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My visit to the idyllic Kent village you’ll want to move to straight away

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Nestled just beyond Lamberhurst and off the A262 lies a beautiful Kent village.

Goudhurst is steeped in history, and with a vibrant community the village is bursting with life.

Residents sit around the pond at the heart of the village as cars battle their way through the small windy road which spears through the village centre.

However, despite all its credentials, Goudhurst is a place I have never visited.

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I decided that simply had to change, and took myself down to the village on Thursday (June 10) to see what all the fuss was about.

I came away from my first visit to the area having had a wonderful experience.

Here's what I noticed on my first trip there.

Arriving

The free car park in Goudhurst is a hidden gem

After making my way down the A262 I found myself in the heart of the village, the pond was to my right and there were plenty of people walking between archaic-looking shops as if time had stood still.

However, there's one thing with Goudhurst – if you go too far, you'll soon be out of it.

After edging my way through the main road and taking a sharp turn in front of the church, I turned around in desperate need of a parking space.

The roads leading away from the main road looked mostly like country lanes, however I did find a turning right by the pond which proved to be my saviour.

After travelling down the road there was a free car park on the right which just so happened to be situated in the perfect location.

The pond

The beautiful pond in Goudhurst village

After leaving my car and making a short walk up the hill, the beautiful pond area emerged to my left.

The enclosed space offers residents and visitors a tranquil escape from the manic traffic clogging up the village centre.

There was also a duck house floating on the water, and many benches dotted around the circumference of the pond for people to sit and unwind.

Also situated on one side of the lake was the Goudhurst Parish Hall, which could clearly be seen through the reflection of the water too.

The history

The traffic in Goudhurst village centre causes carnage

As soon as you drive through the centre of the village, it is clear to see the rich history that the area has on show.

It's almost as if Goudhurst was frozen in time, with the little village shops situated in the shell of vintage cottages.

The main village pub, standing opposite the pond, was named the 'Goudhurst Club', and despite all the advertisements for the upcoming football European Championships competition, the sign explained that the pub used to be a Serviceman's Club during wartime.

There was also a beautiful flower display to the side of the pub around a poignant memorial to the troops lost in the First and Second World Wars.

The church

Maintenance work was being carried out on Goudhurst's church

Away from the centre of the village and just at the top of the hill lies the church.

As seen in the image, the church was having some maintenance work done to its exterior, but it was still a stunning sight to see the ancient building towering over the village.

The houses

After spending some time in the village, I did begin to wonder what it would be like to live there.

The major boost for residents is that the majority of properties seemed to be away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic in the village centre, which can be rather noisy.

Although houses were nestled down winding secluded roads, there were some stunning properties in the area that also had spectacular views over fields in the distance.

So with not having to worry about noise from the busy road, I really struggle to find a valid reason as to why anyone would not want to live in this beautiful village.

Verdict

Overall, the village is a stunning area which offers the perfect blend of modern-day living within an area rich in heritage and culture.

The only downside of the beautifully-crafted village was the demand for parking spaces.

Cars were lined on the edge of the main road, and with only one free car park, it could be an issue if you turn up with luck not on your side!

But if you can find a place to leave your car, you're guaranteed to be as impressed as I was at the stunning village of Goudhurst.

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