It was named as one of the best places to live in Britain, and it’s obvious why.People who live in Sevenoaks know it’s special – but the secret’s getting out.Yesterday (March 18) the Sunday Times Best Places To Live 2018 survey ranked the town as one of the best places to live in Britain.
Judge Tim Palmer explained: “There aren’t many proper towns with their own character and identity that you can get to within 25 minutes of London.”There’s the new girls grammar school annexe which opened very recently.”It came about as a result of a local campaign and that shows Sevenoaks has a real community spirit.”There’s also lots of lovely countryside. Knole Park is the one that stands out to me but there’s lots of other green spaces you can get to very easily as well.”Kent Live has rounded up some of the reasons Sevenoaks is the best place to live in Kent.
1 – It has gorgeous green spaces…
Everybody knows Knole Park is a beautiful part of the Sevenoaks landscape.Over 1,000 acres of woodland and parklands are home to a curious herd of wild deer.Whether you’re interested in walking or cycling the grounds, or simply want to have a scenic picnic, there is plenty to do for the whole family.The Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, off Bradbourne Vale Road, is a beautiful reserve full of lakes, ponds and woodland right on the doorstep.It is a site of special scientific interest teeming with flora and fauna.And right in the centre of the town is the iconic Vine, with its cricket green and lined with oak trees.
2- …but it’s not all countryside – there’s plenty to do in the town as well
Sevenoaks town centre is always a hive of activity, with a number of shops (chain and independent), cafes and restaurants to keep locals and visitors entertained.District council leader Peter Fleming said: “We have a really quite low vacancy rate on our retail shops at the moment – you only have to walk up the high street to realise actually there are not many empty units, and a number of those that are empty are being let and refurbished.
“Sevenoaks appears at the moment to be about the right size. There’s enough for people to do, to want to come to Sevenoaks to shop, there’s enough interest there because there’s still enough independents.”It’s quite a compact town centre so you can still walk around quite easily, and I think our non-retail offer has improved.”The town stays busy in the evenings, too, with entertainment options at The Stag on offer and plenty of excellent restaurants.
3 – It has great rail and road connections
With a town as lovely as Sevenoaks, it would be understandable if you never wanted to leave.But if you do want to travel, the town’s excellent rail and road connections should see you reach your destination in no time.Fast trains to London can see travellers arrive at London Bridge in as little as 24 minutes.Plus, if you fancy a trip across the Channel or elsewhere along the Kent coast, trains to Ashford International take just over 45 minutes.
4 – It has some amazing schools
One of the factors which makes Sevenoaks a great town to raise a family is the high quality schools.From the historic Sevenoaks School, one of the oldest non-denominational schools in the United Kingdom, to the recently opened Weald of Kent Sevenoaks Annexe, pupils in the town consistently achieve incredible GCSE and A-Level results.
5 – It’s a pretty safe place to live
Statistics consistently show that, in comparison to other areas of Kent, Sevenoaks sees a relatively low level of crime.Cllr Peter Fleming agreed, adding: “I think it’s considered quite a safe place, and all the stats show it’s a very safe place.”
6 – Some famous faces have called the town home
A significant number of the rich and famous are lucky enough to live or have lived in Sevenoaks, whether being born and bred here, or choosing to live in the town later on in life.Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke, actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Olympian Lizzy Yarnold all spent their formative years in the district – and another of Sevenoaks’ most well known residents is television personality Gloria Hunniford.Speaking to the Chronicle in 2016, Gloria explained why she loves living in the town: “It is such a beautiful old town that I really, really love it.”People are always saying to me where are you going to move to and I am always saying I am not.”It ticks all the boxes. It’s close enough to London when I need it and we can be out in the country. I don’t think I will ever move.”I like the market town aspect of Sevenoaks, I think it has so many beautiful old buildings.”
7 – It’s surrounded by history
Knole Park is not the only historical part of the Sevenoaks district.Emmetts Garden is a stunning Edwardian estate – its grounds are filled with exotic and rare plants from across the globe, and the rose garden is a firm favourite with visitors.Ightham Mote, a 14th century manor house with centuries of history, is just a 15 minute drive away.Quebec House in Westerham, built in the 1700s, was the childhood home of General James Wolfe. He played a pivotal role in securing British supremacy in Canada at the Battle of Quebec in September 1759.Plus, the country home of Winston Churchill, Chartwell, is located near Westerham, less than 10 miles from Sevenoaks.
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