Hayes, BR2   Local Area

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A wonderfully welcoming neighbourhood

You’ll find a thriving community and delightful, village feel in Hayes. Live here and you can join in at the annual summer fair, pop down to Hayes Street Farm for your locally-sourced veg, and rainbow trout fished from its lake. Stroll on the common, enjoy a pint and a chat at The George, or tuck in at the upmarket gastropub, The New Inn. Other local food favourites include Blue Harbour Seafood Restaurant and neighbourhood Italian, Bellenie’s Osteria.

Whatever your interests, there’s a local club or society keen to welcome you too. Horticulture, drama, film-making, tennis, flower arranging, cricket… the list goes on and even includes a Symphony Orchestra and a Philharmonic Choir, as well as an active Village Association.

And if you fancy a coffee with your new found friends, have a letter to post, need some dry cleaning, or a loaf of bread, you can find it all in the shops clustered around the station, just 10-minutes walk away.

Discover more of your surroundings

The best of all worlds, Hayes enjoys its status as part of Greater London, just a train-ride away from all the capital offers. Yet it’s also on the cusp of some magnificent Kentish countryside. The aptly named Garden of England boasts some of the country’s most scenic views, historic houses and beautiful gardens. Among them, the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches from Tatsfield to the coast at Dover and Folkestone.

For outstanding nature closer to home, try Petts Wood, a National Trust managed woodland, and haven for all kinds of bird, butterfly, amphibian and plant life. It’s just 15 minutes drive away, as is Charles Darwin’s Down House. Preserved as it was when the scientist lived and studied there, this English Heritage site includes his fascinating experimental garden. Half an hour’s drive and you can find out how Churchill lived too, at his stunning family residence, Chartwell.

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