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  • Writer's pictureGavin Human

A look at West Wratting #FocusFriday

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

West Wratting is a popular village about 10 miles to the south of Cambridge. Its history dates back to the Doomsday book and in this blog we'll take a peek at the history of the area, discover the award winning pub, and hear from a resident about why they moved there.

This close knit community offers a wealth of clubs for people of all ages and interests. From book club, to keep fit, from tennis to crafts.

(There is a map of the area and a list of local services at the bottom of this page.)

The Chestnut Tree is the real hub of the village providing local services as well as being an award winning pub, taking both CAMRA Real Ale Pub of the Year and Community Pub of the Year awards in 2019. Whether you’re stopping off for a drink, or wanting some food from their cracking traditional menu, The Chestnut Tree is ideal.

A short drive from West Wratting is Chilford Hall Vineyard - one of the oldest established vineyards in England. Open from Easter each year, you can visit for tastings and tours - you’ll need to book! - and maybe pick up some award winning wine whilst you’re there. (Update October 2023 - due to recent water damage, tours are cancelled for rest of season but online shop is still available.)

Or how about something a bit different? Like stepping back in time? Just a 10 minute drive takes you to the largest burial grounds north of the Alps at Bartlow Hills. Built by Celtic Iron Age Chiefs between 1st and 2nd Century AD, they are filled with unusual treasures. The highest hill is 15 metres tall! You can explore all across the area, walk up the giant mounds and marvel at what we now know about these unique mounds after they were rediscovered in the 19th Century.

But what is it really like to live in West Wratting? Why would someone move there? I asked one of my clients who I helped find their new home in the village for some thoughts on their relocation. Here is what Tim Middleton had to say:

We first moved to West Wratting because we expected our children to attend the primary school in Balsham only to have our heads (and hearts) turned by the “hidden gem” that is Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School. The village was ideally located for both, as it has access to Cambridge, Newmarket, Haverhill and motorway links to north, south, east and west. But what I like about it most is the surrounding countryside, which is so easily accessible by footpaths, or country roads ideal for cycling in all directions.

It also benefits from an increasingly rare commodity – a proper village pub serving great beer and good “pub grub” at reasonable prices. What’s not to like about that?”

I couldn’t agree more Tim!

If you are thinking of relocating this year and would like to chat about selling or buying your new home - or even just finding out some information, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Distances approximate from the centre of the village.


Dullingham train station is 4 miles away, and trains take approx 15-20min to Cambridge.


The nearest primary school is approx 1.5miles away:

The nearest secondary school is in Lindon, approx 4.5miles away.


The nearest GP:

The nearest dental practices:

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