Sheep graze in fields behind hedgerows that run alongside the approach roads to Long Marston and provide a charming and rural backdrop of country living, reinforced within the village by the majestic All Saints Church and traditional Queens Head pub and restaurant.
Catching up over coffee, the weekly shop, retail therapy or a cultural fix are all easy to come by in the neighbouring towns. Closest is lovely Tring, just 3.5 miles away, with coffee shops, restaurants, butchers and ironmongers, M&S Food Hall and Tesco. Equally lovely and larger Berkhamsted is just 8 miles away and goes one further than Tring with an eclectic collection of independent boutiques and a Waitrose. Both towns have weekly street markets; Tring has the Pendley Court Theatre and Berkhamsted the gorgeous Rex Cinema.
If you want to go big, the modern shopping centres and large department stores of Aylesbury (15-20 mins by car), Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes (both around 30 mins) are accompanied by multiplex cinemas, sports and leisure clubs and, at Aylesbury, a recently completed £42m theatre. Alternative, reward yourself with five-star pampering at the world-renowned Champneys Health Spa can approximately six miles to the south.
There are a good range of leisure and recreational options in the area, not least of which Long Marston Cricket Club, one of the most respected villageÂ cricketÂ clubs in the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire region with many junior teams and three senior teams. Next to the cricket ground is the small but very sociable Long Marston Tennis club. Also nearby is the National Trust`s 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate and golf courses at Ashridge, Berkhamsted and The Grove.
The area has excellent local schooling, including Long Marston C of E primary school and Tring Comprehensive School. For those who prefer the independent sector, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Berkhamsted School both have superb reputations.
Cheddington and Tring stations, only 2.5 and 5 miles away respectively, have regular direct trains to London Euston taking 35-40 minutes. Wendover station, around six miles away, connects direct to Marylebone in around 50 minutes. The A41, less than four miles away, provides dual carriageway access direct to the M25 (junction 20), while Hemel Hempstead provides access to the M1 (junction 8). Londons Heathrow (34 miles) and Luton (18 miles) airports are also remarkably accessible.