Reasons to call Kimbolton home
The charming and historically significant village of Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, presents an array of architecturally valuable properties. Including the hamlet of Stonely, Kimbolton hosts some of the finest homes within the county, abundant in listed buildings.
The main High Street is a magnificent example of quintessential English heritage, with Kimbolton Castle and St Andrews Church at either end. The grandeur of Kimbolton Castle, the final home of King Henry VIII’s wife, Katherine of Aragon, dates back to the Middle Ages when it was once a wooden motte and bailey castle. Later it was restored to a Tudor Manor House and in 1615 the building was bought by Sir Henry Montagu, until in 1950, the building was acquired by Kimbolton School from the Montagu family. Today it remains a thriving and reputable independent school set within stunning grounds and parkland. With around 1000 students, aged between 4-18, the beautiful campus is in the heart of the village. Offering flexible boarding, the school has both a girls and a boys boarding house, located on the High Street. The castle also holds open days for visitors to explore and learn more about the building’s history.
Walking through the main street of the village, you are welcomed with colourful period properties, many of which are local businesses supporting the vibrant community life.
The New Sun Inn, a recently refurbished pub, offers an à la carte menu, with outdoor seating for summer socialising and a woodburning stove for cosy dining and drinks. Across from the pub is Whitchurch Wines, an independent wine shop with wine bar, hosting regular evenings for tastings. For a sweet treat or coffee break, Crawfords Café provides an inviting spot to catch up with friends or take away some freshly baked goods and sandwiches. Olivers is a much loved family run independent café and shop. It is the perfect place for breakfast, brunch or lunch, with their tasteful menu and friendly atmosphere. The stylish independent boutique, Blue Blancmange, sells a range of clothing and accessories with regularly refreshed stock. Just around the corner Hellett & Sons is a longstanding family run butchers on London Road. Further along on East Street, Abingtons Menswear shop has supplied quality clothing for over 150 years offering quality tailoring services.
Within the village there is a doctors health centre, dental studio, and convenient grocery store. The Mandeville Hall hosts an array of events, providing great facilities for the active local community. A range of charity events and social activities occur throughout the year as well as a variety of sporting clubs available to join for all ages. The sociable and popular Kimbolton Cricket Club play on some of the most beautiful grounds in the country. The club also holds charity and social events enjoyed by many throughout the summer months.
Kimbolton Village is surrounded by idyllic countryside, perfect for enjoying the rural Cambridgeshire views, with local walking routes connecting the neighboring villages. The River Kym flows through the village from Tilbrook and joins the Great Ouse at St Neots. Huntingdon town is just 20 minutes away and provides regular bus routes into town and to Cambridge City Centre. Huntingdon train station provides direct access into London Kings Cross and St Pancras International making Kimbolton and the surrounding villages the ideal place to live for commuters.
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