Denbies Vineyard Hotel, Dorking
What could possibly be better than bedding down in a pretty hotel surrounded by England's biggest vineyard? Nope. Can't think of anything...
Unless you count waking up to the splendid views at Denbies Vineyard Hotel, overlooking 265 sweeping acres of grape vines.
Denbies Vineyard Hotel is located in the middle of the Denbies’ vineyard and offers 17 en-suite rooms with a new restaurant and bar area. And the original farmhouse has seven, modern double en-suite rooms.
It’s is the first vineyard hotel in England and as well as having stunning views, great food and gorgeous wines – it’s also gets a big tick when it comes to green tourism.
No, it’s not the vines we’re talking about – the hotel has adopted some of the best measures to achieve a carbon neutral status, which makes Denbies the leading eco-friendly tourist destination in the North Downs and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Inside the hotel, there are subtle references to its location in the heart of the Surrey Hills wine country – warm natural bark walls line the reception entrance which leads through to the stunning Orangery with far reaching views over the vineyard. Bespoke barrel crafted furniture contributes to the origins of the working winery.
While beyond the hotel, the vineyard offers 7 miles of public footpath which includes part of the North Downs Trail, and Box Hill is located opposite the hotel – making this a perfect spot for those looking for a tranquil stay. It’s a deliciously peaceful spot – and you can easily combine a stay with winery tours and dinner in the estate’s Vineyard Restaurant. Or why not hire bicycles, and take in some of the Surrey countryside.
The open landscape garden at the hotel features two cabana style seating areas where guests can enjoy local cheeses and charcuterie accompanied by the wine made and produced on the estate.
And the next morning, a cooked Surrey Hills breakfast is served in the light, airy orangery with views out over the garden and vineyard.
Denbies Wine Estate Ltd, London Road, Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA
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