Despite its proximity to London, much of the county is still wonderfully rural. its situation also means it offers easy access to the A1, A10, M11, M25 and M1.
It has an excellent choice of high ranking public and state schools and a large number of well regarded primary schools too.
if moving out, obviously proximity to a railway station often dictates where one ultimately lives. trains to London from Bishops Stortford go to Liverpool Street (34 minutes) and the service from Hertford and Ware to Kings Cross (44 and 48 minutes respectively). this also applies to Stevenage, another very quick route into Kings Cross, which takes 23 minutes on a fast train.
The trade off with commuting often begs the question ‘are the pretty villages nearest the quickest train line stations?’ to the west of Bishops Stortford are the Hadhams, with Much Hadham probably the best known and most sought after. It has an excellent village school and has a mix of Elizabethan cottages and eighteenth century townhouses. Little Hadham is a smaller version of its bigger counterpart. Further north are the Pelhams. Stocking Pelham is a particularly pretty village and Brent Pelham and Furneux Pelham are also very picturesque with pretty churches and good village schools.
Anstey and Great Hormead are slightly further north and have the advantage of being closer to Royston, which also has a station and is another popular commuting route. Royston to Kings Cross takes 48 minutes and sits on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. the surrounding countryside offers a wide choice of villages. Barley to the South East has pretty walks and Barkway is rather more elegant with a wonderful array of timber framed Georgian houses and a good village school.
One can also commute from Ashwell and Morden which has a journey time of 44 minutes, again to Kings Cross but the station is too far outside the village to walk, so parking spaces are keenly contested. it is a highly desirable village with a well thought of village school. Kelshall sits in the foothills of the Chilterns with views right across Cambridgeshire and the nearby Therfeld is also very sought after. Sandon is equally worth a look and is in good proximity to Baldock and Buntingford. its Jmi school is linked to the very popular Knights templar secondary school in Baldock.
Whilst Stevenage isn’t attractive, the station is not only useful for the commuter travelling to London but the service also includes the fast main line trains heading north. As well as Kings Cross, you can also get to moorgate in 58 minutes. the nearby villages include Benington which has a picture postcard village green and Walkern which is busier but both have good village schools. Ardeley, Westmill and Haultwick all are small attractive villages with very pretty countryside once you leave the built up Stevenage behind.