Edwinstowe has been declared the best place to live in Nottinghamshire and as a village which is "perfect for families who want a taste of the good life." The lifestyle website Muddy Stilettos has compiled its annual list of the best places to live within England's counties.
For Nottinghamshire, the list says that Edwinstowe near Ollerton is the county's best place to live. The website describes Edwinstowe by saying: "If it's trees and fresh air you're after, Edwinstowe is a characterful village right on the edge of Sherwood Forest that's perfect for families who want a taste of the good life."
The website highlights features including the medieval church of St Mary and several well renowned local eateries as among the reasons why Edwinstowe would make a good home. Nearby attractions of Sherwood Forest and Centre Parcs are also highlighted as well as Edwinstowe's convenient location for commuters, given that it is situated just a 45-minute drive away from Nottingham.
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The website adds: "They don't call Edwinstowe 'Robin Hood's Village' for nothing. From the Major Oak to the beautiful medieval church of St Mary, this quaint spot is steeped in folklore, and with its location at the gateway to Sherwood Forest you can see why. Away from men in green tights though, Edwinstowe is a village with a strong sense of community, a charming high street and loads of outdoor fun to be had. Surrounded by countryside but only 50 minutes drive to two major cities, it's ideal for families who want to stay connected."
Within Nottinghamshire, Muddy Stilettos highlights seven other areas as being among the best places to live in the county. Below are each of the seven other places, along with the reason why Muddy Stilettos has picked it.
"Pretty Victorian terrace houses, family-friendly fun, cafe WFH culture, and a cool vibe from a strong student population. This town has a charming theme of bees (based on incorrect assumption about the etymology of the name, but we'll let them have it): the bee is the town council’s emblem with beehives carved into the town hall.
"Street furniture dotted around High Road is decorated in black and gold with a bee symbol. And there's also a sculpture of a man sitting next to a beehive, popularly known as the 'Bee-man'."
"Sitting close to the River Trent, the village is bigger than some of the other options near Nottingham – but with enviable public transport (parts of it are even on the city bus routes). Families love living here, and it’s easy to see why. Loads of wide, open space as its surrounded by greenbelt land, and a safe and accessible high street – plus some great local schools."
"This pretty village is smack-bang in the middle of Robin Hood country, with Sherwood Forest on the doorstep and the Southwell Trail a stone's throw away. You're hardly out in the sticks, though: there are some impressive pubs and cafes here, as well as boutique shops and a wine bar in nearby Southwell. It's also a shoe-in for young families thanks to the well-rated schools and sprinkling of great parks."
"Newark-on-Trent is a town that's back on the up. Yes it has decades of history, its own castle and glorious Nottinghamshire countryside on all sides, but it's also a spot for super-convenient living. Young families and professional couples have flocked to Newark in recent years because of its fantastic commuter links, market town charm and nearby attractions which for large parts of the year, you'll have mostly to yourself."
"Picture a high street teaming with indies to explore, a glut of great restaurants, fantastic local schools, music festivals and some fab music festivals, right on your doorstep. Plus for office commuters and city lovers, it's only a short drive right to the centre of Nottingham."
"Affectionately nicknamed 'Wezzy B', the leafy 'burb is only three miles away from the city, making it an excellent commuter town on foot or via brilliant transport links. West Bridgford is very much the home of sports. There's the historic Trent Bridge Cricket, Notts County and Notts Forest football grounds on the doorstep and the National Sports Centre in nearby Holme Pierrepont."
"Dominated by the home of Batman and its glorious surrounding deer park, there’s everything you could need with the added benefit of top-notch transport links. And if you don’t fancy nipping to the city, settle in for a cosy one at some of the town’s quaint pubs and cute restaurants."
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