Move to Hertfordshire

There are parts of Hertfordshire that have well-established and, some would say, over-developed ‘dormitory’ towns, but out beyond these are lovely areas where a genuine rural community can be found. Being directly north of Greater London, road and rail links are excellent. Consequently house prices are on the high side, especially in attractive areas such as the villages around Ware and Hertford and around the select and rather swanky St. Albans and Harpenden. Some very desirable high spec. properties come on the market here so it is a good place to look if your budget allows. The North Eastern part of the county in particular has some lovely villages with plenty of beautiful open space between them and is better value on the whole. If you are looking for a place where sophisticated country living can be achieved with smart gastro-pubs and current trending retail, the county of Hertfordshire will have much to offer.

There are some excellent schools around with both primary and secondary schools performing very well across the board. Some of the secondary schools in the county are ‘partially selective’ which means that a proportion of their intake are chosen for academic or musical ability. Theses are similar to Grammar schools where all children are selected for ability. Many families move to the area to get their bright kids into these very popular schools. As you would expect, this affluent area is also well served with independents.

Rail lines run into Euston, St. Pancras, Kings Cross, Moorgate or Liverpool Street, dependant on which side of the county you are. In the other direction rail and road links are good to the East Midlands and North East, so it is a convenient area for those with family or business interests in that direction.

Best places to live in Hertfordshire

Much Hadham, Little Hadham, Stocking Pelham, Barley, Barkway, Kings Langley, Cottered, Aldbury, Ayot St. Lawrence, Ardeley, Great Hormead, Ashwell, Kelshall, Therfield, Flamstead, Wheathampstead, Kimpton, Whitwell, St Paul’s Walden, Little Gaddesden and the areas in and around Bishops Stortford, Harpenden and St.Albans.

What part of Hertfordshire is right for you?


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Hertfordshire Homes. In Hertfordshire’s rural areas some stunning farmhouses, barn conversions and cottages can be found and many of the best villages have fine examples of Tudor and Georgian architecture. Classic Style New Build
It is also an excellent county for 20th century homes of exceedingly generous proportions including recent builds in either a classic or contemporary style.  

Commute from Hertfordshire

stations and journey times to London

Into Euston

Tring 38 mins, Berkhamstead 30 mins, Hemel Hempstead 26 mins, Apsley 29 mins

Into St Pancras and Thameslink Stations

Harpenden 36 mins, St. Albans 31 mins

Into Moorgate

Watton-at-Stone 50 mins, Hertford North 43 mins, Cuffley 36 mins

Into Kings Cross

Royston 38 mins, Ashwell & Morden 43 mins, Baldock 37 mins, Letchworth 29 mins, Hitchin 29 min, Stevenage 22 mins, Knebworth 23 mins, Welwyn North 20 mins, Hatfield 24 mins

Into Liverpool Street

Hertford East 51 mins, Ware 47 mins

Journey times shown are for the fastest services available at useful times. Additional services may have longer journey times so please check. National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

Down on the farm

Hertfordshire Life

Something for the weekend ...

  • Experience the grandeur and history of Hatfield House, Knebworth or the Ashridge Estate.
  • Or the stunning simplicity of the Henry Moore Foundation Sculpture Gardens at Penny Green.  
  • Pause for a while at Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, planted in a spirit of hope after WW1.
  • Take in rural and remote country views at Therfield Heath or climb up to Pitstone Mill, the oldest windmill in England at Ivinghoe Beacon.  
  • Take the kids to visit a working farm such as Willows Farm.
  • Enjoy the World of Butterflies or join a conservation activity at the RSPB nature reserve at Rye Meads.  

Hatfield House

Hertfordshire Towns

The largest towns in Hertfordshire are Watford, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Cheshunt and Welyn Garden City. Although smaller, Hertford is the county town and St. Albans is an official city. Many Hertfordshire towns are a little over developed for some tastes and it is the smaller towns, villages and rural areas that will have particular appeal. Harpenden, Tring, Ware and Wheathampstead have lots to offer and might be worth considering for a property search.

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