8 great ideas for Mother’s Day 2015 in Surrey - from luxury spas to gastronomic gardens
PUBLISHED: 10:51 10 January 2015 | UPDATED: 08:59 15 January 2015
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From luxury spas to gastronomic gardens, there’s plenty to treat your loved ones with in Surrey this Mother’s Day
Explore past follies
A magnificent landscape garden dating back to the 18th century, Painshill Park in Cobham suffered years of neglect before being taken over by a charitable trust. Now well on the way to being restored to its former glory, exploring its follies, such as the Chinese bridge, the Crystal Grotto and the Ruined Abbey, makes for the perfect way to relax come the weekend. And, on Mother’s Day, mothers get free entry when they are accompanied by their children.
• Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113
Wine and dine
For a scenic family day, head to Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking where a number of special packages have been put together for mothers. Their Mother’s Day brunch and vineyard train tour offers the best of both worlds, with panoramic views from the Gallery Restaurant followed by a journey through the 265 acres of vines. Alternatively, piano music will accompany a two-course buffet with Denbies sparkling wine from 12noon to 3pm in the Garden Room or enjoy a three-course lunch in the Gallery Restaurant.
• Denbies, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA. Tel: 01306 876616
Just hang out
For something a little different this Mother’s Day, why not unleash your inner Jane and swing by Go Ape near Farnham? Forget the usual flowers and face creams, and instead head for the trees. Take on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of tree top crossings – and all among one of Surrey’s most spectacular forests. Mum certainly won’t forget this day out in a hurry!
• Go Ape Alice Holt, Bucks Horn Park, near Farnham GU10 4LS. Tel: 0845 094 8634
Relax in style
Reward those hard-working mums with something a little extra special this year. Among the very best spas in the country, if you want luxury, indulgence and acres of space then The Spa at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot is the one for you. Expect a vast, 45,000 square feet, five-star haven of pure relaxation adjacent to one of Surrey’s finest country house hotels, and set in 123 acres of rolling parkland. What is more, if you’re lucky you might even spot one of the members of the England rugby team, who train there regularly.
• The Spa at Pennyhill Park, London Road, Bagshot GU19 5EU. Tel: 01276 486100
Pay a visit to the much-admired garden at Vann in Hambledon, which is delightful in spring with its glow of massed bulbs, blossom on the bough and fresh emerging foliage – not to mention a unique water garden created by the legendary garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. The garden opens for the National Gardens Scheme between Sunday March 29 and Saturday April 4, from 10am to 6pm. Admission is £6 for adults, children free.
• Vann, Hambledon GU8 4EF. Tel: 01428 683413
The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination throughout the year with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse. For those mothers with a foodie (as well as gardening) interest, Wisley has recently overhauled its food and drink offering. Now you can enjoy the bustle of the British Food Hall, where the best seasonal ingredients are served throughout the day, or try The Restaurant, which is aiming to make the garden a gastronomic destination.
• RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000
A gourmet dinner
A picturesque village in its own right, Chobham has also earned something of a gastrovillage reputation after its success at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2014. Among the winners was the stunning Stovell's restaurant, which not only offers a beautiful destination but some seriously impressive cooking.
• Stovell’s, 125 Windsor Road, Chobham GU24 8QS. Tel: 01276 858000
Perfect for a picnic and a stroll, Virginia Water Lake was once the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles. On the south bank, you’ll discover an ornamental cascade and the Leptis Magna ruins, a ‘Roman temple’ that was built from columns and lintels brought from the ancient city of Leptis Magna in the early 19th century. Over on the north bank, meanwhile, there’s a 100-foot high Totem Pole from Canada. The woodlands surrounding the lake have been continuously planted since the middle of the 18th century.
• Virginia Water, Blacknest Road GU25 4QF. Tel: 01753 860222
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