Local area guide Area Guide

Nantwich owes much of its early history to the Romans and their salt manufacturing which continued through to more recent time, along with the development of a large tanning industry. Set within rolling Cheshire farmland, the town has been one of the counties wealthiest farming areas for centuries, coupled with some of the finest Grade I and II listed buildings known. After the Fire of Nantwich in December 1583, personal financial contributions came from Queen Elizabeth I to restore the town’s fine architecture. Known as 'Little Chester' to some, Nantwich still enjoys a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with great local history.

As one of South Cheshire's most desirable towns, there is an incredible diversity of property styles and prices. Whilst a road fronted two bedroom terrace could be bought for £125,000, within the same area a two bedroom apartment could sell for £200,000 and one of Nantwich's period properties could range from £250,000 to well over £1 million. There are several more modern developments within the town where prices can again vary, but a four bedroom detached house will be between £270,000 and £350,000, location dependent. We also enjoy being surrounded by some of the most delightful villages possible, Audlem, Wybunbury, Wrenbury, Cholmondely, Burland, and Willaston to name just a few, all very different but all charming examples of Cheshire village living.

Diversity is yet again the keyword here, first time buyers buying a flat or terrace close to the town’s night-life, only to move out to Kingsley Village or Stapeley when the first new arrival comes along.

Growing families tend to stay on these highly desirable developments, only moving when the family has all grown up and either the rural idyll calls or one of the towns well located bungalows becomes available. There are strong family ties in the area with some people being able to boast of being the latest in a long line of Nantwich residents.

Hardly a month goes by without there being a local celebration from the International Cheese Festival, the largest cheese show in the world, Nantwich Show which is the UK's largest agricultural show, Jazz and Blues Festival, Nantwich Food Festival, Words and Poetry Festival and the historic Holly Holy Day, a re-enactment of the Battle of Nantwich during the civil war. Along with other festivals, the town also has a very popular monthly farmers market

Franchise Director of Reeds Rains estate agents Nantwich, John Poulson commented: "Having spent many years working across the UK, with the last 25 years across Cheshire, Nantwich is without a doubt the friendliest, most welcoming place I know. You have superb walks along the canal, rivers and woodlands, calling in to one of the main coffee bars for a top up, a bite of lunch in an award winning café. Then a visit to one of the towns historical sites or book shops for a breather to set you up for a glass of something cold in some of the friendliest pubs known. It’s just the nicest place to be."

Nantwich encompasses every possible type of property, with modern developments catering to first time buyers through to growing families. Its real strength comes from some of the towns older roads with superb period properties of all types and descriptions, from a charming two bedroom timber framed cottage through to an imposing eight bed Georgian residence, every taste can be catered for here in Nantwich.

We have some of Cheshire's finest dining within easy reach, some with national acclaim. However some of the best are the small, family run bars, cafés and restaurants producing top quality, locally sourced cuisine without making a fuss. Standards are high as one would expect as the location of a nationally famous food and drink festival, there are some absolute gems hidden away, far too many to mention. For shopping we have Morrisons, Marks and Spencers and Sainsburys within the town. For those wanting more locally sourced produce, the market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday has a Fishmonger, Game and Poultry Dealer, Butcher, Cheese Maker, Greengrocer, Baker and much, much more. The monthly farmers market sees the choice increase even further with a wealth of stalls including some of Rick Stein's Food Heroes.

As the location of one of the UK's few outdoor brine swimming pools, Nantwich enjoys a host of leisure centres and activities, with several council and privately run leisure centres and gyms in the town. Cycle routes and footpaths are numerous around the town allowing easy access without the need for a car. The Jazz and Blues Festival, Words and Poetry Festival, Museum, Library, historical sites and a wealth of bookshops make Nantwich a culturally diverse and fascinating place to be.

Set amidst rolling Cheshire countryside, Nantwich is further blessed with a wealth of footpaths, cycle routes and park land, forming an idyllic family location. With playgrounds dotted across the town, some of the largest are on The Barony Park and Shrewbridge Road Park, large tree lined parks set within the town. The River Weaver running through the heart of the town enjoys footpaths, open areas and woodland, whist up river is the charming Nantwich Lake.

Being a rural area, Nantwich is surprisingly well located with the M6 junction 16 a short distance away. Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham are all only a short distance away, whilst Nantwich train station connects with Crewe placing London and the country network at your fingertips.