Nestled in the south-east of England, Surrey is a fabulous place to visit that offers some of the country's most stunning scenery. In amongst the stretches of ancient heathland and countryside, wonderful waterways and scattering of wild gardens are a number of gems; including historic National Trust properties and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With plenty to discover, you are your pooch are sure to have a getaway to remember.
- Holmbury St Mary, EnglandIn a wonderful rural location, set within the Tanhurst Estate and backing onto the grounds of Leith Hill, this delightful character cottage is peacefully tucked away within extensive gently sloping gardens, which have an array of colourful plants, shrubs, trees and borders. From the garden, there is a short walk to the parking space. Leith Hill Place and Tower is a popular historic National Trust site, and is the south of England’s highest point, offering breathtaking views. It was once a favourite visiting place of Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist, and he conducted experiments in the grounds, and it now attracts visitors worldwide who come to see the popular gardens. Ralph Vaughen Williams, the renowned composer resided there, with his wife who was from the Wedgwood family, known for their porcelain.
There are many popular country inns and pubs in the locality, mostly serving fine fayre, and picturesque villages and hamlets to discover nearby include Shere with its 13th century church, tea rooms and duck pond. Also located close to the property are Abinger Hammer, Holmbury St Mary, Ockley and Forest Green. Dorking is about a 10-minute drive, a delightful town with various amenities, plus a mainline station to London. Guildford, about a 20-minute drive, has a cathedral, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, large shopping centre and cosmopolitan eateries. In addition to the lido, indoor pool, Spectrum Leisure Centre, you can find Wild Wood Adventure Park, ideal for children of all ages.
Wonderful walks can be enjoyed along the North Downs, and the most popular walks include Newlands Corner and Box Hill. Other National Trust homes and gardens include Polesden Lacy, Hatchlands Park, Clandon Park, Leonardslee, Nymans and Wakehurst Place which are all within easy driving distance.
Brocketts Farm makes a fun day out for the children, and there are easy motorway links to get to Chessington World of Adventure. Also, visit Hampton Court Palace, Denbies vineyard and Gomshall Mill. If a day at the races is for you, there are many racecourses to choose from including Sandown, Lingfied Park, Kempton, Brighton and Plumpton. For a day at the beach, Worthing or Brighton are about an hour away by car. Beach 30 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.£104From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandThis delightful cottage, one of a pair, enjoys an extensive enclosed lawned garden, with a gentle fenced stream at the end. Boasting historic links that date back to the early 1800s, it is a Georgian timber framed farm cottage, built for the workers on Birketts Farm. It is conveniently situated on the road into the village of Holmbury St Mary and is in the valley between popular walking areas Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill. The cottage has views across to Leith Hill, and the stream at the bottom of the garden is one of the tributaries to the river Arun, which has its origin on Leith Hill. Inside, the cottage is warm and welcoming with lots of thoughtful personal touches throughout. The cosy living/dining room has a lovely gas stove in an inglenook surround, and the kitchen is well equipped with a breakfast table looking out to the front garden. The bathroom has a shower over the bath and there is also a utility/boot room, ideal to put muddy boots or anoraks in after a day of walking. Upstairs there is a spacious master bedroom with views overlooking the countryside to the front and rear. The much smaller twin bedroom is set up in an ‘L-shape’.
Holmbury St Mary is considered one of the prettiest villages in Surrey and is believed to be the basis for the fictional village of Summer Street in E.M. Forster’s story, ’A Room with a View’. Hurtwood Common, on Holmbury Hill, is the largest area of common land in Surrey and is the home to Mullards Space Science Laboratories, which is the largest space research group in the UK. It is perfectly situated for walking and cycling, and every year the Prudential Cycle Race comes past the front of the cottage.
There are many popular country inns and pubs in the locality, and picturesque villages and hamlets to discover nearby include Shere, with its 13th-century church, tea rooms and duck pond. Also located close to the property are Abinger Hammer, Ockley and Forest Green. Dorking is about a 15-minute drive and is a delightful town with various amenities, plus a mainline station to London. Guildford, about a 20-minute drive, has a cathedral, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, large shopping centre and cosmopolitan eateries. In addition to the lido, indoor pool and Spectrum Leisure Centre, you can find Wild Wood Adventure Park, ideal for children of all ages.
Wonderful walks can be enjoyed along the North Downs, and the most popular walks include Newlands Corner and Box Hill. Bocketts Farm makes a fun day out for the children, and there are easy motorway links to get to Chessington World of Adventures. Also, why not visit Hampton Court Palace, Denbies vineyard, which is the largest in the UK, and Gomshall Mill. If a day at the races is for you, there are many racecourses to choose from, including Sandown, Lingfield Park, Kempton, Brighton and Plumpton. For a day at the beach, Worthing or Brighton are about an hour away by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.£94From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandSet on a private drive off a quiet lane, Tor Hatch Cottage is a pretty holiday home set next to the grand main house of Tor Hatch. The cottage overlooks a wide picturesque valley in the Surrey Hills, with access to the owners’ huge garden and footpaths beyond. There are abundant walking opportunities, and this is a great base to put your walking boots on and clear your head with a walk across the fields to one of the local villages and pubs.
If cycling is your passion, there are lots of routes from the doorstep that are very popular with cyclists - indeed both the 2012 London Olympics and the Prudential RideLondon routes pass within a mile, just north of Shere. With lots of quiet lanes and traditional villages to explore, plan your excursions next to the roaring fire, or open the map out with a cold drink in the sunny dining room.
Tor Hatch Cottage offers two double bedrooms, a comfortable sitting room and well-equipped kitchen area, perfect for a break away from the city, all within a half hour drive of London suburbs such as Epsom, Esher and Weybridge.
For larger groups, why not book with Tor Hatch. sleeping a total of 16? For further information, please see Tor Hatch Estate.
To top off the experience and give you a morning protein fix, fresh eggs are available from the owner’s chickens - laying dependent!£186From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandSet on a private drive off a quiet lane, Tor Hatch is a very special place, overlooking a wide picturesque valley in the Surrey Hills.
Tor Hatch Cabin is a quirky and colourful hidden gem tucked to the side in the garden of the main house. It has a kingsize bed, shower room and well-equipped kitchen. Outside is a private garden area with a barbecue and outdoor seating, with views across the valley. The perfect spot for some al-fresco dining or relaxing with a glass of bubbly.
There are plenty of cycle routes in the area that are very popular, with an abundance of quiet lanes and traditional villages to explore along the way. Dogs are welcomed too and with plenty of walking opportunities on your doorstep, this is also a great base to put your walking boots on and clear your head with a walk across the fields to one of the local pubs. It is perfect for a weekend escape from the city and is within a 30-minute drive of London suburbs such as Epsom, Esher and Weybridge.
For larger groups, the main house can also be booked by itself or as a complex with the adjacent Tor Hatch Cottage (ref M529670), sleeping a total of 16. Whether you are in your glad rags or your galoshes, Tor Hatch welcomes you with open arms! Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£140From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandThis charming four-bedroom period cottage, nestled in the Surrey Hills, offers an ideal retreat for gatherings with friends and family. Located just an hour from London, Parkside is part of the original Albury estate, featuring an unassuming exterior but surprisingly spacious interior with an instant homely feel.
The cottage boasts two inviting living rooms; the first adorned with a beautiful fireplace, bookshelves, and a log burner for quiet moments, while the second spans the full length of the house and offers two distinct seating areas, one with a wood burner and the other with a Smart TV. Plenty of seating for all. The adjacent dining room hosts a substantial oak dining table, cupboards filled with games, and overlooks a large garden with a patio. The well-equipped kitchen includes an Aga for winter warmth and cooking, a convection hob, oven, Lavazza coffee machine, and modern comforts. Upstairs, three double bedrooms, children’s bedroom and a family bathroom with a spacious bath and separate shower await. The main bedroom features a super kingsize bed with an en-suite.
You have bi-folding doors leading to the patio equipped with a table, chairs, loungers, BBQ, and fire pit. A ping pong table and tree swing are halfway down the long garden, leading to a self-contained garden room with living and sleeping accommodation for two, with gym kit including Concept 2 Rower and Bike. The inviting play area is a children’s delight with climbing frame, swing, slide and camp. Also, a large trampoline with side netting, football net and bounce back net.
Situated in the Surrey Hills, the cottage provides direct access to heathland and the Blackheath Forest from the garden, with scenic walks to Shere village or Albury Park. Shere, featured in films like "The Holiday," and is only a 15-minute footpath walk. The quintessential village includes boutique and antique shops, cafés, pubs, Lido, tennis courts, skate ramps and restaurant. You really are spoilt for choice with fishing, vineyard, Gin distillery and Newlands Corner all within a 5-minute drive, plus pubs in neighbouring Gomshall, Albury, Shamley Green and Peaslake.
For those football or cricket players, there are pitches and nets also 10 minutes walk away at Albury Sports Club. Bike hire available in Shere. For guests staying in December and January, note that work in the neighbouring garden is ongoing, with a new hedge being planted. While the neighbouring garden may be more visible than usual during this period, it remains discreetly situated at the far end of the cottage’s garden, away from the house. Parkside cottage promises a magical getaway, whether for walking, biking, or simply unwinding in its special and picturesque location.£171From price per night based on 7 night stay