Luxury holidays in Surrey

You don’t have to travel far to find England’s green and pleasant land. Indeed, many born-and-bred Londoners who crave the charms of the countryside with the convenience of the capital migrate to Surrey for its easy-to-access mix. This Home County hotspot swells with rural pubs and rolling walks, from the deer-flecked pastures of Richmond Park to the tree-topped Surrey Hills and its Box Hill cycling summit. Yet, it still throws on chic shopping in its browse-worthy towns and gastronomic cuisine at Michelin-pipped restaurants, such as Stovells and The Clock House. Packing a rural punch without compromising on style, it’s a weekend in the country for even the most committed urbanites.

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When to go

Surrey beckons at any time of year: crisp in winter; bursting with life in spring; sometimes hot in summer; and ablaze with colour come autumn. Of course, this being England, there’s always the chance of rain, but fire-warmed pubs are only a short stroll away.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The UK’s two busiest and best-served airports nudge Surrey’s borders: Heathrow to the north; Gatwick to the south. The easy proximity to both explain the country’s enduring wealth and prosperity.
  • Boats

    Services from central London are quick and easy. Southern and South Western railways serve the main stations of Leatherhead, Haslemere, Dorking, Woking and Guildford directly from Waterloo.
  • Trains

    Cars are a handy way to explore the county’s rural environs, though you can happily do without.