Hotels in Surrey ~ a selection of the best
PUBLISHED: 12:29 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:02 20 February 2013
Searching for a place to lay your head in Surrey, then here's a few of the best luxury hotels to call home
Searching for a place to lay your head in Surrey, then heres a few of the best luxury hotels to call home
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The Angel is a fascinating timber-framed building in the centre of Guildford's historic High Street, which has a story stretching back to the Middle Ages. It occupies two plots that wee combined at some time in the fifteenth century. The oldest part of the hotel is the stone vaulted undercroft, which dates back to the 1300s and still has the remains of the original spiral staircase. Private dining and banquets are held in this unique setting, which is also home to a wine bar.
Tucked away beside the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham is one of the areas most unusual boutique hotels, or restaurant with rooms: A Georgian townhouse overlooking the Thames, the Bingham is a chic retreat for romantic getaways, a gourmet bolthole for gastronomic experiences, and a unique wedding and events venue.
With an iconic, art deco inspired interior, the worlds most historic motor racing track running through the reception, uber-contemporary conference facilities, a critically acclaimed chef, spa facilities, fitness centreand super suites, the new Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge has to be seen to be believed.
The Crown Inn was voted Cond Nast Johansens Most Excellent Inn in Great Britain 2010 and awarded Recommended Status for 2011. It is an idyllic English pub, nestling in the picture-perfect village of Chiddingfold. Totally refurbished, the olde world charm of the property has been lovingly maintained and sympathetically blended with a more sophisticated and contemporary decor.
Dating back to the 17th century, the Mecure Farnham Bush Hotel is an extended former coaching inn. Try the modern European cuisine of Thackery's Restaurant, or relax over a cosy drink in the Coachman's Bar.
Foxhills takes its name from the brilliant but mercurial 18th century politician Charles James Fox. The 19th Century Manor House was originally owned by Chertsey Abbey in the Middle Ages; the estate being then made up of heath and woodland making this part of the Botleys Park estate towards the end of the 17th century. Now a luxury family friendly club and resort with two championship golf courses.
The Best Westerm Frensham Pond Hotel is set in one of the country's most picturesque and peaceful locations, overlooking Frensham Great Pond. Built as a private residence in the 15th century and a source of hospitality since the 1700s, the hotel offers English country house charm.
Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa
Lime Avenue, off Portsmouth Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2BG
Tel: 0844 879 9110
Rooms from: 109
Set among peaceful private gardens and Surrey woodland, this hotel provides the ideal accommodation for an idyllic holiday retreat or romantic hideaway.Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa is a classic ivy-clad Victorian manor house, convenient for major transport links. Rich in original features and history with simply beautiful bedrooms, this is a must-visit venue.
Small and intimate, De Vere Venues Gorse Hill stands as a fine example of elegant country mansion architecture set in the heart of Surrey. It's an ideal location for touring the surrounding countryside or for those seeking a base outside the capital.
Built in 1550, probably as a royal hunting lodge, the Grade I listed Great Fosters is set among 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland and has been graced by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. Immaculately preserved, this stately historic monument boasts an enviable location close to Heathrow, the M25 and M4 and near Windsor, Wentworth, Staines and Virginia Water.
Built in the 1860s, by Arthur Woodriff Jaffray, Hartsfield Manor remained in the same family up until World War Two when it was taken over by the Canadian army and used as a hospital. Set in 16 acres of Surrey countryside and surrounded by lawns and a garden terrace, the setting is undeniably tranquil these days.
The infamous Lord Lovelace left his architectural signature stamped all across the East Horsley area at the centre of which is his magnificent, idiosyncratic home, Horsley Park. Opt for a traditional stay at Horsley Towers, with its ornate classical chapel, wonderful four-poster beds and Great Hall or more contemporary accommodation at Horsley Court and Horsley Management Centre.
Langshott Manor is a luxury 16th century boutique hotel near Horley, which is surrounded by three acres of private gardens and an ancient moat. Perfectly placed for a romantic Surrey hotel break and quietly yet conveniently as a luxury hotel near Gatwick. Packed with original features, this charming hideaway is ideal for those in search of a luxury hotel break, superb dining and some well earned time away from busy lives.
A luxury country house hotel set in the picturesque Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a haven of comfort, elegance and style in the heart of the English countryside. Set in twenty-two acres of tranquil Surrey countryside, the small but uniquely designed Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa offers the perfect retreat for the discerning guest. Its Amarna Spa is inspired by the life of Queen Nefertiti, whose name means 'the beautiful one has arrived'.
The original mansion was built sometime between 1849 and 1854, when Thomas Fowler Wood owned the land. This was added to in 1855-59 for the Quaker banker Henry Edward Gurney. In Gurneys time, one of the popular events of the year was the Festival of Ragged School Teachers for which he invited teachers from the East London Schools to meet at Nutfield Priory. A staunch advocate of education for all, he paid for special trains to bring them to Redhill. The years rolled on and eventually Surrey County Council purchased Nutfield Priory, opening it as the first Secondary Modern Boarding School for severely deaf children in England.
The privately owned historic country house, Oatlands Park, became a hotel in 1856 and stands on the site of the grand Royal Palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The great cedar tree at the front of the hotel was planted by Charles I to celebrate the birth of his son, Henry of Otelands. Only a 20 minute drive from London Heathrow airport, it is a popular choice for relaxing getaways, business and weddings.
Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa
London Road, Bagshot, Surrey GU19 5EU
Tel: 01276 471 774
Rooms from: 295
Within 123 acres of rolling Surrey parkland lies Pennyhill Park, a luxury country house hotel accompanied bythe UKs Most Excellent Spa the England rugby team are also based there. Located between Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth and only 45 minutes from the centre of London,this spa hotel offers everything from tennis andunmatchable five-star spabreaksto its own golf course and superb dining. Its Michael Wignall at The Latymer restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars.
Overlooking the River Thames in leafy Richmond, The Petersham Hotel started life in 1863, when Nightingale Cottage was acquired by the Richmond Hill Hotel Company as a site for a new hotel. As their architect, they employed John Giles who had just designed Londons first grand hotel; the recently renovated Langham Hotel in Portland Place. The new hotel building in Richmond was completed in 1865 the same year as EM Barrys new French Chateau wing of the Star and Garter above it on the hill. Nearby attractions include Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Hampton Court Palace and the Royal Richmond Park.
A bold new landmark for Surreys county town, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Guildford is a striking new four-star hotel. With stylish bars and restaurants to meet and eat and a serene urban spa, its sleek glass and cool stone tones fuse with the fabric of the town.
Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 0AG
Tel: 01784 220960
Rooms from: 145
The runnymede-on-thames has a spectacular riverside setting and is perfect for a relaxing break or for visiting Windsor and a host of other attractions and historical sites. At the hotel, there's a number of dining options, including the leftbank restaurant, the lounges and their newest restaurant The LockBarand Kitchen. Also home to excellent spa facilities.
Recently taken over by acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White, The Talbot, has for centuries played its part in history. It is said to have provided the stage for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamiltons love affair to blossom in 1798, and remains one of Englands finest coaching inns.
Woodlands Park was originally commissioned with a free hand, unfettered in the slightest degree by economical considerations in 1885 for FC Bryant, the son of the founder of the match company, Bryant and May. Set in the centre of private farmland near the River Mole, the house became a centre for Edwardian Society in Surrey, often hosting the Prince of Wales, who became King Edward VII.