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The leafy town of Harpenden is a small suburban settlement in the St Albans City district. Whilst it is too large to be considered a village, the town nonetheless boasts the kind of community atmosphere one might expect to find in one. Featuring an abundance of open spaces, a high standard of living and being just 45 minutes from London, Harpenden is the commuter’s dream town.
Nestled at the edge of the Chiltern hills, between the River Ver and the River Lea, Harpenden is a picturesque town that offers a degree of tranquility whilst still being within easy reach of Cambridge, Oxford and London. The town itself is bursting with shops and places to eat, along with plenty of natural and historic places to see. Despite its upmarket reputation, the town features a vibrant community and is welcoming to both young and old alike.
Harpenden in general features properties of a very high standard. It’s attractiveness as a commuter town has led to investment in homes and accommodation to support demand. Whilst there are a few hotels and bed & breakfast providers dotted around, the best solution for an extended stay in Harpenden is undoubtedly a serviced apartment.
We select the finest properties based on their location, quality and range of features. We are also able to provide advice and support when selecting the best accommodation to suit your individual travel requirements. Serviced apartments offer luxury and comfort as well as a sense of a home-from-home, complete with fully stocked kitchens and contemporary furnishings. Whether you are seeking luxury corporate housing or a functional, self-contained studio, our customer service team can offer the perfect place to suit your individual tastes and budget.
Harpenden is an ideal town for enjoying country strolls and lunching in traditional pubs or restaurants. Heartwood Forest and Batford Springs are popular areas for those who enjoy the outdoors, whilst the ruins of Old Gorhambury House also attract many visitors in the summer months, due to the fantastic walking trails in its vicinity. New Gorhambury house on the other hand, is an 18th century stately home which is open to the public throughout the year.
Harpenden town centre offers a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes, as well as a range of retailers and three supermarkets. There are two further shopping areas in Southdown and Batford with similar amenities. Outside of London, Harpenden’s nearest large scale shopping centre is Christopher Place in St Albans, hosting a variety of brand names, and just twenty minutes away by rail.
Harpenden is a relatively small town and there is rarely a need to use public transport to navigate the centre itself. Walking and cycling provide adequate means of getting from A to B and allow travellers to enjoy the town’s open spaces.
The surrounding areas, including St Albans, Luton, and Hemel Hempstead, are well served by bus routes. Most stops also cover the parks and natural reserves on the outskirts of Harpenden. The PlusBus card is available from £2.55 to £3.05 per day, and gives unlimited bus travel on participating routes.
The railway station in the town centre provides four trains per hour into London St. Pancras, as well as regular direct routes to Bedford and Brighton. The Thameslink Programme is due to be completed in 2018, and will expand the services offered to include faster routes through West Sussex and Kent.
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