Top places to live in Kent Goudhurst
Nestled at the top of a hill is this beauty spot of a Kentish village, complete with white weatherboarding, oast houses and a duck pond. A family favourite due to the fact it sits pretty in the highly sought after catchment of the only co-ed grammar in the area. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
If it’s a rural idyll you’re after you’ll love this quintessential Wealden village with a lovely pond and a buzzy, community feel. It is one of the highest villages in Kent, so many of the properties have amazing views.
The village has all the essentials like a newsagents, post office and chemist. But some funky extras too, like the Goudhurst Inn gastropub and a brand new furniture store (rumour has it). Only downside is that traffic can get busy at times on the narrow snaking road which cuts through the centre.
As well as boasting three decent pubs and lots of lovely walks right from the centre of Goudhurst village, there’s some rural foodie delights a few minutes drive away, like Muddy Award Best Restaurant winner The Small Holding in Kilndown. Or The Milk House in Sissinghurst.
For shopping Cranbrook, with its boutiques and cafés, is the nearest town, (just 10 mins away). Or there’s Tunbridge Wells in the opposite direction, (around 20 mins away) and a bigger destination for both high street favourites and decent independents and some good dining options.
There’s the outdoor honeypot of Bedgebury Pinetum with its walks, bike trails and family activities. Or there’s Bewl Water reservoir (which also offers everything from cycling to water sports) – making this village a brilliant springboard for all things outdoorsy.
Plus there’s award-winning winery Hush Heath Estate just up the road with its shop, tasting room and tours – a great day out for you, for the gang or to give as a gift.
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Goudhurst falls within the Cranbrook School catchment, the only mixed grammar school in the area. What’s more Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary School has an excellent reputation and an Outstanding Ofsted report. You’re spoilt for choice with independents, having Marlborough House School (read the Muddy review here), Dulwich Prep Cranbrook (read the Muddy review here) and Saint Ronan’s Prep School nearby.
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Locals love the Coffee Buzz pop up truck that has become a daily feature at Taywell Farm Shop just outside the village. With exceptional coffee, hot chocolate (and delicious real fruit smoothies and ice cream shakes in the summer) – which you can grab as you pick up supplies in the farm shop next door. Sit on a bench and admire the view.
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Marden train station is the closest (around 10 mins drive) delivering you direct into Charing Cross or Cannon Street in exactly an hour. Paddock Wood is less than 20 mins drive and trains take around 55 mins into London.
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