NICKI PHILIPS IS A PILATES TEACHER AND FOUNDER OF HEALTH AND FITNESS APP NIIX.FIT. HERE, SHE TELLS US WHY SHE LOVES WHERE SHE LIVES…
Where do you live?
How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
I can’t quite believe it, but we’ve lived in Wadhurst for almost five years. We moved from London mainly for the schools and to escape the noise and pavements crowded with kids on scooters.
What’s your favourite shop locally?
Wildflora @ One in Wadhurst. A fabulous place that sells the most beautiful flowers and an eclectic range of design led homeware and gifts all under one roof. I can lose myself in there for far too long.
Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
Bedgebury Pinetum. The dog can run around, the children can ride their bikes and if they allow me I can fit in a short run and some al fresco HIIT, so everyone’s happy!
The best place to get a cup of coffee?
Basil in Tunbridge Wells although it’s never just a coffee. The salads and quiches are too good to resist.
Where do you take people when they come to visit?
Camber Sands and Rye. Pashley Manor Gardens is amazing in springtime when the tulips are in bloom. Also the Wing Gallery in Wadhurst hosts some brilliant art exhibitions.
What’s the night life like where you live?
Living in the countryside limits options. For a big night out we will head to Tunbridge Wells. The new Ivy brasserie is a welcome addition to the area. Locally, we are lucky enough to have The Bell in Ticehurst on our doorstep. A great pub, with good food, The Bell has great comedy nights and speakeasy evenings.
Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
Beals Barn is worth driving to just for the salads alone. On the edge of Bewl Water it really is in a beautiful location. The coffee is great too – it’s a fab place for lunch.
Are there any nice views nearby?
We are really lucky to have a view of Bewl Water from our house. I love seeing how the view changes with the seasons – it definitely isn’t a view I get tired of.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
Exercise is my way of unwinding. I run a Pilates studio in Wadhurst called The Shed. Once my client classes are done for the day, I do a blast of mat or reformer work mixed with some HIIT. I then go and relax with a herbal tea in the living room or outside in the garden if weather permits before I put in some hours on my new app, niix.fit.
Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
Bodiam Boating Station is always great for a day trip. The gluten free cakes at the restaurant are delicious and we love kayaking on the river.
What do you do when you spend a weekend or day off in the local area?
I’ll try to catch up with friends or squeeze in a quick treatment at the Beauty Bar in Wadhurst.
Why do you love where you live?
The tranquillity, fabulous friends, green space and fresh air.