If you ever happen to be in Kent, be sure to spend a few days exploring these lovely Kent villages – they just exude charm and ambiance. Here are some of the best villages to explore with your Kent Escorts.
Situated on the banks of the scenic River Midway, and accessible by a medieval stone bridge, is the picturesque village of Aylesford. Many of the buildings in the oldest part of the village are very quaint: the Chequers Inn, the George House (formerly a training inn), and the almshouse among them. The Church of St Peter and St Paul, dating in part to the Norman invasion, sits on a hill overlooking the villages. Head to the Village Pantry, a vintage-style teahouse for afternoon tea. If you like beer and home-cooked food, enjoy Hengist, a 16th-century pub and restaurant.
Biddenden is a mostly agricultural, forest, and civil parish village located in the Weald of Kent, about 5 miles north of Tenterden. It was once the centre of Wealden’s iron and fabric manufacturing industries. All Saints Biddenden is a parish church, built around the 13th century. During the half-century of Edward III’s reign, Flemish cloth workers settled in the area. The availability of raw materials is ready to encourage the creation of a rapidly growing textile industry. The wealth of this industry built many beautiful houses in the city. An important cottage industry has expanded to the west, where many vineyards and orchards produce a wide variety of wines, cider, and juice. The West House is a Michelin-starred restaurant located in what was once an old weaver’s cottage. If you’re craving a real beer, The Three Chimneys are one of the “expert” pubs to visit in Kent.
Chiddingstone is unique because, apart from the church and castle, the entire villages is owned by the National Trust and is described as “the perfect example of a surviving Tudor village in the county.” It has been used as a period setting in several films. Chiddingstone Castle has a lovely little teahouse, as well as the village on the Tulip Tree, which is just as good. Expect lots of tantalizing homemade cakes, a shabby chic interior, and friendly staff.
Located in Kent Downs, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the farm village of Chilham, just 9.6 km southwest of Canterbury. The listed Tudor house, decorated with flowers and covered with a red slate roof, is in the centre. Explore the North Downs Way on foot for stunning views or head to Kings Wood for a jungle walk. The White Horse is a 14th-century inn located in the village square, directly opposite Chilham Castle. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
Fordwich is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as a small village that became a town in the Middle Ages: it served as a port for ships traveling up the river to Canterbury. All of the Caen stones used by the Normans to rebuild Canterbury Cathedral in the 12th and 13th centuries were landed at Fordwich. It later became part of the Cinque Harbor and lost its status as a city in 1880 when it no longer had a Mayor. In recognition of its former importance, in 1972, Fordwich was again a town in what is now a rather quiet corner of Kent.
The little village of Godmersham is a great place for avid hikers. It folds between the North Downs Way and the historic Pilgrims’ Way. Look forward to winding country roads, quaint properties, and picturesque views of the Kentish countryside.
The charming half-timbered houses with bricks work for an interesting Ightham village theme. Stepped in history, Ightham has many stories to tell. There is a farm shop, some great pubs, and Oldbury Woods, perfect for a quiet walk. The George & Dragon is a pub housed in a traditional Tudor building with dark wood beams and cozy interiors – a lovely place to relax after touring around the village.
Considered Kent’s smallest village, Newenden remains a worthy addition to this list. It rests on the memory of the glorious days when its ports, markets, and sixteen inns were an essential part of the regional economy. Today it is just a small, friendly village, nestled in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its 14th century St. Peter Church. Explore this peaceful village and along the Rother River or watch village cricket on a warm summer day.