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  • in reply to: Any advice on Notts areas good for commuting to London? #21190

    Christine
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    Thanks both so much -an update as we enter a new decade! After many many visits and a few offers in the end we moved into a detaached 4 bed in Newark
    Lovely neighbour’s, great garden and we like being in town with with good facilities indy shoos etc. So far so good!
    .thanks again to both if you for the
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    in reply to: Ideal Home ~45min from Victoria #20376

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    Have you looked at the outskirts of Orpington ? (Br 6 postcode) or Easy Grinstead? We lived in Pratts Bottom (!) /Green Street Green for a few years and it was great -school, nursery,, pubbut easy quick drive to station and shops. East Grinstead is bigger ie a town but friends who live there love it.

    in reply to: Advice on areas one hour from Waterloo/London Bridge #19356

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    This part of Kent us grea. We live in Hildenborough and love it. Regular Direct trains @45 mins for commuting into London bridge/waterloo/Cannon Street Charing x. Good mix of towns nearby ie Sevenoaks Tonbridge Tunbridge Wells. Lots of shops too.- and theres a mall in TW if tsh that suits. Nurseries and schools are good I hear too. In each of the 3 above theres a good mix independent and chain restaurants cafes etc. We probably go to sevenoaks more than the others but between all three – plus good rural pubs- all our needs are met here. Just a shame we both work in central London!

    in reply to: Advice on Otford please!! #19042

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    Dont know about schools (mine are teens+ now!) but Otford is a lovely place – more a village than a town Id say with a beautiful duck pond/ roundabout cafes etc . It’s v close to Sevenoaks for all amenities Inc swimming pool etc. Re trains I guess it depends where you need to be in London? Many prefer to go into sevenoaks and get the fast train to London bridge/ch X/cannon Street. At 30 minutes every 10 minutes it’s hard to beat….!

    in reply to: Any advice on Notts areas good for commuting to London? #18915

    Christine
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    Thanks so much Jo and Jennifer – really heloful!

    @jo – As you chose Newark itself any areas there to avoid or that you particularly recommend?

    And same question @jennifer re Retford areas and villages… quite liked the villages to the north of Retford,barlby etc. Any views on villages worth exploring? Loved Retford georgian market square. But the period properties we saw seemed mostly to be flats/terraces. In Retford itself vwhat are the best parts/areas to avoid? We prefer either period houses or v contemporary properties ( or feaabilit yto maybe update… substantially . Basically nothing box like whuch we know limits our options- but get why make it easy…!!all thoughts welcome!


    Christine
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    Hi there

    We moved to Hildenborough two years ago.Id lived near Sevenoaks (7o)some years ago – tho it is lovely in the centre,we couldnt afford what we wanted there within easy distance of the station (which is also at the bottom of a v steep hill!) For us Hildenborough is an ideal compromise. It isn’t that pretty – Between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, it has a variety of housing stock (check out TN11 on rightmove- theres two houses on our road alone up for sale atm!)local facilities eg primary schools,friendly health centre, library,chemist, one Stop shop with post office,yet seems less suburban than 7o or T. We’re on Stocks Green road and as theyve recently reduced the speed limit,we can either walk to the station in 10 mins (many do),DH drops me or we park (more in winter…brr!). Ive never not found a space. Its absolutely perfect for offering regular quick services to London (charing x for me cannon st for DH). The station master is great,and the guys at the coffee bar get to know yr order. Takes 45 min direct to ch x. At night DH sometimes picks me up from 70 as there are more trains to there.

    Hboro is also well siuated for getting out to lovely surrounding village pubs at weekends for meals. (We looked at a few of these villages too during our property search eg chiddingstone etc but decided the necessity to drive everywhere was too much of a disadvantage). Our 17 year old likes that he too can walk/cycle to the station and be in central London within an hour

    Highly recommended.

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