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Top places to live in Bedfordshire Henlow

Henlow has a SPA. Need I say more? OK, OK, it's also a super-cute village, with fabulous country walks and it's not bad value, either. Definitely 'one to watch.' Top 200 Places to Live series.

Henlow church


After a picture postcard rural village with a great pub and a unbelievably easy London commute? Then perhaps Henlow’s the one. This pretty spot (complete with 13th-century church) is well-connected with Flitwick station just a stone’s throw away.


The Crown (gastro with rooms) would be our go-to for a delightful high-end Sunday lunch and a good wine list. 


For most things, you’ll be wanting to pop into Arlesey (3 miles) or Bedford (just over 10 miles), but there is a useful village shop, a chippy, a pet shop (one of those great one where you take the children in and they cry until they come out with a chinchilla). There are also two professional bakers: Shereen’s Cakes and Bakes and The Henlow Baking Company– perfect for that birthday party centrepiece that you really don’t have the skills or time to even attempt. 


Follow the footpaths between Henlow and Arlesey and take in the majesty of grand Georgian house, Henlow Grange. There are also gorgeous riverside rambles and the Henlow Bridge Lakes to discover.


As you can see, the prices for nice three/four bed properties are around a very reasonable £400k, with terraces coming in below £300,000. Satchells, Lane & Bennetts are some of the great property agents in the area.



Henlow’s Church of England Academy (rated ‘good’ by Ofsted last year) takes children from years 5 to 8 and if it’s independents you’re after, there’s: St Francis’ College, Princess Helena College and St Christopher School.


The village has a SPA! The gorgeous Henlow Grange Champneys Spa is just outside the village in a glorious old cistercian monastery surrounded by 150 acres of parkland. Bliss.


44 miles. Woburn is a 2-minute drive to Arlesey Station, with trains taking just shy of 40 minutes from there to St Pancras.  

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