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Spotlight on Glorious Godstone

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Sitting between Reigate & Oxted and on the escarpment of the North Downs Godstone is the quintessential Surrey village.  It’s well known for its coaching inns, the vineyard but, perhaps most famously, a family farm that attracts thousands to the area. 

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Here’s a few other facts that you may not know…

The picturesque green at Godstone has always been a thoroughfare, as the many historic coaching inns attest. It’s said that Queen Elizabeth I and, years later, Queen Victoria used the White Hart on their travels.

About a mile’s stroll east, along a secluded footpath, you’ll find the Church Town section of the village, dominated by St Nicholas Church and its postcard perfect almshouses and cottages.

Take the footpath out the back of the churchyard and you pass by the Glebe House estate, which was once owned by the inspirational late editor of House & Garden magazine, Robert Harling.

The Surrey Wildlife Trust managed Bay Pond is actually man-made. It was created in the 16th century by the owner of Godstone Manor and Leigh Mill, George Evelyn, as part of his gunpowder works.

Godstone Farm is one of the oldest children’s farms in the country, with the animals greeting up to 2,000 visitors a day.

The Caves under Godstone Vineyards were once used as a bonded warehouse for liquor during World War Two.

The Flower Farm Shop located just outside of the village on the A25 has been serving up the freshest food from their farm since 2003 and has been a family run farm since the early 1970s.

If you’re on the hunt for ‘beautiful things for lovely people’ then the Godstone Emporium is an antiques collective of around 20 people.

Found just outside the village, the Orpheus Centre is an inclusive performing arts charity founded by British entertainer and musician Sir Richard Stilgoe.

Opposite the entrance to the Orpheus Centre is Knights Park the new development from Thakeham Homes, its a small collection of family homes in a semi rural setting.