Consero in Hertfordshire
Voted number 3 in the best places to live for 2021 by Good Move, the county on the northern edge of the capital is favoured by London commuters due to its good rail links.
The river Lea also runs through Hertfordshire to London, producing some scenic unspoilt towns and villages along the way, such as Ware and the county town of Hertford, which has the remains of a splendid castle. Many of the villages are postcard-pretty and count Tudor and Georgian buildings amongst their charms.
Magnificent Hatfield House is the county’s most famous stately home and celebrates many connections to Elizabeth I. St Albans, the only city in Hertfordshire, has a Roman history, an ancient cathedral, and an excellent range of restaurants, pubs and shops in its cosmopolitan centre.
Much of Hertfordshire is designated Green Belt, so it has swathes of unspoilt countryside, woods and rolling hills, leading to endless choices for walking, riding and cycling. The 26 miles long Lea Valley Regional Park runs along the south-eastern edge of Hertfordshire, combining nature and recreation in its 10,000 acres.
Heathbourne Village – Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire
A new gated private estate with a leafy setting, seamlessly blending the charm and spirit of a traditional village community with modern homes and apartments.