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Whitchurch- The market town rich in history

Whitchurch is the northernmost market town in Shropshire nestling on the borders of south Cheshire and Wales.  Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it provides the ideal base for those who wish to sample the delights of strolling along the Shropshire canal, cycling through country lanes or simply enjoying the fresh air.

The town itself offers a wealth of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit everyone and is often referred to as ‘Home of Tower Clocks’ due to the famous JB Joyce tower clocks company being established there in 1690.  Joyce’s timepieces can be found as far afield as Singapore and the company even helped build the ‘Big Ben’ clock in London.  As well as a number of independent shops, there is also a Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Lidl for those ‘big weekly’ shops.

As well as the flourishing high street, Whitchurch boats a community hospital, Civic Centre with community hub, markets, a swimming pool, high-end leisure centre with an array of fitness classes and sports facilities, and much more.  A number of events are held here throughout the year adding to the community feel, including Whitchurch’s own ‘food and drink festival’.

The area’s rich history means there is plenty of places to visit, and being surrounded by countryside means there are activities for all the family.  Dearnford Lake and Greenfields nature reserve sit on the outskirts of the town offering ideal locations for dog walking and running.  The events programme brings even more outdoor entertainment to the area including tractor pulling, theatre and fireworks.

Travel further into Cheshire and visit Beeston, Peckforton and Cholmondeley castles, all within a short drive of Whitchurch.   These offer great family days ranging from Knights tournaments to off-road driving and falconry.   Cheshire’s Ice Cream farm is also only down the road offering delicious ice cream and a plethora of fun family activities.

Venture further into Shropshire and explore the Hawkstone follies, a location featured in the Narnia films, or wonder around the beautiful gardens at Wollerton.

The town’s central location between Shrewsbury, Chester and Wrexham, means it is in an excellent location for anyone looking to commute.  It is also ideally placed for travelling to Crewe which is renowned for its excellent rail links, particularly to London which only takes 1.5 hours.  Whitchurch itself has its own train station that directly links to Crewe and is also on the line from Crewe down the English side of the Welsh border to Cardiff.

Finally, if catchment to great schools is a top priority when looking for a new home the you can be reassured as there is a number of highly-regarded infants, junior and high schools in Whitchurch and the surrounding areas including the acclaimed Ellesmere College.

Being located in such historical and beautiful surroundings means there is a wonderful choice of properties in Whitchurch, whether you’re looking for a rustic cottage on the welsh border, a two bedroom semi-detached in Grindley Brook, a family home in Hollyhurst or a town centre apartment.

For more information on Whitchurch and its properties, please call the team in our Whitchurch branch on 01948 662281 and we will be able to help you find the perfect home in this picturesque market town.

Location, Location, Location – Chester

Often referred to as the jewel of Cheshire, Chester has so much to offer its residents. Lying on the banks of the River Dee, and close to the boarder of Wales, this walled city is steeped in history and was recently named as the best place to live in the UK by the UK’s Housing Index.

Chester’s history is evident today as those visiting the city enter through gates of one of the best-preserved city walls in the UK.  Other buildings date back to Roman and medieval times, while the centrally located Cathedral is one of the most remarkable and historic in the country.

Other popular attractions to the city include the award winning Chester Zoo, Chester Racecourse and Roman Amphitheatre while the River Dee is ideal for relaxing boat trips. Chester is also known for its restaurants, bars and bistros and offers something for everyone through its collection of independent eateries many of which have won national accolades over the years.

Chester provides the best of both worlds whether looking to work or play.  There are plenty of employment opportunities in the city and business park; while only a short drive away you’ll find an abundance of scenic walks and nature parks, including the mountains of North Wales, Delamere Forest and the Sandstone trail which runs through the county of Cheshire.

For those looking to commute to places of work across the north west, Chester is located at a hub of major road networks with Liverpool and Manchester both located less than 40 miles away.  The city’s train station links to the national network, with London less than 2 hours away, as well as the popular North Wales coastline or ferries from Holyhead.

For residents with children, the city offers an array of quality schools including Christleton High School and Bishops’ Blue Coat High School, which both have been praised by OFSTED. There is also a wide choice of highly regarded private schools including; Abbeygate College, The Queens School and The Kings School all within close proximity of the city.

So, whether you’re looking for a two bedroom terrace house in the heart of Hoole, a four bedroom family detached in Christleton or even a city centre apartment next to Grosvenor Park, the team at our Chester branch will be able to help you find the perfect home in this picturesque city. If you would like to show you what the city has to offer, call us on 01244 317833.