Stapleford Abbotts is a village and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, approximately 9 km (5.6 mi) SW of Ongar, 7 km (4.3 mi) N of Romford and 8 km (5.0 mi) SSE of Epping. The whole parish is within the M25 motorway or outer ring road of London. The village covers 957 hectares and had a population of 959 in 2001.
The parish is mostly rural and agricultural with a scattering of farms and cottages. The northern boundary of the parish is formed by the River Roding and the remainder of the parish is crossed by a number of streams that feed into it or form the headwater of the River Rom. As a result of geology the terrain is hilly and 28–90m above sea level with most development at between 35m and 80m.
The village itself consists of a straggle of mostly 20th-century housing stretching for about a mile along the elevated Romford to Ongar road from the boundary with Havering-Atte-Bower. The medieval church (largely rebuilt in the 19th century) is situated in a relatively isolated position a further mile away from what is now the village, reflecting the fact that there was no single nucleus of settlement until the 20th century.
Aside from the village of Stapleford Abbotts the parish includes the hamlets of Bournebridge, Nuper's Hatch and a small part of Passingford Bridge.