Why move to Hertford?
Hertford is a historic yet vibrant market town, just 19 miles north of London in the east Hertfordshire countryside. It is an attractive place to live, with a maze of medieval streets, the remains of a Norman castle, walks along the river Lea and plenty of green space.
With a population of around 30,000, Hertford is a world away from the frenetic pace of city life, yet London is easily reached by train, making it very popular with commuters.
There are many picturesque villages around Hertford, offering the perfect balance between access to the town and the welcome of a rural community. Many have a rich history, having been recorded in the Domesday Book and offer a good choice of characterful property.
If you are looking for an estate agent in Hertford, please pop into our office on Maidenhead Street. We are both a lettings agent and sales agent for the Hertford area, and will be happy to help you.
A short history
Hertford sits in a valley where the rivers Rib, Beane and Mimram meet the river Lea. It was named after the ancient place where deer once crossed the river, and the town's emblem is a stag or hart.
Settlements existed here in Saxon times, but the town grew following the Norman Conquest, when a castle was built. Hertford Castle was a Royal Palace for over 300 years and is where Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. The castle stood until the 17th Century when it fell into disrepair. Hertford Castle Gatehouse now stands on the original site and is a popular venue for weddings and events.
The Victorian era saw much building as transport links to London improved. The McMullens brewery was founded in 1827 by Peter McMullen and has been brewing beer since then using water from the chalk aquifer 140ft below the town.
Intriguingly, there have been tales throughout history of a secret network of tunnels beneath Hertford, said to be in use by members of the Knights Templar. Claims have been made that treasures of immense importance are hidden beneath the streets. History records that a number of the Templars were imprisoned in Hertford Castle, as shown in the stained glass window in St Andrew’s Church, so perhaps there may be some truth in the stories told.
Much of the town centre is a conservation area. Throughout Hertford, there is a wide mix of properties, from modern town houses and pretty riverside terraced cottages, to middle range family houses and detached homes with extensive grounds.
Family houses are available in the Fordwich area, with more extensive properties along private roads in High Molewood and Great Molewood. Bengeo to the north and the area around Folly Island are always in high demand.
If you are interested in putting your house on the market, our Sales Agents will be pleased to arrange a home valuation. Those looking to purchase property in Hertford can discuss their needs with our local experts and arrange viewings at suitable properties. Alternatively, if you are a Landlord considering letting your property, or you are looking to rent within the Hertford area, our Lettings Agents are on hand to support you.
The Finches, Hertford
OPEN HOUSE 27TH MAY 12.00-2:00PM STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLYBuilt by Fairclough homes, we offer for sale this four/five bedroom detached family home situated in a cul de sac on the...
Pegs Lane, Hertford
OPEN HOUSE 20TH MAY 10.00AM -12.00 NOON. SHARED OWNERSHIP SCHEME. An opportunity to acquire a 50% share of this two bedroom upper ground apartment situated in a highly regarded development...
Palmer Road, Hertford
Occupying a corner plot we offer for sale this three bedroom Semi detached property situated in the popular suburb of Bengeo. The property offers a large downstairs comprising of lounge,...
Wilton Crescent, Hertford
A two bedroom semi-detached bungalow situated within this peaceful and popular residential area on the south side of town. Gas centrally heated and double glazed the property is in need...
Kings are pleased to offer for sale this two bedroom ground floor maisonette situated in a popular cul de sac development and within close proximity to Hertford town centre and...
Clappers Lane, Watton At Stone
£1650 pcm + fees
Kings of Hertford are delighted to offer for rental this modern build three bedroom detached executive home based in the popular village of Watton At Stone. The property is located...
Wheatsheaf Drive, Ware
£795 pcm + fees
Kings of Hertford are pleased to present to the rental market this one bedroom ground floor maisonette located in Ware. The property offers parking, electric heating, double glazing and is...
£775 pcm + fees
Kings of Hertford are pleased to offer to the rental market this lovely one bedroom top floor maisonette in the popular development Ladywood Road in Hertford.This property consists of an...
Plomer Avenue, Hoddeson
£925 pcm + fees
Kings of Hertford are pleased to offer this bright two bedroom top floor flat available at the end of May. It benefits from 2 double bedrooms, fitted wardrobes, en-suite and...
Wentworth Road, Hertford
£2250 pcm + fees
Kings Lettings are proud to present this beautifully presented 5 bedroom extended bungalow on the popular Mandeville estate.This property comes with a driveway for numerous cars and a lovely maintained...
Trains from Hertford East take 53 minutes to reach Liverpool Street, and trains from Hertford North to Moorgate take just 45 minutes. You can connect to the London Underground at Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington, or Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale.
There is also quick access to the A10 and M25. The A1(M) is eight miles west and the M11 is 11 miles east.
Shopping, eating and drinking
Hertford has a good selection of independent retailers, selling everything from fashion to antiques. You’ll find most shops in Bircherley Green, but if you need a spot of serious retail therapy, it’s a short drive to Welwyn garden City where there is a John Lewis, or Hatfield's Galleria Outlet is just 15 minutes away. There’s also a farmer’s market once a month.
There’s a whole host of places to test your taste buds here. The Hertford House Hotel, the town's first boutique hotel, has a popular brasserie. Lussmann’s Fish and Grill is a modern restaurant with a wide array of outstanding, seasonal offerings and The White Horse is a favourite with the locals, offering great beers, roaring fires and a selection of tapas.
Things to do
The Hertford and Ware Waterbus runs along the River Lea every weekend, providing a picturesque method of transport. Cycling along the towpath is also a popular pastime.
There is also plenty for thespians and musicians, including a Dramatic and Operatic Society, the Company of Players and a symphony orchestra. Hertford is also home to The Musical Mystery Tour, an annual event featuring performances at many of the town’s pubs and venues.
There is quite a sporting fraternity too, with a cricket club, canoe club, Hertford Football Club, the Old Hertfordians Rugby Club, and fishing in streams made famous by Izaak Walton in The Compleat Angler.
River View Day Nursery ~ The Right Track
Abel Smith School ~ Bengeo Primary School ~ Hertford Heath Primary and Nursery School ~ Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary School ~ Hollybush Primary School ~ Mill Mead Primary School ~ Morgans Primary School & Nursery ~ St Joseph's Catholic Primary School ~ St Joseph's in the Park ~ Wheatcroft Primary School
Presdales School (Girls) ~ Richard Hale School (Boys) ~ Simon Balle School ~ The Chauncy School ~ The Sele School
Haileybury ~ Heath Mount School ~ Lochinver House School (Boys) ~ Manor Lodge School ~ Queenswood (Girls) ~ Sherrardswood School ~ St Edmund's College ~ St Joseph's in the Park ~ Stormont (Girls)
Daniel was a Negotiator and then Senior Branch Manager before opening Hertford branch in 2007. He is NFOPP Accredited and he led Hertford to a 2015 Best Agency win at The ESTAS.More info
Dannielle always gives a first class service. Her ongoing strengths helped her to progress from Lettings Negotiator to Lettings Manager in an impressively short time.More info
2 weeks ago
good marketing &leaving empty property secure
Mr Mark Matthews
3 weeks ago
Smooth transaction from start to finish. No hiccups and would highly recommend Daniel and his team.
4 weeks ago
I was really delighted with the service that Daniel and his team provided to me when selling my Godmother's property in Bengeo. Daniel kept me informed of developments for the sale as they occurred and organised the house clearance, then the meter readings for me at completion which helped enormously as I live down on the south coast. I was saved a least a couple of trips back to Herts. I would not hesitate to recommend Kings Group for their great service and professionalism.
2 months ago
Had a great experience buying our first home through Kings, Lucy was very helpful showing us around places and the purchase of our property was efficiant and went through smoothly, thanks Kings!
2 months ago
A good structured service with an excellent knowledge of the local market. They went out of their way to sell our property at a very competitive price.
2 months ago
Extremely efficient and friendly staff whom made the entire property purchase experience headache free! They kept on top of each party and helped the process along wherever possible. Would definitely recommend them to our friends and family. Special thanks to Daniel Foot at the branch for his ongoing support. Thank you!