Start Up and grow in Hythe

Hythe has recently been named number one new housing hot spot in the UK. Its good schools, attractive Kentish townscape, beaches and fast transport links to London have helped it to achieve this accolade.

Hythe has an active business community that supports existing commerce and new start-ups. Its close proximity to Folkestone West station means businesses can be in London within an hour. There is accommodation for small businesses and opportunities in a wide range of premises, including converted farm buildings, to provide space for expanding businesses.

Award-winning Guy Hollaway Architects is based in Hythe, designing creative high-quality buildings locally, nationally and internationally. See what property space is currently available for your business by searching our property database.


Hythe’s historic high street offers an eclectic mix of specialist shops including antique and vintage traders, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Whether you prefer the Napoleonic Royal Military Canal, which is perfect for walking or cycling alongside or the nearby beach where you can sail, kite-surf, fish or swim, Hythe offers a great quality of life.

Hythe is seeing significant investment in its hotels. The historic 19th Century four-star Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa on the seafront at Princes Parade has already had a £1 million facelift and a further £3 million investment has been approved.

The Grade 2* listed Port Lympne Mansion Hotel now offers six en-suite boutique bedrooms/suites in period style following a £2 million investment by the Aspinall Foundation. In the nearby Port Lympne Wildlife Park and Nature Reserve, there are now treehouses and camping for school children.

For a round up of events, shopping and leisure activities in the Hythe and Sandgate area visit our tourism site.


According to Right Move, house prices of all types are up to 59% lower than in London. The area has some new high-quality housing developments that will meet a wide range of needs.

The new Imperial Green development offers a mixture of townhouses and apartments close to the coast with 75 new homes adjacent to a nine-hole golf course and the promenade overlooking the sea. The Fisherman’s Beach development has contemporary beachfront apartments, houses and villas in a waterside setting. There is also Martello Lakes to the west of Hythe, with the first phase of 190 new homes focused around a lake underway.