Top 5 Reasons why Clarendon chooses to build bespoke homes in Kent, The Garden of England
Here’s our top 5 reasons why we believe our bespoke homes are best placed in Kent:
1. Well, it’s the Garden of England
Kent has proudly been hailed as the ‘Garden of England’ thanks largely to it’s abundance of fruit orchards, hop production, green land, farms, fields and woodlands. Little Fant in Maidstone, Kent Life in Aylesford and The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood are all within easy reach of our Kent developments, and offer a fantastic opportunity for families and couples to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and to experience the best that the county has to offer. Whilst there are well established urban areas packed full of all the amenities you’d need, these are surrounded by stunning villages and historic hamlets packed full of green space which bridge the gap between the abundant countryside and the towns, not to mention dedicated protected Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the form of the Kent Downs. In fact, 75% is undeveloped land.
2. Life’s a Beach
Kent has approximately 355 miles of coastline – that’s a lot of beaches, cliffs and sea to explore! The coastline runs from New Romney and Hythe in the south west of the county, bordering the English Channel up to the White Cliffs of Dover via Folkestone, around to the North Sea and the Thames Estuary with some of the UK’s most classic seaside resorts in the whole of the UK such as Margate, Sandwich, Broadstairs and Herne Bay. Aside the headline towns are a range of coves and hidden gems to seek out. That’s a lot of Fish & Chips and sea front walks to get through!
3. Well Connected
Sandwiched between London and mainland Europe, Kent boasts some of the UK’s best connectivity by Rail and Road, meaning living in Kent is ideal for families where busy city workers can commute in as little as 40 minutes into the capital, whilst spending free time and weekends with their children in the idyllic countryside and fresh air. Thanks to the high-speed train line, powered by the 140mph Javelin trains, commuters and city-visitors can travel between London St Pancras International or Stratford International to Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International, and call at many other stations across the county, including Maidstone, Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate, Dover, Whitstable and Folkestone. Then there’s the onward trains into mainland Europe via the Eurostar and Le Shuttle which give the potential to travel between London, Kent and Paris, Lille, Brussels and beyond in record times. This level of connectivity by rail is echoed by road, with major motorway links including the M2, M20 and M25 linking the rest of the county. Ultimately, Kent offers a lot of the benefits of living in London, without many of the drawbacks which is why it is such a popular place to live, and why we choose to build our stunning bespoke homes here.
4. History in abundance
In addition to being packed full of beautiful countryside, our bespoke home developments are also on the doorstep of some of the most historical cities, towns and villages in the country. The county is home to some of the nation’s most famous historic sites. Leeds Castle, with its stunning moat, is lauded as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’; whilst Hever Castle boasts 125 acres and more of stunning gardens and was the childhood residence of King Henry VIII‘s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Of course, with Kent’s coastline hugging the channel, there’s plenty of early settlement history. As far back as 55BC, Julius Caesar first set foot in Britain, making Kent home to some excellent Roman historic sites, including Lullingstone Roman Villa with its stunning mosaics and paintings, and Richborough Roman Fort near Sandwich. Canterbury and it’s cathedral attracts thousands of visitors every year, marking a historic point of the famous Pilgrim’s Way; the huge number of oast houses are a nod to Kent’s hoppy past; the Historic Dockyard in Chatham is pays homage to naval history; and the list really does go on… Having all this history and stunning architecture within easy reach of your next luxury Clarendon home could be a reality ready to enjoy.
5. It’s not all history…
Kent is packed full of modern day leisure, entertainment and retail therapy. In addition to being a short train ride from London’s trendy shopping areas, from Oxford St to Westfield Stratford, the county is home to the UK’s 5th largest shopping centre, Bluewater, which spans over 169,000 square feet of shopping and entertainment. Many of our developments are within easy reach of Maidstone’s fantastic array of shops in The Mall and Fremlin Walk shopping centres; and the family can be limitlessly entertained with the cinema, bowling, and even a trampoline park at the county town’s Lockmeadow Complex. With a plethora of high quality branded and independent restaurants, bars and stunning countryside pubs all nearby, not to mention craft breweries, film-set tours, wild animal parks and hiking trails galore there really is plenty to do in our home county.
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