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…

The Hill Top Stroll – Box Hill

In this second post on the National Trust’s beautiful estate of Box Hill let’s take another look at Box Hill and look at what else there is to do, if you can bear to drag yourself away from those amazing views over rolling countryside. If you take the Hill Top Stroll from the summit you will come…

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…

Birdworld: where flamingos roam …

I am often reminded by my Godmother (A3Traveller herself) of what I was like as a child – I am sure that I am not the only one who is!  She has two favourite tales to tell.  The first how as a blonde ringlet-ed child, in pink dungarees, I tried to pick up cannon balls…

The Hindhead Tunnel – Genius Engineering

If, like me, you have driven back and forth to London from Portsmouth on the A3 prior to 2011, you will have realised the pure joy of bypassing The Devil’s Punchbowl and the mind-numbing traffic queues at Hindhead crossroads. The 29th July 2011 could not have come quickly enough for me and I even visited…

Pawprint Series: Hindhead Commons, Surrey

It’s a particular pleasure for me to return to Hindhead at least once a season.  For years, I suffered in wearisome traffic jams on the A3 motorway at Hindhead’s crossroads – a notorious traffic congestion spot now thankfully bypassed by the Hindhead Tunnel.  So I love the fact that the region has returned to an…

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…