GARDEN OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY
Discover the South East
With many large towns and cities, it would be easy to assume that the South East is just an extension to the nearby sprawling metropolis, which is London. However, look a little deeper and you’ll see just how surprisingly rural this corner of England is.
With miles upon miles of rolling green hills, stunning coastline and many historical landmarks to explore, it is easy to see why property in the South East is so highly sought after.
It is a widely-held perception that the South East pulls together all of the best features of life in England into one area. From the beautiful coastal towns along the vast 300km coastline, to the bustling high streets of the inland urban areas, there really is something to suit every lifestyle.
The largest city in the region, Canterbury, is steeped in rich history. It is home to some of the country’s oldest architecture dating back to the 11th century including the world famous Canterbury Cathedral. Yet, alongside this history Canterbury also boasts a modern shopping and dining scene to cater for all tastes. In addition, theatre lovers can enjoy the many brilliant performances on display at the Marlowe Theatre situated in the heart of the city. The unique combination of old and new really helps to pinpoint this city as the South East’s cultural hub.
The South East is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Europe’ due to its’ numerous ferry crossings and the Channel Tunnel, linking the region to mainland France. All of this means that short breaks or even day trips are very much a possibility. The Eurostar rail service runs from St Pancras International in London and cuts through the heart of the Kent countryside, stopping at Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International stations. Also, just recently Eurostar has expanded its’ network to include Amsterdam in the Netherlands, further increasing the appeal of the region to keen travel-makers.
For the golfers out there, the South East is a haven of fantastic courses. From the professional Royal St George’s course in Sandwich, which was due to host the 2020 Open Championship, to an abundance of very well kept local courses, the region has plenty to offer for golfers of all abilities.
If you’re a fan of days out in the countryside, the South East is home to over 80 National Trust sites and an abundance of historical places of interest. Ranging from the wide open spaces of the South Downs National Park in East Sussex, to the picture-perfect site of Leeds Castle in Kent. Whether it is a crisp Autumnal morning, or a sunny summer’s day, the South East’s picturesque landscape has something to offer for every season.
Another popular feature of the region are the numerous opportunities for quiet pub walks. The sleepy villages of Kent are awash with quaint and friendly pubs serving the local speciality ales, made with locally grown hops.