Box Hill, Surrey, has long been a favourite spot among Londoners seeking a countryside escape, sweeping views and scenic woodland walks. Here, we round up the best hotels and B&Bs nearby, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Box Hill is a beautiful National Trust site and one of the finest landmarks in Surrey. In the early 19th century, the chalk hill featured in the Jane Austen novel, Emma, and is now home to story-worthy walking routes, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging trail hikes. Whichever you pick, rest up at one of these top hotels.
This former coaching inn, sandwiched between the slopes of Denbies wine estate and the North Downs, is only 6mi (10km) from Box Hill. The hotel dates back to 1278, though it had a spruce up in 2018. It’s dog-friendly, so if you’re bringing your pooch on your Box Hill hike, they’ll be more than welcome here. The restaurant, the Dozen, specialises in Surrey produce – try the Barrel & Stone pizza.
This historic mansion in the rolling Surrey Hills has a romantic Italian garden, Roman temples, fountains, grottoes and 13 acres (5ha) of landscaped gardens. Hunter wellies and umbrellas are available to borrow by the oak front door. The suites, accessed via a 17th-century staircase, feature chesterfield sofas and writing desks, plus roll-top baths and double vanity sinks in the bathroom.
Denbies Vineyard Hotel offers far-reaching views, a peaceful setting and ample room for parking. It is one of the first vineyard hotels in Britain and comprises 14 double rooms with ensuite bathrooms and three premium suites – all decorated in a contemporary country vibe. A stay here isn’t complete without a visit to the Vineyard Restaurant where you can relax and sample delicious wines.
This family-run B&B in the village of Holmbury, is homely, welcoming and a perfect spot for a quiet country hideout. Choose from one of three private ensuite cottages, all of which are accessed from the courtyard. The lodges are self-catered, though you can opt for a full English breakfast which is served daily in the dining room. In the afternoons, sip a cup of tea on the garden patio with views over the paddocks.
Just a seven-minute drive from Box Hill, this bed and breakfast makes an ideal base for exploring the scenery of Surrey. You’ll be greeted with coffee and home-baked cakes in the elegant dining room, from which you can also enjoy views of the secluded garden and conservation area. The Victorian house seamlessly blends quintessential English grace with first-class comfort. The guest rooms are spacious and beds are beautifully made with fresh white linen. For dinner, wander into Dorking town centre for a meal at one of the restaurants.
Gatton Manor is one of the county’s hidden gems, its 200 acres (81ha) spread across the Surrey Hills and surrounded by woodlands, gardens, rivers and lakes. This 18-bedroom hotel and golf club is home to a championship course, designed by architect Cdr John D Harris. After a round of golf, relax by the fireplace at the Clubhouse bar, or swing by the restaurant for a traditional Sunday roast served with fluffy potatoes, parsnips, honey roast carrots and Yorkshire puds.
This country hotel, built in 1885, oozes charm and tranquillity and is within easy reach of Box Hill. The Grade II-listed building was one of the first houses in the UK to have electric lighting. Now, you can expect sculptured ceilings, oak panelling and comfy king-size beds in every room. It’s also dog-friendly, so bring along your pooch and set off early for a sunrise walk at Box Hill.
Situated in the village of Chilworth, the Percy Arms is just 12mi (19km) from Box Hill. As you walk through the doors of the small village pub, you’ll step into a corner of South Africa, rather than traditional English surroundings. Bedrooms are named after Africa’s Big Five and reflect the style of a colonial hunting lodge, with animal-skin carpets draped over hardwood floors. British cuisine with a South African twist is served at the pub restaurant, with steaks and game being firm favourites on the menu.