Things to see and do
Harrietsham is very close to Leeds Castle, where you can go inside the Norman building, walk through acres of parkland, and explore the maze and grotto. Other historic sights include Stoneacre, a timbered yeoman’s house dating back to the 15th century which is now run by the National Trust.
If you enjoy getting active, Cromer’s Wood is ideal for family walks, while Leeds Castle Golf Course and The Ridge Golf Club are nearby if you want to practice your swing. Mote Park is located in Maidstone, and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only a short drive away from the village.
Kids will love visiting the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway, Lashenden Air Warfare Museum and Kent and East Sussex Railway, while the grown-ups can enjoy a spot of retail therapy on Week Street and Fremlin Walk in Maidstone.
For families moving to a new home in Harrietsham, it’s good to know that there are a number of excellent schools in the local area. Outstanding schools nearby include Thurnham Church of England Infant School, Roseacre Junior School and Highsted Grammar School, while independent education is available at Sutton Valence School.
If your children are thinking about higher or further education, or you’re considering taking an evening course, the University for the Creative Arts is located in Rochester, and the University of Kent has campuses in Canterbury and Medway.
Getting to Harrietsham
Harrietsham is close to the A20, which connects the village to Maidstone and beyond. The local train station has services to nearby towns and cities including London, making rail travel a good option for commuters.
The village is a 20-minute drive from Maidstone or less than 15 minutes by train. The journey to Folkestone takes 35 minutes by car via the M20 or 50 minutes by train changing once at Ashford International, while Canterbury can be reached in 45 minutes by car or 55 minutes by train. The journey to and from London takes one hour 20 minutes by car, or one hour 15 minutes by direct train.
If you’re going on holiday or a business trip, London Gatwick Airport is only a 45-minute drive from Harrietsham.