Focus on Tunbridge Wells

Price: £198,000
This one bedroom ground floor apartment is located within the development of Chartwell Lodge. The property is a short walk from the town centre where there are excellent shopping facilities, including
the Royal Victoria Place shopping center and leisure centers. Facilities include a fitted kitchen and bathroom, a mirror wardrobe, a car park, and lifts to all floors. Contact: Winkworth on 01892 519600,

Price: £579,000
This family-friendly Victorian home is situated close to the top end of town where there are notable schools, including separate grammar schools for girls and boys. The property has four bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom. It also has a sitting room with a double reception room, an open fireplace, and a dressing room that can be turned into a fifth bedroom if required. Contact: John D Wood on 020 7908 1108,

Price: £1.75m
Originally two cottages dating from 1750, this property has been converted into a detached five-bedroom house with a dining room, reception hall, and period features including inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams, and brick floors. The next-door cottage has its own kitchen and study area. There are lovely views over the countryside too. Contact: Hamptons International on 01892 516611,

Commuting: Five National Rail services are provided every hour from Tunbridge Wells station to London Charing Cross, taking 55 minutes.

Education: Most famous for top boys’ boarding school Tonbridge School, Beechwood Sacred Heart School is also a good independent school in the area. Groombridge St Thomas Church of England School and Claremont Primary School are good primary schools with outstanding marks from Ofsted.

Crime: Figures are significantly lower than the national average, particularly for violent assaults.

Restaurants and pubs: Thackeray’s is a multiple award-winning restaurant that serves gourmet French cuisine. Elsewhere, Tunbridge Wells has some good Indian and Bengali restaurants such as The Spice and Bengal Brasserie. The Grove Tavern is a traditional pub frequented by friendly locals with a good selection of beers.

Leisure: The Pantiles is a gorgeous shopping area with arts, fashion and all sorts of food. Green spaces are abundant: Dunorlan Park is the town’s largest. In 2003, it underwent a restoration and is now listed as a Historic Park.