CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Hertfordshire’s Best Villages: villages around Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 09:23 03 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:51 21 March 2016

Why it's time to move to Stevenage Villages

Why it's time to move to Stevenage Villages

Picturesque villages with close-knit communities, all within easy reach of a bustling town full of amenities as Pat Bramley learns...

ACCORDING to experts who measure these things, the area that is covered by woodland surrounding Stevenage ‘can only be matched by places like the Forest of Dean’.

Certainly the new town, despite its excellent shopping and leisure facilities, has not been regarded as a particularly attractive example of post-war development but the surrounding villages are a rural idyll by contrast.

Those fortunate enough to live in pretty spots like Walkern, Aston, Benington, Datchworth and Old Knebworth enjoy the best of country and town.


Each of these villages has a primary school while independent co-eds in the area include St Christopher’s and Sherrardswood, both catering for pupils from nursery age to sixth form. There are also two top ranking girls’ private schools within a six-mile radius of Stevenage – The Princess Helena College and St Francis College.

In the state sector, The John Henry Newman Catholic has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted and a new headteacher arrived this term at The Barclay School, one of the government’s specialist technology colleges.

Shopping and free time

Each village has at least one traditional country pub and these thriving communities are determined to safeguard their environment and support all things local.

The conservation village of Walkern has an annual fair, a youth club and a private art gallery based at the studio of artist Stephen Lowe.

In Aston there was considerable excitement when ancient wall paintings were discovered in two of the bedrooms of a cottage opposite the Pig & Whistle.

Each February crowds turn out to see the snowdrops in the grounds of the Georgian manor house at Benington Lordship and the daffodils at Easter while music lovers come to the famous rock and pop concerts at Knebworth House.

In Stevenage, the 120 acres of Fairlands Valley Park have been described as ‘the green jewel in Stevenage’s crown’. The sailing centre is one of the UK’s top free visitor attractions and they also have instructors for mountain biking, orienteering, wall climbing and more.

Stevenage football club is another major draw as is The Gordon Craig Theatre and the ten-screen Cineworld Multiplex.

How much to live here?

Tracey Kosmalski, director of Putterills in Old Stevenage, says properties in the outlying villages carry a premium because of where they are and the close proximity of Stevenage and all it offers.

Expect to pay: from £190,000 for a two-bedroom cottage; from £250,000 for a three-bedroom semi; around £400,000 for a four-bedroom detached.


More from Out & About

From Aldbury to Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire has a plethora of pretty villages. We have picked just 10 that you should visit

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to vintage fetes, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We quiz author Kevin Exley about his new book that takes the reader on the trail of fascinating stories, new and old, around Berkhamsted

Read more
October 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018

Hertfordshire is a county with a vast, fascinating and sometimes dark and bloody history that has reportedly lead to more than a few angry ghosts sticking around to wreak havoc and take revenge on the living. We have gathered 10 of the most haunted places in the county

Read more
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Make the most out of autumn with these eight walking routes that take in a variety of Hertfordshire’s terrains and - most importantly – have a cosy pub along the way

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

We've selected a variety of spooky activities in the county that are sure to delight the kids

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Hussey explores the fascinating world of bats and new projects in the county to help conserve these remarkable creatures

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is asking the public to look out for mammals on Hertfordshire’s roads as part of a citizen science project

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

From stately homes to skateparks, we have selected some of the best ideas for things to do in Hertfordshire

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The diverse parkland of Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth is undergoing a five-year plan to promote its heritage and enhance its habitats. It makes for a royal day out

Read more
September 2018

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search