Area Guide: The pretty Hertfordshire hamlet of Sleapshyde
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A hamlet surrounded by agricultural land but with excellent road links to nearby towns, Sleapshyde might just be the best of both worlds.
Sleepy Sleapshyde lies north of both the River Colne and the A414, between St Albans and Hatfield.
There is a conservation area on the eastern part of this rural, characterful hamlet, while to the west there is more modern housing around Sleapcross Gardens, Sleapshyde Lane and Smallford Lane.
Smallford is north of the hamlet, while Colney Heath is immediately south. St Albans, Hatfield and London Colney (with it’s Colney Fields Shopping Park) are all within three miles of Sleapshyde.
There is only one property currently on the market in Sleapshyde, a three-bed semi-detached house on Smallford Lane, which has a guide price of £565,000.
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Food and Drink
Until just a few weeks ago, The Plough was a traditional country pub offering real ale, big screen sport and hearty steak and ale pies. That has now changed: new management took over before the pub closed for a major refurb and will reopen it this summer as a Dylans pub and kitchen, under the same ownership as St Albans foodie favourite Dylans Kings Arms.
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The pub’s proximity to the Alban Way has long made it a popular stop off point for walkers making the trip from St Albans or Hatfield, and this is sure to continue.
Primary schools serving the Sleapshyde area include Colney Heath School, which was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted at its last inspection and London Colney Primary & Nursery School (‘good’). Samuel Ryder Academy (‘good’) is an all-through school on Drakes Drive, while other secondary options include Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in Colney Health Lane (‘good’).
Nearest railway stations are at Hatfield, Welham Green and St Albans, all of which are between three and four miles from Sleapshyde.
Sleapshyde Lane is under a mile from the A1001 and is also close to the A414, the A1(M) and the M25.
Leisure and sport
Willows Farm is on the doorstep of Sleapshyde and features a children’s visiting farm with indoor petting centre, attractions such as a bouncy castle, small rides for young ones and a soft play centre with café.
Nearby sports facilities are available at the University of Hertfordshire’s leisure centre, at Hatfield Campus in College Lane.
Cotlandswick Leisure Centre in London Colney has group exercise sessions, a sports hall, activity camps, football facilities and a soft play centre for children up to 11 years old. It has a dedicated baby and toddler area and a café.