Being nearly 500 years old, Botley Hill Farmhouse has seen plenty of change in its time, so when we took over in March 2015 we knew we would want to reflect that rich heritage in our plans. During its five centuries, the Farmhouse has served as the main residence for Botley Hill Farm, been a renowned tea rooms and, of course, the country inn you'll find at the top of the hill today. Botley Hill Farm, which surrounds the Farmhouse, has been a sheep farm for a century, and you'll often see our woolly neighbours in the fields if you glance out of the windows or enjoy an al fresco drink in the garden.
Our beautiful rural hilltop setting is the inspiration for one of our biggest projects – the construction of a splendid barn adjacent to the Farmhouse, where we will host weddings and private parties. In traditional Surrey style, the barn will be made of oak and flint, materials which are abundant around here and which have been used for centuries to build houses and other buildings in the local area.
When it is finished in the autumn of 2016, the barn will hold 150 people and will boast some of the best views across the Surrey Hills and the North Downs the area has to offer. Already renowned for its beautiful sunsets, Botley Hill Farmhouse will be the perfect place to say 'I do' or celebrate a special occasion with Surrey's stunning landscapes as a backdrop.
Recently we began serving cream teas in the Farmhouse tradition, using scones baked for us by Chalk Hills Bakery just down the road in Nutfield. Soon we'll be opening a tea room, purely for the enjoyment of that very British tradition of tea and cake. We'll also be opening a micro farm shop to bring you the best local produce to eat at home, just like the ingredients we use in our own menus. We're looking forward to sharing our delicious finds with you.