Bespoke Property Search Agents in Tunbridge Wells
Best local features: The best local features we feel are the famous Pantiles and the two Commons which extend to some 256 acres. They are a haven for wildlife and are famous for their sandstone outcrops such as Toad Rock and Wellington Rocks.
Best place to grab a drink or a bite to eat: We would recommend the beautiful Hotel du Vin with its elegant décor, a fine example of a property designed by the famous Victorian architect Decimus Burton.
Best shops in the area: Hoopers which is an up-market, well run, family department store offering the complete Bond Street or Knightsbridge shopping experience without the need to be inconvenienced travelling up to London. Hoopers’ restaurant also serves the best cheese scones in the area!
Educational facilities: Tunbridge Wells is renowned for its excellent grammar schools for both boys and girls as well as a good selection of independent schools including Holmewood House, Beechwood, Kent College, Rose Hill and The Mead.
Golf Courses: The Nevill has often been described as a hidden gem and one of the best 18 hole courses in the area. Alternatively if you haven’t got time for a full round the Tunbridge Wells Golf Course represents a testing 9 holes.
Top tip when visiting the area: Don’t make the mistake of missing out on the south side of the town. Tunbridge Wells can be described as a town of two halves. The top end offering your well known department stores such as Fenwick, Marks and Spencer, BHS etc whereas the bottom end, close to the famous Pantiles, accommodates a variety of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
The worst fact about the area: As in many large towns, the access routes in and out get very congested. We need less cars and larger roads!
Getting back to London (for work or pleasure): Direct trains to London Charing Cross, London Bridge, Waterloo and Cannon Street in just under an hour.
The celebrity you would most likely find in the area: Davina McCall who lives in a quaint East Sussex village (Wadhurst) just outside Tunbridge Wells. Bob Mortimer and Dr Who himself, Tom Baker, are often spotted around the town.
What is the typical property like: There are some beautiful styles of properties in the town and some of the most sought after are those designed by the famous Victorian architect Decimus Burton but they will set you back by several million pounds!
Interesting fact: The Pantiles, the old commercial centre of Tunbridge Wells, is a 17th century pedestrian-only shopping area.
The chalybeate spring was discovered in 1606 and in summer months the Dippers can be seen offering its healing waters to tourists
The precinct was named the “Pantiles” when its walkways were paved with baked terracotta “pantiles” in 1700. According to the story, Princess (later Queen) Anne donated one hundred pounds to pay for the tiles after her son fell while playing on the muddy ground in 1698. Alas, Anne returned in 1699 and was annoyed to find that no improvements had been made. She never returned to Tunbridge Wells and never saw the Walks paved with pantiles the following year. A century later, the clay pantiles were replaced with paving stones and the name was changed to the “Parade,” but the original name was brought back late in 19th century.
Colin Mackenzie Property Search are bespoke property search agents and consultants covering the South East of England. Our in-depth knowledge of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is extensive and will prove invaluable to you when sourcing your dream home in whichever area you decide to live.