Willicombe Park Local Area

Before being converted by Audley Group from its existing use between 1997-1999 to a village containing 63 apartments, cottages and houses, Willicombe Park was once originally a private family house owned by William Willicombe, a well-known Victorian developer. 

In the twentieth century the house became a Barnados's Home and the training centre for St Christopher's nursery nurses.  

Willicombe Park is just a short distance from Royal Tunbridge Wells, an elegant town that's remained popular since its Georgian heyday. It offers high-class shopping and numerous restaurants, along with convenient transport links to London.

Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area 

Located 30-miles south-east of London, visitors to Royal Tunbridge Wells cannot avoid The Pantiles. Created following the discovery of a chalybeate spring in the early 17th century, this area is now better known for its diverse range of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, atrracting a number of visitors each year who want to experience the town's elegant surroundings. 

The Assembly Halls Theatre is also a popular destination in the town, hosting a number of popular events including music, comedy, dance and drama and the annual pantomime.

Further Afield 

For those that wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the town centre, Knole in Sevenoaks is a magnificent 600-year old estate that spans 1,000-acres and is Kent's last medieval deer park. 

Originally built as an archbishop's palace, Knole passed through royalty to the Sackville family who still live there today. Explore grand courtyards, the tranquil Orangery and winding paths in the parkland. 

The Hop Farm is Kent's iconic and historic landmark, over 450 years old. A 400-acre Country Park in Beltring, near East Peckham in Kent, the Hop Farm holds the world's largest collection of Victorian oast houses. 

A major supplier of hops to London breweries in the 19th and 20th centuries, families across the south east and beyond used to spend the summer holidays working in the rolling countryside around the farm, harvesting hops and preparing them to be transported. Nowadays, The Hop Farm Family Park is packed full of attractions. 

 

Useful local links:

Tourist Information Sites
www.visittunbridgewells.com
www.sevenwonders.org.uk

Local Theatres and Museums
www.tunbridgewellsmuseum.org
www.trinitytheatre.net
www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Local Council Site
www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Local Shopping Centres
www.thepantilesonline.co.uk
uk.westfield.com/royalvictoriaplace

Local Media
www.thisiskent.co.uk/tunbridgewells

Audley Willicombe Park Retirement Village.