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visit Hatchland’s Park

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August 29, 2018

Hatchland’s Park offers history, a beautiful country house and 400 acres of stunning parkland to explore, all in the English countryside. Located only a 40 minute drive away from our own beautiful Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat holiday destination, making it the perfect place to stay while you explore all that the Surrey countryside has to offer.

about the Hatchland’s Park

The stunning country house was built in the 1750’s at the request of naval hero, Admiral Edward Boscawen and his impressive wife, Frances who was also known as Fanny. Edward and Fanny were a highly respected couple in the 1700’s, with Edward playing a key role during a turbulent time in Britain’s naval history.

Fanny was an incredibly strong and intelligent woman, she was a founding member of the Blue Stockings Society, which gave women a public voice and cultural standing during a time when it was frowned upon to be an educated woman. The Blue Stockings Society is said to have paved the way for the famous Suffragette movement later on.

Since the Boscawen’s, the house has changed hands a number of times, being inhabited by a string of wealthy families, it was also once a finishing school for girls and it was even a printing press. It is currently owned and lived in by a family, however, there are 6 beautifully restored rooms you can view, where wonderful collections are also held.

things to do at Hatchland’s Park

With 400 acres of parkland explore, Hatchland’s is one of the largest country estates in Surrey, it also boasts a wide range of events and activities all year round. The activities include cellar tours, pony rides for children to enjoy and fun woodland trails to follow and discover all the hidden secrets around, as well as music in the garden during the summer, fun shows to watch at the outdoor theatre and 80’s classic movies at the outdoor cinema. There will be an activity or event for all ages and interests at Hatchland’s!

Head to the Kitchen Café for a hearty soup, a delicious light bite to eat, a wonderful cream tea or even just a simple coffee and mouth-watering slice of cake. With all the food freshly cooked on site every day, you’ll be spoiled for choice and are sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.

Indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the gift shop with some hidden gems or mementoes of your day, you’ll find something cute or quirky for your garden, as well as a fabulous selection of music from the Cobbe Collection, which you can find out more about in the house. The shop also sells traditional items including preserves and postcards. Visit the pre-loved bookshop where you could find a hidden reading treasure, but you’re guaranteed to find some fantastic bargains, and your purchase will be helping to raise funds for the much needed conservation work on the Grade I listed organ in the music room.

wildlife & conservation at Hatchland’s

Stroll around the 400 acres and marvel at the fascinating wildlife who call the parkland home and learn all about the conservation work being carried out at Hatchland’s.
Wander over to the Sheepwash Pond, which is the largest pond in the parklands and has become a key part of the kingfisher conservation effort at the park. Staff are hoping to see an increase in the mesmerising flash of electric blue colour of these beautiful birds as they skim the top of the pond.

Hatchland’s Park is also undertaking a large project to provide safe and cosy homes to the dormouse population. They will be starting with 50 habitat boxes placed around the Century Wood, working with the Surrey Dormouse Trust, they will be conducting regular surveys to track population growth.

Hatchland’s staff work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the spectacular gardens and grounds are cared for, along with the wildlife who live there. They also work hard preserving the historic house and the various collections held inside, as well as offering space to the local community to grow their own fruit and veg in the Community Allotments.

opening times & prices

House: 2pm – 5pm / Garden: 10am – 5pm / Café: 10am – 5pm
Adult: £12.50 / Child £6.25 / Family: £31.25

get away from it all with Tilford Woods

Visit Hatchland’s Park for sheer beauty, interesting history and wonderful conservation work, then head to the Kitchen Café for a delicious afternoon ‘pick me up’ before more exploring of the 400 acres of grounds.

Base yourself at our own Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat, which is only a 40 minute drive away from Hatchland’s, and you can explore all that picturesque Surrey has to offer, including all the charming villages around filled with beautiful boutique stores to discover. Or opt for a 50 minute train journey and head into London city centre for the ultimate sightseeing trip, see all the landmarks, catch a Broadway show or opt for Camden Market, then head away from the crowds to your peaceful escape less than an hour away.

Our luxurious lodge accommodation is the ideal retreat to get away from it all, a place where you can truly escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. All our cabin-style accommodation offers open plan living spaces, fully fitted kitchens, four-poster beds and all the mod-cons you could wish for. A selection of our lodges also boast private hot tubs and personal saunas, as well as offering perfectly peaceful waterside views, with the private decking overlooking the pond and adorable duck lodge, which houses our resident friendly (and cheeky) family of ducks.

Book your Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat escape today and get away from the daily grind

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