Holiday Bungalow in Kent - 'The Garden of England'

 

The Bungalow and its Location

A comfortable two-bedroomed bungalow with lounge-diner, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom.

Sleeps four comfortably in one double and one twin-bedded room.

Double-glazed with Central Heating throughout.

Large rear south-facing garden with views of the old Willesborough Windmill and sitting area with barbecue.

Ample parking for two cars on the front driveway.

Situated in a quiet side-road in Willesborough within short walking distance of local shops, pubs, buses and coutryside.

Pictures on the left show the bungalow frontage and the sitting area at the back of the house with part of the garden.

The top picture on the right shows the lounge from the dining area and a partial view of the double bedroom

 

The Channel Tunnel with its regular shuttle services to France is a 10-15-minute drive away.

Channel Ferries run from Dover to the continent for day-trips or longer stays.

Hythe, a quaint old coastal town, near Folkestone is on the Channel coast just 20-minutes drive from the house.

The old market-town of Ashford is within a 30-minute walk, with the new 'Ashford International Railway Station' and its fast direct links to London, Paris, Lille and EuroDisney etc.

A modern shopping centre combines with the old world charm of the original market town.

A variety of restaurants are to be found in the town, on the outskirts and in the coutryside and surrounding villages.

Ashford Designer outlet is also within easy walking distance following the River Stour for a pleasant walk.

Ashford's new sports, fitness centre and swimming pool 'The Stour Centre' is also centrally positioned along the River Stour near the Station.

Designated cycle tracks now criss-cross the town.

The Julie Rose Athletics Stadium is within walking distance across the fields from Willesborough.

The William Harvey Hospital with its A&E department is also close by. Local Doctors and Dentists surgeries are within easy walking distance too.

Ashford is situated in the heart of Kent - just one-hour's drive from London.

Kent is known as 'The Garden of England', and the sunniest part of the country with more than 2000 hours of sunshine every year.

Ashford’s importance as a growing agricultural and market town was confirmed in 1243 and by the end of the 16th century it had risen to become an important market town, primarily for livestock. The market was originally held in the High Street, where there is still a regular street market today, although the market company has relocated outside the town where it is used by some 5,000 farmers.

Ashford lies on the eastern edge of the ancient forest of "Andredsweald" or "Anderida". Its original name of "Essetesford" is said to have stood for 'ash trees growing near a ford'. The ford still exists in the south of the town.

Also in the Borough of Ashford

Tenterden - 'The Jewel of The Weald' is the home of the UK's largest English wine producer. Visit Tenderden's vinyards with its Wine and Food Store for award winning wines, stroll along one of the Vineyard Trails or enjoy the beautiful herb garden.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is a great example of a rural light railway. The line gently wends its way from Tenterden for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.

 

Direct Links to London

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Tower Bridge

The Tower of London

The County of Kent is steeped in history:

 

Countryside walks from the house over to the North Downs at Wye where you can overlook the town of Ashford from 'The Devil's Kneading Trough'. The Stour Valley Walk follows the path of the River Stour as it meanders through the stunning countryside of East Kent, before reaching the sea at Pegwell Bay.

One of the most beautiful sections of this walk can be found between the villages of Wye and Chilham, passing through a rolling landscape with panoramic views. Canterbury is 2.25 miles away and Ashford is 2 miles away. There are regular bus and train links to both towns from the start and finish points of the walk.

The Devil's Kneading Trough on the Wye Downs near Ashford

 

Canterbury has been permanently inhabited since pre-Roman times. Augustine established his first cathedral and abbey around AD 600. Canterbury is one of only 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the British Isles, a city steeped in medieval history, home of the world-famous cathedral, home of the Anglican Church and place of pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket since the Middle Ages.

Canterbury is also the birth place of playwright and Shakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe and the setting for Geoffrey Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales. The city has a thriving cosmopolitan atmosphere with over 80 restaurants, 2 cinemas, 2 theatres, art galleries, nightclubs, swimming pools, leisure centres, traditional English Ale houses and modern wine bars, boutiques, bookshops, large stores and St Lawrence Kent County Cricket Ground....

 

The Old 'Ducking Stool' on the River Stour at Canterbury

 

The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over Ashford. There are several local museums to visit in the area including:

Situated on the historic airfield at Hawkinge, about 3 miles inland from Folkestone on the A260, the Museum's original 1940 buildings, some of which still bear the scars of war, contain the worlds largest collection of authentic Battle of Britain relics and related memorabilia.

Brenzett Aeronautical Museum is a unique collection of wartime equipment, remains recovered from aircraft crash sites and memorabilia collected and donated to the Museum since it's formation in 1972.

 

Spitfire in flight

Dover Castle

Discover a labyrinth of secret wartime tunnels built deep in the White Cliffs of Dover. Sights, sounds and pathe news clips bring the drama of its strategic role in WWII alive. From the castle there are spectacular views across the channel and a coastal walk across the cliffs to St Margaret's Bay to your left and Folkestone to your right.

Dover Castle at night

Rye

A thirty-minute drive or take the local bus or train to the historic town of Rye, just across the border in East Sussex. Rye, one of the Cinque Ports is steeped in history and character and in the 18th Century, its prosperity relied on smuggling as much as any other trade. You can sit by the harbour or wander around Rye's cobbled streets and narrow lanes, visiting the local landmarks and variety of specialist shops, from art galleries, clothes, antiques and books.

The Cinque Port of Rye

Hythe

Hythe in Kent is a twenty-minute car journey from the bungalow. Or you could take the bus from the top of the road. Hythe is a seaside town and one of the Cinque Ports and retains its tranquil 'olde-worlde' charm and character. The Royal Military Canal passes through the town providing peaceful walks along its banks, which leads you past the small-scale Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, taking passengers to Dungeness along the coast. An 18-hole golf course is open to the public on the sea-front.

Golf links on the seafront

Ramsgate

A full-size replica Viking longship, which sits on the seafront in Ramsgate, Kent The 'Hugin', was given to the UK in 1949 to commemorate the first Viking landing in Britain, the journeys of Hengist and Horsa 1,500 years earlier.

It was built in Denmark and rowed by 53 Danes to England, landing at Viking Bay in nearby Broadstairs (a beautiful little town and home of Charles Dickens).

 

The Viking Ship at Ramsgate