My ancestors came from the region of Tunbridge Wells, Seven Oaks, Matfield, and Tonbridge. I am planning to stay four nights in the area. I will choose a village to stay in and plan excursions from that area. My husband is willing to drive though I have reservations about driving on the opposite side of the road. Driving would definitely give us some freedom to explore the countryside. We wouldn't rent a vehicle until we arrive in the area so we will need to get ourselves from Heathrow to Kent. I have thought about scheduling a pick up at the airport by a driver to take us to Kent. Does anyone have a recommendation of a company to hire for this transport?
I have also considered hiring a taxi to take us to areas of interest listed at the beginning of this query should we opt not to drive. We have some interest in seeing castles/gardens in the area. We also might consider taking a train for a day trip from our base. Does anyone have a recommendation for a castle/garden to see while in the vicinity?
I am considering our base to start in either Royal Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge. I would appreciate advice anyone has to offer. As an alternative to staying in a city center we might consider staying in a bed and breakfast more in the countryside. Thank you for any advice you can provide.