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Godstone: Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 13:55 04 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013

Godstone: Surrey village life

Godstone: Surrey village life

Best-known for its popular farm, and less well known as the home of predatory terrapins, you've probably driven through Godstone on numerous occasions. Well, maybe now's the time to stop...

Did you know...
At Bay Pond Nature Reserve, which is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, there are some rather surprising occupants: red-eared terrapins. Some think that they may be a result of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze in the 1980s when households craved their own movie star counterparts as a pet. The terrapins are predators that feed on native wildlife, but they havent managed to breed at Bay Pond as yet.

Did you know 2...
... that Bay Pond is actually man-made? It was created in the 16th century by the owner of Godstone Manor and Leigh Mill, George Evelyn, as part of his gunpowder works.

Village voice
Im originally from Melbourne, Australia, but moved here almost 17 years ago, says resident Donna Mackintosh, who works at The Market Place in the village. I love living here, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and yet there is still so much to do for all the family whether its taking a trip to Bay Pond with the children orenjoying an evening out with family and friends at the many restaurants such as The Bell and The Godstone Hotel. My Dad loves it when he comes over from Australia hes even got to know some of the locals.

@ the village hall
Godstone Market takes place at the White Hart Barn in the centre of the village on the first Sunday of each month and hosts a variety of stalls from jewellery to cards and clothes.

Making the headlines
Former Crystal Palace FC chairman Ron Noades, owner of Godstone Golf Club, has promised a new 73-suite hotel to accompany the course, featuring luxury facilities. Planning permission was granted in January but it has not been confirmed when work will begin on converting the 18th century former boys school building, Streete Court.

Grab a bite
For a spot of contemporary dining, The Bell (01883 743216), on the High Street, is from the same stable as the likes of The Wotton Hatch, Wotton, and The Minnow in Weybridge, serving good food in cool surroundings. Just opposite, the Godstone Hotel (01883 742461) is a hidden gem with its stylish Courtyard Restaurant opening up onto the road fortunately not as busy as the A25, which runs through much of the village. There are two further pubs in the village too, the Hare and Hounds (01883 742296) and the White Hart (01883 742521).

Something to take home
On the High Street, The Emporium (07766 193126) is packed full of antiques and curios think ancient books to comically creative doorstops and fire irons. Just down the road, Godstone Village Crafts (01883 743604) provides everything you need to make your own memories.


In the spotlight



  • Sir George Gilbert Scott, one of the leading architects of the Victorian era, restored St Nicholas Church and designed the beautiful neighbouring St Marys almshouses.

  • Godstone Farm was hit by E-coli in 2009, but fortunately life is now back to normal at this fun-packed family attraction.

  • The Orpheus Centre is an inclusive performing arts centre founded by British entertainer and musician Richard Stilgoe and found just outside the village.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2011

Best-known for its popular farm, and less well known as the home of predatory terrapins, youve probably driven through Godstone on numerous occasions. Well, maybe nows the time to stop...

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Getting there:
Located on the busy A25, the easiest way to reach Godstone is by road, with its nearest station in neighbouring South Nutfield or Oxted. There are several buses that stop in the village the 409, 410 and 411.

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