Shipbourne village is situated between the towns of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, in the borough of Tonbridge & Malling. Much of the village lies within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The central village, of which Bear Manor Oast is part, is set within a conservation area and includes an excellent pub (The Chaser), historic church (St Giles), village school and exceptionally large common area and village green.

Many visitors to Shipbourne particularly enjoy the walks and public footpaths across the local countryside, woodland and the Fairlawne Estate. After enjoying a pleasant walk, visitors often stop off at the village pub to sample their first-class cuisine and fine wines.

A visit to Shipbourne would not be complete without a glance in the Grade 1 listed church of St Giles. Although the church register dates back to 1658, the present church was built by Sir Edward Cazalet of Fairlawne and opened for worship in 1881.
  On Thursday mornings, St Giles' is the venue for the award-winning weekly farmersí market. With over 17 stalls, the market offers a retail outlet for small local producers, as well as a focus for the community. Its formula is obviously a success.
  Cyclists can enjoy the rolling countryside surrounding Shipbourne village, with cycle routes available to accommodate all levels
of ability. Facilities to store bicycles can be arranged at Bear Manor Oast.