With its enviable position by the River Great Ouse, St Neots is one of Cambridgeshire’s most popular towns. It’s only 50 miles north of London, but has a pleasantly rural ambiance, thanks to its countryside surroundings.
It’s the county’s largest town (outside of the cities of Cambridge and Peterborough), and residents enjoy its vibrant, lively atmosphere. With its weekly market, busy high street and plentiful local amenities, it’s unsurprising that it’s one of the most sought-after places to live in the region. The housing market is buoyant, and homebuyers will appreciate the range of properties on offer here; from character cottages to chic modern developments.
The town has its own station, with trains running to Central London throughout the day. It also offers access to the county’s cities, which is ideal for those who need to commute.
There’s a wide selection of properties available in St Neots; from cosy one-bedroomed apartments to palatial detached family homes. The good news is that prices are reasonable when compared with the regional average, which really adds to the town’s appeal.
If you’re looking for a sizeable property, you’re spoilt for choice here. St Neots has a range of detached houses with multiple bedrooms; both period and contemporary. Some of the period properties are Grade II listed and exude plenty of character, with original features like fireplaces, sash windows and exposed beams. Alternatively, you may prefer a home in one of the area’s modern developments, which typically come with high-end fixtures and fittings, plus a garage and garden.
Families searching for a good-sized home within budget won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of generously proportioned semi-detached and terraced houses in the area, with some of the most desirable being situated by the river. Most of these homes are modern, though there are a few characterful Victorian terraces in the heart of the town.
There are also lots of apartments on the market, with several capitalising on the great views of the river. City-workers are drawn to these, as they’re usually located within walking distance of the station and the local amenities.
St Neots has something on offer for people of all ages, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, both indoors and out.
The river is the area’s defining landmark, and the ideal spot to try kayaking, or to enjoy a boat trip in the sun. There are also some lovely walks along the river, providing the ideal backdrop for a stroll with the dog. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a particular highlight, and a good spot to have a picnic in the summer.
History-buffs may want to check out St Neots Museum, which provides information about the town and its past. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something to do with the kids, the Riverside Miniature Railway is a great option, or Southlake Aqua Park, which offers lots of fun in the water.
If it’s raining, the local cinema comes in handy, as does Eat N Bowl; the town’s very own bowling alley. Xtreme 360 Trampoline Park is another good option if the children need to burn off some energy.
As the largest town in the county, St Neots is well-stocked with local amenities. In fact, you’ll find everything you need here, right on your doorstep.
There are lots of coffee shops and cafés plus some excellent pubs and restaurants in and around the town. If you fancy heading out for lunch somewhere, Bohemia is a much-loved Restaurant with its own brand of coffee roasting it on site. Poppy’s Vintage Tea Room is perfect for afternoon tea – a welcome treat after a busy afternoon of shopping.
The town caters well for sports-lovers too, with outdoor pitches and local sports clubs; some of whom are actively seeking new members. There are two championship golf courses in the vicinity too, plus lots of cycle-paths and hiking trails.
You’ll find many of the major high street brands in the town centre, and several supermarkets close by. If you want to travel further afield, the train station takes passengers up and down the country, and there are also several bus-routes in operation.
Parents will be pleased to know that there are over 22 educational establishments in the area, with two secondary schools in the town itself (Ernulf Academy and Longsands Academy) plus The Kimbolton School one of the Country’s best rated private schools, which is just a short bus journey away.