Local area guide

John German sell and let a wide variety of homes in Loughborough and surrounding villages from stylish town centre apartments, large executive family homes to charming period properties. This guide aims to give you an insight into what it is like to live here.


Famous for having one of the World’s best sports Universities, the market town of Loughborough is not just for students, it is also a great place for families, young professionals and those commuting to Leicester, Derby and Nottingham.

Loughborough has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, including Baxter Gate’s new leisure complex with Cineworld, Pizza Express and Nandos. The bustling town centre market, with over 100 stalls, appears twice a week. Whilst once a month the farmer’s market is held for the food enthusiasts amongst us.

With its many sought-after schools, especially on the ‘Forest Side’ of the town, Loughborough is a hot spot for families. The town is home to Loughborough Endowed Schools; Fairfield Preparatory School, Grammar School, High School and Our Lady’s Convent. The schools have an excellent reputation for their academic, cultural and sporting achievements, and for the quality of their pastoral care. Many families travel from afar for children to attend here.

Loughborough is in easy reach of the M1, making it a great place for anyone commuting into Leicester, Derby, Nottingham. It is also close to East Midlands Airport and has a train station with direct trains to London St. Pancras.

Barrow upon Soar

Barrow upon Soar is a friendly, very family-orientated village with a mixture of property types, old and new, big and small. It has an excellent restaurant called Blacksmiths, numerous pubs and a high street with shops, doctor/dentists’ surgeries, a library and post office. There are several schools in Barrow, Limetree Nursery, Playgroup & Pre-School, Hall Orchard and Humphrey Perkins schools.

Barrow upon Soar is a great place for those who love scenic countryside surrounding them whilst being able to commute easily into Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham.


A small village, Hathern is surrounded by open countryside and is a great location for those travelling into Loughborough as well as Leicester, Nottingham and Derby with the A6 and M1 being so close by. The village has a variety of homes ideal for families. There is a primary school, children’s nurseries, a local post office, shop, church, three pubs (two with restaurants), plus a doctor’s practice and library.


Kegworth also has a wide range of properties large and small, ideal first-time buyers, young professionals, investors and families. The village has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to its reasonably priced homes and proximity to the M1 and Parkway Railway Station. It is a great spot for rentals, particularly because there are so many centres of employment nearby, like East Midlands Airport and Loughborough University.

Kegworth has a variety of cafes and pubs, churches, a primary school and children’s nurseries, a retirement home and doctors, along with a local butcher, two hotels, various takeaways and restaurants, making this a fantastic place to live.


John German sell and let a variety of homes in Mountsorrel including bungalows, apartments and contemporary new homes. Is a very up-and-coming village, catering for all ages. Not surprisingly, with its excellent nursery and primary school, fantastic leisure centre, lovely village pubs and superb restaurants serving homemade food.

In the village, Stonehurst Farm is home to John’s House, a restaurant whose head chef has a prestigious Michelin Star. The leisure centre in Mountsorrel has a popular gym and swimming pool plus the recently built memorial centre where theatre shows and other fun activities like children’s dance lessons and book clubs are held. Since Waitrose opened 2 years ago, the village has become even more popular with young couples and families.


John German sell and let a variety of homes in Quorn, many of which are finished to an exceptional standard. Quorn is a very sought-after place to live, popular with young professionals, families and people nearing retirement. Although a village, there is a real cosmopolitan feel to Quorn; it has lots of nice pubs and restaurants, along with a lovely park and plays areas. Not short on amenities either, Quorn has shops, a post office, doctors, beauty salon and hairdressers. There are two great schools and children’s nursery. The countryside surrounding the village is very picturesque, perfect for a nice walk.


Rothley is a large and ever-growing village with easy access to the main A roads and M1 and is under twenty minutes away from Leicester. A sought-after village with everything you could need, from a small supermarket and butchers to a variety of bakeries, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Rothley also has small independent gift shops, hair and beauty salons, a newsagent, post office, chemist and doctors.

There really is something for everyone in Rothley. The school is very popular with lots of young families living close by. It is a village that welcomes and suits people of all ages who are in different stages of life. Properties range from small apartments to large estates that value for over £2million.

Sutton Bonington

This historic village is much sought-after, boasting an excellent range of local amenities. There is a highly-regarded village primary school, frequent public transport services and easy access to Loughborough and Nottingham, East Midlands Airport and the M1.


Shepshed is a place great for everyone, it has an array of properties suitable for first-time buyers and families. There are lots of shops and services in the village, along with a Tesco and Asda, cafes and pubs. Shepshed also has several schools for children of all ages, and it a fantastic location for those commuting via the M1.


Sileby is a rural village with a lovely marina to take boats out for the day. The village has a mixture of homes ranging from stylish apartments to large executive homes. It is a nice place for families with plenty of local amenities to enjoy including a selection of café’s & pubs & takeaways. For the more active ones amongst us, Sileby also has a cricket pitch and sports pitch.

Woodhouse Eaves

The village offers an excellent range of local amenities including a primary school and some very well-regarded restaurants and public houses. There is also a range of shops and easy access to local golf courses and beauty spots such as Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods.

The nearby market town of Loughborough offers an excellent range of facilities including the renowned Loughborough Endowed Schools and the University, there are also excellent links to the M1 motorway junction 22 and East Midlands International Airport.

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