CAROLINE ARNOLD IS THE DIRECTOR OF BORE PLACE, A CHARITY BASED ON A 500 ACRE ESTATE NEAR CHIDDINGSTONE. HERE, SHE TELLS US WHY SHE LOVES WHERE SHE LIVES…
Where do you live?
I live in the sticks between Pembury and Matfield.
How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
We moved just over a year ago. After starting work at Bore Place, Chiddingstone I noticed a major difference in how I felt by working out in a beautiful part of the Kent countryside every day. I wanted all my family to benefit from the calm, peace and freedom that the countryside gives so we took the plunge and moved out of Tunbridge Wells.
What’s your favourite shop locally?
Bluebird Tea Co in Royal Victoria Place Tunbridge Wells – as well as selling award winning tea they have a mission to spread happiness. We could all do with some of that! They also sell Charitea – that raises funds for local charities.
Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
Our favourite family walk is around the farm trail at Bore Place – it is a three mile walk that gives you all the countryside highlights throughout the seasons including ancient woodlands, undulating farmland and stunning views across the Bough Beech reservoir. By the time you read this the bluebells will be out!
Where do you take people when they come to visit?
For a walk from Pembury to the Star Pub in Matfield – it takes you through the orchards and ancient woodlands before bringing you out onto the Green in heart of Matfield. My husband always comments how you could drive miles for such a stunning walk and it’s right there on the doorstep of Tunbridge Wells.
Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
For a great catch up with friends in a relaxed environment, great food and drink it has to be Sopranos in Tunbridge Wells. However, to really unwind whether after a walk or for a chilled evening you can’t beat a cosy pub – we are spoilt for choice.
Are there any nice views nearby?
Looking over Bough Beech from Bore Place has to be a favourite of mine – it is stunning and very atmospheric at dusk as the light is magical and you can see the birds coming into roost. You feel a real sense of peace and tranquillity and sense of escape.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
The woods! Kent is one of the most wooded areas in the country and we are blessed with thousands of miles of public footpath. Pembury woods and Cinderhill woods linking Pembury and Matfield are fabulous. Bedgebury is always a winner too with the children.
Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
Whether you fancy some comedy, a film or a play the Trinity Theatre always has something interesting on and is a great place to catch up. As it is located within an old church it has an interesting atmosphere and the venue has real sense of community.
What do you do when you spend a weekend or day off in the local area?
Go to the coast – we are lucky enough to have a campervan which provides us with the means for an easy escape for the day or weekend. Hastings, Deal, Broadstairs and Botany Bay are all wonderful spots to pass an afternoon or weekend.
Why do you love where you live?
The blend of our stunning countryside and coast which provides for a great escape, fabulous views and fresh air coupled with our vibrant towns. I just wish I had more hours in the week to enjoy it all more!
Bore Place offers events for families, holiday programmes for children and a wide range of courses, visit www.boreplace.org/whats-on to find out more.