Magical weddings in stunning Surrey
In our last blog, we were talking about the stunning setting of The Barn at Botley Hill, and how it is nestled on the edge of a beautiful green valley with panoramic views over the North Downs. Incredible, really, to think we are just 20 miles from the centre of London!
This got us thinking that it might be nice to share with you a few more details about this spectacular landscape. After all, if you’re going to get married here, it’s only right that we should tell you a little bit more about this special area.
For a start, whilst you may be aware that our beautiful wedding barn is nestled in the rolling countryside of the North Downs, the ridge of chalk hills that stretch from Farnham in Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent, did you know that we are officially the highest point? No wonder we have such gorgeous views here! Furthermore, the official North Downs Trail is just a couple of minutes’ stroll away, so for any wedding guests who fancy tackling a section of this iconic 150-mile walk, this is the perfect place to start.
In addition to all that, we are also on the Pilgrims’ Way, which is one of the most ancient thoroughfares in England. A well-trodden walkway since Stone Age times, it is best-known as the historical route taken by the pilgrims from London and Winchester to the shrine of the martyred archbishop, Thomas Becket, in Canterbury. On another point of interest, our historic inn, the 16th-century Botley Hill Farmhouse, was recently added as a stop-off point on the official route, so that walkers can enjoy a well-earned drink or a bite to eat.
If you’re interested in exploring the wider area, you’ll also find plenty of other gems nestled in this lovely landscape. For one thing, there are all the wonderful towns and villages – from the timber-framed cottages of Limpsfield to the historic architecture of Westerham and the distinctive Tudor-style buildings of Oxted.
Fancy making a full weekend of it? At the neighbouring Titsey Place, which is open on selected dates, you’ll find one of the largest surviving historic estates in Surrey with an impressive 16th-century manor house and beautiful gardens. Also home to a fantastic artisan micro-brewery, Titsey Brewing Co, you can taste their delicious beers at Botley Hill Farmhouse.
Down the road, there’s also the stunning country house, Chartwell, which was the former home of Sir Winston Churchill; the popular family attraction, Godstone Farm, where little ones can meet the animals; and the National Trust-owned Limpsfield Common – which is also home to a series of enchanting miniature houses, including Hedgehog Hall, Peter Rabbit’s Post Office and Fox Villa. Oh, and that’s not to mention the five nearby golf clubs!
In short, wherever you go in the area, you can be sure of spectacular scenery, picturesque historic villages and a very warm welcome – and all just an hour or so away from London. We look forward to seeing you here soon!