Tuesday 25 February 2014

Living the Country Life in Hertfordshire

A 15th century church, a medieval market town, and the parish where the Queen Mum’s birth was registered in 1900.  A list of famous people from here as long as your arm from antiseptic pioneer Joseph Lister to Oliver Cheshire (the face of Calvin Klein).  All this just 23 minutes from London.

Described as a Royal Manor in the Doomsday Book the pretty town of Hitchin has oodles of history to explore. Plus, it’s fun and funky as well. Every summer the “Rythms of the World” festival of world music is held here. An extravaganza of music, dance, arts and cuisine from around the globe, and if that’s not enough a twice weekly market with fabulous wares for sale all year round.

What’s more, Hitchin is just one of the charming towns and quaint villages in the county of Hertfordshire.
The county’s close proximity to the capital and good transport links means it has long been popular with commuters working in London and looking for the tranquillity of a more rural location. In short, Hertfordshire offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful and eco-friendly environment whilst reaping the economic benefits of being so cose to one of the world’s financial capitals – yes folks London.

If sometimes you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city and would like to live in a more relaxing, greener environment then check out Linden Homes property for sale in Hertfordshire for ideas on price and the type of homes available.

I so enjoyed my day out in Hitchin last weekend that I’m off to look at some of the others of similar ilk in the area. Here’s what they say about themselves:

The largest town in Hertfordshire, Watford is only 20 minutes away from central London by train. A vibrant and bustling town, Watford is a hub for business and industry with excellent shopping and superb amenities. It has a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants and all the trappings of London but you can find property much cheaper than in parts of the capital.

St Albans
Hertfordshire’s only city, St Albans is a picturesque location with a rich historical background. Popular with tourists, it has spectacular architecture, excellent shopping and it is just 40 minutes by train from central London, making it one of the most desirable areas in the UK to live.
A town steeped in history, Hertford is home to the remains of Hertford Castle which was a royal palace for 300 years. In addition to being a picturesque town with a thriving community, the University of Hertfordshire’s business school is based just outside the town.


Angie said...

Thinking of moving, Mo?

Tamera said...

Looks like a great place to explore! Nice pictures. You had a sunny day and pretty blue skies.

John said...

Love the Market Town style open market, always good for shots. I was at the food market on Southbank on Friday, must post a few shots.

Luis Gomez said...

Great post Mo. Thank you. Love the photos.

Sharon said...

You are tempting me to plan another trip to London. The photos you posted today are so appealing. I even clicked on the link to see what types of properties are for sale. I can't wait to see more photos from your next explorations.

Nat said...

I used to work in Hitchin... it's a lovely town :-) Still pop back often for shopping and meeting up with friends for coffee.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Nice to see you visit other places as well. Linden seem to get every where

Lowell said...

What an incredible place! History as you'd never find it here. And tons of fun! I think I'd be checking out properties there, too...if, of course, I had the means to buy same!

William Kendall said...

It looks like a lovely town!

Central User said...

Thanks for this whistle stop tour of some of Hertfordshire's commuter places.

There are many trains from St Pancras to St Albans that do the trip in around 20 minutes

Jack said...

This was a wonderful post and a fascinating visit to Hertfordshire, but I don't see you moving out of London.

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