Peaceful village a 'haven' that's ideal for commuters
WHAT'S IT GOT GOING FOR IT?
Dating back to Danish times, this thriving and attractive Amber Valley village is often described by locals as a "haven".
But despite its peaceful setting, Kilburn is far from remote. Well connected via the A38 and A609, it's less than three miles from Belper and only seven miles from Derby, making it particularly popular with commuters looking for a more rural lifestyle. Heanor and Ripley are also only three miles and five miles away, respectively. Kilburn offers a good mix of property types. A two-bedroomed starter home at the edge of the village could be yours for around £125,000, while a two-bedroomed mid-terrace house in the centre costs about £100,000. Expect to pay upwards of £300,000 for a four-bedroom home with character close to the village centre's conservation area.
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Kilburn is well served by good pubs, as real ale connoisseurs will testify. The three inns in the village include The Hunters Arms, which has won Amber Valley Camra's Pub of the Year title for the past two years.
With other well commended hostelries such the Dead Poets Inn at Holbrook and the Holly Bush at Makeney also close by, this part of Amber Valley truly is a traditional ale lover's paradise.
Most of the local pubs serve home-made food alongside their great choice of real ales. For a quick bite to eat there are takeaways in Kilburn and Belper.
Why not combine a pub outing with a nice country stroll? There are plenty of paths to choose from, with routes from Kilburn taking in scenic spots such as Horsley Woodhouse. If you fancy a longer walk, it's six miles over the fields to Ilkeston via Holbrook.
Kilburn has its own nature reserve at the Toll Bar and there's a park with swings and other play equipment. The village is justifiably proud of its well-run village hall, home to a number of community groups and events, including the annual village quiz and treasure hunt plus many other functions and social activities.
There's a Methodist and a Baptist church in Kilburn plus St Clements Church in Horsley which serves the communities of Horsley, Kilburn and Coxbench.
Belper Leisure Centre is the nearest venue for sports and leisure such as swimming and fitness training.
There are two local stores plus a post office. For a bigger shop, locals tend to go to supermarkets in Belper or Derby.
Younger children attend Kilburn Infant School, rated "good" by Ofsted, then progress to Kilburn Junior School. Older students travel to John Flamsteed Community School in nearby Denby, which also has a "good" Ofsted rating.
With the A38 and A609 within easy reach, commuting to Derby is usually a doddle, traffic allowing.
There is a frequent bus service to Derby and regular trains to Derby and Matlock from Belper. Jetting off for business or pleasure? East Midlands Airport is only a 20-minute drive.