January 5, 2014 at 10:18 am #6517
I am looking for a house to rent in Ashford. I work in the city and would like to rent out my existing house and move further out of London with my 2 kids. I know very little about Ashford but the area seems nice and the rental prices are good. My children are in years 2 & 5 so I will need a nice primary and secondary. Which areas should I be looking at?January 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm #6533
Firstly I think renting your London house amnd renting down here is an excellent idea, more people should do it as London house prices seem to be going crazy. However Ashford itself is the elephant in the room in so far as it has never really taken off and the high Street is very ordinary; Boots, Debenhams, Clarks, H and M, small M and S with food, banks, orthodontist everyone uses, Lidl, Aldi and lots of charity shops. However communications are excellent with the fast train (37 mins to St Pancras), and I was in the new John Lewis Home at the weekend which is fab as is a big shiny newish Waitrose and a big Sainsburys and Tescos all on the outskirts. Am just about to write all this in my newspage (Property Search Agent http://www.PropertyTurner.co.uk) Dont worry not a hard sell here though we do rentals. Ashord itself is very good value with some Victorian terraces and a lot of new build or do you want a village? Wye is busy to the North though dominated by the now closed Agric Dept of University of London (there are plans afoot to turn dome of the buildings into a Free School), a few shops, pubs, michelin star restaurant, and closer to Canterbury which is a great centre, recently reopened Marlow Theatre and shops and life akin to a University town. Further afield in that direction there is Chilham with its castle etc. Or you could go Tenterden side, Great Church, Bethersdan, Woodchurch or even down to Romney Marsh. all very good value. Re Schools Ashford School, affordable, good results no frills, the nursery is in Ashford, pre prep until 11 is at Great Chart and senior school in Ashford. Also the 2 Grammar schools, Highworth (girls) and Norton Knatchbull (boys). Small prep school in Wye (Spring Grove)Not sure about the primary schools but could do some lacl digging for you if you like. Good Luck, let me know if I can help. Helen.January 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm #6534
Thanks Helen – lots to consider. My main concern is schools- if my daughter and son don’t make it into grammar school what are the state schools like? They didn’t look very good to me.January 10, 2014 at 9:54 am #6535
The free school in Wye opened in Sept 2013 and has been a great success so far, everyone whom I have spoken to has been thrilled with it and my daughter is down to go in Sept 2014. It has really taken the pressure off the whole 11+. I have twins and my son took the test and passed but my daughter didn’t take it because we weren’t sure if she would pass and she found the whole idea of it very stressful. It was such a relief not to have the pressure of feeling that we had to force her to do it when we knew a Grammar school would not really suit her anyway.
We moved from London 4 years ago, live in Wye and love it.
Hope that helps
NikkiJanuary 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm #6536
Thanks Nikki! Really kind of you to share this info. I didn’t know about that school at all!
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