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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Wheathampstead

Wonderful Wheathampstead. Ah, what we wouldn't give for a cottage here, with it's lively atmosphere and great independent eateries and shops. Top 200 Places to Live series.



Just four miles north of St Albans, on the River Lea, is this very pretty, and very lively, village. It’s got serious history, great schools and it’s super close to Harpenden and Welwyn Garden City, too, so you’re in the sticks but well connected. Perfect.


Wheathamptead has an awesome selection of local eateries – for coffee and cake we recommend local favourite, Charlie’s, and for lunch or dinner, there’s clean cut, modern pub, The Wicked Lady or the fave local Italian, L’Olivo. And then there’s the much-loved local Thai, The Golden Elephant, for when you just need a hit of spice. If it’s a fancy pint you’re after, why not head to the Reading Rooms Micro Pub & Bottle Shop on the high street for insanely good beer, brewed just a mile or so away at Farr Brew, on the Ayots Estate.


Wheathampstead’s shopping scene is evolving fast –  with the village now boasting a lovely bakery, Loafing; Brimarks, a free-range butcher; Rachel Jeffrey, a contemporary jeweller, and a Tesco Express (it may not be independent, but don’t knock convenience).


In recent years, a network of nature trails have been marked out, including a historical tour of the village, as well as walks to the beautiful Brockett Hall and beyond. 


You can get your hands on a semi detached property in Wheathampstead for an average price of £540,238, with detached properties averaging around 900k. For more information about what’s on offer in Wheathampstead, we suggest agents John Curtis and Frosts.



There are some brilliant independents in the area, including: St Albans High School for Girls (Senior & Prep), Aldwickbury Prep (boys’, prep) and St Albans School (senior sch).


The children will love playing bows and arrows at the Devil’s Dyke – a prehistoric defensive ditch, which was used to defend an iron age settlement. It is said to have been used against one of Julius Caesar’s invasions.


26.5 miles. Wheathampstead is just 13 minutes to St Albans station, with regular trains taking just 20 minutes to St Pancras.

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