Local area guide

John German Estate Agents market a wide range of homes for sale and let in Burton Upon Trent and its surrounding Staffordshire and South Derbyshire villages along the A38/A50 corridor. Our local guide to Burton aims to give you an insight into what it is like to live here.

Burton upon Trent

Burton Upon Trent sits on the River Trent and is renowned for its important part in the brewing industry. It is a busy town with an ever-growing industrial side offering great employment prospects.

There are excellent amenities in Burton and plenty of things to do here. The town has two shopping centres, Coopers Square and The Octagon, plus lots of bars and places to eat including The Dial and The Winery.

For fans of live theatre and visual arts, The Brewhouse is worth a visit. And of course, there is The National Brewery Centre where you can take a tour or enjoy live events.

Burton is also the home of Burton Albion Football Club at Pirelli Stadium and England Football Training Camp at St George’s Park.

For those who love the outdoors you will have plenty of places to keep you busy, with Stapenhill Gardens, Branston Water Park, the Memorial Grounds and Washlands and Shobnall Leisure Complex.

Typically, around the town centre you will find apartments which range from newer builds to large older converted buildings, along with terraced houses suited to first-time buyers and buy to let investors. On the outskirts of the town, in places such as Branston and Stretton, are larger homes ideal for growing families. If you wish to live somewhere a bit more rural, nearby villages Anslow and Tatenhill are wonderful places to look.

Etwall & Hilton

The affluent and vibrant villages of Etwall and Hilton are nestled in South Derbyshire, and despite having very good transport links to Burton and Derby via the A50 and A516, they maintain a real country village feel. Both villages have an abundance of amenities including various pubs offering local ales and modern cuisine, along with local pharmacies, the Etwall library and the Tara Buddhist Centre located just outside of Etwall. While each village boasts a local primary school and nursery facilities, both fall under the catchment for the large secondary school John Port, which is centrally located in Etwall.

Hilton is ideally suited for both first-time buyers and families alike, with the facilities to support either lifestyle. It has a wide range of properties, from modern houses catering for both small and large families, to individual character homes on the outskirts of the village. The varying style of homes in Etwall are suitable for all generations, with houses tucked away in quiet cul-de-sacs, along with cosy bungalows, modern new developments close to schools and traditional houses with fantastic gardens and outside space.

Newton Solney

The village lies between Burton Upon Trent and Repton within the Trent Valley, and whilst not large it packs a punch as far as desirability and quality of housing is concerned. Being close to Repton for the school and convenient for Burton, the village benefits from a wide range of homes together with a good village school and two welcoming pubs


Repton is a historical village in South Derbyshire famous for the independent Repton School, with past alumni including Roald Dahl and Jeremy Clarkson. The historic school is the focal point of the village. St Wystan’s independent primary school and Foremarke Hall prep school also located nearby. Aside from the schools, the village is well known for its two popular public houses, The Bulls Head and The Boot. Both pubs have won local awards for the famous Bulls Head Pizzas and the successful micro-brewery at The Boot.

Repton is an affluent village, boasting a variety of properties from terraced cottages to family homes and individually designed high-end properties. The village is ideally suited for those wanting an idyllic, attractive location with a close-knit community feel.

Rolleston on Dove

A very popular family village in a quiet location just outside of Burton town, with the River Dove running through and the beautiful St Mary’s Church. Rolleston On Dove has a variety of wonderful homes from small cottages to larger country homes set behind private gated entrances. There are two local pubs The Spread Eagle and The Jinnie, both offering a very warm welcome and serving tasty food and a vast drinks selection.

A village is a great place for young families to live, it has a children’s nursery and junior school and is a short walk to De Ferrers Academy. More amenities include a Co-op, newsagent, post office, butchers, social clubs, cricket club, and the elegant Dovecliff Hall Hotel.


The parish of Stapenhill lies on the opposite bank of the river Trent to Burton and grew rapidly during the Victorian era on the back of Burton’s rise to dominance as the brewing capital of Britain. The land largely belonged to the Marquis of Anglesey and was released to wealthy brewery owners Master Brewers Coopers and the like, to build fine family homes overlooking the river and Burton town. Stapenhill expanded in the 20th Century, and now has a number of excellent housing estates with modern homes and a rich range of local amenities. It also offers excellent access to Burton together with Swadlincote to the southeast and the M42.


Once a village but now a large suburb of Burton, Stretton nonetheless retains a village feel to the main street which has an excellent range of shops including a large Co-Op and Birds Bakery, together with several pubs. The range of housing available is very diverse spanning all the ages from the mid-18th Century through to the 21st Century. With good schools such as William Shrewsbury Primary School and the De Ferrers Academy, Stretton remains a firm favourite with home hunters, from first time buyers and families through to retirees.


Swadlincote is a medium sized town approximately 5 miles southeast of Burton upon Trent. The town benefits from a range of local amenities including a cinema, supermarkets Morrisons and Sainsburys, cafes and restaurants. There are several parks and open spaces here, along with the town’s big attraction Swadlincote Snowsports Centre – a dry ski slope that offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and tobogganing.

Homes in Swadlincote range from traditional two-bed terraces up four/five and even six bed detached houses. The town is especially popular with young families due to reasonable property prices and modern new-build developments.

In the area, there are several schools, both primary and secondary – the largest of which being The Single Academy which provides secondary education for over 1,500 students. Swadlincote is also good for access to Burton, Derby and the M42.


Ideally placed for commuters with easy access to the A38, Tatenhill is an ancient village located in a deep valley on the eastern border of Needwood Forest. It has a particularly attractive main street, and a number of fine period properties together with some modern infill development providing homes for a wide-ranging demographic.

The village is home to the parish church of St Michael with its origins dating back to the 13th Century. Just outside the village is the recently opened John Taylor Free School, the first new school of its size to be built in Staffordshire for over a generation. As part of the John Taylor Academy Trust of Barton Under Needwood, it aims to continue the high standards set by the parent school. There is also St George’s Park – The FA Centre of Excellence & England Football Team’s training ground, and Tatenhill Airfield nearby.

Found close to Tatenhill are the small historic villages of Dunstall and Rangemore, together with the magnificent Rangemore Hall which has been converted to superior apartments and dwellings.


Tutbury is a large village famous for the Nestle factory, it’s cut-glass crystal and 12th Century castle which was infamously one of several places Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. The high street in Tutbury has many cafes and restaurants, shops, hairdressers and beauty salons, along with several pubs including the 14th Century Dog and Partridge Hotel. The village hosts a market four times a year which attracts visitors from all over Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

With a great selection of properties, Tutbury is a superb place for all generations to live, with a choice of small cosy cottages to big country residences, as well as popular retirement apartments.

Walton on Trent

Walton on Trent lies across the A38 and the river Trent from Barton Under Needwood. This most pleasant village has an excellent local pub, school and a wide range of houses from quaint cottages to modern family homes.


Willington is a large South Derbyshire village with a huge range of housing and amenities making it a firm favourite with families. The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through here providing boating activities for villagers as does nearby Mercia Marina. The marina has been developed as a destination for shopping and restaurants in addition to narrowboat moorings and chandlery facilities.

Falling within the John Port School catchment area, Willington also has a Co-Op, several good pubs, a village school and railway station with connections to Derby, Burton Upon Trent, Birmingham and beyond. It is also a great place for access to A38/A50 and Toyota.

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