Leicestershire & Warwickshire

Hinckley

Hinckley is a town once famous for its hosiery manufacture with over 100 factories at its peak and is the home of the Hansom Taxi Cab. Joseph Hansom built the very first Hansom Carriage back in 1835 which have evolved to the many thousands of taxis’ you see in every town and city throughout the country. Today though life has moved on and now Triumph takes pride of place as Hinckley’s leading manufacturer of world famous motorcycles.

As the second largest town in Leicestershire, Hinckley is administered by the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council boasting some great communities including Hollycroft, Middlefield and Saxon Chase which are all very desirable places to live.

The town's central position and good links to the motorway network have made it a popular location for distribution warehouses with Hinckley being so well connected by the A5 and M69 with the motorway linking Hinckley to Coventry and Leicester as well as the M1 and M6 motorways.

Hinckley sits on the Ashby canal which connects to famous places including Market Bosworth and there are always 100 or more narrow boats to be seen moored at the marina off Coventry Road. Walking along the canal is very popular with great places to see on route and well known landmarks to look out for.

Some prestigious local house builders including Jelson Homes, Bloor Homes and Crest Nicholson have added fine architecture and desirability to the newer build properties in Hinckley. Jelsons have contributed significantly to Hinckley growth over the last 20 years and have been the principle builder in developing the now very popular Hollycroft estate.

Over 1000 years ago Hinckley could boast a Castle but today all that remains is Castle Street which is the modern Town Centre and home to England’s oldest street market that still thrives today. Open from early morning to late afternoon on Monday, Friday and Saturdays it was recently awarded the honour of best English street market.

Theatre is a great British tradition and the local Concordia theatre in Hinckley is steeped in history and today boasts a great heritage attracting a fantastic following within the local community. Many young talented stars have started their careers in the Concordia Theatre and now grace the biggest stages in the country.

Hinckley United football club were only formed in 1997 through a merger of two rival clubs, Athletic and Town which has helped the combined club to prosper having gained promotion to the conference league in 2004. The ground is a testament to the success of the local community and provides a great arena for both players and spectators.

Burbage

Originally a suburb of Hinckley but now an official town in its own right Burbage is a very desirable place to live with demand for rented property often outstripping availability, reflected in higher rental levels than in neighbouring Hinckley which is less than two miles away.

It boasts a very popular and lively town centre especially at weekends with a variety of excellent pubs and restaurants attracting interest and custom from far and wide. The M69 connects Leicester and Coventry runs alongside the town making it a popular with commuters.

This also reflects in the local schools that tend to have the pick of pupils and so restrict accessibility to local residents only again adding to the desirability to Burbage. In recent years some very prestigious property has been built especially in the Sketchley area to accommodate the demands of these new residents with the Sketchley Grange hotel providing excellent local facilities.

Barwell

Originally known as Borewell with the name evolving to what we know today as "Barwell", it became famous on Christmas Eve 1965 when hundreds of pieces from a Meteorite showered down on the small town

The centre feature of the town is a busy mini roundabout surrounded by the Coop Supermaket and two very popular local pubs. The Queens Head is the oldest public house and second oldest building in the town dating back to early Victorian times, having been completely restored in 1980s returning the pub to its former days of splendour.

It also boasts successful football and cricket teams with a large popular indoor bowling complex only a short walk from the town centre. Barwell is a very popular place to live with the younger generation and often the first place they choose to set up home offering a good supply of affordable properties to rent.

Broughton Astley

A very popular village with a population over 8000 and probably better described as a small town. The B581 passes through the centre of the village which is a main link road between the Leicester and Lutterworth roads so making Broughton Astley a very popular commuter’s location.

The village has a busy centre with several shops and local pubs that is away from the main through road, providing an ideal family community. There are some excellent schools within the village with very good reputation and are walking distances from most parts.

Over recent years several local builders have added a variety of modern new build properties so there are usually a good rental stock to choose from although it is a very popular village. Rents here are very good and properties range from small 1 bedroom apartments to large 4 bedrooms houses.  

Croft

The village of Croft is about 8 miles south of Leicester and has been made famous by its huge quarry that is still operational today and provides fantastic scenic views across Leicestershire. Croft is a sleepy little village but very popular with people looking for a quiet place to rent, although property tends to be a little scarce.

The majority of rental property coming to market does tend to be the older type of houses which often lack the modern facilities that are high on peoples must have criteria.

Earl Shilton

Earl Shilton is a large village or small town about 3 miles from Hinckley and about 10 miles from Leicester, with a population of around 9,000 and still growing.

It has a bustling town centre with a good supply of shops and its very own building society. Earl Shilton tends to be a popular rental location especially with the younger generation often reflected in the number of competitively priced rental properties.

The town has a great local community and in recent years since it gained it very own A47 town bypass with local builders taking advantage of the new building land and have filled some of the once open fields with attractive new houses. With its close proximity to the A47 and M69 it is a popular place for commuters.

Elmesthorpe

Recent years have seen significant road changes completely change the characteristics of the village that now enjoys much more peace and quiet having been bypassed by the A47 road. The parish of Elmesthorpe is only a mile from Earl Shilton and Stoney Stanton and even claims connections with the Battle of Bosworth just up the road.

Although a small village, Elmesthorpe boasts some very affluent properties and often provides some very desirable rental properties. Within the village there are two popular local pubs in "The Wentworth Arms", and the "Badgers Mount Hotel" with Hinckley being only 3 miles drive away.

Market Bosworth

The market town of Market Bosworth was made famous by the Battle of Bosworth that is rumoured to have taken place just down the road. A quaint and stylish market town that has retained many of its traditional businesses especially within the market square, Market Bosworth is an exclusive place to live attracting very good rents.

The town has three schools, churches, a fire station, hotels, restuarants and a superb country park as well as the site at which the Battle of Bosworth took place. 

Situated about 6 miles from Hinckley people looking for some where different are often attracted to Market Bosworth and its stylish houses and apartments along the canal.

Nuneaton

With a population of over 70,000 Nuneaton the largest town in Warwickshire has grown into a very popular place to live having evolved from a series of small villages that now have no boundaries including popular areas such as Stockingford and Attlebourough. The famous author George Eliot lived and wrote his books on the Arbury Estate and now has the Nuneaton Town hospital named after him.

Most of the growth was driven by the extensive range of industries such as coalmining, brick making, quarrying, weaving cotton, wool, silk, elastic webbing, synthetic materials and cloth. Even needles were manufactured in Nuneaton along with machine tools, plant and equipment for brewing and mining. Most of these industries have now disappeared and its only manufacturer is MIRA Limited, formerly the Motor Industry Research Association which is based on a disused wartime airfield on the A5, to the north of the town.

The town has great network connects with the M6, M1 and A5 all running just past its door and with Coventry 9 and Birmingham only 20 miles away it attracts many commuters looking for attractively priced property to rent. Other close and popular locations include Bedworth, Exhall and Atherstone with Nuneaton having some great places to offer people to make their home.

One of the biggest developments was the prestigious Ropewalk Shopping Centre that opened in 2005 and substantially improved the shopping facilities for the town transforming Nuneaton into a popular destination for shoppers.

Lutterworth

Lutterworth is probably best known as a market town and its proximity to the M1 so is extremely popular with commuters who often work in Nottingham to the north and Milton Keynes to the south. The town is located about 15 miles south of Leicester with Rugby and Market Harborough only short drives away and the A5 running around the south boundary.

Frank Whittle the inventor of the jet engine developed the world's first jet engines at the British Thomson-Houston works in Lutterworth during the late 1930s and the 1940s. The engine for the UK's first jet aeroplane the Gloster E.28/39 was manufactured in Lutterworth and a statue of the plane stands in the middle of a roundabout just south of the town as a memorial.

Magna Park is the main source of employment in the Lutterworth area, having been built upon the site of the old Bitteswell aerodrome it houses many very large warehouses and offices.  Many national household names have a strong presence at Magna Park which provides a great location for national distribution being close to the motorway networks.

Sharnford

A traditional village on the old Coventry to Leicester main road with recent road improvement is now by passed to most heavy traffic and a very popular village location. The village has a stream running through the centre and although it now only offers one shop it proudly boasts double that in public houses offering great food and ale.

There a mixed variety of property here with many old cottages and small farms but a few modern newer homes have been built offering some excellent rental opportunities.

Stoney Stanton

A very popular village just off the M69 that provides  a variety of great modern houses on new developments and traditional village style properties.  With a national diving centre just outside the village at Stoney Cove, attracting hundreds of divers from across the UK especially at weekends Stoney Stanton is a popular rental village.

There is a small village centre with a very popular Coop Store and several other shops and amenities providing traditional village style facilities. It also boasts three pubs that offer great food and ale with a local Indian Restaurant at the top of the village.

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