Shere – A quintessential English village nestled in the Surrey Hills filled with stunning scenery, charming buildings and a wealth of tradition.
“Welcome to Shere”
Located between the towns of Guildford and Dorking and a short train journey from London this is the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the English countryside.
Shere is easily accessible by road via the A3 and M25 which connects it to Central London. By train, it can be reached in as little as 35 minutes from London ( main station Guilford).
The village has a wealth of tradition and a small population of just over a thousand souls who mainly reside in a cluster of centuries old timber framed houses. The village offers its visitors a tearoom rewarded for being the most popular one in Surrey, a local art gallery and its very own museum.
Surrounded by stunning scenery and a little stream running through the middle of the village where you can spot some ducks it is picture perfect.
Standing tall in the centre of the village is the St James Church a place of worship since 1190 and has a beautiful cobbled lane that leads you to it. It is the perfect location for a local wedding and we were lucky enough to witness this in all its glory.
There is a small bridge which runs across the River and the wooden Old Fire Station that dates back to 1885 which adds to the beauty but sadly the fire brigade was converted to public toilets.
There are two famous pubs in the village that have loads of history attached to them. The White Horse and The William Bray both dating back to the late 18th century and are named after a local solicitor and antiquary. The Bray family have had a long history with this village, having been Lords of the Manor of Shere since 1485.
The William Bray Pub is said to have celebrity connections starting with its owner, the ex Formula One driver Julian Bailey. There are some rumours that the pub has some very famous patrons that include Jenson Button and George Clooney! Not sure if they have been spotted here ever but you may try your luck.
The Dabbling Duck. The award winning cafe nestled in the centre of the village is a great place to have a meal or an afternoon tea. Open 7 days a week and serves some great food and cakes either inside the café or in the patio garden. Would recommend the tea service in the garden on a prefect summers day. You will be assured of a warm welcome by the friendly staff.
A popular Film Location
With history going back to the Domesday Book, and a very picturesque location Shere is a popular location for film shoots. Some of the popular movies here are : The Earth Dies Screaming, The Ruling Class starring Peter O’Toole, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – St James’s church features briefly in the wedding scene at the end, The Bray Family, The Wedding Date and The Holiday starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
It’s the picturesque and tranquil countryside and the simplicity and tradition of the village that attracts so many visitors to Shere. It is very popular with visitors mainly during the summer months where you can take some great walks into the Surrey Hills.
Overall a great place to visit and soak in the English country life if you have had your overdose of London. For me it was a great place to spend a sunny afternoon with the entire family.