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Top places to live in Cambridgeshire Hemingford Abbots

A Huntingdonshire village that’s picture-postcard pretty, with a lovely local pub, Great River Ouse setting and surrounding meadows - sounds idyllic, right? Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


Cambridgeshire has more than its fair share of cute villages, but Hemingford Abbots gotta be in the top eight. Listed in the Domesday Book, it’s next level lovely, with plenty of chocolate box houses and a popular thatched pub at its heart. 


It’s quality over quantity here. Axe & Compass is a lively local, with a thatch roof, excellent Sunday roast and garden menu, including yummy pulled pork rolls. 

In (slightly larger, less posh but still lovely) neighbouring village Hemingford Grey you can eat at The Cock pub on the high street which was named UK pub of the year twice by the Good Pub Guide, thanks to its top menu (think miso roasted aubergine or roasted duck breast) and cosy atmos. Extra marks for the outside area with dining pods. Hit Houghton Mill tea room for a slice of cake and a cuppa by the river. 


Ok it’s not a plural situation here – shop rather than shops. And that’s in neighbouring village Hemingford Grey (the two are practically linked), however Budgens does sell all your essentials from potatoes to Pinot Grigio and market town St Ives is just a ten-minute drive away and has plenty of stores to browse. 


The village is surrounded by meadows, so scenic walks won’t be a problem. Stroll along the river to the National Trust’s Houghton Mill, the last working watermill on the River Great Ouse or bike to Fen Drayton lakes. There’s an annual regatta with neighbouring Hemingford Grey that’s a fun event on the calendar. Outside yoga with local instructor Lucy Hocknell Yoga is a chance to unwind. 


The problem here is that property for sale is a bit thin on the ground. Average price is a hefty £1,019,000 and prices are up 42% year-on-year.


Thatch roof, four bedrooms, Grade II-listed and sitting in a fifth of an acre – we’re crushing on this £950,000 property big time.


Hemingford Grey Primary School’s rated Ofsted Good. Whitehall School, fifteen minutes away in Somersham, is a co-ed day school (6 months to 11 years), read the Muddy review here. Kimbolton has co-ed prep and senior schools for day pupils and boarders, from 4 through to 18. 


Wild swimming near the stretch of river by Houghton Mill feels a bit like you’ve won the secret swim location lottery. 


Nearby Huntingdon, around four miles away, has direct trains to London which takes around 48 minutes. It’s 17 miles from Cambridge. 

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