Best places to live in and around Stamford: Top 5 areas

Winning The Sunday Times’ vote of the number one place to live in the Midlands region in 2021, Stamford’s charm has long since captivated those looking to relocate somewhere with a small-town community feel – but also great transport links to major city hubs.

If you’re thinking about moving to the East Midlands’ answer to the Cotswolds, you might be considering whether it’s worth looking at places to live in Stamford itself, or widening your search to the surrounding villages.

This article will outline 5 of the best spots in and around this picture-perfect small town.


Both city and country dwellers flock to the small town of Stamford, infamous for its honey-stoned period buildings, independent stores and boutiques, and weekly market.

While Stamford boasts over 600 listed buildings, including five medieval churches and the stunning Burghley House, life in Stamford is anything but old-fashioned. The town’s high street is home to a mix of independent cafes and recognised retailers, and families can take advantage of Stamford’s public education system that includes Nursery School, Junior School, Senior School, and even a Sixth Form.

For those concerned about transport links, residents in Stamford can reach Peterborough’s east coast mainline in as little as 15 minutes from the town’s station – and can be in London in just over an hour.


For those who want to live near Stamford, but would prefer living a little outside of the town itself, Ufford is a great choice. Just 10 minutes drive from Stamford, Ufford has recently passed through a property renaissance.

The majority of Ufford’s biggest houses have been renovated in recent years, while many older houses have since been replaced with impressive new-build homes. The village’s pub, The White Hart, draws in many locals who spend summer evenings catching up in the pub’s garden area. Ufford also boasts a wide range of clubs and societies so village residents can socialise after work hours and further bolster the bond between those who live in Ufford.

Aside from being close to Stamford, Ufford is just a 15-minute drive from Peterborough mainline station – ideal for those looking to commute into London for work or a night out.


Another of the best areas to live in Stamford is Barnack. On the surface, Barnack seems like a rather ordinary English village, however, away from the main thoroughfare lies a vibrant community lifestyle with some great selling points.

Parents with children at primary school age can give their children an education rated Outstanding by OFSTED, and history buffs can cycle to nearby Burghley House for its annual Horse Trials and summer events. Unusually for villages like Barnack, there’s also a great selection of properties on sale for a wide range of budgets and tastes.

Barnack is an excellent choice for commuters via Peterborough, who can easily reach the city and make their way to London, as well.


A little further afield lies Fotheringhay, an idyllic village perfect for those craving rural living.

Fotheringhay is largely dominated by an impressive church tower, and the surrounding fields and location set back from the River Nene often fool those conducting house viewings in the village into believing they’re ‘in the middle of nowhere.’ However, there are great station links just a short car ride away. Property is at the pricier end in Fotheringhay, with near-acre ‘plots’ on the market for almost as much as complete homes in the other destinations on this list. However, if you’re searching for somewhere close to Stamford to truly get away from it all, Fotheringhay is a great option.

The village of Fotheringhay is just a 20-minute drive from Peterborough mainline station, while residents can reach the bustling Oundle in under 10 minutes.

Market Overton

Last but certainly not least when deciding where to live in Stamford, is the village of Market Overton.

For keen hikers and horse riders, this village is an ideal destination to practice their hobbies; Market Overton’s location on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir offers this area of outstanding natural beauty up on a plate. With a much-loved village shop, a GP surgery, and a pharmacy, Market Overton has everything you need to live comfortably away from the hustle and bustle, while parents can send their children to nearby Witham or Oakham schools. There are also many opportunities to join a good game of cricket, bowls or snooker with the local teams.

For commuters, Market Overton is slightly out of the way – the village is about 30 minutes from the nearest mainline station. But this is just a small price to pay for everything Market Overton has to offer.

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