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Nearest station

  • Bedford Midland (4.93 miles)
  • Bedford St.Johns (5.11 miles)
  • Biggleswade (5.11 miles)

Great Barford is a well-connected part of Bedfordshire

Located less than 7 miles from Bedford, and just minutes away from the A1, the pretty village of Great Barford is an ideal place for families and commuters. Bedford has an extensive range of shops - both well-known high street retailers and independent shops - so whatever you want or need can be found here easily. And if you want to get away to London for work or play, you’ll be able to reach the city in around 50 minutes. It’s these benefits and more that make choosing a new home at Goodwin Place an easy decision.

What’s in Great Barford?

• The River Great Ouse
• Two good schools for children aged up to 13

Just a short walk from Goodwin Place is the River Great Ouse. Running a total length of around 143 miles, this is one of the longest rivers in the UK, starting at Syresham in Northamptonshire with its mouth at The Wash in Kings Lynn. The River passes through Great Barford for a few of those miles, and is an ideal place to take in the peace and quiet on offer. It is also a popular riverside ‘Great Walk’, where walkers regularly cover a route of just under 8 miles that takes them to some of the area’s historic points of interest, including the 15th century Great Barford Bridge, the English Heritage monument Danish Camp and the 16th century Grade I listed Willington Dovecote and Stables. The Dovecote is a nesting site for kestrels and barn owls, so this will be of interest to keen birdwatchers and nature lovers.

With the county operating a three-tier school system, families looking for property for sale in Great Barford benefit from two well-regarded schools being close to Goodwin Place, with a popular upper school a short distance away. Great Barford Lower School is a 5-minute walk from the development, and provides co-education to ‘fulfil the potential of every child’. Middle school Alban Church of England Academy is approximately half a mile’s walk away, and offers education to boys and girls while ‘promoting wisdom and learning based on Christian values’. Approximately 5 miles away by car is Mark Rutherford School, where students aged 11-19 benefit from a strong and wide-ranging education.

What will I find close to Great Barford?

• The county town of Bedford
• Priory Country Park

At just over 6 miles away by car is the town of Bedford. With plenty of shops, parks, entertainment and museums to choose from, there are options for all members of the family here. The Harpur Centre is home to a good selection of high street stores, with some independent shops alongside them. More independent names can be found at the nearby Arcade, and is where you’ll also discover a number of cafes to take some time out from the shops for a short while. Bedford has several live music venues and theatres to experience a variety of entertainment in, including concerts, performing arts and comedy. Museums throughout the town offer visitors an insight into historic figures from the town’s past as well as Bedford itself. There are also a number of parks in the town, such as Russell Park and Bedford Park, which are great spaces to relax in with family or friends. With all of this just a short distance away from your doorstep, this is an ideal part of the south to search for new homes.

Great Barford is also close to Priory Country Park. Consisting of lakes, meadows and woodland, this attractive 360 acre green space is where you’ll be able to enjoy pleasant walks or take part in sporting activities including cycling, canoeing, kayaking and kite flying. For keen fishers, the park offers seasonal fishing passes for its lakes, with free fishing available on the River Great Ouse, which is on the outskirts of the park. Children will be able to enjoy the park’s play area, and the whole family can take advantage of the snacks, treats and drinks of offer at the park’s café.

What will I find beyond Bedford?

• The popular and historic city of Cambridge
• Excellent road and rail links for simple travel

Less than 25 miles from Great Barford is the beautiful city of Cambridge. Home to a great amount of history, shopping and entertainment - and the world-famous university - Cambridge has something for everyone. The Grand Arcade is one of the most popular shopping areas, containing 60 stores catering to anyone shopping for clothing, jewellery, technology and homewares. It is also a good place to find something to eat and drink, with a number of restaurants and coffee shops on offer. For shops a little less well known, head to Rose Crescent, Trinity Street, Magdalene Street, Bridge Street or King Street and discover a range of independent shops. The city’s Market Square is home to a weekly arts and crafts market too, so no matter when you’re planning your visit, you’ll find everything you need. Cambridge has an abundance of entertainment venues, museums, theatres, stately homes and sporting activities to enjoy and experience too, meaning there’s always something to see and do within the city. One of the most popular tourist choices is punting on the River Cam, whether you want to do this yourself or simply enjoy a tour of the city on the water.

Great Barford is well served for both road and rail travel. The A1 is just a few miles from Goodwin Place, and offers easy journeys into London in approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. The A1 also goes as far as Edinburgh, allowing for simple travel to a vast number of locations along the route, as well as access to the country’s extensive ‘A’ and ‘M’ road networks.

For train travel, Bedford Midland and Bedford St. John’s rail stations are both approximately 5 miles from home. From these, locations including Corby (35 minutes), Bletchley (45 minutes) and Nottingham (1 hour 15 minutes) can be easily reached. There are also regular and direct services to London St Pancras in approximately 50 minutes.

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