Ashford

A historic market and railway town with superb transport links to London and Europe and easy access to the Kent coast. High-speed trains whisk you to London St Pancras in just 37 minutes.

I've lived in the Ashford area all my life and watched the town develop. Excellent transport links have brought real change over recent years as modern businesses have invested in the area. And we still have easy access to the coast and countryside.


Originally a farming town, Ashford is one of Kent’s finest examples of blending tradition with contemporary. This unique partnering of the ages boasts a series of international transport links, thriving markets and history rich property surrounded by some of the best of Kent’s idyllic and untouched countryside.

The enticing town of Ashford has grown in its popularity over the years as a destination for those to live and work. Originally a historic market town, this centre has seen a surge in development over recent years which has encouraged the creation of some superb transport links as residents wish to commute to London and to Europe in pursuit of work and leisure.

A thriving town within its own right, Ashford has increased in its popularity as a consumer/ leisure destination and has seen a rise in the number of eclectic shops, markets and artisan pop up shops on offer. Savvy shoppers are also spoilt for choice with the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet just a stone’s through from the high street and the main train station.

For those wishing to take Ashford more in their stride, why not immerse yourself in Ashford’s heritage trail which (yes there is history here too!) with its lanes sporting medieval, Jacobean and Georgian homes and architecture. Two of Ashford’s greatest estates include Godington House and Eastwell Manor, two beautiful must-sees reflecting a bygone era for Ashford.


ARK Drama

ARK Drama

We are a non-profit making community group run by a volunteer committee and adult leaders. Membership is open to youngsters, aged 7 to 21 (inclusive), from all religious denominations and abilities, in the Ashford area. […]

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Ashford Farmers' Market

Ashford Farmers' Market

The farmers’ market takes place every first Sunday of the month, between 10am and 2pm on the cobbles of the lower High Street in Ashford. Shoppers can grab tea, coffee, cake or breakfast from one […]

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Ashford Golf Course

Ashford Golf Course

Enjoyed by its members, guests and visitors since 1903, Ashford Golf Club is dedicated to ensuring the same enjoyment for the next 100 years. The Club is a members only club which is proudly organised […]

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Ashford Historical Facebook Group

Ashford Historical Facebook Group

This group has over 9,500 members and 1,000’s of fascinating old photos of Ashford with many lively discussions. Members take part from all over the world. You will need to request membership from the very […]

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Ashford Hockey Club

Ashford Hockey Club

Ashford Hockey Club was established in 1898 and is situated at Ball Lane in Kennington. The club currently has 6 Men’s Teams (including 1 Veteran Team), 3 Ladies Teams and Junior Teams consisting of all […]

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Ashford Rugby Club

Ashford Rugby Club

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Ashford Town Cricket Club

Ashford Town Cricket Club

Set in the lovely countryside to the south of Ashford, the Ashford Town Cricket Clubs benefits from two pitches for its four senior sides. The main pitch is considered one of the best in the […]

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Ashford United Football Club

Ashford United Football Club

Ashford United F.C. are an active football club based in Ashford, Kent. Between 1930 and 2010 the town was represented by Ashford Town FC, before it went into administration. The current club is therefore a […]

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Cineworld in Ashford

Cineworld in Ashford

Cineworld at Ashford is a multiplex cinema showing the very latest international blockbusters in box 2D and 3D formats with free parking and plenty of restaurants for your before or after show meals.

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County Square Shopping Centre

County Square Shopping Centre

With more than 50 shops alongside cafes and restaurants, County Square is the local, relaxed choice when it comes to indulging in some retail therapy. Whether you’re on the look-out for that perfect outfit, just […]

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Godinton House and Gardens

Godinton House and Gardens

Godinton is a comfortable, much-loved home; each room has a different feel, a contrast on a theme, not designed by architect or curator but for the taste and enjoyment of those who lived here over […]

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl in Ashford offers 18 state-of-the-art glitzy bowling lanes guaranteed to let the good times roll! No matter what age or skill level you are, everyone can get involved and be entertained by brilliant […]

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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

At McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford you’ll find your favourite brands at up to 60% less, all year round. There’s something for everyone, within our beautiful settings you’ll find cafes, restaurants, a children’s play area and more than 80 boutiques. […]

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ON Pizza

ON Pizza

A new addition to County Square, ON Pizza is bringing their years of experience in the industry for us to feast upon. Having worked in large chain restaurants they quickly learned that what customers want […]

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Revelation Ashford

Revelation Ashford

An award-winning venue which offers a diverse and high quality range of music and arts featuring international artists along with some of the best in home-grown talent. Revelation offers excellent facilities along with a licensed […]

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The Granary Spa

The Granary Spa

The Granary Spa opened its doors in September 2012 and has continued to provide guests with a five star organic and holistic spa service in a beautiful converted Victorian granary. The Granary is part of […]

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The Old Mill Public House & Restaurant

The Old Mill Public House & Restaurant

Using great quality ingredients sourced locally where possible; along with a fantastic selection of interesting ales and lagers from local brewers, and a carefully selected wine list – the Old Mill is an ideal venue […]

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The Stour Leisure Centre

The Stour Leisure Centre

Visitors to the Stour Centre can choose from a wide range of leisure facilities and activities within the centre of Ashford. These facilities include; 3 swimming pools, 2 modern fully equipped gyms and over 160 […]

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Millie Green - A Review of Ashford

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How many Ashfords are there in the UK?

Our website contains a database of all the villages, towns and cities in the UK. We combined this data with Google Maps to created this interactive map of all the Ashfords in the UK.  

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Will Netflix and Amazon affect property prices in Ashford?

There has been talk of an Ashford metamorphosis for almost as long as I can remember. The opening of the ‘Missing Link’ of the M20 motorway between Ashford and Maidstone in 1991 would surely bring […]

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Netflix linked with move to Ashford?

The possible plans for a European filming hub presented recently to Ashford Borough Council could transform the long-abandoned Newtown railway works into seven state-of-the-art film studios. If the project goes ahead, the studios could sit […]

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Why 2019 is the right time to invest in Ashford

“If you have ever wished you’d invested somewhere that has regenerated, you will know that you are already too late.” These are the words of Alex Davies, Managing Director for Hobbs Parker Estate Agents, an […]

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The Best Restaurants in Kent and East Sussex

The next best thing to eating good food, may be talking about it. Certainly asking in the Hobbs Parker offices about people’s favourite restaurants leads to a mouth-watering conversation about how spoilt for choice we […]

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The best pubs in and around Ashford and Tenterden

When I was young going to the pub generally meant me and my siblings sitting in the beer garden squabbling over a pack of Ready Salted whilst my parents nipped in for a pint and […]

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Planning to succeed

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Our recommended golf courses in Kent and East Sussex

As a golfing destination, Kent and East Sussex has a huge amount going for it. We’re blessed with a better than average climate (compared with other parts of the UK) which means we enjoy more […]

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How to gain planning permission -- a view from both sides of the fence

  Having joined Hobbs Parker Property Consultants six months ago, with nearly 30 years’ planning experience gained at Canterbury City Council and local authorities, Steve Davies gives an insight into the world on both sides […]

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Plans for new home in AONB given consent

Permission has been granted to replace vacant farm buildings with a three bedroom house on farmland in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) overlooking the Pilgrims’ Way in Brabourne. Ashford Borough Councillors voted by […]

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Why do kitchens sell houses?

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Renewable Energy – is it beginning to run on empty?

Last year didn’t end brightly, and despite what’s happening in other countries, 2016 could see the beginning of the dark ages for renewable energy projects in the UK. As if the changes in feed-in tariffs […]

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Permitted Development Rights for rural buildings

The current legislation offers an excellent opportunity to farmers and landowners to quickly and cost-effectively secure planning permission for new dwellings in rural areas. It applies to buildings up to 450m2 in area and/or three […]

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New team rising to challenge

New team rising to challenge To ensure Hobbs Parker Property Consultants respond to the need for the best possible property, land, planning and development advice, we have made a number of changes to our senior […]

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Wye - Kent's Super Village

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Very small ski chalet for sale!

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The 50 Most Popular Villages

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Five Predictions for the Local Property Market in 2021

2020 was a tumultuous year for Hobbs Parker with our estate agency business up by 25% breaking all previous records. Despite the gloomy start to 2021, with further lockdown measures introduced, I anticipate sustained activity […]

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Tips for buyers and sellers when dealing with properties from a bygone era

The first clue upon arrival is the general look of neglect. Tired net curtains hanging at the windows, peeling paintwork, stains from a leaking gutter, a rusty gate opening on to an entrance path overgrown […]

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The 'Race for Space' and house price inflation in 2020

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Why Rishi cannot claim all the credit!

What a strange world we live in when sales of houses are going through the roof against a background of a global pandemic. Whilst the Stamp Duty holiday is welcome, this was happening before the […]

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Stamp Duty cut has immediate impact!

The temporary cut is with immediate effect and therefore reduces the cost of a property purchase straight away saving an average of £4,500 for residential property buyers providing they take advantage of it before the holiday comes […]

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Might Estate Agents open first to help rebuild the economy?

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Post-Coronavirus property market predictions

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Bucking the national property 'downturn'

It is true that we agreed 35 sales during October which we think are good results by anyone’s standards but I can tell you it doesn’t come easily and not without a lot of hard […]

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How do you get the best price for your house?

How do you get the best price for your house? Answer: When you put your house on the market for the first time make sure it is at the correct market value — do not be tempted to ask for […]

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Historic Property Auction Particulars -- Mersham 1878

These have been hanging on the wall in our boardroom for as long as I can remember. I recently happened to ‘bump into’ two of the current owners of the cottages when I gave a […]

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Listed Buildings Advice

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Will solar panels increase the value of my home?

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The best beaches in Kent and East Sussex

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