It’s easy to see why this lovely market town is attracting so much praise. The exam results are a reflection of the great schools available to parents, travel connections into London are strong, house prices competitive and there is plenty to do and see for locals. With over £200m being poured into the Goods Yard Development, an exciting new quarter around the town’s railway station, things are firmly on track to get even better for Bishop’s Stortford.
Period properties and semi-detached homes are found along Old High Street, Windhill and North Street, many of which are affordable options. Larger townhouses sit on the edge of the town, often sold with acres of land attached, while on the West side is the small village of Much Hadham with its Elizabethan cottages, Victorian Almshouses and 18th century townhouses. Little Hadham features large barn conversions that have real traditional appeal. Georgian properties are located close to Hatfield Forest, three miles East of Bishop’s Stortford. Newer apartments are found closer to the centre of the town. Average sale prices are £446,647 and average rental costs £1,029 pcm.
With Bishop’s Stortford offering a direct route into the heart of London, it’s a prime location for commuters working in the city. House and rental costs are competitive, further enticing younger professionals and couples looking for something a little more affordable than London prices. This offers a similar draw to families looking for spacious properties that do not cost the earth. Similarly, with plenty of surrounding countryside to enjoy and a slower village pace, retirees and older homeowners also find Bishop’s Stortford an attractive proposition.
Education standards in Bishops Stortford are extremely high, with a number of schools rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. These include primaries, Windhill21, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Northgate Primary School. Many secondary schools also fall into the same top tier category, with Hockerill Anglo-European College, a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 to 18, The Bishop’s Stortford High School and The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College all catering for children up to 18 years old.
The Forge Museum and Victorian Cottage Garden is just five miles from Bishop’s Stortford and offers some local history during the many exhibitions held throughout the year relating to science and technology, archives and social history.
There are two markets held throughout the week on Thursday’s and Saturday’s, with the Farmers and Crafts Market taking place on the first Saturday of each month and always proving popular with locals.
There’s also an annual carnival that parades through the town centre, along with a fun fair, stalls and food vendors. Music lovers will also enjoy the Bish Bash music festival, a two day festival that takes place over the MayDay weekend.
Cammas Hall Farm is a family-owned business set in beautiful countryside which is open during the warmer months. Here you can pick out your own fresh fruit.
Finally, the wonderfully named Mountfitchet Castle dates back to the Normandy era. Visitors will enjoy a unique open-air museum experience here.
Pircio has a great reputation and is a luxurious dining experience in beautiful surroundings, while Gourmeturk is a standout Turkish eatery based in a Tudor pub called The Boar’s Head. The Jolly Brewers and The Rose and Crown are recommended local pubs, while the Skew Champagne and Oyster Bar offers a way to treat yourself for the night with Turkish fare, live entertainment and an outdoor terrace.
Jackson Square is where you’ll find the best shops in Bishop’s Stortford, offering a good mixture of boutique independents and established brands.
South Mill Arts features a 300-seat theatre, art gallery and museum covering the town’s history. Anchor Street Leisure Park features a bar, arcade, Empire Cinema and bowling alley, and Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club is close to the local football stadium.
To the South of Bishops Stortford there are big plans to build as many as 8,500 homes across several newly built communities. New homes are being built off West Road in Sawbridgeworth (around five miles outside the town) with 200 houses set to make up the development. 163 new homes, covering 1, 2 and 3-bedroom properties, are due to be constructed off Hadham Road, opposite the fire and ambulance station. The Goods Yard site near the railway station will feature over 500 new homes, offices, retail spaces and a hotel.
Catch a train from Bishop’s Stortford directly into Liverpool Street in London, and your journey will take around an hour. An average of 93 trains travel this route on a weekday.
Travelling to Gatwick requires a journey of just over two hours, with Heathrow and Luton taking a similar amount of time and Stansted a mere 10 minutes away by train.