Located within the rolling green countryside and vineyard-draped valleys, Sevenoaks is a peaceful pocket in the UK, just 25 minutes from London.


Seamlessly connected to London and Ashford International by rail and road, Sevenoaks is very accessible and well worth a visit. It’s steeped in history and heritage with many manor houses and medieval castles holding a rich legacy dating back nine centuries. It also has many independent cafes and shops making it a very appealing Kent town to add to your travel list.

The origins of Sevenoaks trace back to ancient times, with its earliest recorded mention dating to 1114 AD when local churches listed it as ‘Seovenaca’. Local lore suggests the name derives from a cluster of seven oaks that once adorned the area. While the original trees have vanished, symbolic replacements were ceremoniously planted on the common in 1955, though the Great Storm of 1987 dealt a devastating blow, infamously leaving only one standing. Despite the storm’s toll, Knole Park, where the replacements originated, has been meticulously restored, inviting visitors to explore its splendour and admire the magnificent Knole House within its grounds.


Historic spots in Sevenoaks

Knole House stands as one of England’s grandest estates, boasting an impressive 365 rooms within its stately quadrilateral structure. This National Trust treasure has a remarkable collection of tapestries, antique furnishings and a vast array of art. On sunlit days, guests can explore the enchanting deer park, spanning 1,000 acres of countryside adorned with dense beech woodlands. Take a picnic or eat at the sunny rooftop terrace in the onsite cafe.

Another house among these historic treasures is Ightham Mote, a National Trust gem steeped in 700 years of romance, architectural splendour, and captivating tales. Children and adults alike are bound to find a trip here enchanting and endearing to the imagination. As well as the manor itself you can enjoy light bites in the tearoom and peruse the shelves of the second-hand bookshop.

For our keen castle lovers, the enchanting, double-moated 13th-century Hever Castle –the childhood home to Anne Boleyn should also go on your list. As well as Penshurst Place, one of the oldest family-owned estates in England.

For our garden enthusiasts, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Sevenoaks and surrounding areas. Discover the 12 acres of pretty gardens, rare shrubs and exotic perennials at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. The views over the hillside are breathtaking as well as the Rose Walk and Walled Gardens. 

Emmetts Garden is located in the village of Ide Hill in Sevenoaks. It’s free to National Trust members but also worth a visit if you’re just a day guest. There’s something to see here all year round whether it’s the profusion of roses or bluebells in the Spring or the colourful tree leaves in the autumn.

One that’s still on our wishlist but loved by many of our guests at Bloom Stays is the lavender fields at Castle Farm. We can see why people travel long distances to experience this fantastic, family-run farm. It’s dog-friendly (but must be kept on a lead), and a truly wonderful experience. Head to the gift shop to pick up lavender souvenirs such as lip balms, teas and oils.

For our wine and pizza lovers, a visit to The Mount Vineyard is a must. It’s just outside of Sevenoaks in Shoreham. Spanning 10 acres of vineyards, The Mount Vineyard makes award-winning still and sparkling wines, each bottle encapsulating centuries of Kentish history within the unique microclimate of the Darent Valley.  It’s open for leisurely drinks, sumptuous meals, and exclusive private bookings, The Mount prides itself on being a sanctuary where guests can unwind amidst surreal valley vistas, lush vines, and delectable fare. Picture yourself seated amidst the vineyard, indulging in a glass of Kentish wine alongside a rustic sharing platter or a freshly baked pizza. 

When gazing out upon the uninterrupted expanse of Shoreham’s open skies, you might catch sight of a Spitfire returning to Biggin Hill Memorial Museum. This museum pays homage to men and women who served here during World War Two. It offers an interesting and educational attraction where guests can look through letters, paintings, and old uniforms.

Places to eat

The Samuel Palmer, nestled in the quaint village of Shoreham and part of The Mount Vineyard, offers a hearty culinary journey. This 15th-century pub has a meticulously crafted seasonal menu. Each dish, prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers, promises to tantalise the taste buds and leave patrons fully satiated, and immersed in the region’s culinary delights. 

Diners looking for a fine-dining experience can immerse themselves in yet more of Kent’s produce that’s cooked to perfection when they book a table at Number Eight in town. Sitting at the charming intersection of a weatherboarded street, Number Eight is a sophisticated, traditional spot, offering memorable meals and indulgent lunches. 

As well as fine-dining experiences and cosy pub lunches, Sevenoaks has plenty of spots for a blissful breakfast or brunch too. Nestled in the heart of the community, Rafferty’s is a family-run gem renowned for its exceptional coffee, delectable breakfasts, and mouth-watering cakes. Indulge in the delightful ‘Sunshine Breakfast,’ featuring homemade granola, seasonal fruits, and Greek yoghurt drizzled with honey, or savour the hearty full English or signature ‘Rafferty’s Pancakes’—delish!

Explore the town

After fuelling up on breakfast at Rafferty’s or another of the town’s charming cafés, delight in Sevenoaks’ brilliant shopping that includes plenty of independent boutiques, gift shops and galleries. One such example is the independent Sevenoaks Bookshop, with its wide range of books, including bestsellers, classics, children’s literature, and local interest titles. 

The triangle of streets formed by Pembroke Road, London Road, and the High Street creates a pedestrianised area called Bligh’s Meadow. Here you’ll find more retail therapy, a shopping centre with a mix of popular high street brands, independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, providing a diverse shopping experience for all tastes. 


Places to stay in Sevenoaks

Bushes Oast it’s a beautifully renovated dog-friendly oast house, it sleeps 5 guests, ideal for couples or small families. It has miles of footpaths – including the famous ‘Greensand Way’ – on your doorstep, yet it is only 10 minutes from the quaint town of Sevenoaks for shopping, dining and entertainment. ⁠London is only 30 minutes away by train if you fancy a trip to the big city.⁠ The house and garden are set within a private estate and there are wonderful views, from all rooms, across the Weald of Kent, a designated AONB. ⁠