A chocolate-box village nestled in a quaint setting of the surrey hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty
Fancy visiting a quintessential English village with an picture-perfect charm and a blissful tranquillity?
Situated between the historic towns of Guildford and Dorking, lies the picturesque small village of Shere. A stream of River Tillingbourne flows centrally through the village under the historic footbridge with ducks curiously waddling through it providing it a perfect picnic setting for families with toddlers in tow, and with an ice-cream shop just opposite the bridge is just the thing on a English summer day.
The Tudor architecture of the old village houses (one still named as "old prison house") is a major draw for the visitors with rustic designs and quirky gardens.
Best Enjoyed : Stroll through the village and preferably with a sketchbook
Distance from London : 40 miles
Free parking bay (gets busy on weekends) ,Gift shop, Ice-cream shop, Tea house and Cafe
Must-visit : Dabbling Duck Deli Cafe
A newly hatched deli and cafe by the village duck pond with good food, cakes and coffee. On a typical weekend, it is equally swarmed by the cyclists enthusiasts and trekkers who come here to enjoy a cuppa. My personal absolute favourite is the lovely breakfast home-made granola with yogurt, fresh fruit, honey and fruit puree, which I have to confess I have gobbled down unashamedly on multiple occasions on our weekend visits. Visit the cafe's website for the menu.
Overall, a tiny timeless village with an old-world feel with numerous listed buildings pre-dating 1830s (also finds a mention in the Doomsday Book published in 1086) nestled amidst the foot of the rolling hills - surely, makes it a top pick for a weekend escape!