Bordering Greater London to the north and Hampshire and Sussex to the south, Surrey is a county which combines plenty of action and entertainment with the tranquil charm of quintessential rural England. A holiday cottage in Surrey will satisfy a range of tastes and interests.
The Surrey Hills were one of the first designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and is now one of thirty-seven of these specially protected landscapes in Britain. It stretches across a quarter of the county from Farnham in the west for Oxted in the east and down to the wooded Greensand Hills. The varied landscape is rich in wildlife and makes good walking or cycling terrain.
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden Gallery in Ockley is a must for art enthusiasts having a holiday in Surrey. The beautiful garden contains six large ponds surrounded by grasses, reeds, ferns, mosses and a constantly changing array of contemporary sculpture and ceramics, which is all for sale. There's also the Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park, set at the foothills of Devils Jump near Farnham. This atmospheric spot also mixes natural beauty with man-made works of art. Farnham itself is a pretty town with impressive Georgian architecture and a medieval castle and there is lots of self-catering near Farnham.
Set high on the North Downs, Polesden Lacey was originally a regency villa, and hosts open-air theatre and other events in the extensive grounds. In Dorking, you can explore a labyrinth of caves which run right underneath the town. Dorking and Leatherhead both have a good range of accommodation to rent, restaurants, cafes and bars and monthly farmers markets.