With the new direct rail line opening from Burnley to Manchester, Burnley will become an attractive Manchester commuter belt proposition – from countryside to city in just 52 minutes. With detached houses on the rural outskirts starting from £250,000, or grand Victorian houses close to the town centre, Burnley is set to become an up and coming commuter town option. The Sunday Times recently described Burnley as a first time buyer’s Shangri-la, with a ‘Wish you were here’ headline, focussing on the affordable homes and lifestyle offer for young couples and singletons, which also reinforces the commuter option for young professionals.
One of our lead features talks to inspirational couple Nick and Gina Mead, who both had high profile jobs in the South, and escaped the rat race, to undergo a total change of lifestyle. They are now the proud owners of an award winning boutique hotel boat, which leisurely sails along the Leeds & Liverpool canal from its base in the Reedley Marina in Burnley. You too could be living the life!
Our stunning countryside, beautiful country houses and stately homes have influenced our key features in this year’s magazine. Our ‘Luxe’ interior design feature had been influenced by our surroundings and heritage. The Natural Light feature showcases the work of local artists whose work has been very much inspired by the landscapes we are blessed to live amongst. The treasurers from Burnley’s industrial past which featured in a major London exhibition this year ‘Cotton to Gold’ also forms one of our lead articles.
Come and take a closer look at some of our featured places. There is something to inspire and appeal to all age-groups, singletons and families, from interior design ideas, historic houses and the treasures within, canal living, luxurious spa indulgence, textiles and knitting, top restaurants and evening cocktails.