Markbeech Conservation Area covers some 7.3 hectares and contains 2 listed buildings. It was designated in 1991 and has not been extended since then. It includes Holy Trinity Church, the Kentish Horse public house and residential properties adjacent to the crossroads in the centre of the village.
The conservation area lies entirely within the Metropolitan Green Belt the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Special Landscape Area.
The village is surrounded by substantial outlying properties set in generous grounds amidst wooded scenery and has a population of about 300.