A Useful Guide to Living In Meriden Including Houses For Rent & Sale
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Meriden is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, West Midlands, England. Historically, it is part of Warwickshire and lies between the cities of Birmingham and Coventry. It is located close to the Warwickshire border within a green belt of the countryside known as the Meriden Gap. The village is 6.5 miles northeast of Solihull, 7 miles northwest of Coventry, and 5 miles southeast of Birmingham Airport. Birmingham city centre is only 13.5 miles northeast of the village. Known as “Alspath” in the Domesday Book, it was historically thought to be England’s geographical centre until the early 2000s. An analysis by the Ordnance Survey proved this to be incorrect.
Other nearby towns and villages include Berkswell, Fen end, Temple Balsall, Haseley Knob, Dorridge, Barston, Hampton-in-Arden, Catherine-de-Barnes, Honiley, Kenilworth, Wroxal, Solihull, Balsall Common, and Coventry.
Houses For Sale & Rent In Meriden
If you are thinking of buying or renting a property in Meriden, then you are in the right place. There is a great mix of properties to choose from. You can find architect-designed homes, Barn conversations, Flats, Park homes, retirement homes, Bungalows. Meriden has many houses for sale and rent.
What are the average sale prices in Meriden?
Zoopla states that the average price for property in Meriden stood at £372,200 in November 2020. This is a rise of 3.67% in the last three months (since August 2020) and a rise of 7.60% from 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Meriden sold for an average of £131,909 and terraced houses for £225,972. This is according to the current Zoopla estimates.
Rightmove states that properties in Meriden had an overall average price of £343,259 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Meriden during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £319,042. Detached properties sold for an average of £434,182, with terraced properties fetching £220,441.
Overall, sold prices in Meriden over the last year were 7% up on the previous year and 3% down on the 2015 peak of £354,059.
Schools in Meriden.
There is just 1 school in Meriden with around 200 pupils, Meriden Church which is a slightly below-average number of students in the UK. It has almost an equal mix of male and female pupils. The School encourages parents to ensure pupils are regularly attending school. A 96% attendance rate gives the school an average attendance record. Meriden Church of England Primary School has a 19:1 teacher/pupil ratio, which is certainly high nationally, and means that class sizes are very high.
At the end of KS2, aged 11, pupils are formally tested under exam conditions for their attainment over their past four schooling years. An average KS2 score of 104 is just above the normal result. Teachers are paid less than the national average with a salary of around £37510 pa. The school has 98.7% of pupils speaking English as a 1st language, which exceeds the countrywide average. They scored a Good in their last Ofsted report
Shops In Meriden.
There are only a small number of shops to be found in Meriden. Take a small stroll opposite the green, and you will find a newsagent, a small Co-Op, hairdressers, and a graft shop. If you are looking for something more, you are, of course, in the middle of Coventry and Solihull, which have an array of shopping centres and shops.
Cafe’s in Meriden
There was 1 cafe in Meriden located on the corner at the top of the shops, called Meriden Tea Rooms, unfortunately, a quick GMB search tells us this has now permanently closed for business. There is a chip shop that can be found, and it is located opposite the green.
Restaurants and Pubs in Meriden
Well, where do I start? There are several Pubs and Restaurants in Meriden. All have their own unique charm and atmosphere—the majority severe as both eateries and public houses. Yes, I have sampled them all, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
The Strawberry Bank Hotel has been newly refurbished. It boasts 55 bedrooms with function rooms that hold Weddings, Events, and Conferences. You can enjoy a drink in the pub or choose from a range of classic meals in the restaurant. The Gardens are beautiful, especially in the summertime.
The Bulls Head In Meriden
Located in the heart of Meriden, The Bulls Head is a premium restaurant that also has its own courtyard, which is perfect for al fresco dining. I love everything about its friendly staff and amazing food that I would recommend to anyone. If you haven’t tried this place, I would highly recommend it.
The Queens Head Meriden
A proper old school village pub, with lots of charm and character. This pub has a small garden with beautiful views overlooking the countryside. They hold live music nights, and more recently, you will find an Indian restaurant upstairs.
The Manor Hotel & Resteruant Meriden
Located in Meriden is the Manor hotel. A 4 star Best Western Plus with a relatively new Marco Pierre Restaurant. This is truly a stunning Hotel. It has parking for 200 cars, six multi-purpose event suites that can be used for everything from wedding banquets to business conferences. There are also 106 bedrooms, and the hotel boasts 2 dining experiences.
Amenities in Balsall Common
Balsall Common has everything you need in terms of amenities. If you need an eye test, you can visit the opticians on the way to the library. There are 2 Pharmacies, including 1 linked to the state of the art Doctors & Dentist Surgery. Since owning our Dog Betsy, we have had to visit the village Vets on more than one occasion. There is a Post Office located in the local One-Stop. You can even purchase a vehicle from Martyn @ TSC cars, use Edwin Autos for your MOT’s and have it valeted at the car wash, all within about 50 yards of each other.
Sports and Leisure
Meriden Sports Park
Meriden Sports Park named the Pavillion. Here you will find a children’s play area, football pitches, a cricket pitch, tennis and netball courts. There is also a pavilion that you can hire for events or parties.
Stonebridge Golf Course
Stonebridge boasts three interlinking nine holes courses. In the past, Stonebridge has played host to the PGA Europro Tour and welcomed some of Europe’s leading professional golfers. They also have a pro shop, floodlit driving range with chipping and putting greens to help golfers improve their game. Stonebridge also has a clubhouse, with venue rooms available for hire.
North Warwickshire Golf Club
A small but welcoming, homely, and friendly club that is unique in that it runs an honesty bar and is maintained by the club members. The club consists of a small driving range and boats 9 holes played from different Tees. The course’s drainage is fantastic, and the club sees many people from other clubs around the area come to play throughout the winter months.
I have played both Stonebridge and North Warickshire many times and can defiantly recommend them. They are both beautiful courses in their own rights.
Walks around Meriden
Meriden is nestled between Coventry and Solihull. There are many beautiful walks around Meriden, too many to mention in fact. You can pretty much walk from Pershore to Meriden along 100 miles of the millennium way walk. You can access all the surrounding areas close to Meriden.
We have already spoken about many of the different types of accommodation you can find in Meriden. In fact, for such a small village, there are many Hotels and B&B’s. I have stayed in some, but not all. Again I will draw your attention to Barncroft Luxury guest house below as it is only 2.5 miles away and well worth a visit.
Barncroft Guest House is amazing. I have stayed here on many occasions, just up the road from the NEC and Birmingham Airport. They have many 5-star trip adviser reviews and awards. Vicky, the owner, is just lovely, nothing is too much trouble. It’s honestly like staying in a 5-star hotel. Don’t just take my word for it. See what Laura from the Best of Solihull had to say about it!
I hope you have enjoyed my very rough guide to Meriden. I would like to stress that I have undoubtedly missed things and places from this guide. All views expressed are purely my own opinion and thoughts.