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Esher ~ Surrey towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 23:25 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Sandown Park racecourse

Sandown Park racecourse

A favourite hunting spot for Henry VIII and, later, a regular haunt of Queen Victoria who visited Claremont, Esher has long been popular with the rich and famous

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

A favourite hunting spot for Henry VIII and, later, a regular haunt of Queen Victoria who visited Claremont, Esher has long been popular with the rich and famous

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Horse power...
Just a short trot from the town centre is one of the UKs best known racecourses, Sandown Park. Founded in 1875, it was also the Queen Mothers favourite course. As well as horse racing, theres karting, skiing and snowboarding to enjoy.

Pick your own...
Founded by George Henry, after he moved to West End village in 1871, Garsons Farm is now said to be the biggest pick-your-own in the UK.

House is a home...
One of the National Trusts more unusual properties, The Homewood was built in 1938 and reflects the style and ethos of the Modern Movement. A fascinating place, booking is required and it is accessed by minibus from Claremont Landscape Garden.

Green skies at dusk...
A pest? A colourful and welcome guest? A noisy nuisance? No, were not still talking about Henry VIII but the chirping blur of green that is Eshers flock of parakeets. Some say that Jimi Hendrix brought the bird to England for the first time and however unlikely that might be, theyve certainly brought their own particular style.

While youre there...

Claremont Landscape Garden, which was created in the early 18th century for Claremont House (which is now a school). Many famous horticultural names, including Sir John Vanbrugh and Capability Brown, lavished their love upon the place.

Eat at...
The Good Earth (01372 462 489) has been around for over 25 years.

Drink at...
The Rocksalt Roof Garden (01372 777777) a Champagne and oyster bar with a VIP roof garden.

Stay at...
The Bear (01372 469786) is a traditional coaching inn in the centre.

Move there for...
And get: A four-bedroom family home in one of Eshers more popular roads.

Famous neighbours?
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

Getting there...
Off the A3 from junction 10 of the M25. Esher station is on the far side of Sandown Park from the town.

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