Countesthorpe is a vibrant village with a lot of facilities but is also very close to Leicester and within easy reach of the motorway network. There is a large village hall around which village life revolves and unusually for a village of this size there is a library. Other facilities include a health centre and a range of shops and pubs. There is even a large garden centre on the outskirts of the village.
There are a good range of facilities in neighbouring Blaby including a Waitrose.
There is a community newspaper The Countesthorpe Herald
The name Countesthorpe originates from the 11th century when the area was part of the marriage dowry of the Countess Judith niece of William the Conqueror. The 'thorpe' part of the name is from the gothic meaning of 'land'.
The parish church of St. Andrew was started in 1220 by the family of Lord William of Ludbrook. It was restored in 1840 and again in 1907. The 14th century tower still remains.
The village is twinned with the town of Mennecy in France.
Countesthorpe Nursery School
Stoneygate School, Great Glen, Leicester, LE8 9FL an independent school with nursery.
Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen, Leicester, LE8 0LQ, this school has both infant/junior and senior departments and is an independent school and transport is available from both villages.