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Discover Speldhurst: Kent’s Hidden Gem

A Village Steeped in History

Speldhurst, located three miles west of Tunbridge Wells, offers a delightful blend of historical charm and rural beauty. With a modest population of just over 1,200, this village is perfect for those who appreciate a serene lifestyle. Muddy Stilettos praised Speldhurst for offering "the best of both worlds" – proximity to the bustling amenities of Tunbridge Wells and the tranquillity of rural living.

Property and Living

The appeal of Speldhurst is reflected in its property market. According to Rightmove, the average home price here is £948,862, a four per cent increase from the 2020 peak. While it may be a significant investment, the village offers a wealth of benefits, including one of England's oldest inns, The George and Dragon. Dating back to 1212 AD, this pub provides an authentic British experience with its open fire, exposed beams, and a menu featuring both pub classics and gourmet dishes made from local ingredients.

The Famous Speldhurst Sausage

Food enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that Speldhurst is the birthplace of the renowned Speldhurst sausage. Originating from Mr Lovett’s butcher shop in 1958, this sausage is celebrated for its high quality and distinctive taste. Though production has moved to the nearby village of Eridge, you can still find these delicious sausages in the Speldhurst Village Shop.

Things to Do

While Speldhurst itself has limited retail options, including the Village Shop and Post Office, it’s just a short drive or bus ride to Tunbridge Wells, where you can indulge in extensive shopping and dining options. The Pantiles and the Royal Victoria Shopping Centre offer a mix of boutique and high-street stores.

For culture lovers, nearby attractions include the Trinity Theatre, the Assembly Hall Theatre, and The Amelia Scott centre. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Dunorlan Park, Penshurst Place and Gardens, or take part in activities like climbing at Harrison’s Rocks and cycling with the Kingdom cycling club.


Families will find excellent educational options in and around Speldhurst. The village is home to the Speldhurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, which boasts an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. Nearby towns like Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge offer a range of highly-rated primary and secondary schools.

Community and Culture

Speldhurst is not just about picturesque landscapes and historical buildings; it’s a village with a vibrant community spirit. The annual Pram Race in May is a highlight, drawing participants and spectators for a fun-filled day. During the summer, ‘Tea on the Rec’ transforms the local recreation grounds into a lively pop-up café, complete with bunting and a welcoming atmosphere.

The village also features the Church of St Mary the Virgin, dating back to 1870, which is part of the Wealden Church Trail. This adds a touch of historical intrigue and architectural beauty to the village.

Whether you’re drawn by its historical charm, the allure of its famous sausage, or the promise of a close-knit community, Speldhurst is a hidden gem in Kent. With its blend of rural tranquillity and easy access to urban amenities, it’s no wonder this village is considered one of the best places to live in 2024.


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