Bournes Moves was founded in 1875 and today provides local removal services in Ashford and throughout the South East of England.

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Professional team, fully equipped vehicles, reliable service. Bournes is a family run local removals and storage company that prides itself on offering a professional, friendly and personal service at a competitive price to take the headache out of moving house.

Removals Survey

Step 1 - Pre-move Survey

An in-home or video consultation helps us understand your move, the items you're moving and what's important to you so we can give an accurate quote and plan your move so it runs smoothly.

Call us on 01233 620 135 or book online. 

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Step 2 - Your Quote

We'll send you our free, no obligation quote setting our our charges and your customised move plan. 

Our quotes are fixed price, setting out all charges upfront with no hidden surprises. 


Step 3 - Prepare to move

Your dedicated move manager will help you plan and prepare for move day.

They will arrange your Move Crew, vehicle and packing materials and be on hand to support before, during and after your move. 

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Our services for removals in Ashford

Choose the services that suit your individual move or ask us to recommend the ones we think will help you. If you need help with something you don’t see below, just ask, we’ll be happy to add in any extras you need if we can.

Removals Services

Removals Services

Our experienced crews carefully protect, load, transport and unload your precious belongings as if they were their own. We can even do the packing for you if you want us to.

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Removals with packing

Removals with packing

Packing can be stressful and take longer than you think. Why not let our expertly trained packers do this for you? Choose from full pack or fragile only services.

Packing Services
Ashford Storage

Ashford Storage

Secure, flexible short and long term storage for whatever reason you need it whether that’s as part of your removal or on its own. Collection, delivery and self-store available.

Storage Services

Get a Quote for Removals in Ashford

Our  quotes are free and there is no obligation so why not get in touch with us right away to find out how little it could cost you to enjoy an easy, simple, enjoyable move with Bournes.

Call us on 01233 620135 or request your quote online.

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As well as our standard removals, packing and storage services we offer a range of additional services that help make your move easier. 

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Insurance & Protection

Our crews are fully trained and will take care to move all your belongings safely, but accidents and situations can happen that are sometimes outside of our control. We offer comprehensive Removals and Storage insurance, Late Key and Cancellation/ Postponement protection to give you peace of mind that you’re financially protected if the unexpected happens.


Buy packing boxes

Doing your own packing or just looking for boxes? Choose from our wide range of packing boxes, paper, bubble wrap and tape to help get you started. You can ask us to include these in your quote for advance delivery, collect from our depot just a few miles away in Rye (please call in advance to arrange) or order online for home delivery here.

European removals

European Removals

If your move takes you further afield we also offer regular road removal services throughout Europe.

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International Removals

If you're moving long distance overseas we offer International Shipping and Airfreight services.

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Why choose Bournes for your move?

Established in 1875 Bournes has a lot of experience in providing local removals and storage services in the South East of England so our local team really are experts in the unique requirements of moving in Ashford and the surrounding areas.

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Family Run

Family run since 1875 with a reputation built on personal service, quality and outstanding customer feedback.

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Flexible Services

A range of flexible moving services to provide what’s most important to you, whether that’s low cost, extra help with packing or a schedule that works best for your family.

Insured & Certified

Insured & Certified

Fully insured and independently pre-vetted by Which? Trusted Traders and the British Association of Removers (BAR).

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Security vetted, professional staff

Security vetted, uniformed, experienced and trained professional removal crews plus a dedicated Move Manager to guide you through your move

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Fixed Quote

Fixed quote with no hidden surprises with a choice of in home, phone, video or online survey.

Independently Verified Professional Removals

Areas we serve

We offer removals and storage services to, from or within Ashford and throughout Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding areas including:

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  • Ashford
  • Benenden
  • Bethersden
  • Biddenden
  • Bilting
  • Boughton Aulph
  • Boughton Lees
  • Brabourne
  • Challock
  • Charing
  • Great Chart
  • Hamstreet
  • High Halden
  • Hythe
  • Kingsnorth
  • Lenham
  • Lympne
  • Pluckley
  • Sellinge
  • Shadoxhurst
  • Smarden
  • Tenterden
  • Woodchurch
  • Wye
  • & surrounding areas

Helpful Moving tips for Ashford

Local Council

The local council for Ashford is Ashford Borough Council. 

If you don't already live in the area you can find out lots about living and working in the Ashford area on their website including: 

  • Waste collections and recycling
  • Outdoor spaces
  • Things to do
  • Community
  • Building control and planning applications

Some of the towns and villages surrounding Ashford may fall under other councils depending on the administrative area, for example Maidstone Borough Council or Folkestone and Hythe District Council

You can find your local council here. 


Property Agents

If you've not yet found your new home in the Ashford area Rightmove provides a full list of Estate Agents in the Ashford area that may be able to help with both renting or buying a new home. 


Popular Residential Areas

Ashford is a great place to live with a location to suit everyone - from a vibrant town centre with any shop you might need in walking distance (including the Designer Outlet centre), to some of the most beautiful rural and coastal villages and countryside in the UK. There is also a mainline train station in the town centre, with stops in Hamstreet, Charing, Lenham, 

Ashford has seen substantial property development in recent years with purpose-built facilities like schools and doctors included in many developments. 

Popular residential areas closer to the town itself include Willesborough, Park Farm, Finberry, Bridgefield, Victoria Park, Repton Park and Conningbrook Lakes. 

Many living near Ashford choose the local villages which are bit more rural but still with easy access to all the facilities the town provides. 

Recycling in Ashford

Unfortunately moving house can create extra waste including used packing materials and items that you decide no longer fit or suit your new home. We encourage our customers wherever possible to donate, reuse or recycle moving waste to help protect our environment. 

Ashford Borough Council (like most local councils in Kent) provide a recycling bin for your home that is collected fortnightly. 

For items that don't fit in your bin the council also offer a large item collection service

or there are local household waste recycling centres that you can take your items to at Ashford, Folkestone and New Romney. Find your nearest Kent Recycling Centre. 

History of Bournes in Ashford

Bournes are a family-owned company with over 145 years of experience in serving customers in South East England. We have a long standing customer base in Ashford and have enjoyed serving families in the local area both as Bournes and originally Knowles Removals. 

Knowles of Ashford Removals Vehicle 1960s

Knowles Removals of Ashford

Bournes started out just across the Kent / East Sussex in 1875 where it served the Rye local market for almost 100 years. In the 1960's when the 4th generation of the Bournes family took over the company they sought to expand, acquiring local companies to join the Bournes family in Tunbridge Wells, Gillingham and Bromley as well as Knowles of Ashford. 

Bournes removals and storage in Ashford 1980s removals lorry

Joining Bournes Moves

Having joined the Bournes family of companies and grown in the Ashford market place the Knowles Removals brand was eventually retired. The vehicles were repainted in the Bournes brand (which at that point was a yellow/cream colours but today is it's distinctive red) and we have continued to move hundreds of families in the local area every year. 

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Contact us for Removals in Ashford

Ashford Telephone: 01233 620 135


Local Branch Opening Hours: We can help with your move requirements any time with crews available 24/7. If you need to contact us our office is open Monday-Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm or you can leave us a message after this time and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.