Surrounded by picturesque countryside yet within commuting distance of the capital, there are plenty of pretty villages in Hertfordshire that offer a fantastic living environment. Whether you’re looking for a slower pace of life or a family-friendly location, Hertfordshire hamlets are ideal.

Here, we take a look at the best villages in Hertfordshire and give you the lowdown on your next dream location.

1. Flaunden

Close to the Buckinghamshire border and near the Chiltern Hills, Flaunden is a picture-perfect village. In fact, the village moved in the early 19th century from Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire due to constant flooding! As it’s situated within a conservation area, you can be confident that its natural beauty will be preserved for years to come.

With two historic pubs, a busy village hall, a local football club and a playgroup for youngsters, there’s a fantastic community spirit. Also, you can find all the amenities you need in the nearby Hemel Hempstead, from which you can get a direct train to London Euston.

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Estate Agents Serving Flaunden

Numerous estate agents operate in this area, including:

2. Barkway

Dating back to the Middle Ages, Barkway is undoubtedly one of the best villages to live in Hertfordshire. The Barkway Park Golf Club is one of the village’s most popular attractions, and established walking routes, such as the Rokey Wood Walk and Earl’s Wood Walk, are excellent ways to explore the area and discover Barkway’s natural beauty.  

The Tally Ho is the one pub in the village and with a connection directly to London King’s Cross and London Bridge station from the nearby Royston, you can commute to the nation’s capital.

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Estate Agents Serving Barkway

To find your dream home in Barkway, try local estate agents, such as:

3. Codicote

Codicote is a stunning, larger village in Hertfordshire, which means it’s ideal for those who want more amenities on their doorstep. Featuring a primary school in the village and a selection of secondary schools in nearby towns, Codicote is popular with families who want to enjoy village life.

Additionally, the village offers an impressive range of local shops including a local butcher, and sporting facilities, including the Codicote Bottom Clay Target Club and the Welwyn Equestrian Centre. It also has two pubs in the village, an Indian restaurant, and a kebab shop.

A regular bus timetable provides public transport from the centre of the village to the nearby Welwyn Garden City with a direct Thameslink line to Finsbury Park in London.

Estate Agents Serving Codicote

Many local estate agents serve the Codicote area, including:

4. Cottered

Known as one of the prettiest villages Hertfordshire, Cottered is home to an exquisite, Grade II registered Japanese garden at The Garden House, as well as a local airfield, village pub and village hall. However, it’s Cottered’s vast open spaces and stunning views that make it an exceptional place to live and a popular place to visit.

Located between Buntingford, Baldock and Stevenage you get the rural village feel but with easy access to amenities. Also from Hitchen, you can get the direct train to London King’s Cross station with ease.

Estate Agents Serving Cottered

Estate agencies serving Cottered and local areas include:

5. Much Hadham

Located between Bishop’s Stortford and Ware, Much Hadham offers village life with easy access to larger towns and handy amenities. The village itself is home to a good selection of shops and attractions, with The Hadham Mill Equestrian Centre and the Great Hadham Golf and Country Club lying on the outskirts of the village.

Due to the location close to Bishop’s Stortford, residents have access to the Stansted Express. This train provides swift travel to London Liverpool Street Station, or international travel from London Stansted Airport.

Estate Agents Serving Much Hadham

If you’re looking for a dream home in one of the best villages in Hertfordshire, there are a number of estate agents serving Much Hadham, including:

6. Hunsdon

Once home to King Henry VIII, Hunsdon is a small village that’s steeped in history. Today, the village is a vibrant and bustling place to live, with schools, pubs and shops all conveniently located within Hunsdon itself. The nearby airfield, as well as historic Hunsdon House, are popular attractions, while the nearby East Herts Miniature Railway is always a fun day out for families. 

Located not far from Hoddesdon, the St Margaret’s train station provides a direct line to central London via London Liverpool Street. In less than an hour, you can be in the middle of the city.

Estate Agents Serving Hunsdon

Nearby estate agents serving Hunsdon, and surrounding areas include:

7. Therfield

With a population of fewer than 1,000 people, Therfield is a quiet location that excels at village life. Its church, pub, preschool and cricket club create a great sense of community, while its proximity to nearby Royston ensures residents have easy access to a wide range of amenities, including shops, restaurants, pubs and Royston Golf Club.

The only downside to Therfield is the lack of public transport, so if you need to commute to London you will have to drive to a local town.

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Estate Agents Serving Therfield

If you’re planning on moving to Therfield, there are plenty of estate agents to assist you, such as:

8. Aldbury

Situated in the Chiltern Hills, close to the borders of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, Aldbury is a Hertfordshire village that feels like it is set in a truly remote location. In reality, however, the village is just three miles outside of Tring, so it’s perfect if you want to enjoy village life but retain links to a nearby town. It is only around an hour from Tring to London Euston on the train, so the village is very well connected.

With a village pub called The Greyhound Inn, cafes, a sports ground, churches and shops, Aldbury has everything you need and more – with stunning views to match!

Read more: What are the most beautiful villages to live in, in Essex?

Estate Agents Serving Aldbury

Whenever you move to Aldbury, you’ll find plenty of local estate agents to manage the purchase of your dream home, including:

9. Walkern

Located around two miles from Stevenage, Walkern is a spectacular village that offers an impressive range of amenities. From shops and pubs to schools and sports clubs, there are plenty of ways for residents to get involved in village life.

With Bluebell Forest, Pryor’s Wood and The Great Ashby District Park just across the border of Walkern, there are also endless opportunities to explore the outdoors and take in your spectacular surroundings. 

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Estate Agents Serving Walken

If you want to find the perfect property in Walkern, there are numerous estate agents serving the area, including:

Planning Your Move to Hertfordshire

With so many pretty villages in Hertfordshire, it’s not surprising that the country is one of the most popular places to live in the southeast. Of course, any relocation can seem overwhelming at first, which is why it’s important to plan your move in advance.

With help from Brycelands Removals & Storage, you can take the stress out of moving and simply look forward to residing in one of the best villages in Hertfordshire. For over 50 years we have covered removals in Herts from Stevenage to St Albans, Watford to Letchworth. So, if you need a stress-free move, speak to our experienced removals team.