Life & Style

We look at some of the best ways to enhance your home and lifestyle this month.



Earl De La Warr is pleased to announce the opening of the new holiday cottage rooms, adjacent to The Dorset Arms pub.

Spread across two floors, The Old School House has recently been converted into six rooms, each with an en-suite bath/shower. The individually designed rooms each have either a king-size or super king-size bed, HD television with free wireless and Nespresso machines, and four have both a bath and shower, while one has a bath and one a shower only.

Lord De La Warr says: “When I took the pub back into family ownership, I always hoped one day to be able to offer customers rooms, and we have now taken a cottage on the estate behind the pub and turned it into separate rooms for tourists, travellers and all patrons of The Dorset Arms. The cottage can also be rented whole for private functions.”

Rooms start at £105, which includes breakfast served in the pub from Monday to Sunday. Bookings are taken through The Dorset Arms by calling 01892 770 278 or visiting



Store Anything is a new, independent self-storage centre, catering for both private and business users, with the emphasis on ease of access, customer service and competitive pricing for storage requirements from Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and the surrounding villages.

We offer immaculate, new shipping containers in the yard and individual storage boxes in the warehouse, giving direct, unlimited access to occupiers from their vehicles, without the need to travel up and down corridors, stairs and lifts. The site has 24-hour, infrared CCTV, flood lighting and is security alarmed. We have staff onsite during working hours and forklift assistance if required. The offi ce is manned, so we can receive goods on your behalf and, with prior arrangement, facilitate dispatch if you cannot be in attendance personally.

We also have office space to rent on flexible terms, with high-speed broadband and personal telephone numbers, for which we can offer an answering service as part of the package. Why not base your business here?

Conveniently situated between Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells, we guarantee no traffic delays or parking issues in accessing our site, and that you will find us clean, friendly, convenient and competitive.

For more information, please call 01892 752 818, visit or browse our website,



I offer a combination of artistic skills that provide a unique service. Whether you’re looking for a home or business makeover, child’s bedroom, conservatory or special piece of art, I work with you to create unique, affordable and contemporary artworks.

While everything I produce is unique, my work broadly falls into five categories:

➨ Murals and themed spaces – whatever the environment, be it a grand entrance, a project inside, or on the exterior of your home, we can create something unique. By listening to your ideas, together we can produce a scene or design that will be wholly distinctive
➨ Fine art – having worked as a fine artist all my life in many eclectic styles and fields, my work is versatile and can be shaped to your ideas
➨ Paint finishes and effects – I can provide diverse styles, from faded grandeur to hand-painted designs or distempered walls. Using these techniques can bring your chosen ambiance to any area, completely tailored to your requirements. This is a surprisingly affordable alternative to wallpaper, which can be expensive, repetitive and commonly used
➨ Home décor and painting – I also offer a decorating service and have an experienced team, who work closely with me to bring your ideas and decorative projects to fruition
➨ Home staging – with these combined skills, I offer a home staging service. With an eye for space and style, I work with you to show your home to its best advantage to prospective buyers



A new estate agent is now up and running for the home movers of Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas. Rotherby’s is based in Calverley Road, and founder and director Stephen Tidmarsh has over 35 years of experience in the business.

Specifically serving the needs of the local area, Rotherby’s charges for selling are at 0.5% plus VAT on a no-sale, no-fee basis, which includes the EPC, floor plan, brochure, photography and accompanied viewings. Stephen states: “We’ve identified that estate agents need to communicate directly with buyers and sellers at the pace at which the average home mover requires – immediately, effectively and at a sensible fee.”

To facilitate this, Rotherby’s has created a unique online messenger service for both home sellers and buyers, to provide them with live updates on their transaction throughout.

“Moving house can be extremely stressful, and one of the largest problems that contributes towards this is simply not knowing what’s going on. That’s where we are different; we link in directly with the key professionals, and in particular the solicitors, not only with their individual property transaction, but also with all of the other properties in the chain, to provide constant live updates to sellers and buyers alike.”

The messenger service is accessed from your mobile to send and receive information while on the move – a simple yet effective free service to save you time waiting for the return phone calls or emails.

“We have taken our time to identify and establish exactly what home movers want from estate agents, and our findings prove that it has to be an exemplary service from start to finish. Providing an honest and accurate valuation is where it begins. Then, effective marketing via local newspapers, the major internet portals such as Rightmove, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and lnstagram, ensures each and every one of our properties reaches the widest audience possible. After that, it’s the speed and the manner in which we deal with an enquiry that matters most, to convert it from a viewing to a sale.”

Rotherby’s operates a 24-hour telephone, message and email service to all home movers – seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

“We know we are unique with our service charter, and we conduct an extremely large volume of business outside of normal working hours. Our high level of service suits the busy working professional, who is up early and out until late, often missing the opportunity to communicate during the day due to work commitments. The use of the messenger service is exclusive to Rotherby’s clients, and a personal login gives buyers and sellers up-to-the-minute updates of their sale or purchase, so there’s no need to ask what is happening; we tell you first.”

Rotherby’s can be contacted via its website,, by calling 01892 570 223, or emailing



Innovative wardrobes from any angle

Storage is a major issue for many people, but Bluefield Wardrobes offer a completely flexible design to fit almost any space, and can turn awkward areas into beautifully organised storage to maximise your space. Co-ordinate a stylish yet practical answer to making the most of your space, with bespoke sliding doors, hinged doors or walk-in wardrobes complementing a ‘mix and match’ design interior, which, together with a range of accessories and drawer units, help maximise your storage requirements and create a modern, practical way to store your clothes.

Bluefield Wardrobes is a small, South East-based company with more than 20 years’ experience. Whether your home is large or small, new or old, Bluefield Wardrobes have a storage solution for you, offering a free, no-obligation design service, made to measure installation and a 10-year guarantee for total peace of mind. For effective storage solutions at affordable prices, take advantage of Bluefield Wardrobes’ 20% discount offer to readers, effective until May 31 2016.

Email or call 0800 610 2020 to book your free design service and speak to the sales team.