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Villages in Hertfordshire: 10 of the prettiest places to visit

PUBLISHED: 17:04 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:14 03 March 2017

Sunshine in the pretty village of Preston (Peter O'Connor, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sunshine in the pretty village of Preston (Peter O'Connor, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Check out our guide to some of the prettiest, most quaint and all round best villages in Hertfordshire

Colney Heath

Although located less than five miles from St. Albans, the large village of Colney Heath has a true village atmosphere. There is a quaint windmill now converted and being used as a house.

Local pub: The village pub is The Crooked Billet with friendly staff and cosy interiors so after a wander around, taking in the pretty cottages, you can enjoy a refreshing pint.

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Preston

Preston, home to around 300 people, is a wonderful example of a pretty Hertfordshire village although it’s not without its share of history. With buildings including the supposedly haunted ruined Minsden Chapel and also the site of the Princess Helena College, there is a lot to be seen here.

Local pub: The Red Lion is “Britain’s first community-owned pub”, built in the early 19th century, and retains much of its historic charm. There are real ales on tap and it is even mentioned in the Good Pub Guide.

Braughing

The village of Braughing is famous for the Braughing Pork Sausage originally made in 1954; with the recipe remaining unchanged since that time. This charming village has lots of character with plenty of routes to take a country walk, historic churches to soak in some history, and a farm shop to pick up some locally sourced produce.

Local pub: Braughing is also home to one of our favourite dining pubs, The Golden Fleece.

Cottered

Located in beautiful rural Hertfordshire is the village of Cottered, a quaint and quintessentially British village with a strong community feel.

Local pub: The Bull serves up seasonally changing dishes in its cosy interiors with an open fireplace and rustic yet stylish decoration.

Kings Langley

The village of Kings Langley has a rich history that is waiting to be explored with everything that a classic village needs. Just 21 miles but a world away from the hustle and bustle of central London, there’s lush greenery on the village common, historic buildings and great pubs too.

Local pub: The Unicorn has open fires, big leather sofas but is also a lively spot in the warmer months for drinks on the decked beer garden.

Barkway

Imagine thatch roofed houses and church bells ringing in a country village and you may be picturing North Hertfordshire’s lovely Barkway. Some buildings and houses date back as far as the 15th century, and the 800 year old St. Mary Magdalene Church is well worth a visit.

Local pub: You can round off a peaceful country stroll with a pint at the Tally Ho. This pub is a mix of old meets new with brick-clad open fires and classic dark wood furniture juxtaposed with cream and blue walls that create a shabby chic element.

Croxley Green

The cosy village of Croxley Green has everything that a traditional village should: a green where children play surrounded by old buildings, an annual village fair including a Maypole dancing session and a few traditional local pubs to keep the locals and visitors entertained.

Local pub: There are several notable pubs in the village including The Artichoke and The Coach & Horses.

Bovingdon

Bovingdon village with cosy pubs, churches and a community feeling to it has been home to interesting characters including the Olympic bobsleigh champion Tony Nash and is located next to a disused World War II airfield that has been used as a location for several films.

Local pub: The Bell Inn serves local ales and carefully prepared food, making it the perfect post-walk spot to enjoy a spread of food and drink with your dog by your feet.

Redbourn

The historic village of Redbourn has won many Village of the Year awards throughout the years and it isn’t hard to see why. With gorgeous houses and a rich history, there are also many tourist attractions nearby such as the Redbourn Village Museum (house in a Grade II listed silk mill house) and just one mile from the site of the Hertfordshire County Show.

Local pub: There are fantastic pubs in Redbourn to relax in when you have finished exploring. The Cricketers is one such pub that’s raved about by locals and visitors alike.

St Ippolyts

Located just south of Hitchin is the small parish village of St Ippolyts. With timber houses and charmingly wonky buildings galore, this village is steeped in history. Visit the historical church that is over 900 years old or see the old timber houses that characterise this pretty settlement.

Local pub: A short walk from St Ippolyts is The Bull pub in Gosmere. Complete with exposed beams, open fires and homemade comfort food, The Bull typifies the quintessential British pub. Keep an eye out for fish nights and curry nights too!

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