OUR PATCH - LEAFY AND COMMUTABLE
Once tagged the happiest place in Britain, Chorleywood, plus its neighbouring town Rickmansworth and environs, are high in demand as residential options. There are few locations in the country that can compete with the combination of natural beauty couple with accessibility.
The unspoilt countryside that Poet Laureate John Betjeman applauded in Metro Land, the legendary 70s TV documentary still survives today.
"Much trouble has been taken to preserve the country quality surviving here (Chorleywood Common)/ oak, hazel, hawthorn, gorse and sandy tracks." John Betjeman.
But the leafy environment is only part of the pull. Linked to central London by the Metropolitan Line/Chiltern Line service providing regular fast trains direct to Baker Street and Marylebone, a journey takes just thirty five minutes minimum. Living within reach of Chorleywood and Rickmansworth stations makes sound commuting sense, although with the M25 and M1 on our doorstep and Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports easily accessible, no travel option is a problem.
On top of this the area boasts some of the best state and independent schools in the South East and when it comes to leisure and entertainment there is something to suit all. At nearby Watford we have one of the best repertory theatres in the country - The Palace Theatre - as well as The Colosseum, a venue famed for its acoustics and popular for BBC classical concerts, plus cinemas, leisure pools and a wide range of sport facilities from award winning golf courses to waterskiing centres.
Eateries feature every international cuisine imaginable and suit all budgets ranging from delis and bistros to gastro pubs and elegant restaurants. As for the shops, Chorleywood and Rickmansworth centres offer a mix of the best high street retailers, supermarkets and unique privately owned businesses. For more ambitious shopping trips, not only is there the Harlequin Centre at Watford and the Eden Centre at High Wycombe, but London Colney, Brent Cross and Westfield (The largest out-of-town centre in Europe) are all a short drive away.
The guides below provide further information and links to more local information: