If you like Countryside walks then we feel Eccles could be an ideal village for you. Enjoy the countryside as you walk past Neolithic stones at Kits Coty or past the recently planted Chapel Down vineyards. At the end of your walk stop in on the dog friendly village pub; The Red Bull! Just outside the village is The Friars; an ancient religious house open to the public with a cafe, farmers market and peaceful gardens. If you have little ones and like the idea of a small village school then St Marks primary school is ideally situated, only has around 130 pupils and was rated Good in the 2015 Ofsted inspection. Local conveniences also include a village shop with postal facilities and doctor's surgery with dispensing chemist. For those who need to commute, you have access to the M2 at the top of nearby Blue Bell Hill or the M20 at the bottom. There are also buses to Rochester, Chatham and Maidstone if you want to venture back into the hustle and bustle of town life.
We love Aylesford village. How can you not? It has a great community spirit, some really interesting historic properties and lots of places to eat and drink! Our favourite eatery has to be The Hengist; a recently refurbished restaurant, bar and brasserie with a lovely al-fresco terrace. The Chequers is a riverside free house serving food along with a great range of top-class beers and ales and an extensive gin and wine list. You can also enjoy an afternoon tea or light bite in the garden or cosy interior at The Village Pantry. At weekends for an informal and unfussy dining experience, Sherlocks is worth a visit, or perhaps a pint and a bite to eat in The Bush Public House. Walkers are spoilt for choice with numerous paths along the river and through the neighbouring farmland taking in some fantastic scenery. On the edge of the village is The Friars; an ancient religious house open to the public with a cafe, farmers market and peaceful gardens. There is a small primary school in the centre of the village and a further primary school just outside the village, both of which were rated as good in the latest Ofsted report. There is also a secondary school just under a mile walking distance from the centre of the village. When it comes to shopping you are spoilt for choice, with an M&S food store, Sainsburys and an Aldi just up the road. Commuters are well served with London services (changing at Strood) from Aylesford station and you’ve got access to both the M2 and M20 nearby. If this isn’t enough then the County Town of Maidstone is just 4 miles away and has a multitude of retail, educational and recreational facilities.
There is a real sense of community in Burham village where you can often see horse riders on local hacks and walkers enjoying beautiful hikes in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We would recommend the refurbished Butchers Block for a meal and glass of fine wine or for a more relaxed atmosphere try The Windmill, with its hearty Sunday roasts and secluded beer garden. The small village primary school was rated Good by Ofsted in 2014 and children can enjoy their free time playing in the large recreation ground and park in the centre of the village. Commuters will be able to access to the M2 and M20 at the top and bottom of nearby Blue Bell Hill. If you feel you need the hustle and bustle of town life then bus services run to Rochester, Chatham and Maidstone.
If you want to be close to the Medway towns, including the historic city of Rochester but want a bit more peace and quiet then we feel Wouldham village could be the place for you. Outdoor lovers will appreciate walks on The North Downs Way or along the River Medway. What better way to reward yourself after a tiring trek than with a Sunday roast and a real ale at The Medway Inn or maybe something a little spicier in the adjoining Ruby’s Indian restaurant. The Watermans Inn is great for a cold pint in the beer garden on a hot summers’ day or in winter, snuggle up next to its Inglenook fireplace and enjoy a real ale with some of their great pub grub. The local primary school has been re-built and relocated and was rated by Ofsted as Good in the 2013 inspection and 2017 interim report. It currently has around 130 pupils and looks to go from strength to strength from here. Road commuters can access the M2 and M20 motorways via nearby Blue Bell Hill. Rail commuters can travel from Halling station (2 miles away) to St Pancras in as little as 46 minutes or from Rochester station (4 miles away) to Cannon Street in around 48 minutes or Victoria in as little as 51 minutes.
Peters Village has been designed to be a true village, with its own community facilities. When completed, it will have its own shops, medical centre, school, and village hall with changing rooms to serve the area’s playing fields. Peters Village has a characterful location on the east bank of Kent’s major river, the Medway. Riverside properties are fronted by a landmark promenade and the site then rises steadily away from the water, to offer increasingly wide and commanding views over the Medway Valley. Those moving to Peters Village also become neighbours to some special flora and fauna: rarities such as the Great Crested Newt, several bat species, the Adonis Blue butterfly, various orchids, and the Marsh Mallow Moth – it is one of just two UK sites where this moth is found. Part of the land is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and managed by a partnership between site developer Trenport, the Government-backed Natural England and Kent Wildlife Trust.
The village of Ditton has a primary school that was rated Good in 2015 by Ofsted, a large recreation ground and community centre as well as other local amenities including a Post Office, village store and a parade of independent shops. It has a 28 Acre sports club offering football for all ages plus an under 19’s academy, hockey, squash, a gym and even a sauna and sports bar for the less energetic. London commuters can access the M20 via junction 5 around 2 miles away or travel by train from Aylesford station around 1 mile away which has journey times to London St Pancras in under 1 hour.
If you want an active lifestyle then Larkfield surely has everything you will need. Its large modern leisure centre has a well-equipped gym, spa, leisure pool with rapids and slides, 25m lane swimming pool and numerous fitness classes. If you would rather exercise in the fresh air then you could jog around the 250 Acre Leybourne Lakes Country Park whilst watching the scuba divers, stand-up paddle boarders and kayakers in the water. Families will love this large, well established village with its Tesco superstore, Morrisons supermarket, medical centre and numerous pubs, restaurants and smaller independent shops. For schooling the younger ones, Lunsford Park and Brookfield Junior school were both rated as Good in 2017 so you can be assured they will get a good start in life here. Commuters will certainly enjoy the easy access to junction 4 of the M20 or rail services to London St Pancras in under 1 hours from New Hythe station.
Holborough Lakes is an exclusive community of new homes set around a series of freshwater lakes situated between Snodland and Halling. The community boasts facilities such as a resident's gym, creche, community centre, newly built primary school and even a water-sports and dive centre. Transport links are excellent being around 4 miles from the M2 motorway and 3 miles from the M20 motorway. Nearby Snodland train station has journey times as low as 45 minutes into London St Pancras.
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