‘We have fallen in love with it here’

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Vil­lage life was a big at­trac­tion for a young cou­ple look­ing for a new start in the coun­try.

Claire Hew­son, 28, and Paul Buck, 33, who had been rent­ing a flat in Ash­ford, used the govern­ment’s Help to Buy scheme to get a three­bed­room house.

The semi-de­tached house is at Bar­ratt Homes’ Ayle­sham Vil­lage de­vel­op­ment. Claire, who works as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant in Can­ter­bury, said: “We didn’t know much about Ayle­sham but have since fallen in love with the coun­try­side here and the vil­lage it­self is quirky and cute, with ev­ery­thing that you need, in­clud­ing shops, a cafe and school.”

Paul needs to com­mute to Lon­don, where he works as a man­ager for St Bartholomew’s Hos­pi­tal.

He says: “Can­ter­bury has fast con­nec­tions into Lon­don. I can be in Strat­ford in 49 min­utes. Amaz­ingly, the rent that we were pay­ing for a two-bed­room flat in Ash­ford is now the same as we pay for our mort­gage each month.”

Prices range from £225,995 for a three-bed­room mid-ter­race fam­ily home to £394,995 for a five-bed­room de­tached home at Ayle­sham Vil­lage.

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