CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

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


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.”


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.


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.


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!


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…


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 for times) or you can find the village on the B2127 a few miles east of Cranleigh.


Get in touch...

... with your news from Ewhurst and what makes the village special to you by dropping us a line at and or by visiting our website:

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

More from Surrey Life

Thu, 10:52

Surrey is full of secret hideaways and hidden gems. Slades Farm on the Wintershall Estate is definitely one of them

Read more
Wed, 16:05

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Tue, 10:53

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Tue, 10:47

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tue, 10:41

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Mon, 14:32

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Mon, 12:56

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Mon, 12:13

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (16, 17 and 18 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We are regularly reminded of the high cost of housing with statistics revealing that only one in three millennials will be able to afford their own home during their lifetime and that most will remain in the category known as Generation Rent

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search