The Great Escape

The Great Escape


It’s clear that this year the ‘staycation’ has become increasingly popular with more people than ever turning to places they can explore within the UK.

Whilst most usually travel abroad for their Summer holiday, there is a lot we can discover locally! So to help inspire your getaway this year, we’ve rounded up 8 of our favourite locations in and around the Guildford area.

1 – The Mitre Hotel

4/5 Very good | From £243 per night

Situated on the bank of the River Thames, you will find a refined, yet relaxed boutique hotel with 36 individually-designed bedrooms and suites, each inspired from a combination of quirky British sensibility and elegant authentic luxury.

Choose from two restaurants and bars, a riverside terrace with the world’s first Whispering Angel wine concession, a vintage food truck and a private boat launch.

What’s more, the whole family is welcome, even the dog! With nine dog-friendly rooms available on the ground floor with access to the outside terrace, you can ensure a paw-fect stay for the whole family. (You can even dine with your dog at the Coppernose restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner!).

+44 (0)20 8979 9988

Hampton Court Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9BN

2 – Bel & The Dragon Churt

This beautifully restored Country Inn is located in the picturesque Surrey Hills with 18 timelessly styled en-suite rooms that feature a distinctive cosy and classic style. Separated from the main Inn is The Cottage, a newly renovated 5 bedroom annexe that’s perfectly designed for a group booking.

Surrounded by a multitude of tranquil walks and beautiful scenery, you won’t be short of things to explore. Afterwards you can wind down in the spacious and attractive restaurant & bar with the option to dine alfresco in the large garden, complete with a play area for children.

4.5/5 Excellent | From £126 per night

+44 (0)1428 605799

Jumps Rd, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2LD

3 – Guildford Harbour Hotel & Spa

Renowned for it’s first class facilities, this 183 room hotel located in the centre of Guildford is an excellent base for exploring the sights of Guildford, London and the wider Surrey area.

Enjoy the two excellent dining options available with a vibrant and relaxed all-day bar and restaurant space, known as ‘The Social’, or the lively HarBAR that’s open till late with live DJ’s and late night dancing on a Friday and Saturday.

Relax and unwind in the HarSPA with 7 treatment rooms, 2 indoor experience pools, a stone oven sauna, an aromatic crystal steam room and a state-of-the-art gym.

4.0 Very good | From £108 per night

+44 (0)1483 792300

Guildford Harbour Hotel & Spa, 3 Alexandra Terrace High Street, Guildford, GU1 3DA

4 – Hand and Spear

4.5 Excellent | From £159 per night

Relax home-from-home in this historic pub and hotel set in the heart of Weybridge, Surrey. Enjoy a cosy night stay in one of the 12 tranquil, boutique rooms with the option of a dog friendly room if you’d like to bring along your four-legged friend.

Taste the best of British ingredients in the beautiful, newly renovated pub and stylish restaurant. For those warmer days, the lively and beautiful garden complete with a burger shack provides the perfect set up for an alfresco dining experience.

Not forgetting the scrumptious Sunday Roast they serve up on a Sunday! It really is something special.

+44 (0)1932 828 063

The Hand and Spear, Old Heath Rd , Weybridge , Surrey, KT13 8TX

5 – Great Fosters

4.5 Excellent | From £247 per night

Make yourself at home at the endlessly charming Tudor estate situated in the 50 acres of iconic gardens and grounds. Choose from 43 individually designed rooms and suites, each steeped in regal heritage and charm.

For award-winning everyday dining, head down to the Michelin-star ‘Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room’ and the 2-AA rosette awarded restaurant, ‘The Estate Grill’. During the Summer months, you can step outside into the acclaimed gardens with stunning terraces and patios, where you’re able to enjoy alfresco dining all day.

What’s more, dogs are welcome too! Bring along your pooch for the full luxurious experience with a comfy bed, stylish bowls and delicious treats provided, as well as, acres of country gardens to explore.

+44 (0)1784 433822

Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

6 – Aviator

4.5 Excellent | From £140 per night

Discover the timeless glamour of aviation in one of the most strikingly designed hotels with unrivalled views of the private Farnborough airfield. Aviator’s aerodynamic design

boasts sleek, yet rich and comfortable rooms with seductive interiors.

With a variety of dining experiences available, from an intimate brasserie, an all American dining concept, two private dining rooms to a cocktail bar that all encapsulates the seductive style of aviation, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

+44 (0)1252 555 890

Aviator, 55 Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6EL

7 – Beaverbrook

4.5 Excellent | From £490 per night

You couldn’t get more quintessentially English than a Country House on a 470-acre estate in the Surrey Hills. With three options for your getaway, The House offering 18 charming rooms, The Garden House offering 11 botanical themed rooms and The Coach House, which offers a combination of rural inspiration and whimsical sophistication. Each room has a stylish sense of tranquility with a simple country charm, as well as, private balconies and terraces to enjoy.

Step outside into the elegant surroundings, you can head down to four dining choices, the Japanese Grill, The Garden House Restaurant, Sir Frank’s Bar and The Coach House Deli.

Take a stroll through the gardens or catch a golf buggy to the nurturing spa where you can take a dip in the pool, relax and take in the breath taking views of the vibrant and enchanting place designed with nature at its core.

+44 (0)1372 571300

Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX

8 – The Runnymede on Thames

4.5 Excellent | From £182 per night

On the back of the River Thames in Surrey, you can discover the family-owned modern hotel where you can choose from a variety of spacious en-suite rooms, of which some will even allow your canine companions.

Indulge in a variety of dining options, from alfresco lunches to decadent afternoon teas at the Leftbank restaurant, The Lounge and the outdoor terrace with River Hideout.

With a host of activities available for the whole family, from paddle boarding to riverboat cruises, The Runnymede on Thames boasts the perfect location on and off the water. After a busy day of activities, you can switch off and relax in the award-winning spa.

+44 (0)1784 220600

Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AG

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