Sitting roughly halfway between Tring and Berkhamsted, Aldbury is a quintessentially English village, and is often used as a TV and film location. Little wonder really; the village has all the required elements for portraying English village life, with a large and pretty duck pond, thatched cottages, a 13th Century church, cute village shop and, of course, local hostelries. There's even an ancient stocks and whipping post.
Among many other productions, The Dirty Dozen, The Avengers, and Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason were filmed here, while the large Georgian mansion in the village - Stocks House - has connections with a rather more raucous side of celebrity: in the 1970s it was purchased by American Playboy executive Victor Lownes and reputedly used as a training camp for Playboy bunnies. Pop music's nutty boys, Madness, filmed some scenes for the Our House video in the 1980s there too, while in the 90s the house and swimming pool adorned the cover of the Oasis album, Be Here Now.
After Lownes's death, the house was sold and became a hotel and golf course. Today Stocks House is a private house once more, although the adjacent golf course remains.
Nestled at the foot of the beautiful National Trust Ashridge Estate, Aldbury offers one of Hertfordshire's steepest hill walks. The wooded slope towards the Bridgewater Monument climbs to one of the county's highest points and rewards those that dare with a particularly fine panorama.
But it's the vibrant and thriving community that is, perhaps, Aldbury's proudest asset: residents seldom leave, opting instead to up- or downsize within the village. Part of their reason to stay might well be the presence of The Greyhound Inn (a family-run country hotel and restaurant) and The Valliant Trooper (a proper - and centuries old - country pub) that are among the best examples in their class.
Aldbury's excellent Church of England Primary School feeds into the highly regarded Tring Secondary School, while a number of nearby private schools include the renowned Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, and Berkhamsted School.
Perfect for leading a delightfully tranquil existence, Aldbury is also an easy place from which to sample the neighbouring market towns. Tring and Berkhamsted are about 2.5 miles and 4 miles respectively, so you can dip in and out of their headier lifestyles and retreat back home on a whim. And with Tring's National Rail station just a 20-minute walk along, fittingly enough, Station Road, the village is within easy reach of London. The A41, M1 and M25 are all close by as well.