Peterborough is not only networked by excellent public transport, but has a direct, 50-minute rail service to central London (King’s Cross).
The East Coast Mainline is a major attraction for commuters, having a frequent, reliable service reaching King’s Cross in around 50 minutes. Let’s be truthful here; it’s not cheap at around £7,000 a year, but then it buys a quality of life because you get so much more home for your money in Peterborough – four bedrooms and a lovely garden for little more than an average flat. An alternative rail link taking around 1hr 15 mins to Kings Cross will save you around half the cost. Peterborough also has good rail links with Cambridge, and a London Stansted Airport link which is not only great value but which takes you right into the airport – excellent if you travel a lot for work.
Peterborough is networked with an excellent bus service, just three minutes’ walk from 11 Elliot Avenue, which has a 10-minute frequency, taking you just 200 metres’ walk from the rail station. Journey time is around 20 minutes at peak times.
Peterborough is much maligned but undeservedly. It has a vibrant city centre with top-quality restaurants such as Clarkes, the Queensgate Shopping Centre, an unique bars such as The Brewery Tap (whose owner also runs Oakham Ales, which has a small brewing unit behind a glass wall in the pub). If you like live music, there are several pubs which can get your feet tapping, including the famous late-night sessions at Charters – a converted Dutch grain barge on the river (shown above).
There are two bowling alleys in the city, indoor karting and other entertainment for a more youthful generation. That includes regular productions at the Key Theatre and at The Cresset, both of which also stage live music performances. The pantos at both venues are popular, but Peterborough also has two very active production groups.
One of the gems of Peterborough, the Nene Park, is just a few minutes’ walk from 11 Elliot Avenue. It stretches along the unspoilt River Nene Valley, where wildlife such as otters are seen regularly. It’s Ferry Meadows Country Park is a wonderful family playground, offering sailing, fishing, canoeing, cafes, public barbecues and even birdwatching. It is much loved by Peterborians.
Within a very short distance are opportunities to enjoy everything from clay pigeon shooting to off-road driving, golf and public tennis courts. Peterborough offers families space to breathe.
11 Elliot Avenue is in a quiet cul-de-sac of architect-designed homes, each unique. It has a large, block-paved driveway which can accommodate as many as five cars. The drive has an offset portion which can be used to park a trailer or caravan.
The house is double-skinned and insulated, with double glazing in all windows with the exception of the front door. It has a large, dwarf-wall conservatory and a double garage which has a side door for access from the house.
The house has large eaves front and back, which have some advantages, not least of which is preventing rain from reaching the upstairs windows – very useful if you want to leave them open to freshen up the house and ensures they rarely need cleaning.
The bay window to the living room faces south, and lets in plenty of light, as does the glazed front door.
The double garage has the advantage of a pitched roof, so a lot of loft storage. You could, of course, put your car in it but it has potential for conversion into an office, studio or workshop space, as it is properly wired with its own fuse board.