Original article from Kent Live
Houses are selling faster in the village of Vigo than almost anywhere else in Kent.
You've probably never heard of it, but there are plenty of people seeking out the settlement near Gravesend, which is secluded within a gorgeous chestnut woodland.
Dripping with nature, Vigo is an absolute dream and gives the word picturesque a whole new meaning.
So it comes as no surprise that Rightmove has listed Vigo as one of five Kent villages with the biggest increase in buyer searches between March 2020 and March 2021.
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It appears that people are pretty much queuing up to get a taste of life in this quaint Kent village.
Interest in Vigo, according to the property search site, increased by 195 per cent during the last year.
Founded in the mid 20th century, Vigo was created on top of an old army camp and is now home to just 2,065 residents.
Nestled at the top of the North Downs, the village boasts an Area of Outstanding Beauty on its doorstep, just south of its location.
The nearby Trosley Country Park spans 170 acres of fantastic woodland and chalk downland.
Echoing the country park, the pretty, modern houses dotted throughout the village are also surrounded by tall trees and the refreshing countryside air.
With the help of a good bus service, residents are able to make their way to neighbouring towns in good time, despite not having a train station of their own.
And inside the village itself, you will find a nice local pub called The Villager and several shops including a Londis, a Post Office and a beauty salon, among others.
'So much woodland and nice countryside'
Retired couple Roland Graves and Denise Riddles have lived in Vigo for the past 26 years.
Originally from Borough Green, the two moved to the quiet village in search of more space.
Denise said: "Even though we looked at Wrotham and Borough Green and sort of out near Meopham, we came here.
"The biggest thing is, the house that we've got happens to not be overlooked by anybody. Even though it's a terraced house, we can look out straight into the woods.
"So we don't have anything in front of us and we have our nice secluded garden with a garage attached to it.
"We enjoy just sitting there just looking out the windows some days."
Denise used to work nearby at the Margaret McMillan House and Roland was previously a bus driver. Both are now enjoying their retirement years in Vigo.
Roland added: "We've got the basic shops here that we need within walking distance and everything else you need is not that far away.
"If you want to go to Borough Green, you've got most facilities down there, if we go to Gravesend, Sevenoaks or Maidstone, they're all about the same distance from here.
"Because you've got so much woodland and nice countryside around you, I think a lot of people up here just like the fact that you're in, what is really a housing estate, but it doesn't look like one because you've got all the trees and everything around.
"I think one of the things that seems to attract people is that there can be no building here, because all the land that isn't already houses, belongs to the parish council and is under a covenant that it cannot be used for development."
'People live here forever'
Elizabeth Brown, 69, and her partner Richard Brown, 72, have lived in the area since December 1976.
Previously from Sidcup, the couple struggled to find something affordable in the surrounding area.
But after having a drive around Vigo the couple say they "fell in love with the place".
Richard told KentLive the best thing about the area is that you can walk straight from your door into the woods.
Elizabeth added: "We go out each morning and we barely see anybody – and you've got the basic shops here.
"You can just walk for miles. It's just the woods here, it's protected, it's green belt.
"And that's what appealed to us coming here."
Richard agreed: "Walking the dogs you see one or two people, that's about it. So it's peaceful."
While Richard was previously a civil servant for 40 years, Elizabeth was working on a farm rearing sheep. Both are now retired and enjoying the slow-paced life in Vigo.
"You'll find there's not too many houses for sale," Elizabeth explained.
"People either come here and move on in a couple of years because they can't take it, or live here forever."
'Houses go so quickly'
Linda Perry, 59, currently lives just outside of Dartford in Belvedere but desperately wants to be a Vigo resident.
The mum of three has taken an interest in the village after hearing amazing reviews from her daughters who currently live there.
Linda, who works for the local government, said: "We're looking to buy here, but the problem that we're finding is that every time something comes up for sale it goes so quickly, because it's so popular.
"I've got three girls and they all live here and they'd never move.
"So we want to come and live down this way, it's such a lovely place to be, it's so peaceful.
"Not one person will walk past you without speaking to you, everyone is so friendly."