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The Observatory Annexe

Westcott near Dorking, Surrey (Ref. 1082989)



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

Reviews & Ratings

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6 Customer Reviews

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

    Reviewed by MartinJan 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 SamanthaNov 2021

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

    Reviewed by RogerOct 2021

  • "The owners were welcoming and very helpful."

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

    Reviewed by SusanOct 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 IanSep 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 ShirleySep 2021

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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.

Wake-up with an invigorating morning shower before heading to the main house with the option of breakfast and a wake up coffee or tea to get you ready for an action packed day.

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


  • Single-storey
  • One double bed
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Lounge/diner
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, 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

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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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