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Esher - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:58 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:58 15 October 2013

Sandown Park racecourse

Sandown Park racecourse

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Esher has long been popular with the rich, royal and famous. Today, the town is known for its cosmopolitan vibe

The fast lane

Just a short trot from the town centre is Sandown Park racecourse. Founded in 1875, it was also the Queen Mother’s favourite course. As well as horse racing, there’s karting, skiing and snowboarding to enjoy. The Daytona karting is of particular note, with a Top Gear style leader board highlighting just a few of the big names who’ve tackled the track.

Pick your own

Founded by George Henry, after he moved to West End in 1871, Garson’s Farm is now said to be the biggest pick your own in the UK. Last year, they won the best lifestyle and best food hall categories at the Garden Centre Association Awards. The perfect spot to find your next dinner.

Unusual property

One of the National Trust’s 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 at this tenanted property, which is accessed by minibus from Claremont Landscape Garden. Tours are available the first and third Friday, and the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

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Visit...

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

Eat at...

For something a little different, try the Lebanese restaurant Layla (01372 462333)

Drink at...

The Rocksalt Roof Garden (01372 777777) is a Champagne and cocktail bar with a VIP roof garden.

Stay at...

The Bear (01372 469786) is a traditional coaching inn with seven en-suite bedrooms in the centre of town.

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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