The many attractive faces of Kent
Kent has long enjoyed popularity amongst astute property buyers, not least because of its prime location in the south east of the UK. Proximity to London, proximity to Paris and proximity to the peace and quiet of the 'Garden of England' makes this lovely area a highly desirable residential location for commuters.
Once renowned for orchards and hop gardens, Kent richly deserves the designation of 'Garden of England', its agricultural heritage still visible today in the guise of the characteristic oast houses (hop drying buildings) dotted across the landscape.
Property in Kent (pop.1,684,200) spans the entire accommodation spectrum, ranging from tiny flats in the city of Canterbury to semi-detached houses in the county town of Maidstone to secluded mansions, nestling deep in the Kentish countryside. Naturally, the gamut of property prices reflects this huge diversity.
For families, England's 10th largest county (by size) has much to recommend it. Leisure activities are well provided for, with impressive sporting facilities available across Kent and a host of cultural opportunities on the doorstep of towns such as Ashford, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.
In addition to a range of grammar and secondary modern secondary schools, there are three universities within the county, plus numerous colleges of further education.
Enjoying excellent access by rail and road (A2, M2, M26, M20 and part of the M25), Kent is easy to get both to and from. Central London is just 35 minutes away on the new Southeastern high-speed train and France lies a mere 34 kms (21 m) across the Channel from Dover.
So whether you're seeking a modest pied-a-terre a couple of hours from Paris or an idyllic oast house conversion set amidst spectacular scenery, you're sure to be able to find the home of your dreams in the Garden of England - the bonus being that it also happens to be one of the warmest parts of Britain.