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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Hertingfordbury

Picturesque rural charm a hop and a skip from bustling Hertford, Hertingfordbury also boasts a great pub, fab schools a village community.

WHY?

If you like the idea of Hertford but would prefer a quaint countryside locale, the chocolate box village of Hertingfordbury, right on the outskirts of town, fits the bill nicely. It affords the best of village life with proximity to a buzzing hub.

EAT

In the heart of the village there’s The White Horse pub and hotel with its chic décor and modern menus, while The Cowper Arms, just minutes away in Cole Green is another good option for a pub lunch or pint.

You’d be hard pushed not to find something to your taste in Hertford town centre, with plenty more pubs and almost all food nationalities covered, from Mediterranean and Thai to Japanese. A couple of stand-out options include The Hummingbird, a chic restaurant and cocktail bar, and award-winning Turkish cuisine from the elaborately decorated Veyso’s Brasserie.

SHOP

If you love the idea of embracing village life, you’ll want to shop local at the likes of B Green Store – a fab little farm shop, bakery and café just up the road in Birch Green. And Foxholes Farm Shop and Butchers is just east of Hertford.

You’ll find the Riverside Garden Centre on the outskirts of the village, as well as Daisy Roots nursery – a finalist in the Muddy Awards 2021 – for all your green-fingered whims.

If it’s proper shopping you’re after, you’re only a stone’s throw from Hertford town centre, which is well-stocked with indie fashion boutiques like Gingerlillie, The Women’s Society and Mint as well as all your high street staples.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

In terms of green space, the 1,000 acre Grade II-listed Panshanger Park is on the doorstep, with tonnes of walking to be had. For a culture fix, Hatfield House is nearby, a Jacobean House, hosting special events, with gorgeous gardens and the Stable Yard shops to explore.

In town, you’ll find the Hertford Theatre (currenly undergoing an extensive redevelopment), and The Corn Exchange for live entertainment, and Hertford Castle which often plays host to community events throughout the year, from cinema screenings to its annual Cars at the Castle and Rock at the Castle events.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

The average house price here is £702,857, with terraced properties fetching £448,750 and semis going for £737,500. While for a detached house you’re looking in the region of £1,650,000.

HOT PROPERTY

Cute 2-bed refurbished cottage, OIEO £450,000

SCHOOLS

There’s a handful of good primaries nearby including Hertingfordbury Cowper Primar; a pretty redbrick, Morgans Primary School, which has its own nursery, and Hollybush Primary, all of which are rated Ofsted Good. The village also has its own independent prep, St Joseph’s in the Park, a lovely school with its own pool and cows grazing next door, and Duncombe School just north of Hertford, which starts at age 2.

As for Secondary, there’s The Richard Hale School and The Sele School, both Ofsted Good, or you’ve got Haileybury – an impressive 500 acre co-ed day and boarding school – over in Hertford Heath, if you opt for independent.

BEST KEPT SECRET

The Beckhams sent their children to school in Hertingfordbury when they lived in their multi-million pound ‘Beckingham Palace’ up the road in Sawbridgeworth. Well, if it’s good enough for Posh, we’re not going to argue!

COMMUTE

The nearest train station is Hertford North (2.5 miles from the village – a 4 minute drive or an easy cycle) and that will get you into Moorgate in around 50 mins – ideal for those working in the City who want to escape to the countryside.

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