Lush Kent and the Weald boast the warmest climate in the country. Orchards frothing with blossom and hops straight out of the Darling Buds of may give it an unspoilt 1950s’ feel. It is an idyllic place to bring up children. The Weald has a good stock of medium- sized georgian and victorian farmhouses with cheaper than average prices. For the more adventurous, oast houses and Wealden medieval halls make quirky and unusual homes, if you like beams. Kent suffers from oods though, so avoid anything with Water, Stream, Brook or mill in the address!
The Weald stretches roughly from the west of Ashford and the M20 across to elegant georgian tunbridge Wells. then down the A21 and across to Rye and Camber Sands for your seaside fix. The area in the middle is classic Weald and is breathtaking countryside. This takes in popular villages such as Headcorn,Staplehust, Sissinghurst (with its stunning castle and gardens) and along the A262 to Iden Green and Goudhurst, smart and expensive.
To the north, the steep Greensand Ridge has stunning views. Popular and slightly cheaper villages up and around here are sutton Valence, Egertn, Pluckley, Smarden, Bethersden and Frittenden. The most Westerly point of the Weald is Tunbridge Wells for those not quite able to shake off the lure of the pavement. With its beautiful georgian crescents and elegant shopping it is perfect for ladies who lunch, boasting a Fenwicks to add a touch of Bond Street glamour!
To the south is the picture-postcard little hilltop town of Rye and nearby the huge sweep of golden Camber sands. The centre of the prep school universe is Cranbrook, a picturesque georgian town, surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Popular villages to live in nearby are Benenden, Bodiam, Hawkhurst, rolvenden and tenterden to the east and south. To the west of Cranbrook is the East Sussex border where prices are cheaper in villages such as lamberhurst, ticehurst, Burwash and Stonegate.