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Top places to live in Bedfordshire Sandy

This cute riverside market town is a rising star. Close to super-cool Bedford and packed with fantastically good value property finds, given the fast commute. Need to know more? Top 200 Places to Live series.

Sandy

WHY?

This small Bedfordshire market town, perched on the River Ivel has great connections into London and is super-close to buzzy Bedford, and all its awesome independents. It’s also set in fantastic countryside – the Sand Hills, and you get an awful lot for your money.

SHOP

Sandy is yet to be ‘gentrified’ for commuter tastes, but that doesn’t mean its shopping experience is null and void. There are the usual convenience stores, but also a sweet shop, Bubbly & Sweet (did NOT know those still existed) and a great local ‘cakery’, Helen’s Homemade Cakery for special occasions. I don’t know if this is just me, but I was delighted to find an old fashioned independent hardware store in the town (Gilbys) – just so, so useful! And there are a few great farm shops nearby – Bridge Farm and Wood View Farm.

EAT

The Munch Box Cafe seems a popular cake and coffee stop, as does Amici Coffee. Grab your specialist coffee fix on the way to the station at Cravin – a connoisseurs’ coffee hub. Then you’ve got takeaways of every ilk – including the popular Lounge India and modern pizza joint, Pecoro. Pub-wise, there’s the recently refurb’d pub, The Bell, as well as some great village gastros nearby, such as the Coach House, Potton.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

The Shuttleworth Collection – with hangers packed out with vintage aircraft, cars and motorbikes, all in working order. They also hold super-fun Airshows, which are a great family day out.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

It’s very good value with four beds around the £500k mark and smaller terraces hovering just above £300,000. Check out Kennedy & Co and Cooper Wallace property agents.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

Parents have plenty of choice when it comes to schools. If it’s inde[endents you’re after, there are lots of options in Bedford, including Bedford Girls’ School (prep & senior), Bedford School (boys prep & senior) and Bedford Modern (co-ed prep & senior). Nearby village schools: Wrestlingworth CofE VC Lower School and Everton Lower School have also been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Just on the way out of Sandy is The Lodge – the headquarters of the RSPB. The house is surrounded by nature trails – perfect for tiring out the kiddies. And who knows what you might spot. Nothing wrong with a bit of twitching.

COMMUTE

50 miles. Direct trains take just under 50 minutes to London St Pancras.

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