Making a move to . . . Attleborough.
PUBLISHED: 05:11 23 March 2015
The perfect mix of town and country - and thanks to the dualling of the A11 - Attlebrough is a great location for those needing to commute.
Attleborough not only offers all the amenities of a bustling historic town, it is also surrounded by Norfolk’s beautiful, unspoiled rural landscape. Most importantly, with the dualling of the A11 at last complete, the town is now even more appealing, as it is ideally placed for those who regularly commute to work. Not only is there great access into Norwich, either by car or train, it is also easier than ever to get to both London, in less than two hours, and Cambridge, in under an hour.
In recent years, there has been huge investment in Attleborough’s housing market with many new properties being built, ranging from large, luxury family homes to affordable starter homes for first time buyers.
The town has a rich heritage and there are also plenty of charming character properties in the town which reflect its history. Look slightly further afield to the edge of the town and nearby villages and there are many traditional country houses boasting beautiful rural views and plenty of land, as well as some stunning contemporary builds in peaceful locations.
The town itself has plenty of independent shops on its high street, a choice of supermarkets and plenty of community facilities, including a sports hall and tennis courts. There is also a great choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants, including the ever popular and highly regarded Mulberry Tree Restaurant and the Sherbourne House Hotel. Further afield, visit Breckland Lodge for coffee and cake or try the Three Boars at Spooner Row, The Gamekeeper in Old Buckenham and The Inn on The Green in neighbouring New Buckenham.
For those with families, the area offers a good selection of state and independent schools to choose from, both in Attleborough and close by, including Wymondham College, Attleborough Acadamy and Thetford Grammar School.
And at weekend, there is plenty to do on your doorstep to keep everyone amused. Just a short drive away is Thetford Forest which offers an abundance of outdoor activities whatever the season. There are great walks and bike trails throughout the forest and at the Forestry Commission’s High Lodge centre you can test your skills on the Go Ape high wire course or have a go at riding the Segways. It also has a busy programme of events throughout the year and a fantastic wooden adventure playground among the trees. If you love wildlife, an annual pass for Banham Zoo, just a short drive away, is a must.
For those who like the more tranquil side of life, a walk around Peter Beales Roses is the perfect way to wile away an afternoon. Famed for its world class roses, which have won 18 Royal Horticultural Society Gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, you can stock up on plants for your new home or simply explore the gardens and visit the café.
There are many lovely walks in the countryside surrounding Attleborough and the nearby village of Old Buckenham has the largest village green in Britain, covering 40 acres.
Attleborough really is the perfect place for those who like the best of both worlds – all the amenities of a bustling town, the joy of being surrounded by beautiful countryside and excellent access for commuting to the city.