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A Spontaneous Weekend in Surrey with TravelSupermarket 

A spontaneous sunny weekend break in Surrey, enjoying the National Trust Frensham Ponds

When TravelSupermarket invited us to hire a car and be last minute local destination experts, we volunteered to try a spontaneous weekend in Surrey. My brother has just moved to Surrey, my nephew was turning 4, but our car was at the garage and my brother couldn’t put us up due to renovations. TravelSupermarket to the rescue!

It was time to see a bit more of those glorious Surrey hills. I taught in Surrey for 4 years, in a not very leafy suburban bit and lived in London, so I had no idea how stunning parts of it are.

The birthday party in the woods

My brother now lives in a barn he and his wife are converting, surrounded by woods and lots of green. The perfect setting for a 4th birthday party. The cousins spent all afternoon on the bouncy castle and getting to know the wilder side of Surrey by hiding in the woods, while the adults feasted on the BBQ and caught up. I can see why my sister in law wanted to return to her home village to raise her own family.

It was wonderful to be there for my nephew’s birthday, Mr G’s refurbished bike travelled down in the back of the VW golf with us, a much loved hand me down present, along with the biggest horn we could find in the bike shop and a helmet. My nephew spent lots of time on his ‘new’ police bike. I also got to snuggle lots with my newest baby nephew.

Northbrook Park Mews  – The Accommodation

Turning off the A31 outside Farnham, we found ourselves in the Northbrook Park private estate, driving along the tree lined driveway, through the gates, where the majestic image of the house came into imposing view through the trees. Like arriving at a 5 star country hotel, the excitement in the car built.

Following signs for the cottages behind the house, we arrived at a gate to be met by this chap. One of many peacocks strutting his stuff. I had to get out the car in the end and gently encourage him to let us through.

Northbrook Park is a wedding venue, these ecological town houses are set in 120 acres of stunning parkland which guest can explore. We spent Sunday after breakfast peacock feather hunting.

The set up is slightly unusual, our cottage had three locked bedrooms with ensuite bathroom and a communal kitchen area. I did wonder after booking if I had done the right thing but I needn’t have worried, it was a secure and immaculate setting. My only slight complaint was a little bit of wedding guest noise and bustle when the wedding finished and guests returned to their cottages.

We didn’t take food, we were full up on BBQ and there was tea, coffee, milk, juice and pastries for brekky waiting in the kitchen. You might want to stock up on snacks on route as the location is remote, and there are all the facilities to store them or to cook in the communal kitchen.

Our accommodation was fantastic. On the first floor was a brand new double bedroom and en suite bathroom, with stairs leading up to a mezzanine floor where the kids had a single bed each in the eaves.


Frensham Little Pond

On the advice of my sister in law, we spent our morning at Frensham Little Pond, a gorgeous National Trust place with woods, lake, sandy shores, pine trees and a cafe. The sun came out and it really did feel like we were in France.




Our 24 hours in Surrey were beautiful, the perfect way to reconnect with family, with greenery and with each other.

Car Hire and Accommodation via TravelSupermarket

We booked a car via TravelSupermarket, using the site to find the best deal locally, Mr A picked it up close to his work on Friday and we dropped it off in town out of hours, on our way home on Sunday. The site pulls in offers from lots of local car hire firms and made it easy to judge who had availability for the kind of vehicle and timings we had in mind.

TravelSupermarket enabled me to find the cheapest and best accommodation. We got a brilliant deal, £120 a night, booked late in the day, for half term, it was by far the cheapest family option in this part of the world and also the most spacious and well set!

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