5 Best Commuter Villages to Live in Hertfordshire
7th February 2021

5 Best Commuter Villages to Live in Hertfordshire

Are you considering living one of the many excellent villages in Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire offers a range of outstanding, quaint villages to choose from.

The county is truly a rural lover’s dream!

Villages in Hertfordshire tend to have a riveting history.

Living in this part of the UK offers beautiful countryside, excellent transport links and some stunning picturesque villages.

In recent years Hertfordshire has gained popularity as one of the most attractive locations for commuters looking for a change of pace.

There are numerous superb locations across the county that establish Suffolk as a great location to reside.

This list of the best places villages in Hertfordshire include our top picks

We hope to ensure you are as informed as you can possibly be before you move.

Here are our 10 best places to live in Suffolk.


The first entrance to our list is undoubtedly one of the best commuter villages in Hertfordshire

Ashwell is a small village and civil parish situated about four miles from Baldock and nine miles from Biggleswade in Hertfordshire.

For those working in the capital, it is just a 59-minute journey direct into Kings Cross Station.

The village itself is mostly in a fine state of preservation.

Set amid some architecturally beautiful timber-framed cottages and a good smattering of period townhouses, it makes for the ideal spot to put down roots.

Residents have access to ample amenities.

These include a doctor surgery, pharmacy, and a range of independent food stores.

Crumps the local butcher shop and Days Bakery, founded in 1741!

Several pubs make great meeting places for locals such as the Bushel & Strike and the Three Tuns, offering a chance to meet and socialise.

Ashwell Primary School is not only highly thought of educationally but is also a social engine to the village offering rooms for hire and the venue for many social groups.

Ashwell Village Museum is the best place to discover more about the village. Showcasing artefacts, photographs and documents relating to the history of the settlement.

Village life is busy. Lots of clubs and societies keep everyone busy, no matter what your interest may be.

Cricket, tennis, and badminton clubs and amateur dramatics are available as well as children’s clubs too.

This is a place to really call home whilst being located close enough to be able to provide a realistic commute into London.

Though property prices are expensive compared to the UK national average and currently stand at £444,000, they are much cheaper when compared to London.



Sitting north of London (just under an hour by rail), Aldbury is very accessible.

It lays near the borders of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the Bulbourne valley.

Aldbury was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Elderberie, which has nothing to do with elderberries but is Old English for ‘old burh’ or old fortification.

If you are looking for a home which sits in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, Aldbury could be for you as the village is located in the middle of the beautiful Chilterns.

The village has been declared a Conservation Area in recognition of its special character and heritage value.

Quintessentially English and packed full of charm, at its centre is a pretty green pond.

Close by stand stocks and a whipping-post, in excellent preservation but fortunately no longer used.

The local post office doubles as the general store.

For a more comprehensive shopping experience, Berkhamsted and Tring are just a short drive away.

Popular with tourists, wandering around Aldbury is a pleasure and if you are looking for some refreshment stop at the lovely old Greyhound Inn, a former coaching inn, which overlooks the pond, and the old stocks.

Along with many other villages in our pretty Shires, Aldbury has also featured in several well-known movies and TV series; Bridget Jones Diary, The Age of Reason was partly filmed here as was one of the Midsummer Murder episodes, and several Inspector Morse shows.

Be prepared to dig deep!

The cheapest home on the market according to Zoopla, is £675,000.

Hertfordshire Countryside

Colney Heath

Definitely not short on green space, the little village of Colney Heath, sits very nicely between St Albans and Hatfield.

In days gone by Colney was a busy trade route into London, a place where weary travellers could rest for the night in one of the local inns.

The heath was once the haunt of highwaymen on the lookout for coaches to rob.

Although the village is semi-rural, it is definitely not cut off.

The main A414 and the A1(M) runs close by and the closest trains station in St Albans two miles away will ensure you arrive in London or Welwyn Garden City within 40 minutes plus several other large towns in the region.

Colney Heath is an ideal location for raising a family.

The latest Ofsted reports praised both the local primary and secondary schools with ‘good’ ratings across the board.

Dotted around the little lanes are several historic buildings such as Tyttenhanger House on Coursers Road.

A Grade I listed mansion set within 42-acres of parkland.

The Colney Fields Shopping Park is 2 miles away at M25 junction 22 on the M25 satisfying most shopping requirements.

The Village Hall was built in 1938 by volunteer labour and craftsmen from the village and funded by donations from the residents is the hub of social activity.

A popular venue, the hall keeps locals active with a number of weekly clubs, badminton, Ju-jitsu, Taekwondo and a busy art group.

The hall has many uses and often hosts jumble sales, quiz nights and afternoon teas.

Being small, naturally, there is a close-knit community atmosphere where everyone does their bit to ensure that Colney Heath stays looking its best.

Colney Heath is surely one of the best commuter villages in Hertfordshire.

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Cottered has to be one of the best villages in Hertfordshire.

The beautiful leafy location is set amid the North East Hertfordshire countryside.

Cottered is a tiny village with a population of around 700 residents.

It is a popular commuter location for folks working in London and Stevenage.

The closest large town of Stevenage sits around seven miles west of Cottered, however, there are several smaller places a little nearer such as Buntingford, Throcking and Ardeley.

It is a peaceful quiet place and very rural.

It is not unusual to see the local farmer herding his cattle along the main street to fresher pastures.

Many homes have wonderful views looking out onto green open fields and there are plenty of picture box thatched cottages dotted about the village.

It is a truly beautiful area to live in.

The Bull public house and restaurant sits in the very heart of Cottered and like the local Village Hall is very much a focus for the village.

Famously, Cottered is home to a Grade II listed Japanese garden designed in the early 20th century by Herbert Goode, a wealthy glass and china merchant.

Although now privately owned it is Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Amenities are very basic; residents travel the mile or so into Buntingford.

The main High Street has a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars.

There is also a choice of independent boutiques and shops, supermarkets, a pharmacy, a bank, hairdressers and a library.

There is also a weekly market held every Monday.

Cottered itself may be small.

However, its location within Hertfordshire means there are almost limitless things to do in the surrounding area.

Croxley Green

Located in southwest Hertfordshire, Croxley Green is both a village and a suburb of Rickmansworth.

The local train station makes travel into the Capital effortless.

Providing connections to London’s West End at Baker Street, a journey of 40 minutes.

Croxley is also only a short distance from Junctions 17, 18 and 19 of the M25.

This makes it an ideal location for commuters who drive into the Capital.

Heathrow and Luton airports are both within a 30-minute drive.

Watford is a ten-minute drive away and other large towns including Edgware, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead, and St Albans are well within driving distance.

The village has changed considerably in the years since John Dickinson built paper mills in the area.

A lively place to live, with a regular calendar of events.

The annual Revels on the Green beings everyone together and includes a traditional maypole dance.

The New Year’s Eve firework display is another favourite.

The great outdoors offers a host of things to do.

Croxley has 18 designated public footpaths (5 miles) mainly winding through woodlands and adjacent countryside within the Parish boundary.

Perfect for any time of the year.

For its size, the education provision is both varied and of a high standard.

This makes it particularly popular with young families.

Local schools are all either “good” or “outstanding” reports Ofsted.

Another of Hertfordshire’s affluent locations.

The average price paid for a home here is currently £632,333.

Croxley Green is certainly one of the best commuter villages in Hertfordshire.

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