Kent property finder overview of the county – what makes Kent special

As your Kent property finder we have a lot of properties to choose from in a beautiful county. It is especially renowned for it’s Kentish oast houses dotted across the landscape.

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Oast, near Cranbrook

Transport Links

Kent is a popular location for discerning property buyers ideally situated for easy access to both London and the Continent. Central London is only 35 minutes away on the new southeastern high-speed train. France is just 34 km (21 m) across the channel from Dover. Excellent road links (A2, M2, M26, M20) and the M25 leading to the Dartford Tunnel) make the County accessible.

Local Produce

Here in Kent we are lucky enough to have our very own wine region making superb wine to rival Europe. Pockets of the Kent countryside consist of stunning country vineyards, giving you with a picturesque setting without the foreign travel.

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Chapel Down Vineyard

Local wine makers take advantage of the milder Southern climate to produce Kentish wine at vineyards stretching from Chapel Down in Tenterden to Sandhurst, Harbourne Vineyard in Wittersham to Lamberhurst, Lamberhurst EstateBiddenden, Barnsole, Gusbourne and Mount Vineyard in Shoreham. Furthermore, many offer tours and wine tasting, while some also have restaurants. Additionally some even include holiday apartments, offering a welcome weekend break. Finally, the many lovely oasts demonstrate that there are orchards and hop farms throughout the county. These fuel cider making and brewing, while also supplying many kinds of fruit, truly making it the Garden of England.

An area of outstanding natural beauty

The 80 million year old white cliffs of Dover, which Dame Vera Lynn so famously sung about, are one the county’s most famous landmarks.

A beautiful sight to behold, especially on a sunny day. They consist of billions of tonnes of sea shells and fossilised sea life. A network of underground tunnels link to Dover Castle, Dover Castle whose importance in the Second World War is well documented. The cliffs are also home to many species of bird and have been designated a site of special scientific interest. Kent is a walker’s paradise and the cliffs are popular for ramblers with the four mile coastal track starting from the visitor centre at Langdon Cliffs and leading to the National Trust’s South Foreland Lighthouse. Waves crashing against the cliffs and, on clear days, glimpses of France are what help to make this walk exhilarating.

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The North Downs Way   North Downs Wayis also sure to be of interest for those who love the great outdoors. Take a stroll amongst sweeping vistas in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It stretches 153 miles from Surrey through to the Kent Downs. Also part of the trail covers West Kent and offers a circular 5.3 mile route through the villages of Otford and  Shoreham. Here you can enjoy a lovely riverside walk and views of the famous Shoreham Cross.

Leisure

Kent has widespread sporting facilities to offer as well as a host of cultural opportunities.

Especially relevant are towns such as Ashford, Canterbury Canterbury Cathedral, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks which provide a broad spectrum. Finally, with over 300 stores, 60 restaurants, plus entertainment, cinemas, leisure activities and things for kids to do Bluewater in Stone is one of Europe’s leading retail and shopping centres.  Bluewater

Education

There are a range of superb grammar schools, four universities, as well as many highly rated colleges across the county.

Although much of Britain adopted a comprehensive education system in the 1970’s, Kent County Council (KCC) and Medway Unitary Authority are among fifteen local authorities still providing a selective education through the eleven-plus examination (The Kent Test). Kent SchoolsTogether, the two Kent authorities have 32 of the 164 grammar schools remaining in Britain. Ofsted rate eight as  “good” and twenty four as “outstanding”.  OFSTEDYou might want to read our blog on the subject .

 

 

 

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