The Best Places to Stay to Book Near Birdworld, Farnham

Frensham Pond Country House Hotel and Spa is in a lakeside setting on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Frensham Pond Country House Hotel and Spa is in a lakeside setting on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty | Courtesy of Frensham Pond Country House Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Laura Hampson

Tucked away in leafy Surrey, Birdworld threw open its doors over half a century ago and is now one of the largest bird parks in the UK.

Daily events here include penguin feeds and an outdoor flying display that runs during the summer months. Birdworld is also home to the Jenny Wren Farm, so visits with fluffy farmyard animals are available, too – it’s a lovely day out for kids and curious adults. Read on to find out where to stay when you visit Birdworld – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Frensham Pond Country House Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel

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Set on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Frensham Pond Country House Hotel and Spa is a pretty choice for your next visit to Birdworld, just a 12-minute drive away. Enjoy its lakeside setting from the comfort of the spacious rooms or from the fine-dining Watermark Restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the views.

2. Cartref

Cottages

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Cartref is a characterful Grade II-listed cottage in the heart of Farnham. Behind the lilac front door you’ll discover an open-plan living room and kitchen with beamed ceilings. Head upstairs to discover the modern bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, or out the back to laze in the quaint garden. The prime position here means you can explore the market town when you’re not visiting Birdworld, an easy nine-minute drive or an 18-minute bus ride away.

4. Sweet Briar

Cottages

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With roses framing the pastel-blue front door, Sweet Briar is a quintessential English country cottage. Set in the Hampshire village of Crondall, a 14-minute drive from Birdworld, Sweet Briar has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two singles. Here, modern fixtures meet original architecture, with a tiled bathroom, exposed-brick walls, wooden beams and a vaulted ceiling. There’s a private garden to relax in out the back, too.

5. Eglantine

Cottages

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Those looking to take in lungfuls of fresh country air will struggle to find a better place to do so than Eglantine. The pretty one-bedroom cottage has a glorious garden filled with flowers and mature trees – be sure to take a book and a picnic blanket, as you’ll want to stay in the garden all day long. The cottage itself is just as quaint, with exposed beams, a modern kitchen and a sitting room with fireplace.

6. The Princess Royal

Pubs with Rooms

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Pubs with rooms are such a cosy choice for accommodation. The Princess Royal in Farnham is an excellent example of this, with 27 beautifully furnished rooms under its thatched roof. A full English breakfast is included when you book a room here – go for the Indulgence Suite for its free-standing tub – but with plant-based club sandwiches, slow-braised beef and a charcuterie board on the menu, you’ll likely want to book in for lunch and dinner, too.

7. The Old Bakery

Cottages

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Behind its Grade II-listed, 18th-century brick exterior, the Old Bakery offers a surprisingly modern stay for your visit to Birdworld. As its name suggests, the cottage was once a bakery for the village of Seale before it was transformed into a home. Now with three bedrooms – a master and two singles – the cottage is spacious and comfortable and even has a small, elevated garden out back.

8. Farnham House Hotel

Hotel

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For a luxe stay that’s just an eight-minute drive away from Birdworld, consider Farnham House Hotel. Set in rambling grounds, it’s a charming country house hotel packed with personality – many rooms have four-poster beds – and offers hearty breakfasts. Opt for a light dinner; if you choose the staycation package, the hotel can pack lunch for you, too – ideal if you’re planning to spend the day at Birdworld.

If you’re an animal lover, make sure you book the best hotels near Chester Zoo and the best hotels near Edinburgh Zoo through Culture Trip.

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