Bonjour lecteurs! Ready for some dose of Kentish life? Today, I take you to Egerton & Lenham. We actually went down there back in the days when the lockdown started to ease. But I have not had a chance to talk about it on here. Both villages are worth a visit if you fancy going into the country with your family!
On a hot sunny day, we started our adventure into Egerton.
Situated on the north-west side of Ashford, le village is fameux for its Period Hall houses and Kentish barns but also its 13th-century church.
Apparently, some of the houses there are even from the 15th-century.
As soon as you arrive, you are being transported back into old English times!
We parked by the church that proved to be popular with local historians.
Unlike many English villages, houses in Egerton are not all clustered in the centre of the village around the church.
Actually, they are all spread along the main road and others in the distance. It gives the place une impression to be bigger and we enjoyed walking there.
I think it is so because of the village’s farming background.
But you also have some lovely newer built cottages right next to the church!
From there, carry on straight on going down Rock Hill Road.
You can not miss the cricket ground. There is also a lovely play area for kids.
But the space is huge! Idéal for a picnic.
We had a stroll while some people were doing their daily exercise.
We decided to carry on the day towards Maidstone. This time we stopped by Lenham.
Located on the southern edge of the North Downs, le village is another beauty!
With is a typical square full of small shops, you can find anything you need!
We loved walking around the antique shops and you can always stop by Chilston Park Hotel to stay in the area!
Or enjoy a sweet treat at the tea room? We stopped by the local shop and bought ice creams that we had by the church.
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church is right behind the square. Pass the cute white cottages and you are in for some picturesque setting.
There is a bench in the shade where we could relax and have some of our favourite desserts! Indeed, Simply Ice Cream is handmade in small batches in the heart of Kent and it is absolutely delish!
But let’s stop talking about food ? If you want un peu plus d’exercise, go at the back of the church.
You can see a path that leads you into a beautiful field.
A Treasure Behind The Church
We were literally in the middle of flowers. I believe that you can carry on down this way and then go towards Lenham Heath as there is a proper path down there.
Or you can just walk along Old Ashford Road and dream of a cottage in the country.
Personally, we stayed a bit in the field right behind the church, walked among the flowers and soaked in some sun.
It was so peaceful and just relaxing!
We had a lovely time before coming back the same way in the late afternoon.
We stopped by the shops to buy some pieces for the house and it was us done!
Have you ever been down this way? What would be your pick? A game on Egerton sports fields with your family or a bit of shopping in the picturesque Lenham?
Merci for reading as always! And I will post soon more Villages in Kent to visit! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if you want to suggest some cool places for us to check out.