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Why is Chorleywood, Hertfordshire the happiest place to live in the UK?

Chorleywood was voted the “happiest place” to live in the UK in a study by The Social Disadvantage Research Centre at the University of Oxford in 2004 and more recently has been ranked as the “least deprived” area in the country by the Department of Communities and Local Government. At Sewell & Gardner we understand why Chorleywood keeps winning these desirable titles and what it means for the property market in the area.

Being a small village, Chorleywood has a great community spirit and residents here feel a sense of belonging. There is a fantastic community police presence and an extensive neighbourhood watch network. With a low crime rate, Chorleywood residents feel very safe in the area.

Barney the dog on Chorleywood Common

Barney the dog on Chorleywood Common

At Sewell & Gardner we find the main factors that draw new people to the area are the fantastic schools, the great links into London on the underground via the Metropolitan Tube and Chiltern Line trains (25 – 40 minutes) and the vast amount of open countryside and green space. Parents here are confident their kids will receive an excellent education whilst they are able to commute into London for work and come home to enjoy fresh air and English countryside.

What we feel makes Chorleywood that much more special are the array of privately owned small businesses which offer high quality and personal service. These include a renowned fish mongers (, several popular cafes (;, a highly regarded butchers (W.H Higgins), two unique little gift shops (; and a fantastic bookshop where they host some great events ( And thats only a few of the local establishments Chorleywood has to offer. There are also two doctor’s surgeries and two pharmacies, several local churches, a golf course, a tennis club and a sports shop, several hairdressers, barbers, spas and much more.

The Gate Chorleywood Public House

The Gate Chorleywood Public House

If you are fond of the odd tipple, there are a variety of pubs ranging from The Black Horse on the common where there are open fires, huge roasts dinners and traditional bitters, to the more contemporary feel of The Gate where you can indulge in a beautiful 3 course meal with a nice bottle of wine or a few cocktails! If you are looking to eat out there are also 2 Italian restaurants, 2 Indian restaurants, an Oriental restaurant and a Chinese Takeaway, so you are spoilt for choice!


What this all means for the property market is that we are very much in a bubble! People want to move here but equally current residents want to stay here. As Chorleywood is not a congested village and there is not much property development, there are not enough houses for the number of people who want to buy here, which ultimately leads to property prices remaining fairly high and stable in comparison to neighbouring towns.

Chorleywood Golf Club

Chorleywood Golf Club


Our advice if you want to move here (and who wouldn’t) get yourself registered on our mailing list ASAP to hear about new properties for sale straight away via our prompt alerts – because they get snapped up quickly and sometimes they sell before they make it to the internet or newspaper!

We look forward to speaking to you soon.