Country Living…..yes please! :)

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!

Leylands Farm B&B

The Annexe we stayed in.

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.

Walking through the forest up to Leith Hill...

Walking up to Leith Hill...I just love the light through the trees!

Me on top of Leith Hill...what a view!

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!

Denbies Wine Estate

The Vineyards...

The two of us on our Vineyard Tour.....exciting! 🙂

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.

The Abinger Hatch Pub...awesome!

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…..

View of Dorking from the Box Hill Viewpoint.

The Stepping Stones across the river...

Autumn colours....

The two of us on Box Hill....

Greg all the way up the Hill with me trailing usual!

A well deserved break at the top of Box Hill!

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!






Time Out.

Hi All!

Greg & I are taking some well deserved time out and are going away for the weekend. I am sooooo excited! 🙂

We’re hiring a car and driving down to a lovely B&B in the Surry Hills tonight and then we return on Sunday. I know it’s not a very long time away, but it’ll be so great to just get out of London and spend some time in the countryside.

We’re planning on doing some hiking in the area, perhaps visiting Denbies Wine Estate and generally just taking things easy. I might even twist Greg’s arm enough to come away with a bit of shopping! 😉

Peace & tranquility… we come!