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Chobham - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 09:27 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:27 18 September 2013

Chobham

Chobham

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A highly sought after place to live, it’s not just the residents who appreciate the village of Chobham’s idyllic charms

Top secret

The existence of the Longcross tank research centre at Chobham Common was once top secret. The base developed, among other things, Chobham Armour, which is a material still used today but the site is now used for film locations and track days rather than military purposes. Plans have been submitted to develop the area into offices and homes.

Super men

Peter O’Toole actually comes off his bike at Chobham Common, rather than, say, Morocco, in the acclaimed film Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Scenes from Superman II (1980) with Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve were also filmed there.

Hacking country

Established in 1976, Ascot Park Polo Club is said to be the largest polo training academy in the world, helping over 2,500 people learn to play polo each year. Despite its name, it’s actually based in Chobham. Meanwhile, Chobham Equestrian Centre is the perfect place to learn how to ride and take advantage of the brilliant bridle paths leading out from the village into the surrounding hacking country.

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Visit…

In 1853, Queen Victoria watched the British troops setting out to the Crimea, including the famous Light Brigade, from Chobham Common. The common is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east of England and one of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world.

Eat at…

Since opening in 2012, under the helm of Fernando and Kristy Stovell, Stovell’s (01276 858000) has become one of the best restaurants in Surrey.

Drink at…

The Four Horseshoes (07767 782790) has received a new lease of life and reopened under new owners in July.

Stay at…

Foxhills (01932 872050), which hosts the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, in Ottershaw.

Getting there...

Just off the M3 from Junction 12 of the M25. The nearest station is in Woking.

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