This week we back in the south of the country to look around the beautiful county of Kent, finding some of the most beautiful towns and villages which are beautifully idyllic and a great place to consider buying a first, second or even a holiday home.
Kent, considered on the home counties, forms one of the southern counties of England, located south of London with a south coast border. It borders Greater London to the north west, the English Channel to the South, Surrey to the south west and also northwards across the Thames estuary is the county of Essex. As one of the Home Counties, Kent is favoured because of a number of idyllic locations combined with its proximity to the capital, making work and play just a train ride away. For many who call Kent home it provides a closeness of London meaning it is easily accessible for commuters who wish to work in London.
A beautifully attractive village located just five miles north of Hawhurst and has a population of 5,400 as recorded in the 2011 census. Cranbook has many beautiful features many would consider essential to town life as well as what is known as an excellent grammar school and also has and Michelin starred restaurant. If you are looking to commute into London, you can catch a train from nearby Staplehurst and you can be at London Bridge in 53 minutes.
Located just a few miles from Royal Tumbridge Wells, Langton Green is the quintessential English country village, with a pub, bakery, butcher, village shop and cricket green. The village has population of 2,000 as per the 2011 census. The village itself is known to be in a particularly affluent area and is also home to a fantastic prep school, Holmewood House. From Langton Green you can catch the train from Tumbridge Wells which takes just 57 minutes and will take you right into London Charing Cross.
Penhurst is located in the Weald of Kent and is surrounded by idyllic countryside with a number of beautiful walks in the area. The village is located of the northern edge of Kent Weald, just west of Tonbridge and has a population of 1,628 as recorded in the 2011 census. Penhurst is home to the oldest privately owned cricket pitch in the world and has a quintessential village shop, Forge stores, a tea room, an excellent primary school and four pubs. For commuters you can catch a train from nearby Hildenborough and can be in London Charing Cross in just 45 minutes.
Kent, being located so close the capital city, obviously comes with a slightly higher price tag but can be slightly lower priced than some of the other Home Counties. A flat or maisonette in Kent will cost on average £182,638 while a terraced house will sell for in the region of £164,097. A semi-detached property costs around £189,114 while a detached property usually goes on the market for £306,359