This quintessentially English, picturesque, tree-lined Market Town is flanked by Elegant Georgian Houses and offers everything from renowned Schools to excellent Shopping and Banking facilities, including a Waitrose and a Tesco, plus sports & leisure facilities and a particularly wide selection of good golf courses, tennis and squash clubs and gyms.
Enjoy the unique open-air theatre, indoor plays and music in the Barn Theatre, Smallhythe. The Town also has a variety of fascinating Antique Shops, friendly Country Inns and excellent Restaurants, notable among these is 'Chapel Down'. When one of the country's finest and most respected chefs teams up with England's premiere wine maker, you know something special is going to happen. That something is Richard Phillips at Chapel Down and it promises a truly inspiring dining experience in stunning surroundings. For a more comprehensive range of Shops and facilities, Ashford has so much to offer including a vibrant Designer Outlet Village.
The nearest trains run from Appledore along the Hastings to Ashford line but, for commuting purposes, the nearest Mainline Station is at Headcorn with trains to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Ashford International provides high speed rail links into London with a service to St Pancras, taking just 38 minutes, and also a link to Europe. There is also a commuter bus service between Tenterden and Headcorn Station during peak periods. The Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently winds its way from Tenterden - "The Jewel of The Weald" - for 10.5 miles through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, finally arriving in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust Castle at Bodiam.
Junction 8 of the M20 Motorway offers road links to the South Coast and the M25, leading to London, Lakeside, Bluewater, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted Airport and Kent International Airport at Manston. Once one has accessed the M20 one is able to connect onto the full UK Motorway Network. The Euro Tunnel, accessed via Exit 11a on the M20, provides an excellent Train service for motorists wishing to travel over to Calais in their cars, with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes. Kent is renowned for the quality, choice and commitment to excellence of its educational system in both the public and private sector. Noteworthy schools in the area include - Ashford, Friars, Dulwich, Kings, St Edmunds, Sutton Valence, St Ronan’s, Marlborough House and Benenden to name but a few.