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Top places to live in Cambridgeshire Linton

Looking for idyllic country living with a couple of great pubs, a vineyard and zoo thrown in for good measure? That’s what’s on offer at this attractive Cambs village. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY? 

Tucked away in south Cambridgeshire countryside, Linton has all the necessaries to push it to top village status including characterful properties, playing fields, independent shops, great pubs and a vineyard (ok the last one’s not a necessity but it is a bonus in our eyes). 

EAT

The Dog & Duck’s the cutest local pub around with its thatched roof, white picket fence, riverside garden – heaven on a summer’s day – and menu of carbs we crave, like crab pasta or a Dog & Duck burger. The Crown Inn is another decent pub for grub, think sweet chilli marinated haloumi skewers with Mediterranean vegetables. For a quality slice of cake, or to pick up some local produce, pop into The Linton Kitchen on the High Street.

SHOP 

Big up the local business scene here, from organic bread and pastries at Jigsaw Bakery to picking up some blooms at pretty The Flower Boutique, or popping into The Darryl Nantals Gallery to browse the latest works by local and international artists (or to get a picture framed!). There’s also a pharmacy, post office, farmers market on the first Saturday of the month and a Co-Op on the high street for essentials. 

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS 

Linton Zoo, home to lions, zebra and lemurs, will go down well with the kids and focuses on conservation and education. Chilford Hall’s one of the UK’s oldest vineyards and a fave Muddy place to visit, with 17,000 vines spread over 18 acres and a shop and wine tastings too. 

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE 

Prices are up 34% year-on-year, with an average price of £469,037. Detacheds ring in at around £641,607, but you can get a semi for £377,464.

HOT PROPERTY

There’s plenty of potential with this £550,000 four-bedroom detached family house surrounded by a well-kept garden in lovely Linton.

SCHOOLS 

Ofsted rates Linton C of E Infant School. ‘Good’. Handily, when it’s time to move school, Linton Village College is a good state secondary with strong community links for 11-16 years. Barnardiston Hall Prep School (6 months to 13 years) is a co-ed just over the border in Suffolk. The Perse School Cambridge is excellent (3-18 years), while Saffron Walden County High School is Ofsted Outstanding.

BEST KEPT SECRET 

Follow a footpath from Linton up Rivey Hill – it’s one of the highest points in East Anglia and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views to put on Instagram #NewHome.

COMMUTE 

If you work in Cambridge it’s a 25-minute drive along the A1307 (or a 50-minute cycle). The M11 motorway is eight miles away at Duxford (junction 10) while the nearest station with direct links to London Liverpool Street is Audley End (11 miles away), which takes around an hour. Stansted Airport’s about a 40-minute drive. 

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