Canal boat heaven.

North Kilworth (and its 'sister' village, South Kilworth) were mentioned in the Domesday book (under different names) and for a hundred years or so, when served by both the canal and the railway, was considered to be industrially important. There has been a working boat yard at the wharf for over 200 years and the fantastic-looking new marina is keeping the canal boat connection strong for the 21st century, although the village is probably more well-known today for the beautiful Kilworth House hotel and theatre, which was originally built in the late 1800s as a home for the high sheriff of Leicestershire.

There are no shops, school or pub in Theddingworth, but it's excellent location on the main road between Market Harborough and Lutterworth makes everything you could reasonably want on a normal day very accessible. Children attend the school at Husbands Bosworth just up the road, where there is also a doctor's surgery. There are excellent eateries in the surrounding villages, the nearest being the Coach and Horses in Lubenham and the Staff of Life in Mowsley, both of which serve excellent food.

You can be in Market Harborough in about ten minutes, shopping, eating, or hopping on the train to St Pancras.

Mark Baldwin Author

Its fortunes have waxed and waned over the centuries but these days it’s a quiet place with no shops and just one pub - the Red Lion, which is highly-rated for its food and extensive wine list. However its excellent location means that you’re able to enjoy this peaceful rural living with none of the inconvenience as you’re no more than 15 minutes away by car from all sorts of activities.

Nearby in Husbands Bosworth there is a shop, a pub, a doctor’s surgery and the gliding club. There are golf courses, leisure centres, gyms and an array of supermarkets in both Market Harborough and Lutterworth.

Like its neighbouring villages Theddingworth’s ideal location makes getting around the country really easy, with the M1, A14, M6 and the midland mainline only a short drive away. Likewise both East Midlands and Birmingham airports are around a 40 minute drive.