Surreys Hidden Gems

Surreys Hidden Gems

And Places to Visit

Surrey - The most Wooded County

Surrey is a county in southeastern England, known for its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant communities.

Here are some interesting facts about Surrey:

  1. Did you know, Surrey is the most wooded county in England, with over 22% of its land covered by woodland. (– Ed Note.When I was at Plumpton Agricultural college in the early eighties, we were told Sussex was the most wooded county. That means Surrey has upped its game or Sussex has lost some of its tree covered areas. Let's hope its the former)
  2. The world-famous author Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), who wrote "Alice in Wonderland," spent most of his life in Surrey.
  3. The famous British singer and songwriter Adele was born in Tottenham but raised in West Norwood, Surrey.
  4. Surrey is home to one of the oldest and largest vineyards in England, the Denbies Wine Estate, which produces award-winning English wines. Excellent to drink the wine but also mountain bike around the estate.
  5. The world-renowned physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford but grew up in St Albans and later lived in Surrey.
  6. Surrey has over 80 golf courses, making it one of the most popular golfing destinations in the UK.
  7. Guildford Cathedral, located in Guildford, Surrey, is the only cathedral in England to be built in the 20th century – Ed Note. I went there as a 10 year old back in c.1971 with school. We did some brass rubbings !
  8. Surrey is home to some of the UK's most famous racecourses, including Epsom Downs and Sandown Park.
  9. The Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, covers over 160 square kilometres and includes the highest point in southeast England, Leith Hill – Ed Note. Again, fabulous mountain biking in the area. Had many a good day hurtling down "Barry Knows Best" and "Yogurt Pots" !
  10. The Surrey Iron Railway, which opened in 1803, was the world's first public railway, running between Wandsworth and Croydon.

Guildford Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral

Overall, Surrey is a fascinating county with a rich history and many interesting facts and landmarks.

Surrey is a beautiful county with many attractions, including the Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and numerous historic sites, such as Hampton Court Palace and Guildford Castle. A log cabin in Surrey can be an ideal base from which to explore the area, offering a peaceful and relaxing retreat after a day of sightseeing or outdoor activities.

If you find yourself with time on your hands whilst in Surrey, here is a list of potential popular sites you could visit :

  1. Hampton Court Palace - A historic royal palace with stunning gardens, famous for being the home of King Henry VIII.
  2. Box Hill - A scenic viewpoint and National Trust site with breathtaking views of the Surrey countryside – Ed Note. And if you're a motorcycle fan, then visit on a Sunday. At the foot of Box Hill, the car park becomes a go to place for local enthusiasts to gather. you can see the very latest Kawasaki Supercharged H2 through to the best of vintage machicnes. Then when you're ready to get refreshed, visit Rykas to enjoy a fine cup of tea !
  3. Brooklands Museum - A fascinating museum dedicated to aviation and motor sport history, located on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit.
  4. RHS Garden Wisley - A stunning botanical garden with diverse plant collections, perfect for a peaceful day out.
  5. Watts Gallery - A unique art museum that showcases the works of the Victorian artist George Frederic Watts.
  6. Guildford Cathedral - A modernist cathedral with stunning stained-glass windows, offering panoramic views of the Surrey Hills.
  7. Loseley Park - A beautiful Tudor manor house and gardens, perfect for a family day out.
  8. The Lightbox - A modern museum and gallery in Woking, featuring a diverse range of exhibitions and events.
  9. Painshill Park - A picturesque 18th-century landscape garden, with follies, waterfalls and rare trees.
  10. Godalming Museum - A small but fascinating museum that showcases the history of Godalming and the surrounding area.

The Beautiful Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills

Box Hill Motorcycle Enthusiasts

Box Hill

Are there any famous log cabins in Surrey ?

We are not aware of any famous log cabins in Surrey, as log cabins are not a traditional architectural style in this part of England. However, there are some traditional timber-framed buildings in the county that may be of interest. Here are a few examples:

  1. The Abinger Hammer Mill - A restored 18th-century watermill in Abinger Hammer, featuring timber-framed buildings and picturesque gardens – Ed Note. As a family we visited our very good friends on Peasemarsh Farm, Gillingham, Dorset every Whitsun. Before the M25 was built we would track through Dorking and out to the Hogs Back (A31) occasionally stopping at the Little Chef where they had a monkey in a cage (how bizarre!) Anyway back to Abinger on the A25, approaching this lovely village, passing the watercress beds, in anticipation of seeing the bell being struck by the puppet (see pic below) to announce the coming of the next hour. Not sure we ever saw it happen !
  2. The Tudor Antiques Centre - A 16th-century timber-framed building in Dorking, which houses a collection of antiques and curiosities.
  3. The Old Kings Head - A historic pub in Brockham, dating back to the 16th century and featuring a thatched roof and exposed timber beams.
  4. The Watts Gallery - The Watts Gallery in Compton, near Guildford, is housed in a restored 19th-century chapel featuring exposed timber beams and a vaulted ceiling.

The Abinger Hammer Bell

While these buildings are not log cabins per se, they showcase the traditional use of timber in Surrey's architecture and offer a glimpse into the county's rich history and heritage.

We have a good number of existing customers where we have delivered cabins to Surrey who have bought and installed Log Cabins from Garden Adventure. Not famous yet, but in time they could be !

Here is a small selection of their feedback :

  • Anonymous - Romford, United Kingdom - Greater London
    • Excellent service, Martin was available to answer questions and help whenever needed, quite a feat during the recent problems of supply. The cabin is very good quality and reasonably easy to put together. Just one small caveat; the instructions could be better, they're generic and don't really cover the small differences in the various cabins. Also, it would be better if the instructions were at the top of the pack, instead of in the middle, that would allow a bit of reading before opening the whole pack. Having said that, I'm very pleased with the cabin and would highly recommend Garden Adventures if you are considering buying a cabin.

  • MS - Islington, United Kingdom - Greater London
    • After a bit of a wait due to European timber shortage our kit arrived , well packed and covered for any foul weather, checked contents of delivery were complete and in good condition which they were, lovely looking/colour timber, some reviews reported trouble with instructions ..we had none , read thoroughly beforehand and it's self explanatory, assembly was simple once you initially squared the base, looks fantastic, very pleased, lots of spare boards which i'll make a bar with, can't speak highly enough of the quality...beautiful

  • PD - Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom - Greater London
    • Great Cabin Although the cabin was not delivered on the date originally estimated. Due to the global timber shortage. We were kept informed of the progress Cabin was easy to assemble and very good quality Very satisfied

  • PS - Epsom, United Kingdom - Surrey
    • The Meribel cabin was exactly as expected, good quality and instructions were fairly easy to follow. Martin was very helpful when ordering and accommodated my slight change in door design no problem at all. I have already recommended my neighbour to order a cabin from you.
Abinger Hammer

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