Enjoying the best of both worlds
As well as offering a cornucopia of historical and cultural attractions, the nearby Medway towns of Maidstone and Rochester provide a perfect contrast to rural living.
Maidstone offers plenty when it comes to independent stores. The Royal Star Arcade provides a mix of stylish, and exclusive boutiques, while major high street names such as Superdry, House of Fraser, H&M and Zara can be found at the town’s popular Fremlin Walk shopping area. Maidstone is also on the map when it comes to dining.
Alongside franchised establishments including Bills, Wagamama and Zizzi, fine dining is on offer at Embankments Bar & Restaurant, with its glorious waterside setting, in the old part of the town and the ever-popular Nelson’s in St Faiths Street, with its log fires and a cosy atmosphere.
Rochester’s picturesque high street, strung with bunting, is home to many attractive boutiques, gift shops and quirky homeware stores.
The aesthetically pleasing nature of the high street also provides the perfect back drop for a spot of café culture, with patrons relaxing outside the popular coffee shops, tea rooms and restaurants in the summer months.
If that wasn’t enough, the behemoth of Bluewater and all it has to offer can be reached in under half.