I LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Chris Hammond

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This month, SO magazine talks to Chris Hammond about local boutique developer Beau Property.

The company was founded by Chris in 2009 with the aim of providing a high quality, bespoke solution to all aspects of the residential property market. From finding and acquiring land and properties to renovating homes, Beau Property can handle it all from start to finish. Their most recent development is Nevill Row, a collection of eight finely designed modern Victorian homes near The Pantiles.

Where do you live?

We live in a small village next to Groombridge called Withyham – 15 mins drive from Tunbridge Wells.

How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?

We moved here two and a half years ago just before the first Covid lockdown. We were expecting our second child and needed more outdoor space, we previously lived in central Tunbridge Wells but having grown up in the countryside the lure of leaving the city was calling us.

Where is your favorite place to shop locally?

I love walking around The Pantiles and the village of Tunbridge Wells. I recently shopped at Gray & Co, the men’s fashion store in Chapel Place. There aren’t many menswear stores in town but Gray & Co is a little treasure.

Where is the best place to go for a Sunday walk?

My family and I love a trip to Ashdown Forest. It’s not far from us and there are so many beautiful walks of varying lengths and amazing views to take in.

Where do you think is the best place to have a cup of coffee?

I actually don’t drink tea or coffee BUT I had the most amazing Hatton’s brownie on The Pantiles last week which kept me going through a long day of viewings at our show house recently launched at Nevill Row.

Where do you take people when they come to visit you?

We always take friends to Les Pantiles. Not only is it a short walk from our latest development in Nevill Row, everyone who visits it falls in love with it. I think it’s such a unique part of Tunbridge Wells that sets us apart from other suburban towns. Tunbridge Wells has made history while retaining a real bustling vibe.

How is the nightlife where you live?

Well, having two young children is not something we see a lot! However the town has a lot to offer, we had dinner at Coco Retro last week which was fabulous as always. The Gin Bar is always a favorite for a few drinks and I hear The Vault is pretty good for a bit of late night dancing!

What is your favorite place to eat locally?

The George and Dragon at Speldhurst. Chef Bobby Brown is taking the menu ever stronger and the new outdoor space is so family and dog friendly.

And where is your favorite place to admire the view?

Without a doubt, they are at The Beacon. The view of Happy Valley can only make you feel very relaxed, especially if the sun is shining and you can sit outside on the terrace.

If you are looking to relax and unwind, what is your favorite place?

For me it has to be Sweat-It which is a small group gym just five minutes from my house. I receive an hour without telephone and therefore without distractions.

Where is the best place to meet friends and socialize?

Meeting friends on The Pantiles is great because the kids can run around and there is such a good choice of places to eat and drink.

What do you do when you spend a weekend or a day off in the area?

If I have a day off during the week I try to arrange a round of golf at The Nevill and on the weekends we like to go out as a family for a walk followed by lunch somewhere nearby.

Why do you like where you live?

Tunbridge Wells has plenty to offer, plenty of independent shops, restaurants and bars that cater to all ages. Live music and food festivals are held regularly and London is only 50 minutes away by train. The town has lots going on, lots of friendly people and if you want to get into the countryside it’s on your doorstep with lots of amazing walks.

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