Best places to buy a property in Kent
Beautiful countryside, golden beaches, pretty villages and historic attractions … the question isn’t why would you swap London for Kent, but why haven’t you done so already? Not only can people actually afford houses here (yes, really!), transport links from some parts of the county are so good you might even be able to spend less time travelling to and from work than you do now.
These are just four of the best places to buy property in Kent …
Goudhurst is probably the prettiest village in Kent. The views of the Wealden countryside as you drive down the hill into the main street are delightful, and combined with the period buildings, 14th-century church and tranquil pond, make you feel as if everything stressful has just disappeared from your radar. There are several good pubs here, including the Star and Eagle at the top of the hill, independent shops and a spa – and Bedgebury Forest, Bewl Water and Scotney Castle are all nearby.
Featured in the Sunday Times’ list of best places to live this year and last, Sevenoaks is one of the most affluent towns in Kent. It’s fantastically placed for commuting to London – the M25 runs past the edge of the town, or on the train, it’s 25 minutes to London Bridge – yet surrounded by green belt countryside, with the 1,000-acre Knole Park close by. It feels family-friendly and safe yet still lively, with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants, and an arts centre with a theatre and cinema.
Deal has become fashionable over the past decade or two, but retains an understated charm. As well as restaurants, cafes, galleries and independent shops, the town has a small theatre, two castles and of course the beach and seafront promenade, which you can follow from the impressive houses on The Marina at the north end all the way into neighbouring Walmer. A stroll to the end of the pier, from where you can look back at the pastel-coloured buildings lining the seafront, will warm anyone’s heart.
Lying in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty, and surrounded by orchards and farmland, pretty Brenchley is a prime example of why Kent is still the garden of England. If you love country walks, you’ll be happy here. With timbered houses and a church with an avenue of 400-year-old yew trees, it’s a place where you can step back in time while staying connected to the modern world – the A21 is three miles away, or Tunbridge Wells is around 45 minutes from London Bridge by train.
Persuaded? At family-run Kent removals company Colin Batt Removals, we’ve been helping people settle into their new homes for more than 40 years – and we’re always pleased and proud to welcome people into our beautiful county.
We aim to make the whole process as stress-free as possible for you – we offer a packing and unpacking service, so that’s one big task off your hands, and we also have our own storage facility in Kent if you’re not able to move all your belongings into your new home straightaway.