3 reasons why you should move to Poynton
PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:22 08 August 2019
Neighbourhood know-how, places and people
Prepare to move over Alderley Edge and Prestbury - Poynton has you in its sights. Surrounded by glorious countryside, it's on the fringes of the county's famed golden triangle and is home to some of the area's most exclusive addresses.
It's a small town with a village feel and its pretty high street is brimming with places to eat, places to shop and amenities. Its location means it's not only commuter heaven for the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, and Manchester but there are walks, things to do and rural idylls to explore. Try Poynton Park, home to Poynton Pool. It's only a few minutes walk from the centre but its woodland, wildlife and waterside walks whisk you away from the nearby hustle. Go a little further to Lyme Park to relive your own Mr Darcy moment - the estate was used for THAT lake scene when Colin Firth emerges from the waters in front of the historic house.
Its heritage lies in coal. It was mined locally in the 1500s and Poynton's were the largest in the county. They were owned and overseen by the many Lord Vernons, which you'll spot references too in the names of its streets, schools and businesses.
Raising the bar
A town on the up for food and drink, you'll find plenty of places to stop. Former Natwest bank turned stylish bar and restaurant, Panache One London Road has enticed the locals as much as it has sporting star-tuned coach Nicky Butt, Cold Feet's John Thompson and Stockport Indie band Blossoms. The cocktail menu is reason enough to go.
Stroll up Park Lane for a drink at the Flute and Firkin, Poynton Brewery's taphouse before heading to Poynton's must-visit venue, Vinehop. This wine shop-cum-tasting bar is floor to ceiling with some of the best wines from around the world. They are sourced by brothers Dominic and Adam Patterson, who opened the business in 2017, and learned their trade from their wine expert dad, Edward, who once ran several wine shops in the county. Visit on a weekend in summer, you'll get a taste of street food from traders who do guest spots at the shop.
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The Poynton Players are a group that punch above their weight. Often staging never before seen plays or shows, it was first established in 1931 and is now run by a dedicated group of volunteers who stage four well-attended productions a year. Each summer, this year's was in July, the town also hosts Poynton Summerfest. Much like the Poynton Players, it's a small group of dedicated volunteers who organise live music, food, drink and market stalls.
Brookside Miniature Railway, saved from closure last year by local enthusiasts, has become a thriving family attraction. You'll find this interesting project, started in the 1980s, at Brookside Garden Centre. It's perfect for all ages. You can take an walk, starting at Nelson Pit Visitor Centre in Higher Poynton. Stroll along the banks of Macclesfield Canal, heading onto The Middlewood Way, the former Marple to Macclesfield railway line.
Grand, super luxe villas stand at the end of long driveways, hidden by chunky gates. New builds are also on the increase offering vast amounts of space contrasting with cottages that may be small in size but are big on original features and charm.
A first time buyer's paradise this is not. A small two bedroom cottage can cost £300,000 - you'll spot plenty along Park Lane. However, some of the town's pretty terraces are attracting a younger crowd who are happy with cosy interiors just to get a foothold in the town. 'Poynton has reinvented itself,' says, Peter Higham, director at estate agency Gascoigne Halman. 'It has become a shared space village with a thriving centre. There's a great selection of shops, café bars, restaurants, pubs and bespoke wine bars.' On a sunny day, the main shopping street is full with locals making the most of al fresco eateries. Its schools, too, show excellent achievement. 'Poynton is a place with great community. It suits not only families but single people, couples and those who have retired. It is a village for everyone,' adds Peter.
Why I moved here
Sarah Thomas, 32
I grew up here but moved away to work in London. But when we had our children Henry, three and Oscar, eight months, we decided to come back. Poynton is a fantastic place to bring up a family. I had such a special childhood here, it feels good to give that to my own children.
Why I've stayed here
Paul Grimshaw, 50
My family have lived in here for 150 years. I love its history - American troops were stationed nearby and Poynton Pool was an army camp. I love military history and have restored my own 1942 Willis jeep. Poynton is a friendly place where you'll always find a friendly face.