Love where you live Tonbridge & Malling


Where do you live?
I live in Kings Hill, a modern concept village built on land previously occupied by RAF West Malling. Although a new parish, it’s a very pretty place, with some beautiful architecture and it has a real character of its own.

How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
I haven’t lived here long, just over a year. I chose Kings Hill because of the overriding emphasis on family and community; I have a lot of friends here and there is always somewhere to go to catch up within walking distance of my house, it’s great for children, safe and so friendly. It also works very well for my business with a huge number of rental properties on offer to professional couples and families looking to rent in the much sought-after area.

What’s your favourite shop locally?
West Malling is just around the corner, and it has an array of independent shops, so a wander down the High Street is always enjoyable, but as a country girl, I do like a farm shop, and Farmers’ Farm Shop in Teston is about as good as they get. Then you’ve got ‘West Malling Farmers’ Market at the end of each month too, which is such a lovely place to go, ambling along looking at all the fresh produce, taking in all the sights and smells!

Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
There are some lovely woodland walks and running routes around the outskirts of Kings Hill. My favourite is the one that brings you out at The North Pole pub in Wateringbury, but I love boats and the water too, so to take a walk along the river at Wateringbury is a favourite.

The best place to get a cup of coffee?
I’m a huge coffee fan, so tried and tested a few and in Kings Hill we are spoilt by having two Costa Coffees, one which unfortunately for my wallet is a little too close to my house, but for that independent vibe and friendly service it’s got to be The Hungry Guest on West Malling High Street.

Where do you take people when they come to visit?
If they have children then Country Manor Park just outside West Malling is lovely, a beautiful lake to walk around, good hearty food served at the café and a great play area for the kids, then it’s a short stroll in West Malling for some more food or a coffee, and a mooch about.

Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
Without question, The Swan in West Malling. The food is top quality, it’s lively and has a great atmosphere, every night of the week. It’s a beautiful building full of character, the décor is beautiful and in summer the garden and terrace is a gorgeous place to sit have a cold glass of Prosecco.

Are there any nice views nearby?
For me there is only one place to experience a good view, and that is from the top of the North Downs, at the White Horse Country Park area between Detling and Thurnham. The views are stunning, you can see for miles and it really shows off Kent at its best. The route takes you along The Pilgrims Way so it is steeped in history too, plus there’s a good pit stop in the form of The Black Horse pub at Thurnham!

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am bit of a gym goer, so to drop
my little boy in the crèche at the David Lloyd in Kings Hill, and get in the gym to train is a great place to unwind and get those endorphins flowing. Then into the spa for a little relaxation afterwards.

Why do you love where you live?
I love where I live because without sounding too corny, when I walk out of my front door to pop to one of the local shops, coffee shops, gym or playgrounds, the Cheers American sitcom theme tune comes to mind. There is always someone to meet you with a smile or a hello, always a friendly face to ask how you are.