Don’t miss a visit to the recently expanded Ashford Designer Outlet where you can pick up discounted designer labels througout 75 stores and a selection of 14 restaurants. Close by is the Curious Brewery, home to the beer and cider arm of Chapel Down, England’s leading winemaker. Book a tour, stop for lunch and stock up in the shop. The Ashford Picturehouse, an art cinema with bar and eating facilities is a new addition to the town centre.
Nearby Tenterden is an old market town with a tree-lined high street and many independent shops. It is home to the Kent and East Sussex Railway and the Old Dairy Brewery with its Taproom and Tours. The Stocks Windmill is nearby, as is Smallhythe Place.
Folkestone is worth a visit for its unique Creative Quarter where you will find over 100 artistic enterprises within its cobbled centre. The mile long promenade of The Leas offers sea views to France or the Folkestone Harbour Arm offers food, drink and entertainment. For gardeners do walk down the zig zag path down from the top of the Leas. For wonderful seafood with a view try Rocksalt and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at the Clifton Hotel. History buffs will love Folkestone’s Kent Battle of Britain Museum
Quaint independent stores, antique shops and cafes can be found in Hythe, another of the original Cinque Ports. Visit the 10th century St Leonard’s Church with its skull-packed ossuary, or sample freshly caught fish and seafood at the Hythe Bay Seafood Bar. with its spectacular sea views
An historic coastal village with links to smuggling during the 17th and 18th centuries, Dymchurch was the main setting for Russell Thorndike’s Doctor Syn novels. This stretch of coast is also famous for its Martello Towers, built to defend the country during the 19th century. Examples can be seen along the beach at Dymchurch, as can Dymchurch Redoubt – a station built to supply the chain of towers.
We are surrounded by pretty villages which are perfect to use as a start to a walking trail. Romney Marsh has fifteen small villages and two towns that make up the Marsh. Most have their own church and country pub, which were, and still are in many cases, the focus of each local community. Nearby we have Biddenden, home to lovely Kentish half-timbered buildings, the famous Biddenden Maids and Biddenden Vineyards https://biddendenvineyards.com/. Rolvenden is home to Lutyens-designed Great Maytham Hall. Further afield are Wye, Chilham and Pluckley.