Step outside your door and embrace the village atmosphere, then hop on a train for the bright lights and buzz of London. With Ashford International station just 3 miles away, many popular destinations such as
Waterloo, London Bridge or St Pancras can be reached in just over half an hour on the High Speed One service – commuting has never been so easy.
Once completed the community of Finberry will boast a welcoming pub, a vibrant community centre and great sports facilities including playing fields – that’s your evenings sorted! But venture a little further and there’s much more.
Godinton House is an ancient but working estate. Tours are led by an expert who will guide you through 600 years of history and an intriguing collection of furniture, art and curios. Once you’ve had your fill of antiquity, you can take a stroll through the wonderfully fragrant rose garden or the beautifully sculpted Italian garden or even the magnificent parkland, perhaps stopping to treat yourself to a cream tea and a delicious piece of homemade cake from The Tearoom.
Child of nature? You’ll be right in your element: Kent has a wonderfully varied landscape from sandy shorelines and secluded bays to country parks and nature reserves, from sprawling green fields to leafy, ancient woods. And with more than 4200 miles of public rights of way, there’ll always be a new route to take, and a new vista to appreciate.
For music lovers, there’s no shortage of venues in which to enjoy world-class performers and local talent.
Revelation St Mary’s brings you international artists, from folk to jazz to classical, in an intimate but epic
atmosphere, which brings out the best in everyone, both audiences and performers.
Feel like throwing some shapes on the dance floor? Pay a trip to Victoria’s Cabaret Club where you can drink and dance the night away.
Theatregoers can enjoy all sorts of performances at The Sinden Theatre, from comedy to high drama. Or join Ashford Theatre, formed by a community of people who want to create amazing amateur theatre in the local area. Or if the moving screen is what moves you, Cineworld shows all major releases and blockbusters.
And as a real treat for all you culture vultures, there’s the Canterbury Festival every October which attracts 60,000 people to events including music, theatre, dance and exhibitions.
Whatever your inclination, from choral groups to sporting teams, and from dance troupes to visual art enthusiasts, Ashford and its environs are perfect for exploring and indulging your passions.
To shop or not to shop? That is the question. And the answer is that with many great shopping centres nearby, it’s going to be pretty difficult to resist! County Square has all the big high street fashion brands, like H&M, Warehouse and Oasis, as well as the classics like M&S, Debenhams and Next. Meanwhile, Ashford Designer Outlet stocks fashionable brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Barbour, as well as home brands like Denby and Le Creuset, all at affordable prices, meaning both you and your home can be stylish – without breaking the bank. Park Mall in the centre of Ashford has you covered with everything from phone specialists, Mobile Street, to Made in Ashford housing a collection of locally made designer items. Talk about convenience!
Ash View is also in an enviable location for educating your children in either the state or the independent
sector. Finberry itself will have a lovely well equipped primary school with two outdoor play areas where your
little ones can explore, relax and socialise. There are also a number of other schools, both primary and secondary including single-gender and special needs within the local area – so whatever you think is best for your child, you won’t have to compromise here.
Want a bit more action? Head to The Stour Centre in Ashford, offering a huge array of sporting activities, state
of the art gym facilities, abundant group classes including Zumba, trampolining, pilates and swimming or why not
take the plunge in the leisure pool and try the flumes or raging river. And after all that why not enjoy a calm and soothing rest in the onsite health spa?
It’s not just easy to get to work – pleasure trips are effortless, too. A train from Ashford International to Paris can have you sipping a glass of champagne and tucking into steak-frites within a couple of hours. Going slightly further? Then take advantage of the easy links from Ashford to Gatwick and Heathrow airports. There is also a great road network: junction 10 of the M20 is around 10 minutes away by car connecting you with Folkestone and Dover to the south and Maidstone and beyond to the north. Last but not least, there are miles of cycling and walking routes to ensure that you can easily get around by whichever mode of transport you prefer.