Widcombe has always been one of the most sought-after areas in Bath, with its friendly, village-like community and extremely close proximity to the bustling city centre being just two of its main draws. However, following last year’s revamp of Widcombe Parade and Rossiter Road, Widcombe is now more appealing than ever. In fact, just a stroll through the thriving high street is enough to make anyone want to up sticks and become part of Bath’s most flourishing, in-demand district.
At Pritchards, we have found that Widcombe is an area that our clients are often keen to explore when searching for a house or apartment. As the longest-standing estate agents in Bath, our knowledge of the beautiful Georgian city and its surrounding regions is extensive. Here, we have unpicked the allure of this area and pinned down the five primary reasons people continue to fall in love with wonderful Widcombe…
Outstanding schools on your doorstep
As any house-hunting family will know, choosing a location with access to first rate schools is an important consideration when looking for a dream home. Widcombe makes an ideal destination for families hoping to put down roots, thanks to the selection of excellent schools in the local area. Widcombe Infant School and Widcome Junior School have both been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted, as has nearby secondary school Beechen Cliff. There are a good mix of state and private schools nearby too – Hayesfield Girl’s School and Ralph Allen have both been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, whilst Catholic school Prior Park College also received the top accolade of ‘Outstanding’.
National Trust areas waiting to be explored
Those who have a penchant for getting out and about in the fresh air will be delighted at the close proximity of some spectacular National Trust areas to Widcombe. Proving that a great day out does not necessarily need to be expensive, one of the most popular National Trust walks, the Bath Skyline, snakes its way through Widcombe, offering magnificent views of the city as you trek through hidden valleys, woodland and verdant meadows. Alternatively, you might prefer to explore the beautiful landscaped gardens of Prior Park, constructed in the 18th century with exquisite attention to detail.
Bus and train station just a stone’s throw away
When it comes to transport links, Widcombe has it all. The area is conveniently located a very short distance (just a few minutes’ walk) from the city’s main train station, Bath Spa, which offers excellent transport links all over the country, including a direct service to London Paddington. The Bath to London journey is due to be slashed to just over one hour in 2017, thanks to the ultra-fast, electrified railway line currently being laid down – another bonus for city workers looking to commute to the capital, but preferring to reside somewhere with a more peaceful pace of living.
Widcombe is also within a stone’s throw of the bus station. Additionally, frequent buses pass through the area on a daily basis. In fact, the recent improvements to Widcombe Parade and Pulteney Road South mean that bus stops are now even closer to the shops, whilst cyclists will be delighted with the new bicycle parking facility.
Independent shops, cafes and pubs
Brimming with character, Widcombe favours quirky shops and independent places to eat and drink over chain establishments. As well as all the local conveniences you might expect, including a GP, dentist, launderette and even a mini-supermarket, Widcombe Parade offers a unique shopping experience with the opportunity to pick up trinkets like handmade cards, antiques, flowers and gifts. Enjoy an evening at a local pub, such as the award-winning Ring O Bells, where you can wine, dine and catch some live music, or while the afternoon away over coffee at Lennie’s, one of the street’s popular cafes. Look out for The Deli, a new delicatessen set to open soon where you can pick up fresh bread, locally sourced cheeses, meats and even a hot cup of coffee to refuel during a hard day’s shopping.
Just a short walk from the sights of central Bath
They do say that your house-hunt starts with three words: Location, location, location. If this is the case for you then you will find Widcombe ticks all the boxes on this count. Just a 10-minute walk to the stunning sights of central Bath, you can visit the majestic Abbey, historical Roman Baths and relaxing Thermae Spa with ease. You will also have the enviable benefit of having all of Bath’s excellent shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities just a short walk from your own backyard.
If you are looking for a house or apartment in this delightful corner of Bath, Pritchards has a proven track-record of selling some stunning properties in Widcombe. Contact our friendly team today on 01225 466225 or email us via email@example.com