As "The Girl on a Train" hits the screens we shine the spotlight on commuting
18 October 2016
As "The Girl on the Train" hits our screen, we have decided to award our very own Oscars to one village in Kent and another in East Sussex which are blockbusters when it comes to bagging a seat at rush hour.
And the winner in Kent is...Headcorn. Journey times are 58 minutes to London Bridge, 62min to St Pancras, 69min to Cannon St and 71min to Charing Cross. If you hop on the train in London and don't get off in the bustling commuter towns of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge you come to the leafy Wealden village of Headcorn with ancient timbered buildings lining the high street worthy of Grade II listing. You can always get a seat even in peak time travel from Headcorn and a few seats might be still available at Paddock Wood but by Sevenoaks or Tonbridge it's usually standing room only.
You get quite a lot for your money in this neck of the woods. Examples of properties currently on the market are a six bedroom Grade II listed mill house mareketed by Jackson-Stops and Staff, Carnbrook at offers in excess of £1,250,000. Located 2.58 miles (as the crow flies) from Headcorn station, this historically and architecturally important property is set in 10 acres, has a detached cottage amd the water mill is still is situ.
If you've got a budget of £1,850,000 (Guide Price) Harpers and Hurlingham in Cranbrook are offering an 8 bedroom Grade II listed country house in Smarden, 2 miles from the station (as the crow flies). Toys include an open reacreational barn ideal for outdoor entertaining and a swimming pool, plus there is a two bedroom oast house and thatched barn which could be converted (subject to planning).
Sussex's jewel in the commuting crown is Wadhurst. It's a pretty Wealden village with great views and pretty period properties in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with journey times of 69min to Charing Cross and 66m to Cannon Street. You are pretty much guaranteed a seat at rush hour but try and get on a couple of stops later at Tunbridge Wells and you'll need sharp elbows.
Savills in Tunbridge Wells are currently marketing a 9 bedroom historic country house with a detached coach house, swimming pool, tennis court and 5.21 aces in a tucked away position, yet only 1.8 miles from Wadhurst station. Offers in excess of £2,500,000.
Hamptons (Tunbridge Wells) have recently launched a 4 bedroom Grade II listed converted barn with a former milking parlour converted into a self-contained detatched annexe which has the most glorious views over Bewl Water. Situated down a country lane, the barn is 3.24 miles (as the crow flies) from Wadhurst station and could be yours for £1,200.000.
You will get a seat on the way in but...the journey home of course is another matter!