come & explore
A Warm Welcome
Magic happens when contrasts combine which is certainly the case for Ashford and Tenterden. Here, the modern meets ancient, chic meets quaint, towns meet Downs, London and Europe are close and Old England stretches all around, giving countless compelling reasons to come an explore.
Ashford is just 38 minutes from London and a few hours from Paris and Brussels on the Eurostar and High speed 1, making it an innovative town with an exciting, contemporary feel. A huge discount designer outlet and big name stores make it a serious shopping hotspot, whilst great cafes and contemporary restaurants provide plenty of places to indulge and rejuvenate. On top of that the towns cultural scene keeps the entertainment dial set high.
Idyllic Tenterden is the perfect counterpoint to its sister town. With a profusion of ancient buildings framing tree-lined greens and unique shops bordering quaint lanes. Tenterden provides plenty of calm yet thriving spaces to explore. Replete with antiques, books and gifts, Tenterden has a rich past which meets a vibrant present.
Encircling both towns are strings of enchanting villages overflowing with rural charm. This is pure Darling Buds of May countryside, where the England of old still echoes today. Here, Weald of Kent can be seen stretching right up into the dramatic North Downs and beyond, dotted with oast houses, hop fields, vineyards and orchards and giving way to glittering sea.
The food and drink is simply sublime, with prime local produce flowing out through, the Garden of England, and onto table tops nationwide. Eateries range from Michelin star-studded to quintessentially English tea shops, whilst vineyards create world-class wines - don't miss a tour, or two!
Fulfill your fitness potential, by getting active and heading outdoors. From walking, cycling, fishing, golf, running, gliding; sports centres and spas - you can encounter all your favourite activities here.
Compelling heritage is everywhere, enabling you to discover some of Kent's finest historic houses and gardens, nostalgic steam railways, unmissable windmills, evocative museums.
For those looking for a place to stay, an array of gorgeous accommodation awaits you. Think boutique hotels, delightful B&Bs, converted oast houses and country-house hotels.
Once you've been touched by Ashford and Tenterden's magic you won't be able to help coming back for more.