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Top places to live in Kent Sevenoaks

Craving the rolling hills of rural west Kent but still want an easy commute into London and a busy social scene?. Sevenoaks could be just the ticket although – be warned – it’ll cost! Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

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WHY?

Is it any wonder this Kent town made the cut of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2020? With this commuter favourite being only half an hour from London, surrounded by stunning countryside, good schools galore and a strong community spirit – you can be well-connected here in every sense.

EAT

Plenty of high street favourites but also a selection of original offerings too – like Turkish eatery Hattusa, sushi restaurant Kazoku or smoked meat specialists Brisket and Barrel. And there’s some decent pubs too like The George & Dragon in Chipstead or (just a short drive away) a rural pub and country-walk combo, like The Chaser Inn, at Shipbourne.

For café culture you’ll love Life on High the Muddy Awards 2021 winner for Best Café in Kent. This specialty coffee and pro-plant café, with a wholesome and sustainable menu, specialises in vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as selected local meats, dairy and responsibly sourced fish. There’s popular themed supper clubs in the evening too and with a team who are absolutely passionate about what they do this place sits firmly in the heart of the community.

SHOP

There is a good array of high street chains, but also a decent selection of independents boutiques too. With everything from The Clever Dresser for fashion to The Fish Shop fishmongers. Oh and don’t forget the award-winning Sevenoaks Bookshop and The Stag community arts centre for theatre and cinema.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Visit gorgeous Knole Park with its wild deer herd which is right in the town itself or you’ve got brilliant days out with the family like Hever CastlePenshurst Place and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens right on the doorstep.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Average house price: £678,847 and good independent agents include Jackson-Stops and Platform Property.

Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders is a property finding service that can help you find your dream property in Kent and East Sussex.

HOT PROPERTY

If you like the idea of luxury apartment living then you’ll want to know about Berkeley’s brand new development, Quinton Court, right in the heart of Sevenoaks.

This collection of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments is 6 minutes’ walk from Sevenoaks railway station, where frequent connections take you to central London (see below for commute details). Plus, the town centre is also only a short stroll away.

Quinton Court apartments, Sevenoaks,
£525k – £817k with Berkeley

SCHOOLS

Sevenoaks has it’s own annexe of the Weald of Kent Girls Grammar School and the new annexe for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys is opens in September 2021. There’s also bus and train links to the other (boy or girl) grammars in the area and brilliant independent schools in the town itself too – including Walthamstow Hall (read the review of Junior and Senior school here), Sevenoaks Prep School (read the Muddy review here) and The New Beacon (read the Muddy review here).

There’s also Russell House School (read the Muddy review here) and St Michael’s Prep School (read the Muddy review here) in nearby Otford. And there’s Radnor House Sevenoaks which offers both a Prep School (read the Muddy review here) and Senior School offering just outside town.

BEST KEPT SECRET

A rather eclectic mix of local celebs – Instagram sensation and BBC’s You Are What You Wear stylist Kat Farmer, superstar DJ John Digweed, Strictly Come Dancing veteran Anton Du Beke and even Wolf from Gladiators. That’s a dinner party line-up if ever I heard one.

COMMUTE

Sevenoaks station has fast and frequent services to London Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street in just 22 minutes. So commuter catnip. And with the newly improved A21 linking towards London and the M25 to the north and Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and the coast to the south you couldn’t be better positioned.

View the full Top 200 Best Places to Live.

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