Five months of lockdown has given the whole of the UK the urge to pack up and move, with year on year property sales increasing by 60% across the whole country at the beginning of August. After so much time spent inside our houses, it is unsurprising that record numbers of city dwellers are being drawn to the peace and quiet and open space of the countryside in favour of cramped apartments.

If you’re thinking about a change of pace while making the most of the current stamp duty holiday, the Northamptonshire countryside has a lot to offer. Situated just an hour from London, the towns of Kettering, Burton Latimer and Thrapston and the surrounding picturesque villages are perfect locations for you to lay down roots. Here are just some of the reasons why you should be considering the Kettering area as the place you call home.

Great transportation routes

Kettering train station provides direct access to London, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield making it ideal for commuters who are still working in the city. After a short drive to Northampton, Birmingham New Street is just an hour’s train journey away, providing further routes to various locations in the north and west of the country.

For those wishing to travel by road, the M1 and other major routes are easily accessible, while those wanting to jet off on holiday to sunnier shores can do so via London Luton, Stanstead, Coventry or Birmingham airports.

Beautiful countryside on your doorstep

Whatever direction you travel in, beautiful gardens, country houses and woodlands are just moments away. Boughton House, Castle Ashby Gardens, Althorp House and Rushton Hall are just some of the places throughout Northamptonshire that are perfect for a relaxing few hours or a family day out.

Entertainment for the whole family

From Wicksteed Park, one of the oldest theme parks in England, to the independent cafes and shops in The Yards, there are hundreds of social and entertainment locations within Kettering and the surrounding towns and villages, for adults and children alike.

A few miles away in Rushden, the new Rushden Lakes retail park features a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a cinema, mini-golf course, trampoline park, canoeing and lakeside walks. For more active house hunters, the area boasts a large selection of sporting opportunities including golf, sailing and rugby.

Cheaper house prices

Compared to nearby cities, property is much more affordable in Northamptonshire, meaning you can get much more bang for your buck, with more scope for large indoor and outdoor spaces. While the average price for property in London is currently £659,985, the average house price in the Kettering area over the last year was just £217,272.

If you’re looking to bring your property journey to Northamptonshire, at Simpson and Partners we have a large collection of apartments, first homes, family homes and bungalows for sale and let in Kettering, Thrapston, Burton Latimer and Northampton. As a local estate agent, our sales and lettings consultants can offer extensive insight into the local area as well as expert advice on the property market. Call now on 01832 731222 or email to find out more.