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Ripley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 17:16 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Ripley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Ripley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

In the 1880s, Ripley became known as the 'Mecca of all good cyclists' and so it is fitting that the Olympic road race passed through the centre of the village this year

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

In the 1880s, Ripley became known as the Mecca of all good cyclists and so it is fitting that the Olympic road race passed through the centre of the village this year

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In bloom
The owners of the Dunsborough Park estate, Baron Dolf and Baroness Caroline Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh, welcome visitors at various times of year, including for the Festival of Tulips in April and also through the National Gardens Scheme in spring, summer and early autumn.

A Michelin star
Steve Drake has made quite an impression on the Surrey restaurant scene, first at Drakes on the Pond in Abinger Hammer and then at his own Drakes restaurant in Ripley.

Single or double, sir?
The Talbot has some rather spicy history regarding Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton as it is said to have played a part in their love affair back in 1798. Its also a fine place to dine.

In the saddle
The Portsmouth Road passes through the centre of Ripley and gave the village some importance as a stopping-off place for those journeying from London to Portsmouth. Numerous inns lined the road to cater for the travellers. Later on, it became a focus for cyclists who, at one time, could be counted in their thousands.

Need to know...

...the stunning gardens at RHS Wisley or head to Newark Priory, both of which are only just up the road. While Newark Priory stands on private land, it is a striking piece of architecture and a great springboard for strolls along the River Wey.

Eat at...
The Michelin starred Drakes at the Clockhouse (01483 224777), which has been one of Surreys highest rated restaurants for a number of years.

Drink at...
The Anchor (01483 211866), which made its reputation refreshing cyclists.

Stay at...
A Surrey Life readers favourite, The Talbot (01483 225188).

Move there for...
And get: A four-bedroom period cottage within walking distance to the village.

Famous neighbours?
Eric Clapton was born there although now lives in Ewhurst.

Getting there...
Bypassed by the A3. At 10 minutes away, Woking Station is the closest.

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