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Virginia Water - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:58 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:58 17 October 2013

Virginia Water

Virginia Water

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One of the most expensive villages in Britain, Virginia Water is home to the illustrious Wentworth Estate

Prestigious properties

Over the years, Sir Bruce Forsyth, McLaren’s Ron Dennis and, somewhat notoriously, even the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet have called it home, and the Wentworth Estate continues to be regarded as one of the country’s most prestigious addresses. Housing website Zoopla latest survey recently revealed that Virginia Water is the most expensive village in Britain.

On the fairways

The most famous of the Surrey heath and heather golf courses - and also the most televised course in Britain - the West Course at Wentworth is where keen golfers can get a sense of the heritage, the glamour and feel special in strangely familiar surroundings.

Taste of the vine

The Wine Circle in Station Parade is an independent wine shop, restaurant, bar, deli and fromagerie – and, as if that isn’t enough to keep them busy, they also offer regular wine tasting events. How’s a bottle of Chateau Palmer Margaux 2004 at £200+ sound?! Other wines are, of course, available from their thoroughly well stocked range.

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Visit…

First dammed and flooded in 1753, Virginia Water Lake was once the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles. On the south bank you’ll discover an ornamental cascade and ‘Roman temple’ and on the north a 100-foot high Totem Pole from Canada.

Eat at…

Located on London Road, next to the main entrance of The Wentworth Club, Piccolino (01344 844756) serves fresh seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat and seafood that reflect pure Italian flavours.

Drink at…

Just down the road in Sunningdale, Bluebells is a two AA rosette restaurant and garden bar (01344 622722)

Stay at…

Great Fosters (01784 433822) has hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

Getting there…

Close to junction 12 of the M25, The station is on the Waterloo to Reading line.

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