Our top pick this month is the canalside village of Alrewas, an area favourite for all walks of life. Home to an outstanding assortment of amenities, an exellent school catchment and within reach of surrounding countryside and leisure pursuits, Alrewas is a strong contender in the property market place and maintains a healthy return on sales time and time again.
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Set within a picturesque conservation area alongside the River Trent, this pretty Staffordshire village boasts a well connected road network and idyllic countryside surroundings, ideal for those who work in larger commercial centres through the week and enjoy the outdoors in their spare time.
The village lies at the intersection of the A513 and A38 and allows for swift access to local towns and cities including Burton, Derby, Lichfield and Birmingham. There is a public bus route that runs through the village and rail travel from Lichfield provides direct links to Birmingham and London in a commuter friendly 80 minutes. The International airports of Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester are also within a convenient drive.
The proximity to the Trent & Mersey canal is a great draw for the village, with rural walks and canalside strolls available on each home's doorstep. The canal takes you north to Barton under Needwood or south towards Fradley junction, a bustling spot home to the The Swan pub and the Fradley nature reserve where the Coventry and Trent & Mersey canals connect.
The traditional centre of the village plays host to a wide array of amenities including a Co-Op, boutique stores, various cafes and takeaway outlets, beauticians, a historic Church and a post office, as well as Coates’ award winning butchers. In addition, there is a doctors surgery, dispensary pharmacy and a private dentists.
Dotted about the village are a number of country pubs, some of which also serve food including The Crown, the William IV and the George & Dragon, with the Royal British Legion offering a members only lounge.
A prime location for families, the charming All Saints Church of England Primary school lies close to the village centre and offers a personal learning experience in small class sizes. As with most village schools, smaller class sizes mean each child gets involves in most activities, giving them a great start to High School education at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated John Taylor Specialist School in Barton under Needwood. A school bus runs from Alrewas to Barton daily for the students to catch.
The National Memorial Arboretum
The area is famed for the National Memorial Arboretum, a peaceful site of remembrance dedicated to the British armed forces. Originally opened by the Queen in 2001, this 150 acre landscaped arboretum is formed by over 300 memorials and an abundance of wildlife and also houses an education centre and hosts social events such as outdoor film screenings.