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A small commute south of London but a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the capital sits rolling countryside, vast woodlands and quaint English villages

An area of outstanding natural beauty and proudly labelled the country’s leafiest county, Surrey is home to the stunning Surrey Hills, over 25 National Trust properties and acres of glorious gardens and landscapes. 

With endless walks and cycle paths, plentiful wildlife to spot, English wines to taste and outdoor theatres too, Surrey in summer is a wonderful place to be.

The RHS Wisley is one of the most- loved gardens in the UK, blooming with plants and flowers from across the globe. Their calendar of seasonal displays such as the rose and exotic gardens compliment their array of family events and activities. As for the Savill Garden at Windsor Great Park, together with The Valley Garden and Virginia Water, the luscious grounds are known as The Royal Landscape – a 1,000-acre natural haven showcasing some the country’s finest horticulture.

Among the green spaces, picture- postcard villages and bustling market towns, Surrey as a county is rich in history. From the peaceful Magna Carta memorial at the riverside site of Runnymeade, to Guildford’s medieval castle and Great Towner, there’s fortresses, settlements, museums and many stately homes that span centuries, all with a story tell.

Why You'll Fall in Love with Virginia Water

Once a favourite picnicking spot of Queen Victoria, the woodland shores and spectacular lake at
Virginia Water is now a destination for families to enjoy all year round.

  1. Admire the magnificent, ornamental Cascade waterfall rebuilt in the 1780s after it was destroyed in 1768.
  2. Be fascinated by the 10 mystical characters on the 100-foot Totem Pole gifted to HM The Queento mark the centenary of British Columbia.
  3. Visit the impressive Copper Horse depicting George III on horseback on Snow Hill at the Long Walk.
  4. Watch over 500 deer roam freely in the deer park, all descendants of the 40 hinds and two stags that were introduced in 1979.

Where To Visit

Denbies Wine Estate

Enjoy a taste of Surrey and a glass of something sparkly at Denbies Wine Estate. Established in 1986, the county’s award-winning vineyard boasts a delicious collection of elegant fizzes, fruity whites and vibrant reds. Meet the team and go behind the scenes on one of their organised tours or stroll along the 7 mile public trail through the magnificent vineyard to adore stunning views of the North Downs

Brooklands Museum

The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, Brooklands Museum houses a collection of classic cars, motorcycles, bicycles and London buses. Assembled on the first purpose-built motor racing circuit, it’s  home  to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-build aircrafts including the Second World War Wellington Bomber and the Concorde.

Watts Gallery

Nestled in the Surrey Hills is the UK’s only gallery devoted to a single artist,
George Frederic Watts OM RA. The Artist’s Village is a unique arts and crafts gem with a collection of historic and contemporary galleries and teashops.
What’s on...
Heritage Open Day: 15th Sept MAKE Festival: 28th - 29th Sept Armistice Day: 10th Nov

Guildford Lido

Tucked away next to Guildford College in 4 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, is one of the country’s original 1930’s pools. Offering an open- air pool of tropical-blue heated water from April to September, it’s a fantastic place to unwind, have a picnic and enjoy the summer sun when it shines.

The lido is a great facility - an outdoor 50 metre lido is a rare thing these days and so highly valued

Augustus House, Surrey

Exclusively designed for the over 70s, our stunning new development Augustus House is a mix of 60 one and two bedroom retirement apartments in the beautiful town of Virginia Waters, complete with a club lounge and bistro, hair salon and wellbeing suite, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

The picturesque town is one of the most affluent in Surrey, appealing to those seeking a village atmosphere, stunning scenic pastimes and exquisite dining options.

Nestled on the border of a conservation area, Augustus House boasts beautiful green views of The Bourne, easy access to the parade of shops and excellent transport connections for those wishing to travel further afield.

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