St Benedicts Victorian B&B

Over time, Paul Oxborrow and Stephen Groves have succeeded in buying each floor of a grand nineteenth century St. Leonards house. Staying true to the period of its construction, Paul and Stephen have completely refurbished its four floors and now run several rooms...

Healthy Eating For The Family

With childhood illness on the rise, and 1 in 4 children classified as overweight at the start of primary school, here are some simple steps to ensure children are protected from these curses of modern living. Breakfast - Unfortunately, most breakfast...

Meet The Heads

Gareth Doodes MA Hons Headmaster of Dover College Favourite subject when you were at school I absolutely love History. My imagination as a child was vivid, and I had an exceptional teacher who made history something interesting and something relevant. A love...

Garden Party

WT would like to thank Blue Hen Flowers for allowing us to photograph in their beautiful garden in Benenden, Kent, where they grow scented flowers, herbs, and foliage for special occasions and events. Find out more at bluehenflowers.com

War On Weeds

Early summer is the time of maximum growth. The soil is warm and the danger of frost has passed. Everything in the garden should be rosy, except that sometimes it isn’t. One of the main issues that can sap our...

Home of Victorian Curiosities

The fabulously curated Winkenhurst Manor, near Heathfield in Sussex has one marvellously curious room, leading into another. The owners, who work together in the antiques and interior design business, have made an art form out of creating unique displays of collectables...

The Quirky Townhouse

Anthropology, Arabic, art history… the lady of this house is erudite, well-read and widely travelled and it shows at every turn. Being a landlord can be a stressful business, especially when the building you are renting out is a stunning,...

Gone to Seed

I love September. The nights may be drawing in, but the days still feel like summer and there’s the sweet poignancy of still being able to make the most of the last few golden days - and I’m busy thinking about...

Keep Calm – There Will Be Bumps Along The Way

Your child looks a bit pale. They've gone very quiet. They don't want to see their usual friends, have lost their appetite, and seem reluctant to go to school. You can't get much out of them, but you can sense...

The Cowdrey Cricketing Family’s Offham Home

Few things are as quintessentially English as cricket. The same could almost be said of the Old Rectory at Offham, with its ragstone gateway, sweeping gravel drive and classic Georgian facade. It’s the perfect setting for a period drama –...

Mini Magic

Take a look at some of our favourite, bright and beautiful children’s wear for spring, covering special occasions, garden adventures, and home-time chilling

Country Lodge Guest House

Setting the scene has been Emma Clarke’s professional role for many years. So, when the opportunity arose to create her own, domestic show-stopper, she was more than qualified – as her magnificent home demonstrates.[showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Very...

Belvidere Place – Broadstairs Boutique B&B

When Jilly Sharpe left Peckham, south London, for Broadstairs, she needed a home and a way to make a living. Belvidere Place, a run-down and dilapidated Georgian building that had been neglected for 200 years, was to be her saviour...

Wonderful Whitstable Chalet

Francine Raymond’s house on Joy Lane in Whitstable is proof that the Arts and Crafts movement didn't come to an end in the early 20th century. An appropriate address for such a joyous home, this ‘chalet house’, built in 1906...

Chocolate, Hazlenut and Caramel Swiss Roll

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Grease, and line the baking tray with greaseproof paper. To make the sponge, sift together the flour and cocoa powder twice, set aside. Place the eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl; whisk...

Novelist’s Charming Victorian Home

For twenty-six years Debbie Rix and her husband Tony have been evolving their generously proportioned Victorian home to suit the various stages of family life. Peaceful and calm, the beautiful gardens which surround the house now provide Debbie with the...

Change of Plan

Principal of Plumpton College Des Lambert Is it ever too late to change jobs and careers? It is never too late to consider changing jobs/careers, many people have successfully done this. It is obviously a big step to take and there are...

Leading Veg

If you’re pacing up and down indoors like a caged, vegetable growing tiger, eager to get out and onto the plot, there’s a chink of good news, because the light is coming back and there are quite a few crops...

Creative Couple Relocate to the Countryside

When creative London couple Roni and John decided to relocate to the country, they initially set their sights on a Kentish Georgian property. But once they’d happened upon a pretty 17th century cottage they knew they had found what they...

Treasure Trove in Tenterden

Having downsized from a large Georgian property where they ran an award-winning bed and breakfast, Pippa and Mike Carter decided to move to a small cottage just down the road in order to buy a place in France. Having devoted...

The School Run

The pre-schoolers Helena Barker 2 daughters, Constance, 3, at nursery, and Poppy, 5, at school Who takes the children to school and picks them up? Thankfully my job is local and starts at 9.30. I take them to school by car...

Victorian Grange Transformation

Philippa MacKinnon has employed her enviable organisational skills to sensitively transform her Victorian grange from a dilapidated space, untouched since the 1960s, to a chic and functional family home with ingenious storage solutions.[showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] On the...

Minimum Effort, Maximum Yield

It’s hard to imagine, but there really are some vegetables that will just grow, without fuss or tantrums, regardless. But low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance – your plot will still need preparing and then weeding and feeding, but the...

The Great Outdoors

Can you explain a little about the forest school approach? "'Forest school' means different things to different people, but somewhere at the heart of it is the conviction that the natural environment is the best classroom that children can have....

Better Borders

We all deserve a garden pick-me-up after the horrible winter and nothing does it better than a border re-vamp – think of it as the horticultural equivalent of a new wardrobe. But before we rush out impulsively buying plants (ditto...

State-of-the-Art Country House Apartment

It’s an impressive approach to David and Louise’s apartment, through large gates and into immaculate country house style grounds. It’s situated on the third floor of a large, elegant block so we take the lift. There are stairs, of course,...

Walnuts Farm: Film Location and Family Home

There must be those among you that occasionally, in a quiet moment, stroll through your homes and think that, yes, after all the planning, plotting and hard work, you’ve at last got it right – on a good day this...

Pro-Active

Kelli Hooper BA Hons Physical Education, Head of PE at Cobham Hall What were your favourite sports at school? Netball - I played for a ladies team from 13 and county level at 16+ - both fantastic experiences. I also...

White Christmas

Steph Virgo’s house is getting dressed early for Christmas and even from the outside, bathed in winter sunshine rather than snow, it looks appropriately festive. The handsome 18th century lodge house with its stucco walls rather resembles a giant Christmas...

Here To Help

Claremont School What's on offer for pupils after school? Our working day incorporates both the children's needs and those of parents. Children may be dropped off any time after eight o'clock in the morning and collected, after supervised homework, up to...

Last of the Summer Salads

Did you think it was all over in the vegetable garden for the year? That you could harvest your spring sowings, clear the patch and then relax? I have some news. Whether it’s good or bad depends on how you...

Russian Royalty’s Kent Home

Kent seems a rather unlikely spot for Russian royalty to choose to settle in. Its gently undulating landscape is more likely to be filled with apple orchards than fir or birch forests. But one branch of the Romanov dynasty came...

Florals with Morals

I love plants and flowers. When I receive a bouquet of wonderfully scented blooms, my whole being is lifted and I try not to think too much about where they may have come from. It really wouldn’t be polite. Therefore, when...

Photo Perfect

One would never for a moment describe Fuller House in Staplehurst as a mad house but it is certainly a touch on the eccentric side. I speak, I hasten to say, architecturally. [showhide more_text="READ MORE" less_text="READ LESS" hidden="yes"] Its owner, portrait...

Deck the Halls

For some people Christmas comes around all too soon, but for others, it can neither be too soon or too often. Jacquie, or ‘Kitty’ as she is now more commonly known, definitely belongs to the latter category, which is probably...

Vintage Calm

Few find what they want in life right under their noses and some of us have to travel a lifetime and many miles to find what we are looking for. But Madeline hasn’t even had to step foot outside the...

Artistic Licence

There is no better air than here for work.” Is how John Maynard Keynes described the atmosphere at Tilton House in East Sussex, the country residence that he shared with his wife Lydia for many years. Just a little further...

Micro Chic, Eco Style

It’s hard to believe that Claire Potter’s grade II listed cottage in Portslade, on the outskirts of Brighton, is just a slice off the house next door “We think it must have been the kitchen,” she explains, “as there’s a...

Take Note!

We all feel the power of music ' how it can change mood, make one feel better about oneself - but for many teachers, music is a critical 'tool' in giving children an all-round education, enabling positive development in other...

The Linen Shed B&B

Many of the houses we feature are English thoroughbreds, their lineage proudly evident and easily discernible – Medieval, Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian. They may have moved with time and fashion – an addition here, an alteration there – but the...

A Pocket Full of Rye

At the summit of cobbled Mermaid Street, Rye’s most famous thoroughfare, stands Lamb House. A quintessential Georgian town house, it is quietly elegant, almost modest, but when one climbs the stone steps and prepares to knock, the enormous size of...