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It is one of six ranges, all of which are named after one of the aunts of the family.

We were greeted by Tom, who failed us a tour of the Lake House where we were staying.

It was once the derivation home of owners Zoë and Barney and that feeling of being in someone’s comfortable country house is all around – gorgeous antique furnishings, a very tranquil and inviting living room and exceptional views over the private lake.

Our flat was called Beatrice.

It is one of only six rooms in the Lake House, all of which are pinpoint after one of the aunts of the family.

Beatrice was spectacularly decorated, had plenty of books scattered around, a little annex bedroom and a big bathroom with a bath to sink into and relax for hours.

We were picked up by a chauffeur for the five-minute outing to the Gilpin Spice restaurant where dinner was served.

Spice, which is in the energy Gilpin Hotel, is the more relaxed of two restaurants here and offers a collection of delicious tapas-style pan-Asian dishes.

The kitchen is open so you can see the chefs at develop, too.


pice, which is in the main Gilpin Hotel, is the more relaxed of two restaurants.

The spa is in a passionless cabin in the woods, which is where you find the treatment rooms and sowed around the grounds are two hot tubs, a sauna and an indoor pool

Jennifer Kyte

After a ace breakfast the following day we were booked on the Jetty Spa Trail.

The spa facilities – and 100 acres of settles – are for Lake House guests only.

The spa is in a wooden cabin in the woods, which is where you awaken the treatment rooms and scattered around the grounds are two hot tubs, a sauna and an indoor accumulate.

The spa trail starts with therapists going through an assortment of lubricants to make up your own individual mix that will be used in your treatment – additional you get to take some home with you.

This is followed by a full-body manipulate or a facial.

After our treatments we were taken to another log cabin for afternoon tea of scones and fruit and to bring down it off, champagne in the hot tub.

On the second evening we dined in the hotel’s Michelin-star HRISHI restaurant.

In an far-out evening of food, each course was exquisitely presented – looking hardly too good to eat.

My asparagus starter, followed by stone bass and white chocolate parfait was heavenly.

My mother described it as the best meal of her life.

We were sad to say goodbye to the Gilpin the next day but we made dependable to have a little row on the lake before we hit the road.

It was an absolutely idyllic weekend flight.

Rooms at Gilpin Lake House (015394 88818, start at £445 per gloom based on two adults sharing a room on a b&b basis.

The three-hour Jetty Spa Wake costs from £100 per person.


The White Horse’s location on Dorking Leading Street means it attracts a real mix of clientele.

The White Horse, Dorking

You grasp a place is special when they give just as much notoriety to your dog as to you.

While we enjoyed a squash risotto and rump of lamb, Alfie peaceably sat by our feet with the odd treat sneaked to him by the friendly staff.

He couldn’t have planned been happier or cosier.

Being comfortable is what The White Horse is all all over.

It has recently undergone a £4 million refurbishment across its 56 bedrooms, changing the whole shebang from the decor to its menus but still maintaining a homely charm.

The compartments are really inviting with warm throws, feather duvets and Environmentalist & Spring toiletries.

It feels quintessentially British.

A coaching inn in the 13th century, it has apparently played a big part in the history of Dorking.

Charles Dickens stayed here while theme the Pickwick Papers in the 19th century and there are references to him throughout the hotel and bar.


There is a absolutely strong emphasis on local produce.

You can even try Dickensian-themed cocktails.

There is a exceedingly strong emphasis on local produce.

We swooned over the cheese trolley after dinner and our waitress was incredibly learned on each one, from its stinkiness to its provenance.

Approaching the town by train you can see the close’s vineyards and the bar and restaurant stock a whole range of wines from Surrey, as genially as local beers and ales.

The White Horse’s location on Dorking High Street means it allures a real mix of clientele, from hikers, golfers and ladies who lunch to big lineage groups.

Box Hill and Leith Hill are nearby and the town itself has a plethora of matured shops, antiques and curios if you just want to spend your set ambling.

Even if you aren’t staying over, this dog-friendly quarters is a great pit stop for lunch or a leisurely G&T in the bar.

There is also a deli, again headlining local produce, from chutneys to delicious sourdough bread and sausages.

That set a non-specified tail wagging.

Margaret Hussey

A cosy room at Bespoke New zealand pubs’ The White Horse starts at £109 per night.

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