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Our guide to luxury Surrey holidays

A skip and a jump from London, yet worlds away from the rush of the capital, Surrey is a sylvan county where ancient history and a thriving cultural scene converge. Here's the Unique guide to luxury Surrey holidays.

The country is calling. Here, the heather-strewn Surrey Hills meet Guildford’s historic marketplace, and Hampton Court Palace vies for attention with genre-defining art at Watts Gallery, where the works of 'England's Michelangelo' sit alongside quirky oil paint animalia. Wrapped up in Southern charm and just an hour from London, it’s not hard to see why Surrey appeals to those looking for a taste of rural-luxe living. Spend mornings following in the footsteps of monarchs, afternoons floating through the willow trees of the Godalming Navigation, and evenings sipping flasks of mulled cider planning tomorrow's summit of Box Hill.


Despite its diminutive size, this pocket-size corner of England packs a punch. In our guide to luxury Surrey holidays, we’ve covered every corner of this wooded county, including all the best things to see, do, and eat. Think canal-side picnics, 100-year-old avenues of maples, and delis-turned-cookery schools that teach everything from cheese-making to pudding prep. After days of adventure, return to your luxury self-catering home where unwinding comes in the form of: glass-like swimming pools, yoga studios for sun salutations, reading nooks perched atop crayfish ponds, and sunken hot tubs surrounded by acres of evergreens.

Locations in Surrey

It´s a tale of patchwork paddocks, artisanal living, and historic market towns — including Haslemere, Bramley, and Godstone — all boasting cricket pitch charm and the allure of the good life, a gentle jaunt from the Big Smoke.

Collections in Surrey

Our curated collections have every fleeting fancy covered, including spur-of-the-moment escapes to clock miles in the backcountry and long-term lets made for testing if life in this Edenic commuter belt is right for you.

Things to do in Surrey

Take to the trees a la Tarzan in Farnham as you zip between ancient oaks, or cast your line at Willinghurst Fishery, before sourcing a stellar English sparkling to pair with your catch straight from the vines at Denbies.

Things to see in Surrey

Admire Henry VIII´s Great Hall at Hampton Court, have the horticulturists drink in a kaleidoscope of roses at RHS Wisley, or seek solace at Painshill Park as night falls; the gardens´ grottos are cast anew under the mystic moonlight.

Where to eat in Surrey

From period inns, where chalkboard menus read like an ode to Surrey´s fertile fields and farms, to Michelin-starred tasting menus savoured in walled garden surrounds; Surrey gives new meaning to the word provenance.

Journals about Surrey

Say namaste to the new-wave wellbeing escapes — where sunrise pilates sessions are followed by bracing dips and Bali bowl brunches — or seek sanctity in the neuroarchitecture behind the UK´s most soul-stirring homes.

Our round-up of new-wave well-being escapes

Our round-up of new-wave well-being escapes

You may have rushed in, but you’ll float out. It’s the travel era we’ve all been waiting for: new-wave well-being escapes that are deliberately unconventional. Think eco-ponds, floating glass meditation rooms, and garden pizza parlours.

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Buildings built to move us

Buildings built to move us

Touching on the subject of neuroarchitecture in design, this month we explore eight homestays which stir the soul. Relaxation, creativity and pure escapism; nothing is left uncovered at these purposeful properties.

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Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes

Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes

Sandi Toksvig returns with a star-studded line-up of celebrity friends to showcase the very best homes across Britain and Ireland, with a few Unique Homestays visited en route.

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The best surfing beaches in the UK and Ireland

The best surfing beaches in the UK and Ireland

Surfing nirvana needn´t be confined to far-flung places. Whether a seasoned boarder or a born-again “grommet”, surf trips on home soil know how to pack a punch (and stay under the radar).

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Surrey FAQ´s

Looking for advice on the best time to visit the arboretum? Want to know the most picturesque villages in the county? If you have a Surrey-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

How far is Surrey from London?

Nestled in the southern part of England, Surrey is a hop-skip from London, making it an idyllic escape from the city's hustle and bustle. The journey time varies depending on your exact location but, generally, Surrey's borders are around 15 to 30 miles away from central London. It’s a popular commuter belt around the city with great connections by train in and out of the city, and around 30 to 40 minutes by rail or road.

Are there any popular vineyards or wineries in Surrey?

Surrey’s reputation as a burgeoning wine region has been growing rapidly, with gentle hills and favourable microclimates that have produced some of the UK’s most successful vineyards. Denbies Wine Estate is the largest in England, a short drive from Dorking, with acres of vines ripe for wine tastings. A trip to Albury Organic Vineyard offers an insider’s guide to organic and biodynamic wine-making, adding a touch of sustainability to that crisp glass of white. Take a bottle home and pop the cork in the sunken hot tub, then watch the sun set and the haze of a summer’s day transition into a starlit night.

Where can I go hiking or enjoy outdoor activities in Surrey?

Life in the Surrey countryside is bucolic, its landscape a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. For ramblers, the Surrey Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) provides rolling hills, woodlands, and scenic trails through ancient woodlands and alongside picturesque lakes. Cyclists often tackle Box Hill, part of the route during the 2012 London Olympic Games. If it’s water you seek, Surrey’s lakes and rivers provide ample opportunity for fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding – Buckland Park Lake in Reigate is popular, whilst the non-tidal stretch of The Thames at Runnymede offers gentle currents and a slice of history, right next to the birthplace of the Magna Carta.

Where are the prettiest villages in Surrey?

Dotted with chocolate-box villages and charming hamlets, Surrey has no shortage of choice. Shere feels quintessentially English, with mediaeval timber-framed cottages lining cobbled streets and flower-laden bridges connecting one side to the other. Godalming’s winding lanes, where historic houses and romantic ruins pepper its lush surroundings, is tranquil, cosy and full of colour in the spring. Others worth seeking out include Ripley, Sunday cricket played on its village green, and Chiddingfold, a small village with an award-winning golf course that couldn’t be more British if it tried.

When is the best time to visit Surrey?

Surrey has its doors flung open all year-round, with each season distinct in its own right. In spring, the average temperature reaches 14°C, bringing blooming flowers and mild weather, where leisurely walks among the weeping willows of the River Wey feel positively rejuvenating. Summer brings average temperatures of 22°C and, if you’re lucky with the English weather, sunny days for picnics in wildflower meadows and pints of ale in thatched pub beer gardens. Autumn paints the countryside in golden hues, temperatures ranging from 7°C to 16°C, with enchanted woodlands like the Winkworth Arboretum kaleidoscopic in colour. During winter, cosy fires warm half-timbered inns and Christmas markets throw the smells of caramelised almonds into the wind. Whatever time of year you visit, this is a county full of countryside charm and friendly neighbours meaning, whatever the weather, there’s a spot ready for you.

Own a property in Surrey?

Are you the keeper of a rural estate? Or the custodian of a quaint cottage? From Chiddingfold to Cobham to regal Egham, we´re seeking Surrey´s most unique homes to join our growing portfolio.

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