Situated in the High Weald of Kent, Sevenoaks is surrounded by some of the most attractive countryside in South East England. Set amidst the woods, hills and valleys of the North Downs, the beautiful landscape consists of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and extensive areas of scientific interest and nature conservation. The surrounding area features some of the finest historic houses and castles in England including the beautifully preserved Chartwell, former home of Sir Winston Churchill, Squerryes Court, Hever Castle, Leeds Castle and Penshurst Place.
Located just half an hour by train to central London, Sevenoaks and its surrounding area has enviable selection of schools both private and state. The combination of a short commuting time and an outstanding choice of schools makes Sevenoaks a very popular choice for families, especially those re-locating from London, the regions or even from abroad.
Originally named after seven oak trees, Sevenoaks has a picturesque blend of historical buildings of all shapes and styles. At the town’s heart is the historic Knole House, a ‘calendar’ house with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and seven courtyards. This magnificent house was built in the late 15th century and has been remarkably preserved and unchanged over the years. It is set in 100 acres of deer park and lived in by the Sackville family although managed by The National Trust. The Vine cricket ground in the centre of Sevenoaks is thought to be one of the oldest cricket grounds in the country.
H G Wells. Jane Austen, Dickens, John Donne and Vita Sackville-West were all residents in Sevenoaks, and the strong literary traditions continue with the annual Literary Festival; attracting world-famous writers it is regarded as one of the highlights of the British literary calendar.
Bligh’s Meadow is a development of shops in the town centre which combines national chains with independent shops, and holds a Craft and Country Fayre market on Saturdays throughout the year. A range of boutique stores, award-winning restaurants and a thriving theatre make the town centre a bustling, vibrant community.
Very little is known about Sevenoaks prior to the 13th century, however historically it was part of the Great Manor of Otford, held by the Archbishops of Canterbury. Its importance probably grew from the merging of two main roads from London and Dartford and the establishment of a market, which, due to its success, made Sevenoaks a manor in its own right.
The Archbishop of Canterbury purchased the 100 acre estate of Knole in 1456 and built ‘Knole House’ which came into the possession of Henry VIII, who eventually passed it to Elizabeth I who gave it to her cousin Thomas Sackville.
Oak trees are synonymous with Sevenoaks and include those planted in 1728 near the White Hart. Another group of seven trees, planted in 1902 on the north side of The Vine cricket ground to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII, were blown down during the hurricane of 1987. Six trees were destroyed and unsurprisingly, were replaced with seven new Oaks.
Property available in Sevenoaks
Property in the Sevenoaks area ranges from rural cottages set in glorious Kent countryside to town houses conveniently located for access to the station and from beautiful country estates to large family houses in private roads. Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.