The Handbook
The Handbook

Surrey has always been a go-to destination for city dwellers on the search for a quick country escape and it’s easy to see why with its sweeping fields, beautiful nature reserves and little cell phone signal.

Whether you’re on the search for a weekend break post-lockdown or a reuniting spa break with the girls, here’s where to stay in Surrey this summer.

Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa

A stay at Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa is rich with history. The walls are still lined with portraits and works of art centred around the hotel’s most famous resident, Lord Beaverbrook, a consummate politician, publicist and friend of Winston Churchill. Today, you can enjoy your stay with his memory in mind as you roam through the 470 acres of estate, dine in one of the hotel’s finest restaurants and rest your head on one of the grand four-poster beds. 

There are three houses you can stay in, each with their own charms, but we love The Garden House thanks to its quintessential English charm and airy rooms. Each room overlooks the woodland area and are overflowing with botanical inspired interiors. You’ll have serious interiors envy. 

Where: Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8QX
Website: www.beaverbrook.co.uk

Great Fosters

Set within 50 acres of ornate gardens and parkland, it’s no wonder that we’ve fallen in love with Great Fosters and its luxury country accommodation. Home to 43 suites and bedrooms, the hotel’s history is steeped in its design and interiors, from four-poster beds to lavish wooden panelled walls nuzzled inside the rooms. 

Right now, Great Fosters is gearing up for its reopening and have set up a detailed reopening strategy to ensure that your stay is as safe as possible. When booking, you’ll be able to design your reservation to suit you, from picking out your picnic spot to booking in for cocktails on the terrace, helping to reduce the interaction whilst staying at the hotel. Of course, it’s no stay at Great Fosters without exploring their glorious gardens, and they’re busy crafting special dining areas, as well as art-tours and woodland walks to enjoy while you’re staying. Welcome back, Great Fosters.

Reservations are available to be made now for their reopening on 4th July.

Where: Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Reopening from 6th July
Where: London Road, Bagshot, Surrey GU19 5EU
Website: www.exclusive.co.uk

Pennyhill Park

It’s hard to remember what life was like before lockdown, but a stay at Pennyhill Park will thrust you back into the luxury of it. 

Set in 123 acres of rolling Surrey countryside, the five star hotel and spa will give you a snippet of paradise, from its Michelin starred dining to award-winning spa retreats. Make sure you book ahead for the Michelin starred restaurant, The Latymer, and sample some of the best locally sourced ingredients inspired by your summer stay, or settle in for a romantic spa weekend with your loved one and enjoy your own tailor-made treatment. We’re very intrigued by the ‘oxygen bubble’… 

Forget the pressures of city life, it’s time to sample a taste of the best of Britishness at this country retreat.

Langshott Manor

While travelling abroad might be off the cards this summer, don’t let that stop you from staying at Langshott Manor, the Alexander Hotel that’s located close to Gatwick Airport. 

You’ll be thrusted back in time at this charming 16th century manor house. Home to 22 suites and rooms, each room has its own unique quirks whether you’re after a modern stay or a traditional suite that’s bursting with charm. If you’re feeling peckish, enjoy dinner at Josh Mann at The Mulberry, the picturesque dining room celebrating local produce and modern techniques. 

Reservations are available to be made now for their reopening on 4th July.

Where: Ladbroke Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 8PB
Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Wotton House

Once the home of John Evelyn, a botanist and arboriculture expert, 400 years on and Wotton House lives to tell his tale. 

Wotton House’s story is shared through housing the first Italian gardens in England dating back to the 17th century and the cosy yet charming countryside rooms that are home to sweeping views of the country estate. The restaurant, 1877, celebrates the best of the British seasons through crafting their menu to fit the ambience set by each season. It’s definitely a spot for magical or even, fairytale weddings too.

Where: Guildford Road, Wotton, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6HS
Website: www.wottonhouse.co.uk

Bingham Riverhouse

It’s easy to forget that Richmond is actually nuzzled on the cusp of Surrey, but it would be hard to forget the beauty that lies within Bingham Riverhouse. 

Slotted on the banks of the River Thames, the hotel-cum-restaurant is known more widely for its food and saw a new restaurant be MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards, which opened just before lockdown began, but is set to reopen from 4th July if possible. Upon the return, Edwards hopes to showcase the best of local and British produce, through innovative dishes. Meanwhile, in the hotel you’ll enjoy a home-away-from-home experience, with soaring views along the Thames.

Where: 61 – 63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey TW10 6UT
Website: www.binghamriverhouse.com

Bel and The Dragon

Nuzzled between the little countryside town of Farnham and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, the Bel & the Dragon Churt is the countryside tavern you’ve always dreamt of staying at.

Despite being newly renovated, the hotel is dotted with cosy nooks and each room echoes English charm thanks to their timeless interiors. It’s the kind of place you can imagine curling up in a corner with nothing but a good book.

Where: Jumps Road, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2LD
Website: www.belandthedragon-churt.co.uk


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