The underrated commuter town 90 minutes from London, where houses cost £180,000, has been cited as one of the best places to live

Those looking for an escape from city life, lots of character, market town charm and a vibrant sense of community need not venture too far to tick all the boxes.

Daventry, just 90 minutes from London in Northamptonshire, is steeped in history and heritage set in rolling countryside and ranked among the top 200 places to live in the UK according to Muddy Stilettos.

The town, which boasts many new housing developments, has retained its old-world charm and character in the 16th-century city center alongside shops, bars and cafes.

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The 19th Century Holy Cross Church in Daventry

According to property experts, Daventry is a great place to buy a second home if you’re looking to put down roots in Northamptonshire, with excellent schools and local amenities.

With a population of over 25,000, Daventry is a decent size and has a lot going on in the town center and the old market square.

There are 74 buildings that are on the list of buildings of particular architectural or historical interest, so walking through the city center is like stepping back in time.

Daventry has a variety of country pubs including The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton, a foodie destination, The Red Lion in Hellidon serving fabulous roasts, Royal Oak in Eydon for a traditional ambience and Fawsley Hall, a must for fine dining Sunday lunch and afternoon tea.

There are some really beautiful places to spend time in the great outdoors

The Daventry Farmers’ Market, held on the third Saturday of each month, offers the best in local produce and there is also a good mix of high street stores.

The local area includes the nearby estate of Fawsley and Badby Wood, perfect for country walks. The ancient forest is an area of ​​special interest with a show of bluebells in spring.

Canons Ashby, a National Trust property, has pretty gardens and an antique shop on the grounds of the historic house.

Catanger Farm is another highlight with country lanes and bridleways complete with a herd of llamas living here.

There is also an option to camp in style and stay in a secluded and romantic gypsy caravan or shepherd’s hut in the middle of the forest.

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Daventry is a growing town with many properties on the market. Nearby villages are more desirable but single family homes are selling for an average price of £323,769.

With terraces on the market for £180,236 and semi-detached houses selling for around £210,541.

how to get there

Trains from Long Buckby to London Euston take one hour and three minutes on the fastest direct train.

An annual pass will set you back £6096.

It is 67 miles from Long Buckby to London by road, with the drive to central London taking around one hour and 45 minutes.

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