Yesterday, Greg and I got back from a fabulous weekend in the countryside. We headed down to the Surrey Hills and the area is incredibly beautiful. It was a much-needed break for the two of us and we really made the most of it. It was great just getting out of the London smog for a few days!
Our B&B, Leylands Farm, was absolutely amazing and I just couldn’t get over all the amazing properties in the area. Oh, to have money! 😉 (I’m still hoping to win the lottery one day…heheheee) Here are a few pictures of our B&B…..we even had our own log fire!
On the Saturday we went for a leisurely walk up Leith Hill and the morning light was lovely for taking pictures. I fancy myself as a bit of an amateur photographer, so am always trying to get that elusive picture. Every now and then I’ll get a really great photo, but they’re still few and far between. That doesn’t stop me from trying though! 😉 The weather was perfect too…crisp and clear – just the way I like it.
We made a trip down to Denbies Wine Estate (close to Dorking) in the afternoon and went on a Vineyard Tour. This involved getting on a small open-air bus and cruising up the hill to the top of the Vineyard and it was absolutely freezing! Of course we ended up walking out with a couple of bottles of vino. Had to be done…. Heheheee! They even had a Farm Shop which I couldn’t resist, and we got loads of home-made jams and chutneys. I’m a total sucker for a good Farm Shop!
I did throw caution to the wind this weekend and wasn’t very disciplined in the “healthy eating” department. Oh well, it’s not as if we do this a lot, so I ate to my hearts’ content! There were loads of lovely pubs in the area, so we spent Friday & Saturday night at the pub, warming up beside a fire with a glass of wine. Lovely, just lovely.
We spent our last morning heading up to Box Hill for a morning hike. It was a beautiful day and a little warm, but that didn’t deter us from our plans. We had spectacular views of Dorking and the surrounding areas at the start of the hike, then had to climb down 275 steps to reach the bottom of the hill, cross a river and then walk around and back up the hill. At least I got some exercise in for the day! I barely made it up the hill, but the view from the top made it all worth while…..
It was just such a lovely weekend……there really is something to be said for breathing in clean, crisp country air.
Now it’s back to the real world!