Here at Seymours, we love where we live and our agents know their local areas inside and out. In the next instalment of our area focus series, we shine the spotlight on the pretty village of Ripley.
It’s a top place to live
Ripley was named in the top 15 best places to live in the south east in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which assesses a wide range of factors, such as jobs, schools and community spirit, to decide on the top locations to live.
Foodies are in for a treat with an artisan bakery, award-winning farmers’ market and the Clock House, which has a Michelin star. Other gastro destinations include the ivy-covered Talbot Inn, The Anchor pub, Nest Café and Pinnock’s Coffee Shop.
Ripley has one of the largest greens in the UK and plays host to the Ripley Bonfire fireworks, the Ripley Rocks festival and the Grape & Grain food and drink festival — not forgetting the annual fete, which has been raising funds for 35 years.
Ripley is the birthplace of the acclaimed rock/blues guitarist and the resting place of his son, Conor, who is buried at St Mary Magdalen Church in the village. Paul Weller also runs a recording studio, Black Barn Studios, situated within the village.
The beautiful backdrop of the abandoned Newark Priory sits on an island surrounded by the River Wey just a short walk from Ripley’s village centre. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the priory but it’s enough just to view this spectacular ruin from afar.
Don’t forget to check back here for more town and village area focuses and, if they inspire you to buy or rent in the area, contact one of our friendly agents who will be happy to help.