Stour Valley Estates

How being Koi in business pays!

When John Thompson was looking for premises to host his new venture, South View Koi, he knew exactly what he, and his potential customers, needed. He wanted an inviting environment - an open, airy space - in a central and easily accessible part of Kent.

When he saw Chilham Country Park advertised on the Stour Valley website he thought he’d found the right spot, and when he spoke to the landlord, Tony Skelton, his views were confirmed.

“From the outset Tony was approachable and easy to deal with,” said John, “you couldn’t ask for a better landlord. He listened to what I needed and we were quickly able to come to an agreement about adaptations to the site. I love the fact that we have a wooden building set in a leafy lane.

“Dealing with Tony direct made the whole process very easy and he was happy to explain to me exactly how the leasing agreements work. He was also very flexible on terms, structuring the rental agreement to take account of the fact that I’m a start-up business.”

John’s interest in fish and ponds started out as a hobby, but after building ponds for a few of his friends he decided to give up life as a mechanic to devote himself to building a business around his passion.

“From my own experience I knew that it was hard to find good quality fish and pond equipment in Kent. You either have to travel or buy off the internet hoping you’re ordering the right thing,” John explained. “At South View Koi I have the space and facilities to house the fish (not just Koi) as well as a shop with all the necessary accessories. We don’t just supply we can design and build ponds too, including all the landscaping to give you a beautiful finish that fits with your garden. And we provide a maintenance service to make sure the pond stays just as beautiful!”

South View Koi opened for business in April this year and signs are encouraging so far, with takings ahead of target. If you want to find out more you can visit their website at or call John on 01227 733709.

There are further opportunities for businesses to take space at Chilham Country Park, see details on this website, or speak to our Property Managers Katie Dove and Sharon Corrigan on 01304 849210.

June 2011

John Thompson, South View Koi, Canterbury