Original article from Kent Live
The tiny village of Ryarsh has made its way into the national press.
The quaint pocket of Kent has been featured in a Telegraph list of the best affordable villages within commuting distance of the capital.
The list, based around villages with property available under the £500,000 threshold that still have quick transport networks into central London, placed a spotlight on a number of villages in the South East.
Whilst the idea that £500,000 is an affordable price for a commuter property might raise a few eyebrows, don't let the premise distract you from the many great locations featured.
Especially as many of which offer properties for considerably lower prices than specified.
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Ardingley, Lindfield and Turners Hill in Sussex all made their way into the feature.
Ryarsh was the only entrant from Kent, making the Tonbridge and Malling village the best in the county in this price bracket by default, according to the Telegraph.
Digging a little deeper into Ryarsh's past and present, it becomes clear why it made the list, with a rich history and a number of new developments making it an attractive location.
Having been founded as early as 1050 AD, the town was once a possession of William the Conqueror's half-brother.
It was also once owned by John De Mowbray, a middle-ages Duke who rebelled against the then King, Edward II, and was hanged for treason in 1322.
The village is also home to a Grade II listed church, which dates all the way back to the 12th century, and a mysterious chalk circle, believed to be similar in origin to more well known 'hill giants', like the Cerne Abbas Giant.
A man made illustration only fully visible from the sky, little is known about the Ryarsh Chalk Circle, though there is something to be said about the allure of a centuries-old mysterious piece of geographic art.
On the property front, there are a number of houses currently on the market in the village, with a good number of affordable offerings, like this terraced cottage for sale on Chapel Street at £345,000.
For those dreaming of something a little grander, look no further than this truly massive and astronomically pricey six bedroom country house currently going for an eye-watering £1,550,000.
Only a short drive from nearby Snodland and its ample railway links into the capital, a 43 minute journey on Southeastern rail will get you to the heart of London.
That really isn't too shabby all things considered.
So, if you're considering getting away from the bustle of the city, or just want to move to a different, slightly more countryside-esque portion of the commuter belt, Ryarsh might be a great option to consider.