Statute Fair every September with all the classic fair attractions and food stalls. History lovers will appreciate this interesting fact – Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle.
The nearest station is at St Neots and the journey into London will take you 45 minutes. Other nearby commuting towns are Northampton (38 mins), Kettering (27 mins), Cambridge (45 mins) and Bedford (25 mins). For home workers there’s also superfast broadband in the village, a real bonus given it’s beautiful rural setting.
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