7 little known Hertfordshire villages that are celebrity magnets

A version of this story was first published in June 2020.

For many years, celebrities have been settling in to life in Hertfordshire so we’re all pretty used to seeing them.

The likes of Simon Cowell, George Michael and Cheryl Cole all currently or have lived across our beautiful towns and cities.

There are also some villages around the country that celebrities don’t seem to like to settle in.

While they’re still close to London, these villages provide residents with grand homes stooped in our beautiful countryside and quiet surroundings.

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Some of the villages aren’t well known at all, but their houses do come with hefty price tags.

These houses are some that most of us can only dream of living in.

Saying that, it’s still incredibly interesting to see just where the A, B and C listers like to live.

Here are all the Hertfordshire villages like are celebrity magnets:

Brookmans Park

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Brookmans Park is located in south east Hertfordshire and is known for its BBC transmitter station along with the list of celebs who have lived here.

The stunning village, which is close to St Albans, has lots of old buildings and plenty of big, expensive homes.

The average house price in Brookmans Park according to Rightmove is around £1.1 million.

Famous celebs who have lived here include N-Dubz vocalist and X-Factor judge Tulisa, former footballer Martin Chivers and sailer Michael Perham.

Hadley Wood

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Hadley Wood lies on the border of Hertfordshire and Greater London to the south of Potters Bar.

It is another incredibly expensive area where the average house price is over £1.16 million according to Rightmove.

One of the most famous past residents that lived here was Cheryl Cole, who moved here when she married professional footballer Ashley Cole in 2006.

She reportedly moved into a £3,500-a-week luxury rental close to Wrotham Park.

Comedian Spike Milligan also moved to a huge mansion near Hadley Wood in 1974.


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Radlett lies between St Albans and Elstree and is known to be one of the most prosperous places in Britain.

It is apparently the sixth-most expensive place to buy a house outside London.

The small town has had a huge list of notable residents over the years, including famous chef Gino D’Acampo who is regularly spotted in the area.

Jeff Wayne, Lacey Turner and Pam St. Clement are also thought to be living here.

Former residents include the likes of Simon Cowell, Richard Baker, Duncan James, George Michael and Simon Aldridge.


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Wheathampstead is a small village north of St Albans where the average house price is over £600,000.

That lower price hasn’t stopped famous celebs from living here though.

Over the years, the likes of Nick Payne, Nick Halling and William Beach Thomas have lived here.


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Redbourn, which lies close to Harpenden, has seen a few celebrities live nearby in the past too.

The village’s most famous past resident is Michael Christopher ‘Mick’ Luckhurst.

Michael is a former football placekicker, who played for the Atlanta Falcons, and was one of the earliest British-born NFL players.

He used to present Channel 4’s American Football coverage from 1987 to 1991.

Kings Langley

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Kings Langley is a historic village which lies to the south of Hemel Hempstead.

The large village actually has King Richard II buried there and was also once a Roman settlement.

Over the years, famous faces and have come and gone out of the area, including ITV The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh, who lived in Breakspear Road. He’s now said to live in Watford.

Other famous faces have included former British swimmer Judy Grinham, professional darts player Mark Walsh, and former footballer Manuel Almunia.

Rowenbury House

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Rowenbury House isn’t actually a village, but it may as well be as it’s such a big property.

The huge mansion lies between Sawbridgeworth and Harlow and was famously home to David and Victoria Beckham.

It was such a huge property that it was nicknamed ‘Beckingham Palace’ and, in 2014, was bought from the family for a huge £11.35 million.

The property has a BBQ area, a mini chapel, a maze, an indoor swimming pool, a gym, a snooker room and has grounds which stretch over 24 acres.

It is a home that most of us can only dream about.

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