Sevenoaks: The uncelebrated Kent town just 30 minutes from London voted the UK’s best

Sevenoaks is a stunning town that shirks the stereotypes typical of others in the commuter belt.

Voted seventh-best in a list of small towns to live in in the UK, the town which is known as a dream for DFLs, proves that it has much more to offer than just being a close connection to London.

Sevenoaks is a gateway to the rolling countryside and woodlands of the High Weald and North Downs, which make Kent so famous.

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Add this to the fact that in less than half an hour you can either find yourself in central London or in the heart of an area of natural beauty, and you’re spoilt for choice.

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Travel just a little further still and you can find yourself in Canterbury, Margate, or anywhere along the Kent coast.

But you shouldn’t be quite so eager to leave the town because Sevenoaks itself has plenty to offer.

The town is steeped in history dating back to the middle ages when it cared for people on pilgrimage as well as hosting a cattle market that ran until as recently as 1999.

Plus the town is home to Knole House which was once an Archbishop’s palace designed to impress visitors – and still does to this day.

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Nearby there is also Otford Palace with connections to Henry VIII and was known as the Archbishop’s Palace.

Chartwell House, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, is close-by too in Westerham.

When we visited earlier in the year, we found that the streets were spotless and free of litter, even in the thriving high street which boasts a number of boutique and independent shops.

There is also a healthy number of restaurants and cafes that have all received raving reviews on TripAdvisor.

Chartwell House, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, in near Sevenoaks

Chartwell House, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, in near Sevenoaks

Aside from this, Sevenoaks is home to numerous, well-established schools, with three recently graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Add all of this together and it’s no wonder Rightmove found the average house price last year sat at more than £680,000.

A large number of popular detached houses were also sold in the same period for more than £1.1 million.

The town even has a street so exclusive that it can’t be seen on Google Maps.

But Sevenoaks is great for visitors too and boasts some highly-rated hotels and boutique guesthouses as well as cheaper chain options.

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