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Counties > Kent > Chartham


CHARTHAM The River Stour, which divides before it enters the village, was for centuries the source of power for the former mills, one of which was converted to paper-making in the 1700s and is still in production. Chartham is not as smart as Chilham. It has a mix of old houses – some of the nicest are by the little green and the 13th-century church –and modern estates built on the sites of old orchards and St Augustine’s hospital. A three-bedroom terraced cottage in Chartham would cost around £160,000; a four-bedroom detached house up to £285,000. It is served by its own primary school, a handful of small shops, a general store, and a farmers’ market every Thursday afternoon.

Petham, three miles to the south-east, also has a mix of old thatched cottages, Victorian and new houses in a lovely setting. It has a church, a primary school and a garden centre. The new village hall has been built of local materials to resemble Kentish farm buildings. A Grade Two listed, four-bedroom former bakery in the centre of the village costs £475,000; a four-bedroom converted oast house in the countryside nearby costs £365,000.

Good for: close to Canterbury and the coast, easy access to France, high performing local grammar and independent schools.
London terminal: Charing Cross
Journey time: 97 mins
Season ticket: £3780
Peak trains: 1 per hour plus 1 per hour to Cannon Street
Off-peak trains: 1 per hour to Victoria*
Notes: *or change at Ashford International for a faster service to Charing Cross.