Where to stay
The Merry Harriers is a 16th-century inn outside the village of Hambledon. Cosy rooms are situated above the lively pub — swing by on a Saturday night to catch live bands and cheery locals and good pub grub (you’d expect the homemade pies, but charcoal oil on nettle gnocchi makes for an impressive surprise).
Where to eat
The William Bray is in the village of Shere, where Hollywood film The Holiday was filmed. The crowds come for its gastropub classics: fishcakes, pork belly and baked Camembert.
What to do
Hike with llamas. Yes, llamas. The woodland, heathland and rolling hills make for prime walking territory and are also home to several collections of the charming camelids. The Merry Harriers have 12 resident llamas and offer several treks, taking you on a three-hour meander along part of the 108-mile Greensand Way with the llamas in tow.
Set aside several hours to wander the meandering paths through the vast number of trees at Winkworth Arboretum. This ever-popular, 46-hectare National Trust site leads down a valley to a lake. Staff at the entrance will advise on which route to take in order to make sure you catch the most impressive sights: bluebells in spring and kaleidoscopic maples in autumn are the most popular.