Houses, Bungalows & Cottages for Sale and to Rent in Hamstreet, Ashford, Kent.
Found six miles from Ashford, just off the A2070, Hamstreet is at the foot of the Ashford hill descending onto the Romney Marshes. Affectionately referred to as the ‘gateway to the marshes,’ Hamstreet’s location offers its residents a wealth of opportunities.
The A2070 is a direct route to Ashford and the M20, meaning Hamstreet’s transport links are exceptional. However, Hamstreet is still very rural and its many beautiful and traditional, white, weather-boarded buildings and country, cottage gardens make Hamstreet’s appeal indeed greater. Beyond the village centre is the Royal Military Canal, Hamstreet Woods and Orlestone Forest, as well as a number of cute copses, where Hamstreet can boast some of the best walking routes in Great Britain, according to ‘The Independent’ newspaper and many published books about walking and trails. And, with a history steeped in smuggling and with ancient local churches, such as St Augustine’s in Snave and the 11th century parish church in Orlestone, curious minds can be contented by Hamstreet’s stories. Hamstreet’s central church, The Church of the Good Shepherd, is today’s hub of community activity and coffee mornings are always on its agenda.
Hamstreet caters well for its residents – and the residents of its lovely neighbouring villages: Ruckinge, Bilsington, Warehorne and Shadoxhurst. It has its own Post Office, a local shop, a village garage, a bakery, a garden centre and many other useful amenities. Hamstreet’s doctor’s surgery is known as one of the best surgeries in Great Britain and Hamstreet’s primary school is very well-received and supported by parents and locals alike. Within Hamstreet, there are also good places to eat and drink: the Old School House is home to an Indian food restaurant and The Duke’s Head is a traditional country pub, serving real ales and home-made food. Just outside Hamstreet is The Woolpack Inn, where good and innovative food is served; and, The World’s Wonder, which was a Kent Restaurant Awards finalist in 2009.
With a dance school, Scouts and Guides clubs and, a floodlit sports and recreation area and pavilion, Hamstreet is a great place for families. Its sports fields host cricket, football and hot air ballooning! Hamstreet’s Victory Hall is where fitness classes, Zumba, line-dancing, Tai Chi and children’s and family activities happen. And, much more. If cycling is your thing, Hamstreet Woods and Orlestone Forest have delightful trails for its Wednesday night mountain-bike club and a delightful network of country roads. It also has its own bike shop.
Hamstreet is famous for its annual Country Show and Festival of Transport. Its lively community is also behind its very good annual Bonfire Night and Fireworks display and Warehorne’s music festival.
On the bus route from Ashford to New Romney and with its own railway station, on the line from London to Brighton, Hamstreet is a perfect base for commuters and coast-lovers. Not forgetting the infamous surrounding roads, the A2070 and the B2067, which are featured in many travel guides for scenic road journeys.