Kent

Area guide

Kent has it all – beautiful unspoilt countryside, nearly 350 km of serene coastline, pretty villages and bustling towns and cities.

Canterbury

2 St. Margaret's Street
Canterbury
CT1 2SL

+44 1227 451 123

Sevenoaks

15 Bank Street
Sevenoaks
TN13 1UW

+44 1732 459 900

Welcome to our Kent area guide where we take a closer look at county known as ‘The Garden of England’ with useful information on key features and assets such as towns, transport, property prices, leisure and schooling.

Kent's proximity to both London and the sea makes it a highly desirable place to relocate when escaping London. From Strutt & Parker’s offices in Canterbury and Sevenoaks, we cover the whole of Kent; from the quaint seaside towns of Deal and Sandwich to the county town of Maidstone or Westerham in the far West and everything in between.

Kent’s housing market is highly varied: from traditional fisherman’s cottages and classic terraced houses on one hand to huge red brick family homes with extensive grounds and stunning, super-modern seafront properties and barn conversions on the other. Buyers who are attracted to the Kent property market are equally varied, with London based cash buyers often competing against locals to capture the property. Commuter towns such as Sevenoaks are especially popular for their convenient access to London.

Things to do in Kent

Coastline and beaches
Kent has all the benefits that a coastline should: the iconic white cliffs of Dover offer breath-taking scenery; the Isle of Thanet (incorporating Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate) offers family-friendly sandy beaches and Herne Bay, near Canterbury, has extensive opportunities for those wishing to try their hand at sailing. There are further beaches to the South, around Dungeness which together cater well for water sports enthusiasts seeking favourable wind conditions from any direction.

Countryside pursuits
Knole House, set in its own grounds, adjoins the town of Sevenoaks and is just one of many beautiful locations accessible to the public. The National Trust has a number of properties in the county and the area also benefits from open countryside, on the North Downs, in The Weald and more, offering limitless opportunities for country pursuits such as walking, riding and cycling. With nearly one hundred golf clubs, Kent is also ideal for golf-lovers.

Why we love Kent

Kent has fabulous countryside, high speed trains to London and a huge cross section of people. We also love:

  • Its beautiful scenery – majestic downs and white cliffs
  • Its proximity to France – Canterbury to Calais in under an hour
  • Lovely oast houses and weather boarded cottages
  • Chaucer’s heritage – the Canterbury Tales
  • Cherry and apple blossom from the “Garden of England”

Our Canterbury and Sevenoaks teams recommend the following:

Best restaurants: The Vine in Sevenoaks and Deeson’s in Canterbury
Best pubs: The Blackboy as it is just next door to the Sevenoaks office or The Griffin’s Head in Canterbury
Best annual event: The Canterbury Festival
Secret spot: Knole Park as it is countryside in the heart of the Sevenoaks.

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Properties for sale in Kent

Key villages & towns in Kent

Schools in the area

Ashford has good grammar schools and both Ashford Friars prep school and Ashford School come highly recommended.

As for comprehensives, both Great Chart primary and Norton Knatchbull secondary both have a very good reputation.

Canterbury has a wealth of good independent schools; the King’s School is particularly well thought of. The Archbishop’s School is an ‘outstanding’ state school in the city.

Deal’s Castle Community school was graded as outstanding by Ofsted and the town is also home to the independent Northbourne Park School.

Faversham’s Luddenham School is an exemplary academy and the town also benefits from a good grammar school and a choice of primaries.

Maidstone is blessed with a number of ‘outstanding’ schools, including Allington primary, Valley Park Community secondary school and the two grammar schools. Sutton Valence prep school also has a good reputation.

Sevenoaks’ famous Sevenoaks School, offering the international baccalaureate, is always ranked among the country’s top schools. The Walthamstow Hall schools and the New Beacon School are also well regarded. There are a number of highly regarded state primary schools in the area including Riverhead and Amherst, Sevenoaks Primary and Lady Boswell’s.

Tonbridge is home to a wealth of well-regarded independent schools, including Tonbridge School (for boys) and the Schools at Somerhill. Tonbridge grammar school has achieved ‘outstanding’ in consecutive Ofsted reports.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

Trains from traditional commuter town and village stations go into various different stations in South East London and provide excellent access to the West End and the City in as little as 33 minutes from Sevenoaks; from most of Kent, it is possible to get into London in an hour. Train links to the rest of the country largely involve a change in London.

Kent is increasingly well known for High Speed One, the Eurostar line to the continent which carries commuter services as well as direct services to Lille, Brussels and Paris. Canterbury is now readily commutable, in 56 minutes, and Ashford is just 37 minutes from St Pancras.

By train

Kent is well blessed with motorways, with both the M20 and the M2 linking London and the M25 to the channel ports, via Maidstone.

Kent has fabulous countryside, high speed trains to London and a huge cross section of people.