Guide to Bilsington

Guide to Bilsington

They say that good things come in small packages, and this certainly applies to the tiny yet beautiful village of Bilsington, an area steeped in history and prestige, offering stunning views and a tranquil, peaceful environment. Life in this sleepy rural village will appeal to those who want to enjoy living off the beaten track within a close knit and friendly community.

In 2006 Bilsington was voted the 5th most desirable place to live in the UK, and its residents obviously agree that this is the place it be, nominating the village for a Calor Village of the Year Award in 2009. It is Bilsington’s stunning location that gives it the edge according to those lucky enough to live here; perched on a hill overlooking the marsh, the Royal Military Canal, and on a clear day, the English channel. Well located for those who want to visit the coast or the town, Bilsington is situated just 10 miles south of Ashford and all that the bustling town has to offer, as well as being close to both Hamstreet and Hythe. 

It is in the village of Hamstreet, 3 miles away, that Bilsington residents will find the closest primary school and amenities such as a post office and train station, and the neighbouring villages of Ruckinge, Bonnington and Newchurch (which can all be found along the same bus route), also have lots to offer in the way of shops and pubs. That’s not to say that Bilsington has nothing to call its own! The beautiful White Horse pub can be found in the centre of the village, backing on to the cricket ground where Cosway’s obelisk can be found – a 58ft high monument erected in 1835 in memory of local philanthropist and land owner, Sir William Cosway. This classic country inn is bursting with charm and history, and includes a 50 seater restaurant, inglenook fireplaces and stone floors. The White Horse specialises in gastronomic delights, unusual real ales and local brews, and offers a warm and homely atmosphere with open log fires and wood burning stoves, and a secure garden to enjoy in the summer – perfect for enjoying those summer evenings with the whole family.    

The cosy village of Bilsington is also home to the stunning St Peter and St Paul church, built in the 1200s, as well as the Austin Canons Priory, which can be found next door. The houses in the village reflect the area’s history, with medieval cottages nestled alongside more contemporary, executive-style homes.

With less than 300 residents, it’s no wonder that the community spirit here is flourishing, and if you choose to live in this delightful village you’re sure to be welcomed with open arms. Immersing yourself in Bilsington life means the opportunity to partake in art classes in the village hall or attend the craft fairs and flower and vegetable shows that are all part of the thriving community here. Villagers are also intensely proud of their Bilsington Cricket Club, whose reputation is as fantastic as the view of Romney Marsh from the cricket pitch, and you’ll often find the locals here cheering on the local team, and when you and your family have had your fill of cricket and crafts, and enjoyed a drink or meal at the village pub, Bilsington’s location is ideal for walking, cycling, bird-watching, fishing…..

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