The ultimate dovecote

This surely has to be the most magnificent dovecote I have ever seen – I call it the Westcott Wonder.  Pristinely thatched and maintained in the picturesque village of Westcott, one mile west of Dorking in the Surrey Hills, the dovecote resides close to the central village green.  It has a weather vane above it…

Agatha Christie & the Mystery of Surrey’s Silent Pool!

For this second week’s post, we continue the watery theme with a visit to The Silent Pool, Shere, just outside of Guildford. I had no idea this was opposite Newlands Corner otherwise I would certainly have visited sooner! Due to the bad weather last year, the walk around the Silent Pool is somewhat curtailed at present,…

Box Hill’s Stepping Stones

This week, I am still staying in the Surrey Hills area, (my new favourite place to visit) but this time, there’s a watery theme. One of the most popular parts of the National Trust’s Stepping Stones walk in Box Hill is undoubtedly the walk across the River Mole by way of the 17 hexagonal stepping…

It’s Box Hill Baby!

What I love about working in PR is that it introduces you to new destinations and new experiences.  Yes of course I knew about Box Hill and the 2012 Box Hill Climb from the Olympics but I hadn’t realised before visiting personally just how beautiful the Surrey Hills area actually is. The views from the top…

Five of the Best: Southern England’s Country Estates

Having been a recent convert to the National Trust and English Heritage, I find myself seeking out places to visit during the weekend and here are some of my favourites.  My enthusiasm, as you will see, has even led me to visit independently owned properties too!  Little gems all. If you visit Goodwood House for the…

Loseley House – A little gem hidden in the Surrey Hills

I have passed the sign to Loseley House on the A3 countless times – but have never really had any idea of what it signified. At a loose end one bright summer’s day, I decided to join the 130,000 or so other annual visitors to satisfy my curiosity. Loseley House is situated within 1,400 Surrey acres of which…

Regal Ruin: Waverley Abbey – a treasure lost

I love a good ruin and heard via a friend about the remains of Waverley Abbey located on a peaceful loop of the River Wey in Surrey, now looked after by English Heritage.  It’s free to visit and can be accessed within “any reasonable time in daylight”. This Abbey was the first Cistercian house to be established…