About this office
Our team of estate agents in Wheathampstead have much experience in the premium market, as well as land and new homes, and offer exceptional customer service to those looking to buy in the village and its surroundings, including Gustard Wood, Blackmore End, Kimpton, Whitwell, Codicote, Hitchin, Preston, Gosmore, Saint Ippolyts and Welwyn Garden City.
Why move to Wheathampstead?
The picturesque Hertfordshire village of Wheathampstead is situated between Harpenden and Welwyn Garden City, the perfect location for families seeking a slower pace and idyllic rural lifestyle. Occupying a glorious spot on the River Wey, the village is home to many historic buildings that will pique the interest of residents and visitors alike. It is less than 5 miles to the north of vibrant cathedral city St Albans and its speedy rail links to London from neighbouring Harpenden ensure its enduring appeal to the commuter.
A little bit of history
There has been a settlement of one form or another in the Wheathampstead area since the Iron Age, when the Celtic Catuvellauni tribe called it home. Local tradition dictates that the Devil’s Dyke to the east of the village was the scene of Julius Caesar’s victory over tribal chief Cassivellaunus in 54 BC, although this is disputed by some historians. The railway arrived in Wheathampstead in 1860, but its station closed in 1965. Locals have since restored the platform and the site now forms part of the Wheathampstead Heritage Trail.
Architecture and property
Wheathampstead offers a large proportion of period properties, from country cottages to characterful terraces to detached houses set in significant plots, although there is also a selection of more modern homes. The village has too many historic buildings to count, but some notable examples include St Helen’s Church at the heart of the town which dates to the 13th century, the medieval grade II listed house Wheathampstead Place and the Victorian Wheathampstead House constructed in 1840 for Field Marshal Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan.
Shopping and amenities
Wheathampstead’s charming traditional high street is made up in large part of local traders operating from historic premises, including a family-run butchers, bakery, florist and barber shop. The village is also home to a library, doctor and dentist surgeries, a convenience store with post office and a Tesco Express for daily amenities, as well as a cricket club and golf course. A wider range of amenities is available a short drive away in St Albans.
There are a cluster of restaurants and cafes around the historic Mill Quay on the River Lea, including family favourite Miller & Carter Steakhouse that occupies the 16th Century Bull Inn, Le Moulin and Charlie’s Coffee Shop, as well as a couple of takeaways. Micro-brewery Farr Brew have opened three pubs locally which serve their outstanding beers, including the popular Reading Rooms in Wheathampstead. Further dining options can be found in Harpenden or St Albans.
Surrounded by tranquil Hertfordshire countryside, Wheathampstead is the ideal base for exploring open fields, ancient woodlands and riverside trails, with walking and cycling routes nearby to cater to all abilities. The village’s heritage walking trails are an excellent place to start, taking in the Devil’s Dyke, Marshalls Heath nature reserve, Nomansland Common and many charming local hamlets.
Wheathampstead has excellent schooling options in the state and private sectors, including St Helen’s CofE, Beech Hyde Primary School & Nursery, and the independent St. Albans High School for Girls in the village itself. There are further options in nearby Harpenden, such as Harpenden Academy, St George’s School, Sir John Lawes School and Roundwood Park School.
Although there is no longer a station in the village itself, Harpenden station four miles to the west offers regular services to London St. Pancras in under 30 minutes. The village is in close proximity to the A1, M1 and M25, connecting it to the wider national motorway network. Heathrow Airport is around 45 minutes by car.