What is Cranbrook like?
Cranbrook is a handsome and historic market town, characterised by its weather-boarded and oak-framed buildings in the classic Kentish vernacular. The renowned Cranbrook School is an important focus of life here, and is the major draw for buyers moving to the area. The area’s upmarket restaurants include Apicius in Cranbrook and the West House in Biddenden, near Ashford; both are Michelin-starred.
Although our core area is within a seven-mile radius of Cranbrook, we provide thorough coverage of such popular locations as Tenterden and Sutton Valence, and extend as far as Rye and Wittersham.
Property in Cranbrook, Kent and East Sussex
As you would expect in a market driven by proximity to a famous school, family houses are the main attraction in Cranbrook’s property profile. Cranbrook itself has a variety of houses; in the surrounding villages the choice of styles ranges from half-timbered hall houses and handsome Georgian farmhouses to Victorian villas and contemporary homes.
For classic village locations, look in Goudhurst, Wittersham, Benenden, Burwash and Hawkhurst.
For commuter convenience, try Marden, Staplehurst and Headcorn — attractive towns with their own mainline stations.
The local scene
As the ancient ‘capital’ of the Kentish Weald, Cranbrook is surrounded by some of the finest scenery in the county, a glorious landscape of woods and gently rolling farmland; further afield, around Rye, is the atmospheric Romney Marsh.
A wealth of popular heritage sites includes Sissinghurst Castle, with its famous garden created by Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West; Smallhythe Place, home of the fabled actress Ellen Terry; and Finchcocks, a classic Georgian country house near Goudhurst that hosts a wide range of events. Local beauty spots include Bedgebury Pinetum and Bewl Water, which offer wonderful settings for outdoor activities.
Mainline rail services from Staplehurst run into London Bridge and Charing Cross in just over an hour. There are also stations at Headcorn and Marden.
Ashford provides a high speed service to London King’s Cross St Pancras with a journey time of 37 minutes together with Eurostar links to Paris.
The A21 provides fast links to Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks and connects with the M25, the M20 and other road networks.
Schools in Cranbrook
In addition to Cranbrook School, the well-known co-educational boarding and day school which attracts pupils from around the world, Cranbrook’s excellent schools include Dulwich Preparatory School, Cranbrook Primary School and Angley School Sports College. Other notable schools in the area include Benenden; Marlborough House Preparatory School, Hawkhurst; and Saint Ronan’s School, near Hawkhurst.