Headcorn is the centre point between four of Kent's great landmarks. It’s halfway between the Kent Downs and the High Weald Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s halfway between Leeds and Sissinghurst’s castles. It’s a welcoming community of less than 4,000 but despite its small size, it’s got a key position in the Garden of England and is a special place for a new home. It’s also within easy reach of Kent’s historic county town of Maidstone, and the Kent Coast, putting work and leisure in your reach.
A local school is part and parcel of village life, and Headcorn Primary School will give your children the perfect start. There are primary schools in several of the local villages, including the two nearest, Staplehurst and Frittenden. Secondary school options include High Weald Academy at Cranbrook, Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre in Tenterden, and The Lenham School. There’s a train station on the South Eastern Main Line, giving you a route to London Charing Cross that takes just over an hour. Headcorn has a cluster of local shops, and a Sainsbury’s Local. Staplehurst adds a SPAR and Morrisons, and Maidstone has county-town sized facilities, with its lovely old centre, modern shopping centres, and retail parks. In true village style, there’s a village hall and community allotments, along with local bowls, cricket, tennis, and football clubs.
Headcorn is to the east of the A229 which connects Hurst Green on the East Sussex/Kent border, with Maidstone, the M20 from Folkestone, is the link to the M25, and the M2. The average journey time by train from Headcorn to London is just over an hour, and into Maidstone it’s just under an hour, via Paddock Wood. If you want to head for the coast, the network of local roads link with the A2070 and A259. Gatwick Airport is 50 miles to the west at Crawley, and the best route is via the M25 and M23.
You are really spoilt for choice here. Maidstone and Ashford provide high street shopping, cinema, and other entertainment facilities to keep the family happy on rainy days, but the greatest assets here are the open space of the High Weald and the Kent Downs. Wherever you go in this historic area, you’ll be treated to oast houses and country pubs, footpaths and bridleways, country houses and country parks.