5 reasons to visit Hascombe
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An insider’s guide to the best places to shop, eat and visit in the Surrey village
The White Horse
Home to Surrey Life chef of the year 2019, Valentino Gentile, The White Horse is a quintessentially Surrey pub ably balancing bar snacks and a beer relaxation with Champagne fuelled fine dining. Its stylish restaurant is neatly separated from the main bar action.
The site of an Iron Age hill fort, Hascombe Hill offers spectacular views and countryside walks. Unusually, you will also find a modern stone circle there. Looking like a mini Stonehenge, the uninitiated might imagine they had stumbled upon an ancient find on the hilly slopes - but it was actually erected in the 1990s!
We are in prime National Trust countryside here at Hascombe. The spectacular aforementioned Winkworth Arboretum truly comes alive at autumn as fiery tones make for dramatic lakeside panoramas. Then there’s Hydon’s Ball and Heath, a memorial to National Trust founder Octavia Hill which looks out onto the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the ridiculously quaint Oakhurst Cottage in nearby Hambledon.
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Crafty Brewing Company
Only a few minutes away at Loxhill, the Crafty Brewing Company make fine, hand-crafted beers in a barn on a farm in the woods. Establish in 2014 to make small-batch craft beers for village fetes and a few local pubs, they have grown into a state-of-the-art brewery with award-winning beers. The Village Spirit Collective and The Surrey Copper Distillery are also based nearby for those who prefer a cocktail.
Sir Winston Churchill
It is told that in a bid to find a little peace, Sir Winston Churchill first learnt to paint in Hascombe. His family would use Hoe Farm as a weekend retreat and he first picked up the brush having noticed his sister-in-law, Gwendeline, painting in water colours. Reproductions of two of Churchill’s paintings of Hoe Farm can be found on the first-floor landing of Godalming Museum.