Houses, Bungalows & Cottages for Sale and to Rent in Challock, Kent.
The descent from Challock to Ashford on the A251 offers one of the best views in Kent. And, being sat on the top of the Downs, at the highest point of about 210m, Challock is obviously surrounded by outstanding beauty, which is easily blanketed in white, when snow is forecast in winter. Put simply, Challock is stunning.
Situated between Ashford and Faversham on the A251, and Maidstone and Canterbury on the A252, Challock is a cross-road village. Surrounded by stunning, picturesque, hilly terrain and being on the top of the Downs, steep and lengthy hills are overcome to reach Challock but these are rewarded. Despite these hills and undulating terrain, Challock is easily accessible and offers many commuting options. Neighbouring villages include those such as Charing, Molash and Boughton Aluph, which share its regular bus service and enrich what it offers.
The village of Challock is centred around Challock Green, a fairly sized grass area, perfect for picnics, dog-walking, kite-flying and learning to ride that first bike. It is on this Green that the historically steeped annual Goose Fair is held which includes a dog show; and, the biennial fireworks displays. Challock Green staged celebrations for local residents when the Olympic Torch passed through too, in July 2012. It is fair to say that the Green is the hub of community events, along with the village hall and the two churches: St Cosmos and Damian and the Methodist Churxch.
Challock’s local community is active and flourishing and offers something for everyone. There are many events organised by The Friends of Challock and there are many societies and clubs to join. From Challock Folk Dance Club to Challock Dog Club; from Challock Gardening Society to Challock’s Youth Clubs, there is just so much to do. It is such a creative community as well with its amateur dramatics society, The Kingswood Players and its hosting of the Stour Valley Arts in King’s Wood.
If you are a sporting enthusiast, Challock is perfect for you. Challock is home to its own Badminton, Cricket and Table-Tennis Clubs. It is also home to Pilgrims FC, a football club with teams playing in children’s and adults’ divisions. However, Challock also caters for more varied sports. Kent Gliding Club is Challock-based, perfectly taking advantage of its high position. The North Downs offer walkers and ramblers a variety of tracks and trails to explore. King’s Wood, an area two square miles, has its own committee that also organises walks and events. But, it also offers beautiful terrain for mountain-biking and cross-country running. In fact, every year, Tri Spirit holds a duathlon in King’s Wood and White Hill is a popular destination for cyclists.
King’s Wood is a spectacle in itself and its welfare is well-promoted by The Friends of King’s Wood. All year round, King’s Wood is beautiful. Home to mixed broadleaf, conifers and deer. In spring, it is a carpet of bluebells.
Challock is well-resourced in that it has its own small local shop, a Post Office and a local produce shop in The Barn Shop. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, Challock Farmers Market is held, selling an array of locally produced groceries: from meat to cheese, from vegetables to cakes! ‘The Halfway-House’ is also found in Challock, a traditional village pub providing home-made food using local produce. And, ‘Beech Court Gardens,’ situated at the end of Challock Green, offers tea and cake in the Oast House Tea Rooms and spectacular gardens to walk through and enjoy. Or even to hunt an Easter egg?
Adding to Challock’s own resourcefulness is its primary school. Challock Primary School has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, which is owed to its happy and caring environment, working closely with parents.