At the centre of Audley Mote House retirement village is a stunning Grade II* listed Georgian mansion that has been beautifully restored and converted into exquisite apartments, The Romney Restaurant, the bistro, lounge/library, swimming pool and health & wellbeing club.
Set within the grounds surrounding the centrepiece building lies the rest of the retirement village, made up of approximately 100 apartments and cottages. Nestled among Mote Park, these include the Walled Garden, Gate House Lodge and the beautifully restored The Brewhouse.
Mote Park is Maidstone's largest park, an impressive 450 acres which previously formed part of a country estate until it was converted at the end of the 18th century into landscaped parkland. The park's name derives from 'moot' or 'mote' in Old English, meaning ‘a place of assembly’.
Located within walking distance of Maidstone town centre, the park has a host of sports facilities to take advantage of. You can also stretch your legs with a lakeside walk thanks to Mote Park’s 30-acre lake, where you will find a variety of water fowl, as well as opportunities for sailing and angling.
Kent has one of England’s longest and most varied coastlines. You can observe abundant and changing coastal wildlife throughout the year, and enjoy an impressive number of Blue Flag beaches with their high water quality, and record of safety, service and environmental management.
As well as breathing in sea air, you can wander Kent’s famous towns and villages, or enjoy bracing walks, such as those around Harrietsham, giving you wonderful views from the heights of the North Downs.
The Hollingbourne trail introduces you to locations linked through to folk stories to Catherine Howard, Francis Drake and John Cade. Then there’s the chance to stretch your legs along the river walks of the Medway Valley, or discover Leeds Castle, which is just a few miles from Mote House. It's surrounded by 500 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens, making it a favourite destination for a day trip.
Maidstone is a town that can be traced back through written history to the 10th century. The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to it as the manor of Meddestane, which comprised of arable land, meadow, woodland and a church; five mills and two eel fisheries.
Today Maidstone is the county town of Kent. It has a rich heritage yet is also a popular destination for entertainment and shopping. In fact, the town currently has over one million square feet of retail floor space with a multiplex cinema and many restaurants.
We all know that getting out and about in the fresh air is good for both mental and physical health, so why not combine it with stocking up on tasty fresh produce too? Chilton Manor Farm in Sittingbourne is a great destination local to Mote House and offers a huge range of 'pick your own' produce, from strawberries and blackberries in spring to apples, pears and pumpkins in autumn.