Luxury and boutique hotels 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.
PlanesThe 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.
BoatsServices 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.
TrainsCars are a handy way to explore the county’s rural environs, though you can happily do without.