5 cosy places to stay in Surrey this winter

Snuggle around your own fire pit at North Downs Shepherd Huts (Photo: botleyhill-farmhouse.co.uk)

Snuggle around your own fire pit at North Downs Shepherd Huts (Photo: botleyhill-farmhouse.co.uk) - Credit: botleyhill-farmhouse.co.uk

If the colder weather is making you feel like escaping to somewhere snug and cosy, you might be surprised to find some perfect rural retreats right on your doorstep. Here’s our pick of the best to discover in Surrey…

The Surrey Manor

Thought to be Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited house, The Surrey Manor will impress you not only with its luxurious accommodation, but also with its rich heritage. This 1,000-year-old Grade I listed moated Manor House has hosted royals such as King George V and Queen Mary, and even boasts timbers from the Armada fleet in its dining room panelling. These days you’ll find modern comforts including plasma TVs and a heated indoor pool and tennis court alongside traditional features like its Arts & Crafts library, 16th century dining room, Victorian landscaped gardens and sumptuous bedrooms with original Tudor windows. Don’t miss out on the Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk while you’re there. Taking you through spectacular woodland, this walk connects three National Trust properties, ending up at Winkworth Arboretum – a visual delight of all kinds of trees and over 1,000 plant species.

Wonersh Common, Wonersh

North Downs Shepherd Huts

Situated in Oxted, near the picturesque scenery of the North Downs Way, Broomlands Farm is home to a cute collection of shepherd huts, designed for the ultimate, intimate glamping experience. Equipped with the necessities of modern life, but with a rustic charm, this is somewhere to curl up close and enjoy a cosy weekend in the countryside. Each hut has been handcrafted in Somerset with Shaker-style interiors and solid oak flooring. You can order a cream tea to be waiting for you on arrival and there’s also bed and breakfast on offer. A short drive – or, even better, walk across the fields – to nearby Botley Hill Farmhouse, a 16th century country inn is essential. Serving up an imaginative menu using independent suppliers such as Titsey Brewing Company and Chalk Hills Bakery, you’ll get a true taste of Surrey.

Broomlands Farm, Broomlands Lane, Oxted


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Beaverbrook’s recent £90 million makeover, has turned this country house hotel into one of Britain’s most desirable boltholes. With a colourful history as a high-society hangout, this was once home to lord Beaverbrook and counts Churchill among its illustrious guests. Now, the breathtaking views across its 470-acre setting combined with eclectic décor and exquisite original features makes this a destination that will have you swooning over its tiny touches of total indulgence. The Garden House has a cosy country vibe, while The Coach House Cottages, set to open this winter, will sit near Beaverbrook’s much-anticipated luxury spa. Rooms are child and pet friendly and the ideal place to book an extra-special winter staycation.

Reigate Road, Leatherhead

Christmas Pie Barns

Set around a converted stable yard, this cosy collective of boutique B&B rooms is a beautiful place to enjoy a secluded Surrey escape. Renovated from Tudor hops barns, each room can be hired out individually or as a whole property if you’re planning a larger gathering. Completed in 2017, the comforts are modern and generous, but you also get stacks of its original 14th-Century charm. The bubbling hot tub is open all year round for a romantic soak under the stars, and there’s a spa treatment room and seasonal outdoor pool too. Wrap up warm and explore nearby Alice Holt during your stay with its cycling and walking trails, Timberline play area and Gruffalo adventure trail.

West Farm, Runfold

Lockhurst Hatch Farm

You won’t get much more remote and removed from modern life than a timber lodge in the woods. In fact, your neighbours when you stay at Lockhurst Hatch Farm are most likely to be badgers, foxes, rabbits or the occasional family of deer, which can be found roaming freely among this peaceful woodland setting. The farm is home to two cabins, a shepherd’s hut, the Old Dairy, and B&B accommodation in the main farmhouse. Not far from the pretty village of Shere, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic rambles – one pit-stop not to miss is a trip to the newly renovated King William IV pub (affectionately known as ‘The Willy’) in Little London, just outside Albury, where you’ll find a great selection of beers and ales from all your favourite local breweries.

Lockhurst Hatch Lane, Farley Green


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