Visit Sandy and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Sandy, Bedfordshire. This is a small, but growing town, in pleasant countryside. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book and lay on a Roman road between Godmanchester and Verulamium. The River Ivel runs through it and joins the River Ouse at the north boundary.
St Swithun's Church, built in the 14th century, was considerably restored in the 19th century. It is a large, cruciform building of ironstone. Both the octagonal south piers and the west tower are medieval. The font is believed to be older than the original church. There is a fragment of a 15th-century alabaster panel in the chancel and several monuments. Of particular interest is a statue in white marble of the son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Captain William Peel, who was one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross.
South of the church is Sandy Place, once the home of the industrialist Sir Malcolm Stewart who built the model village at Stewartby. It is 18th-century, of red brick with five bays.
Just outside the town on the Cambridge road is the Victorian Sandy Lodge rebuilt in a Tudor style of yellow brick with an unusual cupola over the stables. It is now the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. There is a nature trail to the bird sanctuary and it is one of the most beautiful areas in the county.
North East of the railway station, on a hill-top overlooking the Ivel, is Hillfort, enclosing 7 acres, where Roman remains have been found.
Nearby towns: Bedford, Biggleswade, Cambridge, Wellingborough
Nearby villages: Abbotsley, Ashwell, Astwick, Blunham, Bolnhurst, Caldecote, Cardington, Clophill, Cockayne Hatley, Colmworth, Cople, East Hatley, Eaton Socon, Edworth, Eltisley, Gamlingay, Great Barford, Great Gransden, Guilden Morden, Harrowden, Hatch, Hatley St George, Haynes, Henlow, Hinxworth, Langford, Little Barford, Little Gransden, Moggerhanger, Northill, Old Warden, Potton, Roxton, Shefford, Southill, St Neots, Steeple Morden, Sutton, Tempsford, Thurleigh, Wilden, Willington, Wilstead, Wrestlingworth, Wyboston
Have you decided to visit Sandy or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Sandy bed and breakfast (a Sandy B&B or Sandy b and b)
- a Sandy guesthouse
- a Sandy hotel (or motel)
- a Sandy self-catering establishment, or
- other Sandy accommodation