Top places to live in Bedfordshire Arlesey
After a Bedfordshire bargain with great rail links, super-close to hip-Hitchin? Then take a look at Arlesey. Top 200 Places to Live series.
Reputed to have the longest high street in Britain, this tiny town is a great value option with cute pale brick terraced cottages (the town used to be known as a centre of brick-making) being the ideal bargain purchase. There’s a station in the town with great links to London and it’s close to both happening Hitchin, super-quaint villages and glorious open countryside.
If you want high-end fare, you’re best going to Hitchin, but the town does have an upmarket fish and chip shop and a classy wood-fired pizza place. There is also the Box of Cakes Cafe, for good coffee and a sugar fix. Neighbouring villages also boast excellent gastros, such as The Crown at Henlow.
There are all the convenience stores you need (Post Office, Tesco, etc.) a mile or so away in neighbouring Stotfold. And, at the more sophisticated end, Arlesey’s High Street boasts a dog grooming parlour, party shop and a great local farm shop, Lower Wilbury Farm. On the road towards Letchworth is Thornes Garden Nursery, Shop and Cafe – and, who doesn’t love a good garden centre?
Just over three miles away is the perfect kids’ day out – Standalone Farm. A wonderful interactive farm, with more sheep, cows, pigs, ducks, chickens (and tractor rides) than your little ones will know what to do with. Oh, and there’s a great cafe, too, so you can re-fuel and avoid any tantrums.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
There are still bargains to be had in Arlesey, with some terraces coming in at sub £250k. For more prestigious properties, you’re looking at over £700k, but that’s to be expected in this neck of the woods. Contact Putterills, First Step or Country Properties for more great Arlesey properties.
Conveniently, Arlesey has two good local schools, Gothic Mede Academy for primary, and Etonbury Academy. Both have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. And for independents? We’d recommend St Francis’ College, Princess Helena College and St Christopher School.
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Stotfold Watermill – a great historical mill, with loads of activities for children and a beautiful nature reserve – perfect for family rambles.
42 miles. A rush-hour commute to King’s Cross takes just under 40 minutes. Not bad, eh?
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