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    Hi, We live in West London and are looking to move out. My in laws live in Ashford so we have been looking at the villages around. We love Tenterten/Biddenden etc and have looked at properties here but they are just a bit too far out for my husband to get the high speed train link from Ashford. We have had a look at Great Chart but would like to know more. What is it like as a village? What is this part of Kent like? Is there likely to be village life happening – there are no shops in Great Chart. I guess AShford is just too close. Any thoughts would be hugely appreciated.



    The villages around Ashford are really good value, but not a huge amount going on. Great Chart has Friars Prep school, part of Ashford School, very good value private school. Ashford has great facilities, supermarkets, trains, cinemas, outlet etc motorways but not much else! Tenterden is great, good shops, busy primary school but quite a long commute, people go from Headcorn. Biddenden is a really nice village, lots going on but people commute from Headcorn. Not on fast link but 1hr and 5mins. Going up towards Cranbrook, great schools etc. Commute from Staplehurst, lots and lots going on in villages etc big commuting fraternity, Just come 3rd in The Times Best Towns in Britain in this weeks paper! But if you are set on Ashford Fast link,(great but expensive) have you looked at Wye vilage? Shops, deli, Or towards Canterbury?or even down towards Rye on Romney Marsh outskirts. Hope helps



    Whilst I do not have first hand experience of Great Chart, I know the primary school has a great reputation, and usually where there is a village school, there is village life. If the commute to London is important to you, then staying within distance of Canterbury or Ashford will make your husband’s life much easier. Canterbury has a fantastic atmosphere. It is always buzzing with activity, has a great shopping centre and lots to do. There are loads of lovely surrounding villages which are very popular with families. There is also always a demand for housing in the Cranbrook catchment area as the school has an excellent reputation. Sorry I can’t be more informative on Great Chart itself, but it does have a pub and a school – what more do you need!



    I live on the other side of Ashford (towards Canterbury) in Wye which has it’s own train station and is a great spot if commuting is to be considered. There are also villages like Chilham, Chartham (with stations) as well as Challock and Charing that might be worth a look. Wye has it’s own Primary School and a fantastic independent school called Spring Grove.

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