3 reasons why you should move to Bramhall
PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:14 19 November 2019
Welcome to one of the friendliest towns in Cheshire with a dynamic community spirit
Bustling Bramhall seems at first glance to be a standard yet pleasant suburb with a rich history on its doorstep - namely the magnificent Bramall Hall, a Tudor manor-house that dates back to the Middle Ages. Tours of this treasure-chest of a house and its glorious gardens draw many visitors to the town.
But step back into modern life on Bramhall's lively high street and you'll find a fine example of contemporary village living. You only have to walk through the centre to see why Bramhall has been voted as one of the friendliest places to live in the country several times; people stop and chat to one other, offer a friendly smile, wave to their neighbours and you instantly understand that cheery disposition is ingrained within the leafy suburb.
In fact community is big in Bramhall, as you can see from just the brieftest of glances at its social calendar. The Bramhall Festival, held in June, is a family-friendly event featuring stage shows and artisanal markets; The Big Bramhall Tea Party (organised by the founder of community-based website I Love Bramhall) brings the elderly together with younger residents for a free afternoon tea; and - introduced this year - Mardi Gras, organised by Eds Hair, brings a bounce of Brazilian spirit to the village.
CAFES & COUTURE
The coffee shop culture is fast becoming a sign of a flourishing town centre and Bramhall is home to its fair few java hot spots. A favourite is Juniper, a popular artisan café owned by four Syrian brothers who treat customers like family and impress with their own special coffee blend. Or visit Plumcake Café for a slice of homemade cake. Bramhall is also home to high-end independent boutiques; deck out your little darlings with the latest styles at Button Nose Kids, owned by former model Charlotte Middleton who took over the business in 2018 to create the next generation of fashionistas.
The adults haven't been forgotten - shop designer labels from Bramhall's latest addition Caro Boutique, where you'll find British and European designer labels such as Nu Denmark. There's also Cheshire-based mini chain Riva Menswear, where the less fair sex can browse brands from Ted Baker to Hugo Boss.
CULTURE & COUNTRY
Thanks to the greenery of the beautiful 70 acres of Bramhall Park, this little suburb gives you the best of both urban living and country life. It's no surprise that many of the locals have been inspired to recreate the scenery in picture form within the thriving art scene.
The Arts Society North East Cheshire meets once a month for lectures on various artists and themes whilst also offering trips and study days to further your knowledge - helpful if you're in need of some artistic influence and perfect for those who want to meet like-minded people. For those who wish to capture the beauty, there's Bramhall Photographic Society, which meets weekly, teaching a variety of techniques. You mustn't miss a visit to Cheshire Art Gallery, which is home to a range of modern art from established artists such as Geoffrey Key to emerging artists such as Iryna Yermolova. Bramhall is sure to leave you feeling inspired.
BAG A PROPERTY
Being voted as one of the friendliest places to live in the UK goes a long way to making this a desirable destination to move to. Aside from its historic connection and leafy surroundings, which are a big plus, its strong community spirit has to be its main draw. From an active social calendar with events from its Halloween-inspired village fair to the festive artisan market that hits the streets every year, there's something to keep everyone busy.
'Bramhall has a lovely community spirit with a dozen types of groups people can get involved in from knitting clubs to toddler times, all very appealing to potential buyers,' says Matthew Clark, of estate agents Gascoigne Halman. 'There is also a lovely variety of independent shops. Add in the close transport links to Stockport and Manchester and good schools, both private and state, make it an attractive place. 'The property market is also incredibly diverse. There is a large collection of period-style semi-detached homes, but there is also a good variety of million-pound modern mansions and everything in between.'
WHY I MOVED HERE
My partner Mike and I used to always drive through Bramhall and admire it. Fast forward and here we are with our own salon and an incredibly caring community right on our doorstep.
WHY I STAYED HERE
I was born and brought up in Bramhall. I believe it has something for everyone. I've visited other places but this will always remain my home. My mum still lives in the house I was born in!