Living in the sticks has its benefits; lovely views, fresh air, and plenty of beautiful, historic places to visit. One of my favourite such places nearby is Ightham Mote, where I enjoyed a very sunny afternoon a couple of days ago. Highlights were the bluebell woods that surround the medieval moated manor house, the ceiling in the private chapel that still contains the painted design of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s emblems, and seeing the Victoria Cross won by the son of a previous owner of the house. I feel lucky to have such gems on my doorstep! – Rachel