Why Move to the Outer Villages?
The many villages surrounding St Neots offer a superb contrast to life in the busy market town, with a much slower pace of life, and gorgeous Cambridgeshire countryside to boot.
The villages really vary in size and character, with majority home to at least one country pub! To the south/east you have Abbotsley, Waresley, Eltisley and The Gransdens – very welcoming, with strong social communities. To the west/north are The Staughtons, Hail Weston, Grafham and Perry, which have the best of both worlds – the rural idyll but only a few minutes from the A1.
Out and About
All villages surrounding St Neots are only a 5-10 minute drive from a host of leisure activities, including watersports at Grafham Water and Wyboston Lakes and golf at one of the 5 or 6 course in the area. A lot of the larger villages also have competitive cricket teams – with some playing in real picture-postcard locations.
Social activities often tend to centre around the Village pub – from quiz nights, fundraisers and discos; to hobby clubs and sports. For the foodies, there are some excellent pubs serving good food at reasonable prices. The pick of them would probably include the re-opened Mermaid at Ellington, Snooty Tavern at Great Staughton, The Horseshoe at Offord D’arcy and The Eltisley.
The outer villages of St Neots are all well linked to the main arterial roads that flow through the area. The A1, A14 and A428 are all close by, linking nearby towns/cities of Cambridge, Peterborough, and Bedford via a short sub-30 minute drive.
The nearest train stations to the villages are St Neots and Huntingdon. Both are on the London-Edinburgh East Coast Mainline. For commuters to London, they provide 4 trains an hour, which take 40-50 minutes during morning and evening rush hour (53mins - 1hr at other times).
The nearest airports are London Luton and London Stansted, both a 40 minute drive. Birmingham and East Midlands airports can also be reached in just over an hour.
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