The quaint and historic Village of Hawkhurst has a history dominated by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of Smugglers who terrorised the surrounding area between 1735 and 1749. Hawkhurst is conveniently located within easy driving distance of the A21 providing access to the M25 to the north and the A21 south down to the Coast. The Village benefits from a wide selection of friendly local stores that accommodate ones everyday shopping needs including an organic Butcher/Provision Shop, Chemist, Post Office, Bakers, Florist, Furniture Shop, Opticians, Petrol Station, Hairdressers, two High Street Banks, a well-stocked Library and a Jempsons Supermarket. There are also an abundance of Country Inns and Restaurants including a Chinese and Indian Restaurant. A Medical Centre, Dental Surgery and Veterinary Surgery are also in the Village, and on the outskirts is the Hawkhurst Cottage Hospital.
For the sports enthusiast, Hawkhurst boasts an excellent Golf Club in addition to a Tennis Club with Three Courts available for Members' use. The Parish Church of St Laurence stands in the older part of Hawkhurst at the south end of the Village known as the Moor. It is likely that a Church has stood on this site since the year 1100. In the centre of the Village is a well-acclaimed Digital Cinema. Beyond the Village, the medieval Town of Cranbrook, and the Towns of Tenterden and Royal Tunbridge Wells provide a more comprehensive range of Shops, Restaurants and Banking.
Hawkhurst and the surrounding area benefits from a multitude of prestigious Private Schools, including Marlborough House, St Ronan’s, Dulwich Prep, Bethany, Vine Hall, Benenden and the sought after Cranbrook School (the catchment area of which encompasses Hawkhurst Village). The nearest Mainline Railway Station is in Etchingham (some 10 minutes away), from which fast and frequent services to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street run. Staplehurst Mainline Station also provides trains to London as well as connections to Gatwick and Ashford International Stations with services to Europe.