It is easy to be swept away by the charm of this beautiful town, with its picture-perfect setting you could feel you are on the set of a period drama. It is not only us that love living here, though; Stamford is listed as a favourite in The Sunday Times 'Best Places to Live in the UK', though this year it was pipped to the winning spot by Falmouth. We are certainly not complaining about coming in second - as they say, second is the best!
There is so much more behind Stamford's attractive faÃ§ade, which is why many people want to make it their home.
The Sunday Times describes Stamford as having "period charm without the drama", and we agree - it really is a down to earth place to live, void of pretentious offerings. With many groups and clubs for people of all ages, we're proud of our strong sense of community. We have managed to retain our link to our traditional past, and prevent some of the changes that have occurred in other historical towns.
There is no doubt that Burghley House is a dominant feature on our landscape, as are the many striking churches, including the 13th century All Saints' Church. As we walk around the town we still love to explore the hidden courtyards and narrow lanes that are home to some fascinating independent stores.
Away from the centre you will find stretches of glorious countryside offering a variety of walks. One of our favourites is around the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, which is under 20 minutes away. Rutland Water is one Europe's largest man-made reservoirs, where you may even spot an osprey.
There is no shortage of arts and cultural activities, should you wish to attend a production or watch a film at the Stamford Arts Centre, or perhaps visit the latest exhibition at Gallery Stamford. Whether you wish to perform a sonnet with our Shakespeare Company, or become the pirate king alongside our own Gilbert & Sullivan players, Stamford will fulfil all your creative and artistic needs.
From reiki to rugby, you will find everything you need to live a healthy lifestyle within Stamford. Activities are as diverse as Scottish Country Dancing to the Stamford Striders and everything in between, and let's not forget the popular Bridge Club.
When buying a home, you are not just buying bricks and mortar, you are also becoming part of a community. Moving to a new area can be daunting, but at Martin & Co Stamford we believe finding you the right area to suit your family is just as important as finding the right property.
We are ready to show you why you should make Stamford your home, give us a call on 01780 756305 or feel free to drop into our charming office for an informal chat on St Marys Street in Stamford.