Stotfold and its surrounding areas have excellent transport links to London from Arlesey, Hitchin or Biggleswade train stations, which are all nearby. Arlesley has a car park and a bus service for people travelling to the train station. There’s easy access to the A1 and A1(M) as Stotfold is where the two join.
The name of Stotfold is said to come from cattle drovers taking a break in their journey along the A1 Great North Road. They would pen their cattle (stot) within enclosures (fold) while they rested.
The housing market in Stotfold offers a variety of properties, from older, characterful buildings, to more modern styles and new builds. Stotfold is surrounded by beautiful villages, which offer the best of country life, whilst also being close to local amenities.
Stotfold offers a good range of local amenities, including a doctor’s surgery, dentist, post office and Co-op. There are several places to eat out, like the Fox and Duck, or India Lodge, and many takeaways too. For those heading out for a drink, there’s plenty to choose from, including The Crown, The Stag and Chequers Pub. The town has its own local butcher, Beale Bros, which has been running for about 80 years. Other shopping and leisure facilities can be reached easily by visiting nearby larger towns.
A mill has stood where Stotfold Watermill is now for over 1,000 years and it’s one of the four mills in the area that are mentioned in the Domesday Book. Stotfold Watermill (formerly known as Randall’s Mill) is a Grade II fully-restored listed building and is open to the public. Stone-ground flour is produced and can be bought on-site using grain from a local farm. The mill sits within an eight-acre nature reserve, which is open to the public all year round. There are meadows, several ponds and a lovely one-mile walk to enjoy.
Fairfield Park is a picturesque nearby village set within hundreds of acres of parkland. There’s an outstanding Ofsted rated lower school, a Tesco, hairdressers, dry cleaners and gym and spa, along with The Orchard restaurant. There’s a thriving community within this village, with many local events and gatherings to enjoy.
Arlesey is a small town next to Stotfold that has a train station, a good Ofsted rated lower school and a well-regarded nursery.
The nearby village of Henlow is a well-regarded and popular location in Bedfordshire, near the border with Hertfordshire and surrounded by lovely countryside. The village has a good range of local facilities, including good Ofsted-rated lower and middle schools, a lovely local deli, village post office and the highly-regarded health spa, Champneys.
Langford village has brilliant local facilities, including two general stores, a farm shop, post office, pharmacy, doctors, a garden centre and lots of lovely country and riverside walks.
The Olympic gold-winning cyclist, Victoria Pendleton, was born in Stotfold in 1980 and grew up here cycling around the nearby countryside. The Pendleton Way was named after her in 2007. It’s a cycle track that runs between Arlesey and Stotfold, and it’s one she used often.
There are many beautiful old buildings around the town. St Mary’s Parish Church is the oldest of them and dates back to Norman times.