Moving to Sevenoaks
Why move to Sevenoaks? There is definitely something about the town that draws people back to live there after they’ve lived in London for a spell. Helped by an incredibly easy commute into London, Sevenoaks has always been popular with commuters and families. As more and more couples are either working more flexible hours or able to juggle when one or the other of them are working from home they are able to use nurseries and pre-schools more effectively. The forty minute commute facilitates this so families are able to live outside of London. For many their commute is shorter from Sevenoaks than coming in from other areas of London.
Many of the more mature generation are also now staying in Sevenoaks and enjoy retirement near their friends and family and making the most of being close, but not in, London. The vibe is more downsizing to smaller properties or flats in town (developers take note) and enjoying easy access to everything London has to offer coupled with the fabulous countryside around Sevenoaks.
For families looking at schools, there’s a good selection of primary schools such as Sevenoaks Primary, Lady Boswell’s and St John’s and a selection of really good prep schools either in or around town including New Beacon https://www.newbeacon.org.uk (all boys with mixed nursery), Sevenoaks Prep (mixed) and St Michael’s near Otford (mixed).
It’s ’11+’ world down in this neck of the woods which has its stresses . A girl’s grammar annexe opened a couple of years ago in Sevenoaks (an annexe for boy’s is currently on hold), the excellent grammars in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells or Orpington are a train ride away. In the private sector Sevenoaks school https://www.sevenoaksschool.org/home/ is an excellent mixed school who have been teaching the International Baccalaureate for nearly forty years and have an international catchment area, Walthamstow Hall caters for girls and all boys Tonbridge School is twenty minutes down the road.
What’s good about Sevenoaks? Knole Park, a wonderful history laden 1,000 acres of park filled with deer, bracken, a National Trust house https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole and Knole golf club. You can walk , run, ride (with permit), and enjoy it all every day of the year.
The markets in Sevenoaks are good too. The Saturday market on a slither of pavement opposite Savills (just down from Waitrose) is great on a Saturday morning. Bakery, Cheese, Olives, Fruit and Vegetables and Plants plus a Fish van. It’s not pretentious, it’s just a great little market. The ‘cheese man’ is fabulously friendly whatever the weather. The weekly main market has great flowers and plants and is a true town market.
The Town Barber, the sports shop (Bat and Ball Sports) , the school uniform shop (Horncastles), Sevenoaks bookshop (independent since 1948), The Hardware Centre (everything… hardware) are all fantastic. Great service, proper shops.
Clothes shopping wise Sevenoaks has the high street brands with a recent Whistles and Space NK. There’s a few small independents catering for different ages but teens are heavily under-catered. Perhaps it’s too close to Bluewater and London itself and with Tunbridge Wells pretty close, all bases are pretty much covered without Sevenoaks having to compete (not forgetting the tinernet). All the supermarkets make an appearance with Waitrose the only in-town store (parking right around the back past the leisure centre). It’s a good one, friendly, good coffee shop, good parking, very handy for town, clever elegant facade. Aldi is the latest newcomer.
Another big plus are the leisure facilities with a town swimming pool, great golf clubs, established rugby, tennis and hockey clubs and endless opportunities in the holidays to use the local school facilities for sports courses. Bradbourne Lakes has a sailing club. Cricket is big in the town, The Vine and Holmesdale are both serious clubs and there is excellent coaching from Invicta Cricket https://invictacricketcoaching.co.uk in several local locations. Endless opportunities to go on walks and the ubiquitous cycling across beautiful countryside.
Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Ightham Mote, Riverhill Gardens, Squerryes Vineyard (and new restaurant) and Leeds Castle are all nearby and host festivals, plays and special events.
There are some great local pubs including The White Hart, Buck’s Head, The Chaser in Shipbourne, The Papermaker’s Arms and Kentish Rifleman in and around Plaxtol. Coffee shops include independents such as Otto’s up near Sevenoaks school and Basil in the centre (not yet as good as the Tunbridge Wells one but am hoping it catches up).
If you would like to talk through a move to Sevenoaks or chat through options in terms of schools, rentals, buying a home and how best to go about this please do give me a ring to talk it through.
I have helped people relocate from many different countries to Sevenoaks and the surrounding area, I can help with schools, ideal location, finding a house or a rental, help with solicitors, surveyors, logistics or any aspect of your move.
I also help down-sizers moving within Sevenoaks, families moving down to Sevenoaks from London or other parts of the UK or anyone who would like some help with their move. As a property finder I can access off-market properties for clients which means that they are able to access to properties that are not necessarily coming onto the market or are being previewed by prospective serious buyers before having to go on the market.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Louise Streets +44 7771 723 807