Redrow - The Maples, SG9
The smallest town in Hertfordshire, Buntingford was once a popular staging post on the journey from Cambridge to London. This has left a lasting legacy of excellent local inns and restaurants that belies the size of the town.
Far from a sleepy London dormer town, Buntingford is a vibrant little town in its own right, self-contained with its own schools, shops and regular local market. At the same time, London Kings Cross is just 38 minutes away from nearby Royston Station, bringing the careers and culture, shopping and shows of the city well within reach.
London Kings Cross is just 38minutes away from nearby Royston Station, Hertford East, just a short drive away offers direct trains to London Liverpool Street in 51 minutes bringing, while nearby Ware also offers direct trains to Liverpool Street in just 47 minutes.
There is plenty to do in the town, with Ward Freman pool and gym within walking distance of the development, a local football team and youth team and Barkway Park and East Herts golf clubs both just a short drive away. Buntingford also hosts a bi-annual summer carnival and a classic car show every autumn. For evening entertainment, head for Stevenage Leisure Park, where you’ll find a Cineworld multi-screen cinema and a Hollywood Bowl bowling alley, along with a choice of popular family restaurants, from Pizza Hut to Prezzo, Nandos to KFC. Plus, of course, with London less then three quarters of an hour away, the shows of the West End and concerts at the O2 are all easily accessible.
Buntingford has a three tier school system, with Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ first schools and middle school and a ‘good’ rated upper school and sixth form college. All lie within the town itself and all are within easy walking distance of The Maples. Younger pupils have the choice of Layston C of E First School or Millfield First School, both feeding in to Edwinstree C of E Middle School, which in turn feeds Freman College and sixth form. Alternative seniors schools can be found at the ‘good’ rated Meridian School in Royston or the independent International Baccalaureate school St Edmunds in nearby Ware.
Buntingford High Street has an excellent selection of friendly independent shops and stores, and you’ll find a traditional market, dating back to the 14th century, held every Monday on Market Hill. For the freshest local produce, try Royston farmers’ market, held on the 3rd Friday of every month. For a more extensive shopping trip, try the malls of Westgate Shopping Centre in Stevenage or Jackson Square, Bishop’s Stortford, or hop a train to London for the flagship stores of Oxford Street, the style of Carnaby Street, the tailoring of Saville Row and the exclusive boutiques of Mayfair.
Buntingford lies midway between the A1(M) and the M11, with the A10 bypassing the town to the west. Bishop Stortford, Stevenage, Letchworth and the county town of Hertford are all just over 10miles away, with Cambridge 25miles and London around 40miles. The nearest station is at Royston, just 8miles along the A10 to the north of Buntingford. Royston station has over 340 park and ride spaces and regular peak time services direct to London Kings Cross in as little as 38minutes and Cambridge in just 15minutes.
You have a choice of doctors within walking distance of the development, including Buntingford Surgery and Orchard Surgery as well as no less then three dentists on the High Street, including Buntingford Dental Centre and The Dentist.