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The Observatory Annexe

(Ref. 1082989)

Westcott near Dorking, Surrey Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, was very comfortable, lovely shower, all kitchen equipment was excellent ."

    Beautiful view while relaxing on the sofa. Enjoyed our walks with our dog on the property’s grounds and through the gate to enjoy the Nower nature reserve. The property owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was exactly what we look for in a break away - dog friendly, beautiful views from the sofa, our own easily accessible parking space, well equipped inside."

    Bonuses of staying at the Observatory Annexe, good dog walking in the property grounds and beyond. The owners were very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. Worth noting, and not in the owners' control, the speed bumps approaching the property are a bit vicious so worth driving very slowly from the main road down to the property. Please don't let this one comment deter you, its a beautiful cottage and exactly what we look for in a break. We'll return in spring/early summer to enjoy the rhododendrons in the gardens.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "We were very relieved that the annexe was close to the house."

    We are not young and it was reassuring to be closer to the observatory than we thought it was going to be. We enjoyed "our" woods. The area round the annexe is wonderful, lots to do and see. Sadly we couldn't do it justice as we were not on top form. We had intended using the frequent trains from Dorking to London Waterloo. Dorking is an amazing little town which we hope to explore better if (hopefully when) we return. The cottage was perfect and the WI FI good. Bed and settee were comfortable, shower good. To make better use of the 5 burner hob, an extra pan or two would be useful.

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Sep 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage in an amazing setting."

    It is very comfortable with everything you need, surrounded by private woodland. Beautiful walks from the front door and easy access to Box Hill and the surrounding Surrey Hills. The owners were very friendly, as were their dogs!

    Reviewed by Maartje5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful furnished cottage in beautiful countryside to spend relaxing days."

    Very friendly hosts!

    Reviewed by Rolf4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Observatory Annexe."

    Thank you to Ian and Debbie for providing such a beautiful place to stay. The annexe has everything you need and us really nicely presented/decorated. Little things like having shampoo, conditioner, dishwasher tablets, hairdryer provided were lovely little touches, alongside a complimentary bottle of wine and delicious biscuits. The shower was amazing as was the bed where we both had the best sleep! There are lots of walks and places to go but we also really enjoyed just taking in the stunning views from the sofa and reading a book or two in the peace and quiet. We also wandered around the property grounds which were lovely too. We loved our stay and wish we could have stayed for longer. We can't wait to book another stay soon!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2023

  • "Would like to have had a toaster and chopping board."

    Also needed a rubber mat in the shower but we had brought one in case it was needed. I would not have been able to shower if we had not done so. There were dirty socks in the wardrobe. Beautiful position and perfect for peace and quiet.

    Thanks for the positive comment, however unsure why the feedback given is so low, especially as the last 9 reviews have been 100/100. With regards to negative points raised: Toaster - there is a toasting grill feature within the oven. Chopping board - there is one present on the work surface, adjacent to hob. Shower - the shower is a walk in type that is of a modern design that does not require a mat, if requested we are happy to purchase one. Dirty socks - Unsure how this would have occured. We use professional cleaning services for every changeover & always check the annexe over prior to guests arriving. We offer a welcome to all our guests on arrival and ask them to raise any issues during their stay, so that we may address these immediately to make their holiday more enjoyable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jandy4.1Jul 2023

  • "We had a fabulous holiday at the Observatory Annexe and were made to feel very welcome by our hosts Debbie and Ian."

    Debbie greeted us on arrival and they both came to see us on the morning we left. During our stay we had one small problem with the tv remote and this was sorted straight away. The annexe itself is delightful and very modern. It is well equipped and comfortable. The view onto the patio and beyond is stunning. We enjoyed our walks with our little dog through the private woodland. The Surrey Hills area itself is really beautiful and there are many interesting places to explore. We climbed both Box Hill and Leith Hill to admire the stunning views from the top. Dorking was a very nice place and we made good use of the excellent butchers there . Thankyou for our welcome gifts and for introducing us to Denbies vineyard! We can highly recommend the Surrey Gold white wine, the rose and the sparkling too. The Annexe is a place we would love to visit again and highly recommend. Lorraine, Neil and Tammi(dog)

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Super holiday!"

    Nothing to complain about at all, the weather was perfect, the holiday home was SO comfortable and the outside seating area was splendid -. especially when the two squirrels shared the space. The choice of walks from the door was splendid too. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was an excellent cottage break."

    The surroundings are stunning and the converted cottage is so comfortable, cosy and charming. If you are looking for a peaceful break with amazing walks then this is perfect. Our dog loved it too, as he was able lay by the front door and then get up and walk outside whenever he needed to.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely, peaceful place to stay."

    The annexe has fantastic views yet is within easy reach of Dorking. The annexe is very well equipped and comfortable and we had a relaxing and happy break.

    Reviewed by Antonia5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a lovely time!"

    The annexe is a thoughtfully converted outbuilding. It’s modern, clean, stylish and cosy with well-chosen furniture and fittings, and a properly equipped kitchen. The panoramic folding glass doors make the most of the beautiful view directly into the surrounding woods. Privacy was only “disturbed” by a visiting pheasant, squirrels and sundry birds to observe. We even heard an owl! Ideal for a peaceful and relaxing stay, with instant access to lots of woodland walks. The welcoming bottle from the local vineyard was a nice touch - we’ve found a new favourite white wine. Thank you Debbie and Ian, we’d happily come back.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2022

  • "Our second visit to this amazing property surrounded by a beautiful Woodland and local countryside."

    Very peaceful location with friendly owners on hand for suggestions of places to visit and anything you may need during your stay.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2022

  • "Stunning location."

    Warm welcome from hosts, very helpful. We appreciated the good bottle of local wine and other touches. Accommodation was modern, compact and comfortable. Very clean and all mod cons. We had a great stay

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean comfortable and stylish Surrey Hills is such a beautiful area ..."

    Spotlessly clean comfortable and stylish Surrey Hills is such a beautiful area Walking in the woodland grounds was just magical

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2022

  • "The annexe was perfect."

    Finished to a very high standard and ideal for a short stay. All amenities were catered for and the hosts were very welcoming. Incredible views of the estate and surrounding hills to boost with direct access to local walks/trails.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Sep 2022

  • "Nice relaxing time pleasant surroundings."

    Owner's friendly &helpful.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Sep 2022

  • "This is a lovely property, location and place to stay which I'd highly recommend."

    I downgraded it slightly on cleanliness as the fridge wasn't spotlessly clean (signs of previous food) and whoever dusts had missed some of the narrower surfaces (eg ledges). Other than that - fab!

    Thank you for your feedback. We do apologise for the small issues picked up regarding cleanliness, we had just employed the services of a new cleaning company and will ensure that the annexe is checked after cleaning should we use their services again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hester4.7Aug 2022

  • "Had a lovely weeks holiday at the Observatory Annexe."

    Good position amongst the owners 18 acres of woodland area. Nice welcome pack. Very clean and well equipped kitchen. The owners Ian and Debbie are lovely Very helpful regarding our car problem. Highly recommend 5* luxury, will definitely return Thanks John, Carol & Millie

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great setting hidden in the Surry Hills."

    Well modernised and very comfortable. Near to Dorking and fab dog walks. Would love to go there again.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very well equipped cottage in wonderful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2022

  • "The annexe was excellent, very clean, comfortable and cosy."

    The surrounding grounds surpassed all our expectations and is an ideal haven to be in touch with nature and revitalise your spirits. Ian and Debbie were extremely friendly and welcoming and always available if needed. Thank you both for such an amazing holiday.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2022

  • "Small and cute Cottage in a private area."

    Reviewed by Stephan5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent property and location for a quiet and relaxing break."

    Beautiful views, walks direct from the property and access to a private woods.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful place owned by lovely people."

    Everything we needed was on hand. Comfiest bed and nicest shower we’ve ever used! The perfect peaceful getaway with your own private forest?! Unreal, definitely coming back!

    Reviewed by Bradley5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent base for exploring Surrey One of the best views we have had from a ..."

    Excellent base for exploring Surrey One of the best views we have had from a self catering property Plenty to do round about Will visit again Possible additions to kitchen would be a teapot and pepper mill

    Thanks for the suggestions they are now in place. Kind regards Debbie and Ian. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, in beautiful surroundings."

    Ideal for a quiet few days away. Welcoming owners. We would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Mar 2022

  • "We will definitely be back to stay after such a great time."

    The property was perfect and has such a nice feel to it, which combined with the lovely private forest makes this a unique place to stay. Ian was very helpful and we even managed to see the family of deer on our morning walks!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely quiet place to stay with grounds to explore."

    Everything we needed to relax and get away.

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Feb 2022

  • "Comments already shared in the guestbook, and publishable."

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jan 2022

  • "A fantastic location and a comfortable cottage."

    The grounds are incredible and it's really a pleasure wandering around them. However I would have liked to know in advance that I had to keep my dog on the lead all the time. She's not very confident with other dogs so I book these kind of places so that she's free to run and that wasn't possible here. Nevertheless absolutely amazing grounds. In the cottage everything you needed was on hand though not having a covered areas to put on and take off muddy boots was a bit of a nuisance. It meant that mud was tramped into the cottage or that the door had to be left open while you each had a go on the mat. Again not a huge issue but is something that I thought could be better. The bed was the most comfortable I've ever slept in I think. I'd really like to know what mattress is was. I wasn't very well while I was there and the bed was just lovely to snuggle up in. It's quite a minimalist set up, very smart and sleek but for me it lacked that cosy feeling. Overall a fabulous place to stay with some minor bits that could be improved to make it 5 star all categories.

    We are fortunate to have a proliferation of wildlife that have made our grounds their home, by requesting that dogs are kept on a lead, this is for the safety of wildlife and your dog. It’s unlikely that the family of dear that have taken residence would stay if dogs were allowed to run, and whilst pheasants are present in large numbers, these would likely also dwindle in sightings. The request is so that the wildlife continues for all guests to enjoy. We are adjacent to open countryside for dog walks off leash. Thanks for the feedback re the muddy boots, we just have bought a boot box that solves this issue. Also thanks for the comments re the mattress; it’s a Hypnos. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Nov 2021

  • "Ideal for our extended stay - wonderful location - friendly hosts"

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 2021

  • "The owners were welcoming and very helpful."

    The cottage was very clean, easy to use and stylish too.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had an extremely relaxing stay at this lovely private little cottage."

    Ian and Debbie have done a lovely job, there’s everything that you need. Plus there’s the benefit of the grounds to walk in and, having our dog with us, we found this very useful. The bed is comfortable so we slept very well and the shower is top notch! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this cottage to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2021

  • "Friendly and informative hosts, beautiful and relaxing surroundings, you could stay here for a holiday and not use your car if you were walkers or cyclists."

    With many lovely areas to visit by car within a 5 mile radius . One of the most relaxing holidays we have had , in the uk . Sykes were really helpful checking out our needs for the holiday and the accommodation exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2021

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  • Single-storey
  • One double bed
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Lounge/diner
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, coffee machine with complementary pods, fridge/freezer washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.2 miles

The property

Nestled within 18-acres of private woodland, boasting stunning scenery and fantastic walking routes within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), this luxurious, all-ground floor property, The Observatory Annexe, is the perfect romantic getaway.

Drive through the luscious greenery, up to the abode, which is located near to the main house and conveniently park outside to easily manoeuvre your belongings.

Leave everyday life behind as you enter this beautifully appointed space, discover the sitting room with its emerald, green sofa, the ideal spot to snuggle up and unwind with an engrossing film or simply enjoy the stunning view.

There is a stunning, but simple, matt charcoal galley kitchen with a granite work top, where you can prepare simple dishes for your loved one.

After, open a bottle of wine to enjoy a refreshing glass on the patio terrace; soak in the delightful views.

When the sun has set, make your way inside and indulge yourself in the luxurious bathroom to prepare for a night's embrace.

Dry yourself off and head to the bright and airy bedroom, where a sumptuous double bed awaits you, climb into bed and open a book to take advantage of the tranquil setting.

Lace up your walking boots, taking your canine companion and discover the splendour of nature surrounding you, explore the lost private gardens of the former Barclay family estate, or venture further afield along the paths leading to local beauty spots.

Hop in the car and take a short drive into the pretty market town of Dorking, known for its independent & antique shops, where you can rummage around at your leisure and choose from a superb selection of pubs and restaurants to enjoy a home-cooked meal out.

Dorking is home to riveting history, including Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre for a multi-sensory experience and The Deepdene Trail, where you can explore the woodlands on foot and learn at the same time.

Be sure to visit Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for iconic sights, you are on the doorstep of Box Hill, Ranmore, Norbury Park & Leith Hill – all boasting the most amazing views across the Surrey countryside.

Travel to the town of Guildford for some retail therapy at the Friary Shopping Centre or on the historic high street and afterwards indulge in a sit-down meal at a traditional pub or in one of the numerous restaurants.

For a romantic escape with your loved one, stay at The Observatory Annexe

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Surrey Hills 3.5 miles, Leatherhead 6.3 miles
  • Guildford 12.8 miles

The charming, market town of Dorking is dominated by the stunning Surrey Hills, with a vastness of wooded land for scenic walks. Dorking is an idyllic place to wander around, rummage around a fantastic selection of shops with boutiques, arts and crafts shops, as well as engrossing art galleries. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in one of many cafes, restaurants and pubs and be sure to take a nose in its vintage shops for unique garments. For a multi-sensory learning experience, visit Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre, which boasts a selection of historical photographs, postcards, maps and archive books. Live entertainment can be found at The Green Room Theatre and Dorking Halls for eccentric entertainment. Dorking is settled near the picturesque town of Leatherhead, home to beautiful architecture and luscious greenery and within easy reach of the historical town of Guildford with medieval Guildford Castle taking centre stage of the town.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas