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Top places to live in Bedfordshire Woburn

This gorgeous Georgian village boasts great pubs and restaurants, with the beautiful Woburn Estate, and *ah hem* SAFARI PARK on your doorstep! The kids'll love you forever... Top 200 Places to Live series.

Woburn Abbey


Don’t be put off by the MK postcode, this historic village – complete with gorgeous red-brick Georgian high street, has previously been listed as one of The Sunday Timess ‘Best Places to Live’ in the UK, and for good reason. The passing trade from the nearby Woburn Abbey Estate has invigorated the village with numerous high-end shops, pubs and restaurants on offer. 


For high-end gastro grub, there’s The Birch at Woburn Freehouse and there’s Loch Fyne on the high street, if you’re in the mood for oysters. Or for something super-special, head over to Paris House on the Woburn Estate to sample executive chef and owner Phil Fanning’s 3 AA Rosette-worthy menus. 


For a beautifully curated collection of high-end interior pieces, pop in to Minchin & May, an unmissable treasure trove run by two sisters. Pick up a hand made italian collar or homemade treats for your hound, and maybe book your gorgeous (but let’s face it) scruffy pooch in for a trim. While they’re sorting out your four legged friend, pop into the Woburn Wine Cellar for a little tasting and perhaps a few bottles of something you can’t get at Sainsbury’s.


East of the village stands the grand Woburn Abbey, still the family seat of the Duke of Bedford. This glorious estate, complete with its beautifully landscaped gardens and footpaths through the deer park, are open to the public to explore – but please check the website for the particulars. Oh, OMG, there’s also Woburn Safari Park on your doorstep (not too close, no need to worry re. lions in the night), so the kids will be dying to move here!


The average price for property in Woburn is £529,656, with large (totally gorgeous) places closer to 800k. But it is very lovely. Michael Graham and Jackson-Stops are a few great agents to check out.



Both Bedford School and Bedford Girls’ School (prep & senior) are nearby, as well as Webber Independent School (pre-prep, prep, senior). Woburn Lower School has recently been assessed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and King’s House and St George’s Prep are both solid junior independent options.


There are a few: The Woburn Ale House – with its contemporary craft beer offering, is a great find. And then there are the Farmer’s Markets, AND THERE’S A LIDO. Sign me up. 


46.2 miles. Woburn is a 13-minute drive to Flitwick Station, with trains taking just shy of 50 minutes from there to London St Pancras.  

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