Hertfordshire vs Winchester

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    I’m a single 40-something looking to move away from the noise and congestion of London, yet be near my ageing parents in Barnet. I feel Hertfordshire could be a good fit, but don’t know the area at all. I’m lucky enough to live in a lovely flat in a leafy part of W London, but have noisy neighbours and parking issues! I’m thinking an attractive market town with a train station (so I can get my London fix and visit friends) yet with easy access to country walks as I’d like to adopt a rescue dog. I went to University in Winchester and fell in love with the place – I always thought I’d move back there one day. Is there anywhere in Hertfordshire that compares to Winchester, in terms of shopping/amenities and access to countryside? I work from home so commuting is not an issue, but I don’t want to be anywhere too isolated either. I’d be looking for a 2-3 bedroom detached house with a wraparound garden, with a budget of approx £800k. I’ve been told that property in Hertfordshire is more expensive than Winchester, so hoping this is realistic. Also, want to avoid soulless commuter towns, bland suburbs, and flight path noise from Luton and Stansted.

    All suggestions much appreciated!


    Belinda Aspinall

    Some thoughts for you from our facebook group

    Knebworth is a nice village near to a1m train into central London and in between two international airports


    I’ve lived close to both Winchester and Hertfordshire. In my view, the best place to consider would be Berkhamsted.

    I would highly recommend our little corner of South West Hertfordshire. We live in Croxley Green, adjacent to Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and delightful villages such as Sarratt. For shopping the town of Watford is nearby but we also have great access to London via the Metropolitan Line. The perfect mix, which is why we’ve stayed here for 37 years!

    The villages north of St Albans (for example Codicote, just 5 mins from Knebworth station – 20 mins to London, Kings Cross, 5 mins from the A1 and easy 20 mins to Luton airport) are perfect. Plenty of cafe culture nearby.

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