Great Places to Live: Brampton, Cambridgeshire

Posted 26 March 2020 by Katie Sakka

If you’re looking for a great English countryside location for your next move, we highly recommend Brampton in Cambridgeshire.

The quaint little village of Brampton in Cambridgeshire is located on the eastern side of the county right on the River Great Ouse, 2 miles to the south west of Huntingdon and 22 miles to the north west of the City of Cambridge. A charming little village, Brampton appeared in the Domesday Book survey of 1086 as ‘Brantune’, though her history goes back further than that with scattered human remains dating back 1,600–2,000 years have been found in one or more village gardens. The exact origin of these has yet to be determined. The village is also home to Pepys House, a Grade I listed building named after the diarist Samuel Pepys whose uncle owned the house and Samuel Pepys would visit regularly over his lifetime - even burying his gold in the garden in 1667!

Samuel Pepys

Though Brampton is a sleepy little village, there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding countryside. Historical attractions in the area include The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Kirby Hall, Hazells Hall, Lyveden Estate, Houghton House, Biggleswade Castle, Apethorpe Palace and Bletchley Park. Grafham Water reservoir is only a 15 minute drive away and offers many recreational opportunities - I myself have many fond childhood memories of cycling there with my family. Hinchingbrooke Country Park is less than two miles down the road. It’s home to a variety of birds and wildlife, and features open grassy expanses, wetlands & lakes. For those who enjoy sport, Brampton has its very own Golf Club or slightly further up the road is Huntingdon Racecourse if you fancy a flutter.

Apethorpe Palace - English Heritage

You’ll find all the expected village amenities in Brampton. There is a doctors surgery, Post Office, butchers, Co-op, and garden centre amongst others. The Dragoon Inn and The Black Bull pubs are located in the centre of the village, but if you go venture to the outskirts of the village you’ll find The Brampton Mill right on the River Great Ouse, perfect for a traditional Sunday lunch and a stroll by the water. Huntingdon and Godmanchester are both a few miles up the road if you fancy a bit more variety. For those who prefer the big city, Cambridge is a 40 minute drive away and is excellent for both shopping and dining as well as its fabulous architecture. To the north, only a 30 minute car journey away is Peterborough, yet another gloriously historical city, famed for its ancient cathedral. Huntingdon train station is a five-minute drive away from Brampton Park and regular services to London Kings Cross take just over an hour.

 

Parents will appreciate the good choice of local primary and secondary state schools, including Hartford Infant School in Huntingdon, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Nurseries and pre-schools: Huntingdon Nursery School, Little Acorns Pre-School

Primary Schools: Brampton Village Primary School, Cromwell Academy Primary school, Huntingdon Primary School, Buckden Church of England Primary School, Hartford Community Infant School, Hartford Junior School, Thongsley Fields Primary & Nursery School, Stukeley Meadows Primary School, St Johns Primary School, Buckden C Of E Primary School (Primary Academy Trust), St. Anne's C of E Primary School, Alconbury Elementary School Primary school, Godmanchester Community Academy Primary school, Offord Primary School.

Secondary schools: Hinchingbrooke School, St Peter's School, Huntingdon Secondary school

Special schools: Spring Common Academy

Located on the southern end of the village, Brampton Park has now released its final collection of family homes for sale by Metropolitan Thames Valley. This is the last opportunity to buy in this popular neighbourhood. A collection of two, three and four-bedroom houses are available for private sale with prices starting from £260,000 and what’s more, Help to Buy is available on selected properties. With Help to Buy, buyers require just a five per cent deposit to secure their new home; the government lends you up to 20 percent of the cost of the property and then you just need a 75 per cent mortgage to cover the rest.

In addition to the private sale homes, some houses can be purchased through shared ownership, starting at £115,500 for a 35 per cent share (full price £330,000); a five per cent deposit of just £5,775 is required. Shared ownership makes purchasing a home more accessible because the deposit and mortgage are based on the share purchased, meaning they are lower than if you buy outright.

A house at Brampton Park

The traditional red-brick houses at Brampton Park have been designed to blend into their village setting and there is a wide choice of house types, ranging from two-bedroom semi-detached homes to spectacular four-bedroom, four-bathroom detached houses arranged over three levels.

Standards of comfort, style and energy efficiency are very high with contemporary fitted kitchens, including a dishwasher and washer/dryer, and fully tiled Roca bathrooms. Karndean oak-effect flooring in the living areas, carpets in the bedrooms and built-in wardrobes in the master bedroom are included as standard. Each house has a generous rear garden and off-street parking; many of the four-bedroom houses also include a garage.

The showhome at Brampton Park

Esaiyas Mollallegn, Head of Marketing at Metropolitan Thames Valley, comments: “Many people aspire to live in a village but don’t want to sacrifice convenience and accessibility. Brampton Park offers the best of both worlds. The wide choice means that there is a home to suit all types of families, from those starting out to larger families who need more space and privacy.”

To find out more about the homes at Brampton Park, call the sales team on 0208 607 0550 or visit www.metropolitanbramptonpark.co.uk for the private sale and Help to Buy homes or www.sharedownership.co.uk for the shared ownership homes

 

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