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Why you should move to Barrowford

PUBLISHED: 13:03 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:16 20 February 2013

THIS pretty East Lancashire village has all the ingredients for a perfect place to set up home. Near to the M65, Barrowford has the benefits of village life as well as being near to the busier centres of Burnley and Blackburn.

THIS pretty East Lancashire village has all the ingredients for a perfect place to set up home. Near to the M65, Barrowford has the benefits of village life as well as being near to the busier centres of Burnley and Blackburn.

Pendle Water streams through its centre past the historic Park Hill, former residence of the Bannister family and now home to the Pendle Heritage Centre and the start of the Pendle Way offering numerous walks for every ability.

The village is bursting with designer boutiques for men, women and children whose exclusivity attracts local celebrities as well as people who have heard about the shops' reputations. When you want to wind down for the weekend there are two parks to choose from to take the family, plenty of walking routes or places to sit and watch the world go buy.

There is a limited choice in eateries but this does not affect the good quality of food with pubs offering traditional recipes with a few restaurants offering a more formal night out. Also try out the Tudor-built White Bear Inn, a mainstay in the village's history, held as one of the most picturesque and oldest inns in the Pendle area.

The housing market, despite a steady rise in prices, has in the main stayed well below the national average giving buyers a real opportunity to get themselves a bargain.

Properties, by contrast, are far from average and you have your pick from quaint looking terraces and character properties as well as 17th and 18th century farmhouses and homes in former handloom weavers' cottages. A lakeside property can be snapped up for less than 300,000 making Barrowford an ideal place to get more for your money.

There are still those multi-million pound properties on the edge of the village to whet the appetite of those with a bigger budget. New homes are rare to non-existent but this only adds to the character of the place. One of the many good things about Barrowford is there is something for everyone.

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Property prices: The latest Land Registry figures show detached properties go for just over 300,000, semis for around 170,000, terraces come in at 120,000 with flats available at just under 140,000.

Ups: Good house prices, pretty location, thriving community and it's on the up

Downs: May be a bit too quiet for some, a little rough around the edges in places

Schools:
Barrowford St Thomas CE Primary School, 01282 614462;
Barrowford School, 01282 615644

Transport: The nearest train station is a short distance away in Nelson. Buses run regularly to the village from nearby towns and villages. The nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford International Airport at just over 20 miles away

Commuting: Excellent commuter links for all nearby towns and cities with access via the M65. Burnley is less than 20 minutes away and access to Yorkshire or other parts of Lancashire is within easy reach.

Shops: Lots of choice. Popular with footballers' wives, there are designer boutiques, trendy hairdressers, health and beauty businesses and its own diamond gallery. Booths are also hoping to own a store here.

Restaurants/bars: It is quality not quantity in Barrowford with good pub food at a handful of places as well as an Italian restaurant and brassiere

Weekend fun: Whichever way you turn there are options. Get out onto the Yorkshire Dales for a days walking, take a stroll along the canal, picnic in the park or visit local beauty spot Downham. Rainy day? Head to Blackburn or over to Rossendale for some shopping or a trip to the cinema.

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