June, 2024

Seven reasons why Parbold village is a fantastic place to live

Nestled in the heart of West Lancashire, Parbold is a charming village that offers a perfect blend of rural tranquillity and convenient amenities.

It’s the location for The Retreat, our bespoke collection of 23 heritage properties and energy efficient new homes set within beautiful walled grounds and a series of tranquil gardens.

Whether you’re just considering a move or you have already taken the plunge, here are seven great reasons to make Parbold your home.

1. Stunning surroundings
Parbold is known for its picturesque landscapes. The village is surrounded by rolling hills, lush countryside and the serene Leeds-Liverpool canal.

The village offers breathtaking views over the West Lancashire Plain and, on a clear day, you can even get a view of the Welsh mountains, making it the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. If you like leisurely walks, picnics or cycling, the Fairy Glen is a fantastic woodland walk. Located on the side of Parbold Hill, it is home to cliff edges and spectacular waterfalls.

2. Community spirit
One of the standout features of Parbold is its strong sense of community.

The village hosts various events throughout the year, including the popular Parbold Street Festival, local farmers’ markets and its annual Christmas festival. These events foster a sense of belonging and offer residents a chance to connect and celebrate their shared heritage.

The active village hall plays host to numerous classes and societies such as the Wildlife Club, WI, U3A as well as holding coffee mornings, movie screenings and concerts. There is always something happening and a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers.

3. A bustling village centre
Despite its intimate village atmosphere, Parbold offers a wealth of amenities. The bustling village centre features a variety of independent shops, cafes and traditional pubs, such as The Windmill and The Stocks Tavern, where visitors can enjoy a warm meal and a friendly chat.

Enjoy an artisan lunch overlooking the canal at Yours Is The Earth or explore a collection of curated wines at the Margot Wine Bar & Eatery, before taking a stroll around the Mill House Gallery.

Elsewhere, local services such as the library, medical centre and sports facilities cater to the needs of the community, ensuring everything you need is right on the doorstep.

4. Excellent local schools
Parbold boasts some outstanding educational institutions. Both Our Lady & All Saints Catholic Primary School and Parbold Douglas CofE Academy (within a short walk of The Retreat) are rated Outstanding by Ofsted and have excellent reputations for their community involvement. This makes Parbold an ideal choice for families with children.

5. Convenient transport links
Despite its rural charm, Parbold is well-connected. The village’s train station offers regular services to major cities like Liverpool or Manchester, meaning you can go door-to-door to either within an hour … ideal for commuters. Also, the M6 motorway is just a few miles down the road, allowing easy access to other parts of the UK. For those who prefer to stay local, a good network of buses and cycle paths makes getting around the area straightforward and convenient.

6. A rich history
Parbold is steeped in history, with roots dating back to medieval times. The village’s historic buildings, such as the iconic Parbold Windmill and the old St Peter’s Church, add a unique charm to the area. Exploring the village’s heritage through local museums and historical sites provides residents with a deep connection to the past.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lancashire village without a nod to the history of hard-won rights. On the far side of Parbold Hill is the Parbold Bottle, a monument commemorating the passing of the Great Reform Act, which started the process of giving ordinary people the right to vote.

7. Parks and Recreation
Parbold is surrounded by several natural reserves and parks, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The nearby Beacon Country Park offers extensive walking paths, picnic areas and a golf course, making it a favourite place for locals to unwind and enjoy nature.

Living in Parbold means enjoying the best of both worlds: the peace and beauty of the countryside with the convenience of urban amenities. Its strong community spirit, excellent schools, rich history and vibrant social scene make it an ideal place to call home.

Whether you’re drawn to its scenic landscapes or its friendly atmosphere, Parbold has something for everyone.

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