If you’re looking at properties to rent or buy in the beautiful village of Egerton, then there’s no doubt that you are looking for a quiet and peaceful lifestyle. The village is remotely placed, surrounded by rolling, green countryside and offering beautiful views over the Weald.
Situated just 9 miles north-west of Ashford, the village skyline is dominated by the 13th century Church of St. James and its magnificent stained glass windows and brass chandelier – the largest of its kind, and features almost every type of domestic architecture, from Period Hall Houses, Yeoman Houses and kentish Barns, to modern bungalows, detached, and semi-detached houses. Red brick and plain tile roofing is the predominant style here, and the scattering of residences throughout the village indicates how important farming is in the parish, with homesteads built where the land was worked.
The charming Kentish village of Egerton is popular with those who enjoy country walks and cycling, with the apple orchards that line the village displaying sprays of blossom in the spring and a bountiful harvest of fruit in the autumn – the village really is picture-book perfect. But it’s not just the stunning views and historic architecture that makes the village of Egerton an appealing place to live. Egerton has its own amenities including shops, a bakery, and Frasers; an award-winning private estate and eco venue that features a restaurant and hotel, and is a popular boutique wedding venue and location for filming and photoshoots.
If you decide to buy or rent a property in Egerton, your neighbouring villages are just as pretty, with Pluckley, Smarden, Little Chart and Lenham on the western side of the M20, and the village of Charing to the east. Despite its location, nestled among the hills, Egerton is very well-located, being just a short drive from the A20 and M20. This means that for those who need to commute for work or study, or want to head to more populated areas for dining or leisure, Maidstone, Ashford, Tenterden and London are all very easily accessible.
Families who are moving to the area with school-age children will be pleased to know that the village has its own primary school, Egerton Church of England Primary School, which promises a rich and creative learning journey. This supportive and nurturing village school benefits from having the use of an area of beautiful Egerton woodland; their ‘Forest School’, which gives children the chance to escape from the pressures of the online world, away from electronic devices; a wonderfully unique touch that is sure to appeal to many a modern parent.
When it comes to secondary education, the secondary schools of Ashford are just a short bus journey away, as is Tenterden’s Homewood School and Sixth Form College. Likewise, Swadelands Sports College is in Egerton’s neighbouring village, Lenham, so you really are spoiled for choice.
For many, it is community spirit that is the big draw when it comes to buying a home in a small village, and Egerton’s Parish Council is an active and accommodating one, offering and promoting activities for residents of all ages. Egerton features a Women’s Institute, an over 60’s club, football and cricket clubs, bell ringing group, playgroups, film clubs, short mat bowls, a coffee club and an amateur dramatics society – so if you’re planning on fully immersing yourself in village life (which we highly recommend as a new resident!), you’re bound to find something to get involved in that’s going to be right up your street.
If you’re not much of a joiner, or you simply want to enjoy your country surroundings and take in the fresh air, Egerton is perfectly located for outdoor enthusiasts of running, nature rambling, horse-riding, bird-watching, kite-flying…the list is endless.
2022 is going to be a particularly exciting time to buy or rent in Egerton, as there’s a lot going in the way of community events! The Egerton Music Festival is back after its global pandemic-induced hiatus and runs from the 23rd of June until the 3rd of July, promising ‘ten days of music of all kinds in beautiful rural surroundings’. Highlights include Egerton Film Society’s presentation of ‘A Night At The Opera’, a music quiz, and art exhibition, a bands and barbeque event, an audience with the Mozart Players, an evening of light comedy with David Flood and friends, opera, a jazz supper, and ‘The Last Night’, which is brought to you by Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir.
So, if it’s peace, tranquility, beauty and culture you’re after, a move to Egerton could be everything you’ve been looking for!
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