What is Bishop's Stortford like?
Living around Bishop’s Stortford, you’ll experience a distinct change of pace compared with London: this is a genuine rural community set in the first stretch of ‘proper’ countryside North of London. Some areas are ideal for sophisticated country living; others, in parts of Essex, are timeless and almost untouched.
It’s an extremely pretty, undulating landscape dotted with picture-postcard villages
We cover a 20-mile radius from Bishop’s Stortford, covering some of the finest villages in Hertfordshire and Essex and including some larger towns such as Hertford, Ware, Stansted Mountfitchet and Sawbridgeworth.
Property in Bishop's Stortford
The area around Bishop’s Stortford contains just about every type of property you could wish for, from classic thatched cottages to ultra-modern mansions; from period townhouses to full-blown country estates; from barn conversions to former rectories.
In Bishop’s Stortford itself the North West corner is the most sought-after, with its range of period and contemporary properties handy for Bishop’s Stortford College. Try Cricketfield Lane, Maple Avenue, Maze Green Road and Dane O’Coys Road.
The area around the station is also coveted; for detached Edwardian and modern houses, look in Warwick Road, Avenue Road and Thorn Grove.
The popular villages — all pretty, with a fine range of property — include the Hadhams, the Pelhams and the Lavers, as well as Braughing, Clavering and Hatfield Broad Oak.
The local scene
There are plenty of smart gastropubs, such as The Cricketers at Clavering and The Bull at Much Hadham, abound, and there are plenty of local family attractions, such as Mountfitchet Castle, the Stansted Toy Museum and the magnificent mansion and park at Audley End.
Bishop’s Stortford itself is a friendly and thriving market town, with an excellent selection of shops and restaurants, a traditional market on Thursdays and Saturdays, a monthly farmers’ market and regular continental markets. Sworders Field hosts community events, fairs, circuses and the annual Cazfest music festival, and we are proud to sponsor the recently established Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature each year.
Further cultural events are provided by the Rhodes Arts Complex, which presents a varied programme of theatre, exhibitions, film, dance, music and comedy, and there are numerous sports clubs, including the highly respected Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club. The rural community supports a wide range of country and equestrian sports and pursuits.
Its superb transport links make Bishop’s Stortford prime commuter territory. The M11 runs past the town to connect with the M25 to the south, and provides fast access to Cambridge to the north.
Stansted Airport is next door, and the Stansted Express provides a fast mainline service to London Liverpool Street, with direct services taking approximately 38 minutes.
Schools in Bishop's Stortford
The area is well-known for some excellent primary schools, in both the towns and villages. At secondary level, there are some major independent schools: Bishop’s Stortford College, Felsted School near Great Dunmow, St Edmund’s College at Ware and Haileybury near Hertford. The Bishop’s Stortford area also has a range of excellent state schools, including the Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College, Hockerill Anglo-European College, the Bishop’s Stortford High School and Leventhorpe School at Sawbridgeworth