Botley Hill Farmhouse sits amidst a wealth of cultural sights and sweeping Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty countryside just waiting to be explored via the North Downs Way. Here are a few of our favourite things to see and do in the local area. We'll be waiting with a refreshing drink and a delicious snack when you come back!
The area surrounding Botley Hill Farmhouse has some of the best views over the breathtaking Surrey countryside, at approximately 267 meters (876 feet) above sea level. A cycle and pedestrian path runs from Chelsham to Botley Hill Farmhouse alongside the farms and open fields. Along the route you can look down across London and the Thames valley. You can also enjoy walks through 500 acres of woodland on the Titsey Estate for most of the year.
The former seat of the Gresham and Leveson-Gower families, Titsey Place is an historic manor house near Oxted which is especially noted for its fine art collection, including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Canaletto. See one of the greatest surviving examples of Victorian horticulture in the restored gardens and find the remains of a Roman villa in the parkland. Titsey Place also provides the inspiration for the names of the beers from our neighbours, Titsey Brewing Co.
Botley Hill forms the highest point of the North Downs Way, which run from the Hog's Back near Guildford to the cliffs of Folkestone and Deal. The North Downs Way largely follows the Pilgrims' Way, an ancient pilgrimage route between Winchester and Canterbury, and offers more than 150 miles of scenic walks through stunning countryside. Attractions along the way include Waverley Abbey, Farnham Castle, Rochester Castle, Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.
This moated manor house near Sevenoaks is owned by the National Trust and dates back to the 14th century. Discover its courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling and even a Grade I listed dog kennel. You can also enjoy the gardens and their orchard, lakes and woodland.
Another National Trust property, Quebec House was the childhood home of General James Wolfe, who won America for the British at the Battle of Quebec in 1759. The house appears as it did in the 18th century when Wolfe lived here with his family, including Mrs Wolfe's gardens.
Built in 1681, Squerryes Court has been in the Warde family since 1731, and it is they who are responsible for restoring the Victorian and 16th century gardens and have preserved the art, furniture, porcelain and tapestry collections. Events run in the gardens on selected days of the year.
This Grade II listed church dates back to the 11th century and may have been built by William the Conqueror's half-brother. Situated just half a mile from the Pilgrims Way, it is believed pilgrims may have taken communion through the low quatre foil window in the south wall on their way to the shrine of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury.
This grand former archbishop's palace near Sevenoaks has been in the hands of the Sackville family since 1603. An outstanding art collection includes works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck. The surrounding medieval deer park is open year-round.
The family home of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, Chartwell near Westerham is filled with the artefacts of one of Britain's most famous leaders. View the largest collection of paintings by Churchill, and meet Chartwell's famous cat, Jock.