Love where you live Tunbridge Wells

JAIME COOKE IS A FORMER CANADIAN FIGURE SKATER AND THE FOUNDER OF COOL FITNESS CRAZE POPCYCLE. HERE, SHE TELLS US WHY SHE LOVES WHERE SHE LIVES…

Jaime Cook - Bayham Hall-100

Where do you live?
I live at Bayham Abbey, just between Lamberhurst and Bells Yew Green, overlooking the Abbey ruins.

How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
We have lived here on and off for 13 years. We initially bought the house when we got married and then moved back to London for a few years due to running our own businesses in the city. Once we started a family, we decided it was a perfect place to raise kids and came back four years ago.

What’s your favourite shop locally?
I am a huge fan of Sweaty Betty on the High Street in Tunbridge Wells – I live in lycra and their designs and tech fabrics are perfect for teaching spin, Pilates and resistance training. The girls in there
are really helpful and I always walk out with something!

The best place to get a cup of coffee?
Hatton’s on The Pantiles – they do Monmouth coffee which is my absolute favourite!

Where do you take people when they come to visit?
Scotney Castle – it is only down the road from us and is such a beautiful place to visit and rich in history.
What’s the night life like where you live? Very wild and dark, we have tons of deer and rabbits running around the property.

Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
I love Juliet’s in Tunbridge Wells. I am passionate about healthy eating and it ticks all the boxes for me! I can also indulge when I need to satisfy the cravings, they always have a healthy cake option. I eat there at least three times a week as I don’t always have time to make myself a nourishing lunch. I love their breakfast options on the weekends as well.

Are there any nice views nearby?
On our terrace we can see for miles, and we overlook the Bayham Abbey Ruins, which are part of the English Heritage.

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
The Beauty Bar in Wadhurst for facials, massages and pedicures. I always feel pampered when I go in and Emma really knows her stuff when it comes to skin care.

Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
The Beacon. I love sitting by the fire for a pre-dinner cocktail and enjoy their locally sourced seasonal menu, it is a perfect place to meet for lunch or dinner. I am looking forward to the gorgeous views on the terrace this summer!

What do you do when you spend a weekend or day off in the local area?
We love venturing out to Rye and Camber Sands with the kids.

Why do you love where you live?
I have the best of both worlds: I live in the quiet countryside so I have privacy, yet still very accessible to Tunbridge Wells and London.

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