Location

Orchard Farm is located in Kennington on the northern edge of Ashford, five miles from the historic village of Wye, in Kent in south east England.

Gentle hills, fertile farmland and cultivated country estates with fruit filled orchards cover the area which is known as the Garden of England. Iconic Kent oast houses also dot the landscape and were historically used as a location to dry hops ready for the brewing process.

Great Connections

Orchard Farm is just over two miles from Ashford International station where fast trains link the town to London St Pancras in thirty eight minutes. There’s an easy connection from St Pancras to Kings Cross which provides access to important destinations in the rest of the UK too. By train you can also reach other London stations; Victoria, London Bridge and Waterloo East and many other places in Kent including Wye, Canterbury, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate.

London’s two main airports are within easy reach. By car, Gatwick is an hour away with Heathrow only a further 30 minutes around the M25.

The Eurotunnel in Folkestone is just fifteen miles away and the Port of Dover can be reached in half an hour by car.

Bus stops next to Orchard Farm offer services to the centre of Ashford and Canterbury and there are many cycle routes, providing the opportunity to choose a healthier way to travel to work or school or to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

FAQ

Location

Where is Orchard Farm situated and how is it connected?

Orchard Farm is located in the heart of Kent in Kennington (TN25 4DU), a village approximately 3 miles to the north of Ashford in south east England. The site is just over 2 miles from Ashford International station where high speed trains offer a journey time of 38 minutes to London (with an easy connection to Kings Cross station and important destinations in the rest of UK).

There are also excellent road links from Ashford to London and Europe . It’s just seventeen minutes drive to Eurotunnel in Folkestone on the M20 motorway and thirty minutes to the Port of Dover on the M20 and A20.

London’s two main airports are within easy reach. By car, Gatwick is an hour away with Heathrow only a further 30 minutes around the M25. 

Bus stops next to Orchard Farm offer services to the centre of Ashford and Canterbury and there are many cycle routes, providing the opportunity to choose a healthier way to travel to work or school or to get out and about to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

What makes Orchard Farm a great place to live?

Orchard Farm is surrounded by countryside to the north and is only one mile from the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty one of the most attractive parts of Kent.  Meanwhile just a short cycle ride to the south is the bustling town of Ashford with the bonus of fast links to London from Ashford International station.

This part of Kent has also become renowned for its foodie offer, with several highly regarded restaurants and a host of independent food producers and retailers.

Shopping and eating out

Where can I shop near to Orchard Farm?

For grocery shopping, it’s a short, fifteen minute walk to the Co-op (https://www.coop.co.uk/store-finder/TN24-9DE/98-faversham-road) or a larger Sainsbury’s supermarket is 2 miles away.

County Square Shopping Centre (https://countysquareshoppingcentre.com)

in Ashford town centre has over fifty stores including well known brands whilst across the road at Elwick Place (https://elwickplace.com/ you’ll find Macknade,

(https://macknade.com/pages/macknade-ashford) a café with a deli attached stocked with delicious goodies from Kent & further afield.

The Ashford Designer outlet (https://www.mcarthurglen.com/outlets/en/uk/designer-outlet-ashford/)

3.5 miles from Orchard Farm offers over seventy stores including many well known fashion brands and a variety of restaurants.

Where can I eat out near to Orchard Farm?

Stubbs restaurant is just a few minutes’ walk away from Orchard Farm  Another five minutes along Canterbury Road towards Ashford, the Conningbrook Hotel is open to non-residents for food and drink.

In the other direction along Canterbury Road, The Old Mill pub is six minutes’ walk from Orchard Farm and, on Faversham road, you’ll find Williams and Thomas Tearoom just 15 minutes walk away.

Marino’s Fish Bar is a 15 minute walk from Orchard Farm and Bybrook Barn Harvester  is a three minute drive.

Three miles away, Champneys Eastwell Manor Hotel and Spa not only offers afternoon tea, healthy lunches and fine dining but also the Champneys Health Spa.

Near Ashford International station, The Coachworks sells a range of street food and drinks sourced from local suppliers outside in The Yard and The Hothouse is a venue for live music and DJs plus food markets and exhibitions. 

Schools, sports and other activities

What are the schools like?

Orchard Farm is close to excellent primary and secondary schools including;

Downs View Infant School (http://www.downs-view.kent.sch.ukBall Lane, Kennington TN25 4PJ

Kennington Academy (https://www.kenningtonacademy.co.ukUpper Vicarage Road, Kennington TN24 9AG

Towers School and Sixth Form Centre (https://www.towers.kent.sch.ukFaversham Road TN24 9AL

Ashford Senior School (https://www.ashfordschool.co.uk/about-us/East Hill, Ashford, TN24 8PB

A new primary school will be built on the housing site adjoining Orchard Farm in the next two to three years. Find our more about all the schools and colleges in Ashford here: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=default&table=schools&parliamentary=Ashford&geographic=parliamentary&for=abspop&datasetfilter=final

What are the opportunities for sports and fitness?

Cricket

Kennington Cricket Club

(http://kenningtoncc.com)

Dance

Jasmin Vardimon

(https://jasminvardimon.com/education/education-programme/)

Football

Kennington Football Club

(https://www.kenningtonfc.co.uk/information)

Gym

The Gym Group Ashford

(https://www.thegymgroup.com/find-a-gym/ashford/)

Snap Fitness (https://www.snapfitness.com/uk/gyms/ashford/?)

Hockey

Ashford Hockey Club

(https://ashford-hockey.co.uk/about-us/)

Leisure Centres, Health Clubs and Spas

Bannatyne Health Club and Spa

(https://www.bannatyne.co.uk/health-club/ashford)

The Park Club

(https://www.parkclub.co.uk)

The Stour Centre

(https://www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/the-stour-centre/)

What are some other attractions in the area?

Ashford Museum (https://ashfordmuseum.org.uk)

Conningbrook Lakes Nature Reserve

(https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/conningbrook-lakes-country-park)

0.9 mile/20 minute walk 

The Hawking Centre Falconry

(https://thehawkingcentre.co.uk/experience-category/experiences/falconry-experience/)

2.8 miles/8 minute drive

Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve

(www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne)

21 minute drive 

Rare Breeds Centre

(https://www.rarebreeds.org.uk)

12 miles/ 20 min drive

Canterbury Cathedral

(https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org)

12 miles/20 minutes drive

Revelation Ashford (https://revelationashford.co.uk/about-us/)

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