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Ewhurst: Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 14:35 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:35 25 November 2013

Surrey Life magazine November 2013

Surrey Life magazine November 2013

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Surrounded by rolling Surrey countryside, Ewhurst is just the place for a winter walk and a cosy pub lunch…

Village voice...

If anyone knows Ewhurst well, it’s Susan Handley. With her husband Geoff, she has lived here for 40 years – the past 34 in a pretty thatched house on Pitch Hill just outside Ewhurst.

“The village is full of activities,” says Susan. “It’s a lovely place to live and there are things for all ages to do here. Everyone is so supportive and friendly if there is anyone in need of anything.”

Since their children grew up and left home, the Handleys decided to turn their house into a B&B and for the past eight years have been providing “warm hospitality and home baking in a beautiful setting.” The house itself is an original Arts and Crafts building and was once admired by the great GF Watts, the local English Victorian painter.

Susan was also a local school governor for 23 years and successfully fought the threat of the school being closed.

“We are extremely happy here,” she adds, “and really enjoy living in Ewhurst.”

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Did you know?

If you don’t know the village you may be rather surprised to learn that just down the road from this quiet little rural community there is Hurtwood Park Polo Club.

Describing itself as ‘a hidden gem at the foot of the stunning Surrey Hills’, Hurtwood Park is owned by rockstar Kenney Jones – one-time drummer with The Who and The Small Faces. Himself a polo player, Kenney recently hosted a gig here with fellow rockers Mick Hucknall and Ronnie Wood, dedicating it to the late Amy Winehouse.

Staying with the rock ‘n roll theme for a moment, you might catch a glimpse of guitar legend Eric Clapton who lives near The Windmill pub up the road. He bought his manor house there back in 1969 and has been seen occasionally in his local watering hole.

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Grab a bite…

There’s a couple of places to stop off here; the village pub is The Bull’s Head (01483 277447), which is open every day for coffee and croissants or you could try the lunch or dinner menu (among the fare on offer is rack of lamb, grilled sirloin steak or how about their own sausages with, what else, but onion gravy and mash?). Just outside the village, The Windmill (01483 548389) is famed for its spectacular views across the countryside. More recently, they have created the ‘B-Bar’ downstairs, with a “trendy, club atmosphere” and range of premium spirits. They also host vinyl nights too where you bring along your old records and dance to your own nostalgia. The current food menu has such delights as Windmill Pie of The Day or Tapenade Crusted Salmon.

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Something to take home…

Hazelbank Country Stores in The Street, Ewhurst, is the place for your shopping spree… Groceries, beers, wine and, if you want a souvenir, you can buy your very own Ewhurst calendar!

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Making the headlines...

• Tucked away in the depths of the Surrey countryside, a couple of miles up the road you’ll find the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). An outpost of UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, this research lab occasionally makes the national and international headlines with the latest news on climate change, solar physics and even space medicine.

• So who remembers The Tomorrow People? A TV series of science fiction stories from the 1970’s, they once used the windmill on Pitch Hill as a set for ‘The Doomsday Men’. Back in the 18th century, the windmill was apparently used as a rendezvous point for smugglers…

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Getting there

No nearby railway station sadly, so it’s either the bus or your car. The Arriva number 53 from Guildford will take you through Bramley and Cranleigh and on to Ewhurst (check arrivabus.co.uk for times) or you can find the village on the B2127 a few miles east of Cranleigh.

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Next month: We will be visiting the village of Chiddingfold.

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