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Shere ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 17:47 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 20:30 20 February 2013

Shere ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Shere ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Widely considered to be one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey, Shere has a perfect chocolate-box tranquillity that has attracted visitors from far and wide

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012


Widely considered to be one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey, Shere has a perfect chocolate-box tranquillity that has attracted visitors from far and wide


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Lets play ball
Shere has a historic connection with baseball! Experts at Surrey History Centre confirmed in 2009 that baseball was played in Britain more than 20 years before American independence and it was all thanks to Sheres William Bray, who wrote about it in his diary. This is credited as the first reference to a game, which was played in Guildford on March 31, 1755.


More historical tales
Peter Pan creator JM Barrie once organised a cricket team, featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to play the Shere village XI. While Agatha Christie was involved in a real life murder mystery, faking her own death at Newlands Corner before vanishing into thin air.


Welcome to Hollywood...
St James Church, and its Sir Edwin Lutyens designed lychgate, feature in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The cast of 2006 film The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, also descended on the village.


Open arms
Every June, Shere residents open their garden gates and invite the public to view a selection of about 20 beautiful private gardens in the village.

While youre there...


Visit...
...the village museum, where you can learn more about the Shere Dambuster among other local tales. It originated as a one-day event in 1984, as part of Sheres annual Fair in the Square.


Eat at...
One of Surreys finest, Kinghams (01483 202168) serves a mouth-watering range of dishes in a beautiful setting.


Drink at...
The William Bray (01483 202044), which is owned by former racing driver, Julian Bailey, and is a Top Gear favourite.


Stay at...
Rookery Nook bed and breakfast (01483 209 399) is a cosy 15th century Grade II listed house in the village.

Move there for...
650,000
And get: An idyllic three-bedroom property with uninterrupted views across the fields.


Famous neighbours?
Julian Bailey and his motor racing chums.


Getting there...
Shere can be found just off the A3 the nearest train station is at Gomshall, one mile down the road.

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