A perfect English village
Nestling at the foot of the beautiful North Downs, Otford is a thriving village on the River Darent with a past steeped in history.
Otford Village is picturesque place to call home. It is only a few miles from Sevenoaks town centre but is lovely and peaceful. Otford High Street has been deemed a conservation area. Here you will find many beautiful historic houses and cottages dating back to the 15th century and beyond. They are still being used as family homes today and are therefore not open to the public, but it is still possible to admire their beauty and architecture. Look out for Broughton Manor, Pickmoss, a timber-framed hall house, and The Old Parsonage, to name but a few.
While many villages have lost their local stores, Otford has maintained an impressive selection of specialist outlets and curiosity shops. Take a wander down the High Street and you’ll find a milliner, a designer dress shop, an art gallery, plus jewellery and antique dealers., several pubs and a restaurant. There is a village primary school and nursery, a recreation ground and playground for small children.
Otford is a thriving community and this can be measured by the number of organisations, clubs and sports that flourish in the village. There are also plenty of venues for them to use, including the Church Hall and the Memorial Hall which stand almost next to each other alongside the free car park that leads into the recreation ground. Every weekend visitors will find some kind of entertainment in one of the venues. Music lovers should also keep an eye out for the regular Otford Rock gigs featuring professional bands and held in the Memorial Hall.
Local life around Otford
Fancy a drink or a bite to eat? Get yourself a cuppa and a cake in the Willow Tea Rooms overlooking Otford Pond. Alternatively, the four pubs in Otford High Street are well known for their delicious menus. The Woodman and The Crown date from the 18th century. The Bull has many traditional features including two impressive fireplaces, and The Horns is an old 15th-century London to Brighton coaching stop. Halfway between is The Forge House restaurant, where you can enjoy a meal surrounded by many period features.
There are two private prep schools in the area: St Michael’s school and Russell House School. Otford railway station provides services to London on the Victoria/Blackfriars line on to St Pancras. Sevenoaks mainline station is approximately 3 miles away and provides frequent services to London Bridge/ Charing Cross. There is also easy access to the M25 which can be joined to the west of Sevenoaks at Chevening.
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: It's all about the antiques
- Pubs: You can't go wrong at The Bull
- Walks: Endless countryside walks along the river