Godstone village guide 2015
PUBLISHED: 16:06 25 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2015
A beautiful village springing from an expansive green, Godstone is well stocked for coaching inns, has its own vineyard and, perhaps most famously, a family farm that attracts thousands to the area
Originally published in A Celebration of Surrey Life
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1 The picturesque green at Godstone has always been a thoroughfare, as the many historic coaching inns attest. It’s said that Queen Elizabeth I and, years later, Queen Victoria used the White Hart on their travels.
2 About a mile’s stroll east, along a secluded footpath, you’ll find the quaint Church Town section of the village, dominated by St Nicholas Church and its postcard perfect almshouses and cottages.
3 Take the footpath out the back of the churchyard and you pass by the Glebe House estate, which was once owned by the inspirational late editor of House & Garden magazine, Robert Harling.
4 The Surrey Wildlife Trust managed 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.
5 Godstone Farm is one of the oldest children’s farms in the country, with the animals greeting up to 2,000 visitors a day.
6 Caves under Godstone Vineyards were once used as a bonded warehouse for liquor during World War Two.
7 A frontier ranch on the A25, the Flower Farm Shop has been serving up the freshest food from their farm since 2003.
8 If you’re on the hunt for ‘beautiful things for lovely people’ then the Godstone Emporium is an antiques collective of around 20 people.
9 There are many quaint cottages and grand manor houses, with one of the most interesting of the latter being Lagham – it’s an old medieval moated manor house.
10 Found just outside the village, the Orpheus Centre is an inclusive performing arts charity founded by British entertainer and musician Sir Richard Stilgoe.
A pocket guide:
Drink at: Whether looking for a craft or draft beer, or a glass of vino, pop into The Bell Inn.
Eat at: Head for a spot of tea at the ever friendly and popular Green Rooms of Godstone.
Stay at: Dating back to the late 16th century, The Godstone Hotel is also home to the Coach-House Restaurant.