Area Guide: The affluent Hertfordshire village of Aldenham

Aldenham is surrounded by countryside. Picture: Danny Loo

Aldenham is surrounded by countryside. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

This picture perfect village is one of the most expensive places to live in Herts. We found out more about it...

Located between Radlett and Watford, Aldenham is probably smaller today than it was 500 years ago due to its land being sold to the highest bidders during the Reformation.

Welcome to Aldenham. Picture: Danny Loo

Welcome to Aldenham. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

It was recently named one of Hertfordshire's five most desirable villages, based on highest house prices, best lifestyle amenities, connectivity and ‘chocolate box’ appeal.

Property

Living somewhere this lovely does not come cheap: according to a recent Savills analysis of Land Registry data, both Aldenham East and Aldenham West are two of just five local authority wards in Herts with an average property price in excess of £1m.  

Living in Aldenham doesn't come cheap. Picture: Danny Loo

Living in Aldenham doesn't come cheap. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

In Aldenham East the average was £1,329,291 while in Aldenham West it stood at £1,067,316. 

There are currently just three homes available for sale in the village, all of them expensive: a £3.5m three-bed apartment with access to communal tennis court and gym, a £1.35m detached house with pool and a two-bed apartment for £720,000. 

Schools

Aldenham has some of the most prestigious private schools in the country on its doorstep.

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Aldenham School, described as “small, smart and with traditional style” was founded in 1597, and is now a private school with a mixture of boarding and day students of both genders.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School – which has a girls’ school linked to it – was named as the Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year in 2017.

There is also a choice of state schools nearby, such as Little Reddings Primary School and Bushey Meads secondary school, which were both rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in their last inspections.

Church

St John the Baptist church, Aldenham. Picture: Danny Loo

St John the Baptist church, Aldenham. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Crucial to the village is St John the Baptist Church. Being built around the mid-13th century, it boasts “750 years of continuous worship” and still serves the local community well.

As a matter of fact, the church and the village have featured in a variety of media productions, from films such as Confessions of a Window Cleaner to Coldplay’s music video for Life in Technicolor.

Aldenham is found off the B462, between Radlett and Watford. Picture: Danny Loo

Aldenham is found off the B462, between Radlett and Watford. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Transport

The village has excellent transport links due to its close proximity to the M25, M1 and A1(M).

Additionally, Radlett station is a six-minute drive from the village, while Elstree and Borehamwood station is around 12 minutes away. Both have direct train connections into London.

Sport and leisure

Aldenham Golf & Country Club offers nine and 18-hole courses designed to challenge every level of golfer. Additionally, its dining rooms host regular private events, from corporate dinners to birthday parties and weddings.

Aldenham Golf & Country Club. Picture: Danny Loo

Aldenham Golf & Country Club. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Aldenham Country Park is a beautiful 175-acre green space offering activities for all ages, from pony rides to survival workshops. They also have a 100 Aker Wood trail, with Pooh Bear themed attractions along the route, as well as the option to camp, and even glamp, within the facilities.

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden...

This area guide is sponsored by Frost's, who have offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden (www.frosts.co.uk/branches) - Credit: Archant