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Lure of Kent is strong as Londoners seek an escape

Pandemic and increased number of people working from home is making more and more capital residents think of escaping to the country

With 60% of Londoners looking to relocate for a better quality of life in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kent is proving to be one of the top hotspots outside of the capital

Dandara’s Willow Grove development in the tranquil setting of Collier Street launched in January but half of the homes on the development have sold in the past four months alone, as people are searching for the perfect countryside retreat to meet their post-pandemic priorities.

The development comprises 32 two-, three-, and four-bedroom high-specification detached family homes. Each benefits from extensive garden space, a private garage and the perfect work from home facilities with spacious and light living areas. The homes have been designed to reflect the architectural style of the local surroundings to give the atmosphere of traditional countryside living, while offering the convenience of contemporary living.

Situated between the popular villages of Laddingford, Yalding and Marden in Kent, Collier Street is perfect for those that want the best of both worlds in an idyllic corner of the Garden of England. Aside from the nature and fresh air, the area benefits from an array of local farm shops; the Yalding Farmers Market which is ideal for food lovers and only sells produce from within a six-mile radius; craft breweries; vineyards; specialist butchers and countryside pubs.

The larger towns of Paddock Wood and Maidstone are within easy reach, offering a range of independent shops and cafés. There is a wealth of shopping and leisure opportunities available with Bluewater Shopping Centre, ranked in the top five shopping centres in the UK, and Ashford Designer Outlet less than an hour away.

Louise Norman, sales and marketing director at Dandara South East, said: “Collier Street is a beautiful location that perfectly combines the tranquillity of the countryside with the convenience of several large towns close at hand. Recently, with people relocating and prioritising a better quality of life since lockdown, there is increasing demand for more space and green areas. Willow Grove has proved popular so far because it meets these demands, yet still benefits from easy access to London.”

The area is also particularly popular with families looking to buy due to the five Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ schools within a five mile radius as well as notable grammar schools nearby including: Maidstone Grammar School and Invicta Grammar School. For those that need to commute, rail links to London are easily accessible from Paddock Wood mainline station where direct services to London Bridge take just less than 40 minutes. Access to the M20, A21 and M25 are all within easy reach linking to the Channel Tunnel and Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Prices start at £535,000 for a four-bedroom home. For further information please visit or call 01892 730 695.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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