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A hassle free move 3 April 2003

The British house buying process takes, on average, nine weeks (The Observer, 9th February 2003). This is four times as long as in Australia and six times longer than in South Africa and exceptions to this rule are few and far between. However, just two weeks after seeing their new home, Liz and Mike Bell, and their two children had sold their old house, packed up their furniture and moved into their new house at Countryside Properties' 'Queen Charlotte's Place' development, at Kings Hill Villages in West Malling Kent.

Liz Bell an Operations Manager comments, "We had been living in a three bedroom semi-detached house in Eltham near Sidcup for 13 years when we discovered our new five bedroom detached house a year ago. We were slightly reluctant to move home, even though we needed more space, as we have moved before and things didn't go all that smoothly. This time though, we have been unbelievably lucky as I don't know anyone who has had such a hassle-free move. We saw our new home for the first time on a Saturday, had our old house valued the following Tuesday and part exchanged for the full asking price two days later. Having moved and unpacked our furniture in our new house, I was back at work by the following Thursday. Everyone we dealt with at Countryside was very professional and the whole process was extremely quick and efficient, taking us just two weeks in total.

"We were one of the first families to move into this part of Queen Charlotte's Place and we have become good friends with our new neighbours. We have turned our double garage into a games room and the children in the area often come round to play pool. The interior of the house has been finished to an extremely high standard and the rooms are all a really generous size. Two of the bedrooms are on the second floor which is perfect for our 16 year old son, as he uses one of them to study for his GCSEs."

Kings Hill Village is set in a 650-acre landscaped environment which incorporates hundreds of acres of undulating terrain extending across large areas of protected heath, parkland and mature woods.  A 6,600 yard, par 72 golf course adjoins a full-length driving range with a short game practice area, putting green and a pavilion-style clubhouse, which currently provides meeting rooms, a bar and a restaurant.

The residential areas of Kings Hill Villages includes 1,850 homes, open spaces and play areas, with footpaths, bridleways and cycle-way networks linking the residential areas to a new commercial community. Amenities include a large supermarket, nurseries, The Kings Hill Institute (part of The University of Greenwich), Kings Hill Nursery and Kings Hill primary school.  On completion, Kings Hill Villages will also include a public house, a hotel, community hall and a medical centre.

Located on the site of a former airfield which was used during the Battle of Britain, Kings Hill Villages lie on the outskirts of the historic town of West Malling, close to the M20 with direct access to the M25. A shuttle bus service operates between Kings Hill and West Malling mainline railway station, which has direct links to London Victoria, Blackfriars and London Bridge (journey times vary from approx. 40 to 60 minutes).

Countryside's new homes are currently available at Queen Charlotte's Place with prices ranging from £289,950 to £425,000. For sales enquiries telephone: 01732 875 182 or email For further information on Countryside Properties visit its website at

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Information correct as at 29/08/2007