Working in the city, but long for a quiet, spacious home in the countryside? More people are turning to commuter towns and villages for a better work-life balance. Breathing cleaner air, access to better schools, parks and recreational facilities are some of the many benefits. Enjoy the comforts of that country idyll without the accessibility constraints to your workplace. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Here’s our compilation of the most stunning commuter homes that will let you escape from the busy train station to the lovely countryside without the hassle of a long commute.
Fine & Country has a portfolio of beautiful homes within London’s commuter belt. Our network of property experts are happy to help with local area expertise and advice.
Barnjet Cottage, Maidstone, Kent ME16
This beautiful country home nestled in sprawling grounds spread over 1.6 acres offers panoramic views of the valley and River Medway. Although situated amongst rural countryside, the home is superbly accessible offering excellent road and rail links. With its excellent grammar schools, peaceful villages and frequent train services, Maidstone is fast becoming a commuter hotspot with trains to London’s Victoria in under an hour. For those who feel like some international travel, with the Le Shuttle Eurotunnel, you can be having lunch in Calais, France in a couple of hours.
Travel route: Maidstone to London Victoria
Travel time: 56 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £405
Marden Ash House, Ongar, Essex
This lovingly restored magnificent family home is a Grade II listed property dating back to the 17th century with a Georgian façade. The carriage driveway sweeps round to the front of the house and on entering you find yourself in a splendid hallway; complete with marble pillars, exquisite furniture, chequered tiled flooring and a huge open fireplace. All of this within such close proximity to London with easy access commuter rail facilities at Epping (50 minutes to Victoria) and Shenfield (40 minutes to Liverpool Street).
Travel route: Epping to London Victoria
Travel time: 50 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £300
Travel route: Shenfield to London Liverpool Street
Travel time: 40 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £278
Hardwick, Cambridge CB23
This picturesque traditional property set in 3 acres of its own gardens comes with an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, orchard and wildlife pond. Situated five miles to the west of Cambridge city centre that is a commuter location to London Kings Cross (45 minutes) and Liverpool Street (just over an hour) as well as Stansted airport. It also offers excellent road communications via the M11 and A14.
Travel route: Cambridge to London Kings Cross
Travel time: 45 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £413
Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood, Surrey KT20 6EP
This luxuriously appointed family home situated in the most exclusive location in Kingswood boasts of scenic views over Kingswood golf course. The interiors of this opulent home have been meticulously planned and crafted to perfection for the discerning homeowner. Kingswood Station provides services into London of approximately 45 minutes. The M25 is easily accessible, whilst for the frequent flyers, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within reach.
Travel route: Kingswood to London Bridge
Travel time: 47 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £174
Park View, Little Offley, Hitchin SG5
Situated amongst the picturesque Chilterns, enjoying spectacular views over this area of outstanding natural beauty, this elegant home boasts of grounds spread over 28 acres offering unmatched equestrian facilities. The bustling town of Hitchin is less than 5 miles away with its mainline running a fast and frequent service in to London Kings Cross in approximately 40 mins and an equal distance north to Cambridge.
Travel route: Hitchin to London Kings Cross
Travel time: 36 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £359
Little Orchard, The Warren, Radlett
A sweeping carriage driveway leads into this handsome mansion. Stunning countryside and some of the best schools on offer are some of the few reasons to fall in love with this gorgeous home. Situated within walking distance to Radlett train station on the Thames link train line that is an hour’s journey to London Kings Cross.
Travel route: Radlett to London Kings Cross
Travel time: 57 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £304
Fir Tree Farm, Blackthorn, Oxfordshire
This gorgeous farmhouse with equestrian facilities in the attractive village of Blackthorn still retains much of its original character including exposed stonework and traditional fireplaces. Blackthorn is 3 miles from Bicester, where the station offers a great commuter service to London Marylebone in around 50 minutes and you can reach Birmingham in 1 hour. By road, the property is convenient for the M40, A41, A43 and A34.
Travel route: Bicester to London Marylebone
Travel time: 52 minutes
Monthly season ticket: £450
Bullatree Cottage, Roche Abbey, South Yorkshire S66 8NW
A delightful period home with grounds neighbouring open fields set amidst quintessential English countryside. Conveniently situated a half hour’s drive to Sheffield that offers the happy prospect of urban life and access to some of the most delightful country landscapes in Britain. The Doncaster Sheffield International airport offers the opportunity for leisure and business air travel.
Travel route: Rotherham Central to Sheffield
Travel time: 12 minutes