A Lovely Weekend in Surrey

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Not all of our guests stay with us because of our proximity to Gatwick. As we are not under the flight path, many of our guests choose Springwood as a base for a relaxing break in Surrey.

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

Friday 3rd November

 

Arrive at Springwood around 4pm and enjoy complementary tea or coffee with home-made cake.  Once you have settled into your room, take some time to look around the house and admire our Art Deco treasures. You can  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!  Find out about Reigate’s horrible history, paranormal activity and unexplained events on the ‘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 4th November

 

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

If London is not very accessible from where you live, you could consider  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

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). 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 of 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 taking a five minute walk to Horley Resreation Ground for the annual Bonfire and Fireowrks Display. If what’s on offer on the BBQ there isn’t to your taste there are a whole host of other great restaurants nearby.

 

 

Sunday 5th November

 

After a leisurely breakfast, take a stroll to the top of our road for a close up view of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It’s the perfect spot to take photographs and wave 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 Lets Race . The UK’s only full motion F1 simulation venue.

 

If the weather is good, consider a walk on Box Hill (13 miles). Here you will enjoy breathtaking views across Surrey Hills. It is also home to some fantastic wildlife and plants, 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. Enjoy a leisurely garden stroll or a woodland trek. Although part of the house was destroyed by fire, what remains is fasinating.

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. It’s origins date to the 9th century. The pub gets its name from the bells originally hanging at St Bartholomew’s Church next door.

After dinner you can take the short walk to our unique Archway Theatre, sponsored by local ‘national treasure’ Judy Dench. You can see a performance of Enlightenment by Shelagh Stephenson, a psycological thriller.

 

Monday  6th November

 

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

Make the most of your NT membership and visit a couple of NT properties on your way home.

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

 

 

Sue Denman

 

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