Why go there?
This ancient English village sits three miles south of Guildford in the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty boasting rolling chalk downs, rare flora and fauna, and ancient woodland. It’s the perfect launching pad for walks in the area – one easy walk to find is the Downs Link footpath, which runs through the village linking the North and South Downs. National Trust members might be interested in a trip to Winkworth Arboretum three miles away, where there are over 1,000 species of shrubs and trees set in nearly 100 acres of rolling countryside.
Bramley itself boasts a number of period buildings, but the standout feature is the striking Holy Trinity Church, which dates back to Norman times and featured in the Domesday Book.
Where to stay
The Jolly Farmer offers six ensuite rooms starting from £60 for a single and £70 for a double. It also has a fully serviced flat with three bedrooms (two double/twin) and kitchen for £150 a night. Bed and breakfast is extra – £3.50 for continental, or £6.00 for a full English. The pub offers a wide selection of beer – including a number of guest ales sourced from all over the UK and Europe, plus an extensive menu.
Where to eat
Edwinns Brasserie is situated on the High Street in a picturesque 16th century building. It specialises in modern British cuisine, with starters averaging around £6 and mains costing roughly £13-15.
Bramley’s origins date back to Iron Age times – a fort once existed just down the road at Hascombe, but the earliest evidence for settlement in the village itself is the Saxon era.