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Limpsfield - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 13:29 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:29 15 October 2013

Limpsfield

Limpsfield

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Located in the shadow of the North Downs, Limpsfield is a picturesque village with easy access to great walking tracks

Hogwarts and all?

On the outskirts of the village you’ll find the stunning Hogwarts-esque St Michael’s - a grade II listed building originally constructed in Victorian times as a school for the children of missionaries and later becoming a private girls’ school. It was converted into apartments in 2000. When George Eliot was writing Mill on the Floss she used to stay at Skinners Farm on Bluehouse Lane - she also wrote Adam Bede while staying in the village.

Taking flight

At Limpsfield Common, Major Baden-Powell and Colonel Cody were once said to fly man-lifting kites in the days when men were still learning to fly. Also look out for the partly hidden and recently restored Second World War air raid shelter. The common’s old Roman road used to link Southwark in London to the south coast near Lewes.

Community heroes

In 1998, the Memorial Stores and Post Office was in danger of closing. Village residents decided to save it and now volunteers help a full-time manager to run the business for the benefit of the village.

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Visit

The Titsey Estate, which is found just on the otherside of the M25 to Limpsfield and was at one time the biggest estate in the south east of England. The House and Gardens are held in Charitable Trust and for part of the year are open to the public.

Eat at...

The Bull freehouse and eatery (01883 713402), which offers a good range of wine and beer in a gastropub environment.

Drink at...

On the other side of the Titsey Estate you’ll find Botley Hill Farmhouse (01959 577154), which overlooks the North Downs.

Stay at...

Just down the road, the Godstone Hotel (01883 742461) is a hidden gem with its stylish Courtyard Restaurant.

Getting there...

Just off junction 6 of the M25 with the A25 passing near by. Oxted station is the closest to the village.

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