Why you should move to Holcombe

PUBLISHED: 13:01 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 20 February 2013

Despite a limited choice of amenities, Holcombe has become a popular property spot with young professionals eager to swap city life for the country.

The village of Holcombe nestles in the west of the Ramsbottom district clinging to the picturesque slopes of Harcles Hill, just south of Haslingden.

At one time the village had a shop, post office, a lockup and a regular bus service to nearby Holcombe Brook but now there is less with a church, primary school, restaurant and a well-known pub, the Shoulder of Mutton.

Despite a limited choice of amenities, Holcombe has become a popular property spot with young professionals eager to swap city life for the country. It is easy to understand why with easy commuter links with Manchester, Bolton, and Bury all within an hour's drive via the M66 or A56 and Blackburn, Preston and Chorley also within a reasonable distance.

There is a good variety of new developments, stone cottages, large country estates and farms giving a choice for any house hunter. Property prices have stayed below the national average making it possible to grab yourself a real bargain with semi-detached and terraced houses available for about 150,000.

If you buy a property in Holcombe you also inherit a rich history. Regular court sessions of the Royal Manor of Tottington were held in Holcombe in the middle ages and the village is also the is the home of the Holcombe Hunt. The pack have been kennelled at Holcombe for over 200 years and it is believed to be one of the oldest in the country.

The lucky residents who live in the Ramsbottom district also have the benefit of being able to walk out of their front or back doors and be on the beautiful moorland that surrounds the village within a few minutes. Much of this land is in the care the the National Trust and walkers, cyclists and bird watchers can often be spotted.

There are real opportunities to get a beautiful home for a very reasonable price in Holcombe. Well worth a look.


Property Prices: House prices in Holcombe according to latest figures from the Land Registry show that average price has stayed below the national level for England and Wales for at least the past ten years. The average price for a detached property is just above 250,000, semidetached and terraced houses are available for about 150,000 and you can get a flat for just under 130,000.

Ups: For those wanting to escape the nineto- five working week Holcombe can give that 'get away from it all' feeling. For lovers of the outdoors there is also plenty of open space get lost in.

Downs: Crime levels are a little above the national average. It could be too quiet for families with teenage children. Having your own transport is vital.

Schools: Emmanuel Holcombe CE Primary School, Holcombe, 01706 823498 Darul Uloom Islamic College, Holcombe, 01706 826106 St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, Ramsbottom, 01706 823645

Transport: Public transport in Holcombe is not great. The nearest railway station is in Entwistle, just over three miles away, and no bus services run to the village. There are a few services that run to Holcombe Brook and there is a coach station in Bury. The nearest airport is Manchester International Airport, less than 20 miles away.

Commuting: Holcombe is ideally situated just off the M66 making it an easy commute to Manchester Bolton and Bury. It is also not too far a stretch to reach Blackburn, Preston or Bolton or even over the Lancashire boundary towards Harrogate or Bradford.

Shops: There are basic amenities in the village but any shopping would require a trip further afield.

Restaurants/bars: There are a handful of places to eat and drink in Holcombe including an Indian restaurant and the Shoulder of Mutton pub with real ales and good value food.

Weekend fun: Walk, walk and more walk. Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element with plenty of good routes on the nearby moors as well as places for cyclists and bird watchers to indulge their hobbies.

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