The historic town of Farnham in Surrey, UK is located about 10 miles south of Guildford and is an ideal place to stay and enjoy the rolling green countryside and patchwork of historic buildings. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, this guide tells you what what you need to know about the town and the many Farnham hotels.
Farnham Hotels and Accommodation
Thanks to its picturesque setting, there are many good Farnham hotels catering for leisure visitors and business visitors, often attending conferences at Farnham Castle or one of the larger hotels. The romantic Hotel De Vie is quirky yet stylish and consistently received excellent guest reviews. It’s extremely central and with doubles from £90 it is an excellent option.
Some of the best hotels beside the Hotel De Vie are to be found just outside the town, such as Ramada Hotel Farnham in the village of Seale (from £119/night) and the more affordable Princess Royal Lodge (from £85 per night). If you’re visiting with family then the Flexi Lets Apartments from £85 per night are an excellent option with a range of two-bedroom self-catering apartments.
Things to do in Farnham
Farnham has a patchwork of historic houses and public buildings, so as with the many historic towns is best to explore by foot and discover the many hidden gems such as cottages and gardens down the passages and lanes away from the main road. The Farnham Castle is full of history but as it is now a conference centre, only the Keep is open to the public and has limited opening times. If you enjoy history then you can also visit the Farnham Museum.
You couldn’t find a better spot for enjoying the English countryside, as Farnham is on the edge of the ‘Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ as well as being close to the North Downs Way walking route and Alice Holt Forest.
Where to eat
Farnham has many good restaurants to delight its visitors including the excellent French Brasserie Gerard, Loch Fyne fish restaurant, the Darjeeling Restaurant for Indian or the Hop Blossom Pub for good British food. Also excellent is the lovingly restored ‘Hampshire’ restaurant in the nearby village of Crondall, which is reputed to be worth making a trip out for.
When to go
Farnham is best enjoyed when the weather is good, both to explore the historic streets and walk in the surrounding countryside, but you’d be equally happy on a sunny winter’s day as in the warm months, as there are plenty of cafes to warm yourself up in case it should get a bit nippy.
The town can be fairly busy throughout the year but it doesn’t suffer as badly from the summer rush as other more obvious tourist destinations in the UK. If you’re planning a visit to the UK, Hotels Fairy can help you find the best UK Hotel Deals.
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