Ashford is a town roughly in the centre of Kent and in the south-east of England. A picturesque and bustling town, Ashford was made a market town during the middle ages. A few beautiful medieval buildings remain in the town, though Ashford has grown most significantly in the modern period due to its close proximity to London. Families can choose from a range of local schools, with Kent being one of the few areas in the country still served by grammar schools for high-achieving students. Families will also be delighted with the range of child-friendly activities available in the town, including a paintball and laser park, a leisure centre and the Rare Breeds Centre, containing a range of exotic animals to meet as well as hosting bird of prey displays. Shopaholics can enjoy the local shopping centre, containing a range of high-street brands, and can grab a bargain at the town's designer outlet. Foodies can choose from the range of excellent cafes and restaurants in the area, including Michelin Star fare. Ramblers can enjoy the beautiful countryside just outside the town, and beach-lovers can nip to nearby picturesque Folkestone, only twenty minutes away on the train. Young professionals, meanwhile, will be delighted by the short commute from Ashford to London, which takes just over half an hour. Properties in Ashford range from cosy flats in beautiful converted homes to Victorian-style terraces perfect for young professionals, all the way up to expansive country homes and everything in between.