What is Tunbridge Wells like?
The atmosphere of Tunbridge Wells is akin to that of the most elegant London ‘villages’, such as Chelsea and Notting Hill, with huge appeal for families, professionals and retirees alike. The town’s grand Parks, laid out in conscious imitation of fashionable Regent’s Park, and a cosmopolitan range of shops and cafes in the historic and highly picturesque Pantiles give a sophisticated air and an undeniable style. This is a town for genuinely gracious living. You can find out more at the official website for the Tunbridge Wells area.
From our office in the High Street, close to the station and the Pantiles, we comprehensively cover Tunbridge Wells itself, the surrounding villages and the country within a radius of about 15 miles. The area covers three counties with some overlapping with our Sevenoaks, Haywards Heath and Cranbrook offices.
Property in Tunbridge Wells
The houses in Tunbridge Wells are predominantly Georgian or Victorian and, with much of the town designated as a conservation area, new developments are often designed in a sympathetic style. The cream of the town’s property is to be found in ‘the Parks’, principally Calverley Park, Camden Park, Hungershall Park and Nevill Park. Original Regency villas in Calverley Park, designed by Decimus Burton, fetch a premium.
The cottages and townhouses of the ‘old village’ area around the High Street are popular with commuters who want to live within walking distance of the station. The surrounding countryside offers a wide range of properties: cottages, farmhouses, oast and barn conversions, country mansions and estates, and contemporary and eco houses. The popular villages include Penshurst, Speldhurst, Groombridge, Frant, Matfield and Brenchley.
The local scene
Green spaces are a major feature of the local lifestyle: the Common and Dunorlan Park provide swathes of woods, hills and landscaped grounds that extend right into the town centre. Much of the area we cover is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ashdown Forest and Bewl Water reservoir are close by, offering glorious scenery and a wide range of outdoor activities, and the coast is easily accessible — Rye, Camber Sands and Eastbourne are popular local destinations.
South Eastern rail services provide direct access from Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street in just under one hour. We encourage commuters to look ten minutes down the line, where the stations at Frant, Wadhurst and Stonegate offer easier parking and less congestion.
The Uckfield line provides services to London Victoria.
Juntion 5 of the M25 is about 10 miles up the A21.
Gatwick Airport is 22 miles away via the A264.
Schools in Tunbridge Wells
Many families move from London to Kent to take advantage of the grammar school system and the excellent independent schools in the area. The leading private schools are Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge School, St Leonard’s School in Mayfield and Eastbourne College. The sought-after grammar schools include Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and The Skinners’ School.