Ashford in Kent lies on the M20, with Gatwick Airport just an hour away. Ashford International Station gives speedy access to London Charing Cross, London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel. The port of Dover is a 20-minute drive from Ashford.
Ashford's Designer Outlet is one of the biggest retail parks in Britain, attracting around three million visitors a year. The town has an open-air market and many high street names in the County Square shopping centre.
Ashford is home to around 60,000 people. It boasts a museum, the Stour leisure centre, a bowling alley and several gyms. The old Flour Mills is today a thriving nightclub and there's a 12-screen Cineworld complex on the edge of town. Nearby local attractions include Godinton House, the South of England Rare Breeds Centre and the Grade II listed Willesborough Windmill, still grinding corn for visitors.