How To Make The Most Of Your Weekend Break

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Here are some of the things you could enjoy while staying at Springwood for a weekend at the end of October. There are always some interesting events taking place within easy reach.

Friday 30th October 2015

Arrive at Springwood around 4pm and enjoy complementary tea or coffee with home made cake.  After, you can get settled into your room and take some time to look around the house and admire our Art Deco treasures – you can even play the ‘is it original or is it reproduction?’ game.    Then take a well-deserved snooze or spend some time reading one of the many books available on the Art Deco period.

Once your batteries are recharged, why not head into Reigate (6 miles) and enjoy a meal at a choice of superb restaurants including Ready Steady Cook chef, Tony Tobin’s Dining Room for Fine Dining.   You can always work up an appetite by joining the famous Ghost Walk first!  Never before has a combination of Reigate’s horrible history, paranormal activity and unexplained events been put together in such a way as the ‘Reigate Ghost Walk’.  Or if you really like to get spooked, be brave and join the Shocktoberfest at Tulley’s Farm (6 miles) – this ‘frightening’ event really is for adults!

Saturday 31st October 2015

Start the day with a relaxing breakfast in our Art Deco themed dining room whilst decided what to do with your day.  There’s so much on offer.

If you like auctions, you could bag a bargain at the Antique and Lost Property Auction at Ardingly (11 miles).  Perhaps you or your nearest and dearest has a nostalgia for steam trains – if so then take the short drive to the Bluebell Railway (8 miles) where their steam hauled services operate every day from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park through the delightful Sussex countryside. This is a special time of year when the trees display their magnificent golden colours as summer gives way to Autumn.  Sit back and enjoy the splendid views on the 22 mile round trip along the Bluebell line whilst you are steam hauled by one of their vintage steam locomotives.

If you are looking to make a start on your Christmas shopping, the towns of Dorking (8 miles) or Horsham (16 miles) are both charming market towns boasting many independent shops and quirky antique shops.

Once you’ve spent a perfect day out, make sure you get back in time to freshen up before leaving the car safely in our car park and taking a five minute walk into Horley for dinner at Da Peppino, our renowned Italian restaurant.  Leave your Springwood key on your table and your bill will be reduced by 10%!  If Italian isn’t to your pallet, then there are a whole host of other great restaurants nearby.

After dinner, walk around the corner to the unique Archway Theatre for a performance of The Beggar’s Opera. This quirky theatre is set under the railway arches and is proud of local resident, Judy Dench’s patronage.

Sunday 1st November

After a leisurely breakfast, take a stroll to the top of our road and join the spectators of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It’s the perfect spot to take photographs or wave encouragement to the drivers as they stop at the traffic lights.  If this inspires your inner ‘petrol head’ a couple of minutes’ walk will take you to Let’s Race, the UK’s only full motion F1 simulation venue.

If the weather is good, then take a walk up to Box Hill (13 miles) where you will enjoy breathtaking views across Surrey Hills and the surrounding countryside. It’s home to some fantastic wildlife and plants too, including the Adonis blue butterfly and bee orchid

If you are not already National Trust members, do consider it. You only need to visit 3 or 4 properties to make it good value. We are blessed in this area having numerous National Trust historic houses and gardens within easy reach. Nyman’s Gardens (11 miles) is my favourite.   See Nymans in autumn colour and discover a special place. From a leisurely garden stroll to a woodland trek, there is lots to take in on foot this season, either self­led or enjoying a guided tour.

Head back to Springwood with an appetite and take a stroll to Ye Olde Six Bells for dinner. Enjoy a spot in front of one the roaring log fires in our local 16th century pub. This quaint country inn is reputed to be the second oldest pub in the country with origins dating to the 9th century. The pub gets its name from the bells originally hanging at St Bartholomew’s Church next door.

Monday 2nd November

After breakfast we will be keen to hear about what activities you enjoyed most and hear any tips you may have for other Springwood weekenders.

If London is not very accessible from where you live, you could consider finishing off your long weekend with a trip to our capital where the possibilities are endless. You can leave your car with us and get the train from Horley – it only takes 35 minutes to London Victoria.

And if you’ve got something already planned at the end of October, then we’d be happy to give you ideas for making the most of a weekend break on different dates.

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