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Audley Fairmile

Audley Fairmile is a breath of fresh air. Right on your doorstep, and created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton, is Painshill Park. This award-winning, 158-acre landscape garden, filled with stunning views and beautiful garden buildings, was one of the most important 18th century landscape parks in Europe.

You can take time out and enjoy a relaxing walk around the Serpentine Lake, wander through woodland, and promenade past follies, including the Ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent.

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Surrounding area

Then there’s the National Trust’s Claremont Landscaped Garden, steeped in nearly 300 years of history. A green oasis in the heart of Surrey, it’s been the countryside retreat of queens and heirs.

Claremont is somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy simple outdoor pleasures. There are still many unique and unexpected features to discover, including the large turf amphitheatre, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere Tower. And not forgetting the historic Hampton Court Palace, only a stone’s throw away from Claremont.

If you like to play your golf on courses in breathtaking surroundings, there are several friendly clubs situated nearby.

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History

Cobham is a charming village nestled on the banks of the River Mole and is said to mean the curve of a river. Its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age and Romans and it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1548, parts of Cobham were included in Henry VIII’s Honour of Hampton Court, and remained so until shortly after his death.

Other historical points of interest include Cobham Mill, a 19th century mill, Grade II listed and the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey. While literary fans may have noted that Jane Austen references Cobham and her love of nearby Painshill Park and the English countryside in her romantic novel Emma.