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Woodhill Cottage

(Ref. 18712)

Holmbury St Mary, Surrey Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 9 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable & cosy house."

    Ideal for six adults & four young children. Lovely location. Only disappointment being failure of Aga pre lunch Christmas day!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Dec 2023

  • "We thought the property was very tired looking."

    No curtains at the lounge windows, which would have helped keep it warm. Would have been nice if a few logs and kindling had been left. About 5 radiators did not work and it was the coldest weekend of the year so especially for the guests staying in the downstairs bedroom they were freezing. Beautiful area and could be such a beautiful house but we wouldn't stay there again.

    We are so sorry that the house did not meet your expectations. We did our very best to rectify the heating as soon as you notified us of the problem. The heating was restored on the same day as your arrival at the property, thanks to the immediate arrival of our plumber. Our caretaker leaves her number for guests so that we can always respond as quickly as possible to any unforeseen difficulties. Thank you. All the best Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Nov 2023

  • "This was an absolute fantastic property in every way which made of family reunion one to always remember."

    That you Woodhill Cottage.

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Oct 2023

  • "Our stay at the property was fantastic."

    It was just as described and the house was amazing. When we arrived, we were greeted with a lovely welcoming note which was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend this property and also Sykes Cottages as I've had nothing but a wonderful experience with them.

    Reviewed by Shahil5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time at the Woodhill Cottage."

    It is a spacious and comfortable holiday home. We loved the big garden and beautiful surroundings. Our kids enjoyed the many board games and were not bored for a second here. We've already recommended the cottage to several of our friends and we hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2023

  • "Travelling down from Chester, we rented Woodhill cottage over Christmas as a base for catching up with our family and friends who live locally."

    The cottage is spacious and very comfortable in a great setting. We would very much like to return there over the summer months as there is clearly lots of opportunity for outdoor activities, country walks and local pubs that serve excellent food.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Dec 2022

  • "Lovely stay with plenty of space for a large group in a beautiful location!"

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Dec 2022

  • "We enjoyed our 2nd stay at this ideal property."

    This was perfect for our pre-Christmas family get together.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property was exactly as we wanted and was in very good condition and comfortable."

    The size of it was impressive and as a group of 8 adults and a toddler had lots of room. The cottage's proximity to excellent walks was also a highlight, so much so that we didn't have to use our cars all weekend.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our time at Woodhill Cottage."

    Katy, the housekeeper warmly welcomed us when we arrived. She was friendly and answered all of my questions. The house was very clean with a well equipped kitchen, an abundance of books and several games for the kids. We hope to return some day! Many thanks

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2022

  • "Our family of 9 had a great stay at Woodhill Cottage for a week - the large main living area and garden were especially suited to our number including 3 children."

    We were pleasantly surprised to find so many books, games and toys throughout the house for children and adults alike that made for some memorable times when the weather wasn't so favourable. We would recommend this to other groups of a similar size and would consider returning again in the future. We noticed that the property could do with some TLC with respect to a touch up of paint, a deeper clean and some minor maintenance to fix broken lightbulbs, loose dining chairs and broken bed slats but we were able to look past these things or work around them for most of the duration of our stay.

    Reviewed by Matthew3.4Jun 2022

  • "We had a great time in this lovely house."

    There was plenty of space for the nine of us to relax and ample room in all the bedrooms. It was well equipped too so although there are some great places to eat out nearby, self catering for the whole family was not a problem. We would definitely stay here again, especially as walking and cycling in the Surrey Hills are literally on the doorstep and if the weather fails… there are plenty of books and games provided. Really enjoyed our stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2022

  • "This is a very nice property."

    Very comfortable for a family with kids! We would happily return to this place.

    Thank you. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.7Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful house."

    It was so welcoming, homely and spacious. The sunroom was a particular favourite as was the small front room, which was perfectly cosy for watching a film. The kitchen had everything needed and the AGA was lovely and warm constantly. The bedrooms were comfortable and bright and we slept well. The garden was great for watching the wildlife, squirrels, pheasants and a variety of smaller birds. The week spent at Woodhill Cottage was very enjoyable and relaxing.

    Thank you so much. We are so pleased that you had such a great time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2022

  • "Thank you. We had a lovely couple of days in your delightful house."

    We were using it as a family base for a son's wedding over near Newdigate, Guildings Barn. I hope we left it in good order. With very many thanks, Claire Proctor

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was a very welcoming property and the great space downstairs was prefect for our large family gathering."

    The kitchen was very well equipped and made it easy to cater for some large meals. The garden room was delightful and the range of games stacked on the shelves a real bonus. The weather was not brilliant, so we did not really take advantage of the huge garden but this would have been a real attraction in drier conditions. There was plenty of space for badminton or any outdoor games but you would need to take those yourself. The little summer house was a nice touch to store bikes or games but was in need of a bit of a tidy. The milk and butter in the fridge was a welcome gift and the provision of dish washer and washing tablets also appreciated. We found fitting a stair gate a little tricky due to the narrow stairs. We had a toddler and a crawler, so they needed watching at all times on the steps down to the garden room and around the hot Arga but there were plenty of us to keep a watch out so that was not too much of a problem. The toddler loved the fact that there were so many books in the bedroom with the two singe beds. This was a lovely room for little ones. One criticism, the bathroom really could benefit from a deep clean. The sink was harboring mold around the open rim and the floor at the side of the bath, between bath and sink, had been missed in the clean, I think. The plane glass in the bathroom window was also a bit disconcerting. Its a difficult place for a curtain or blind for sure but maybe frosted glass would help with privacy? Although the property is not overlooked at the back by housing, there were people walking in the woods at the back, so we felt a bit more privacy when in the house would have been appropriate. We very much enjoyed our stay overall. The area is beautiful and the house is in a lovely, quiet and rural location. The bird life in the garden was a joy too.

    Reviewed by George4.4Mar 2022

  • "Ideal for our large family group"

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Nov 2021

  • "We felt right at home the moment we arrived."

    Really spacious and comfortable cottage and the housekeeper was helpful. Location is great, quiet and secluded enough. The cottage could however do with a bit more leisure facility e.g hot tub and the summer house needs a clean and upgrade. Locks behind toilet and bathroom doors will help as groups may not always be from a single household

    Reviewed by Yemi3.8Oct 2021

  • "Woodhill Cottage was very comfortable and well-equipped, particularly in the kitchen."

    The only item that seemed to be missing was a teapot! We loved the design and decor of the property, and the large sunny living room which led out onto the terrace was a pleasure to sit in. There were many books, puzzles and games provided at the property, and we made use of these. Croquet on the large lawn was fun! In terms of drawbacks the lack of a mobile phone signal at the Cottage was an inconvenience, and although WiFi was available we found that it wasn't good enough to stream programmes on iplayer. There isn't a grocery store within walking distance, but we found that the Farm Shop at Abinger Hammer about a mile away was great for topping up. All in all a great property for a family holiday in the Surrey Hills, which catered for people of all ages.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Sep 2021

  • "The garden is huge and beautiful, although the grass was very very long when we arrived."

    This was cut the following day. The large 'orangery ' room that opened out to the garden is a great space for game playing and socialising.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.7Jun 2021

  • "I had a fantastic holiday at Woodhill Cottage with my young family and parents."

    It was the first time in a long time that we could meet up with my parents and Woodhill Cottage was a great, relaxing setting for it. Being so close to nature was wonderful and we enjoyed the visits from the goose and their goslings, and the deer. The house was clean and big, and Katy, the housekeeper, went over-and-above. She answered the various queries that we had quickly and helpfully. I would recommend the house, it perfectly suited our needs for a break away from the city.

    Reviewed by William3.8May 2021

  • "A beautiful house but the garden was rendered useless because of animal faeces all over due to a family of geese."

    Reviewed by Amanda3.8May 2021

  • "Lovely holiday accommodation."

    Spacious, light, well equipped and extremely comfortable.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2020

  • "Nice peaceful area about 75mins drive to London attractions , thrips park London zoo ect"

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Aug 2020

  • "The house was large and roomy, the garden room in particular was beautiful architecturally and designed to be full of light with views of the garden."

    The bird wild life was constantly visible through all the windows! The house was right opposite Hurtwood Common which had lovely walking and a childrens playground. The TV room was perfect and cosy with an open fire which the house keeper lit for us, each of the children had a lovely bedroom, we slept well the rooms were airy and quiet. Thank you too to the housekeeper who came round immediately and who sorted out our heating problem with a flick of a switch we hadnt realised about.

    Reviewed by Berenice5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had such a wonderful stay in this cottage- it was very homely and accomodated our party of 7 perfectly!"

    The local scenary and pubs were fabulous and we had a brillient experience at the Silent Pool Gin Distilery which is about a 12 minute drive away.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Feb 2020

  • "My friends and I had a great time at Woodhill Cottage."

    The house was clean, warm and comfortably accommodated the six of us. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Emily4.1Nov 2019

  • "Accommodation was clean, comfortable and well equipped, ideal for a family stay."

    Communication with Katy the housekeeper, regarding setting up cot/high-chair for baby and directions was prompt and efficient.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "Other reviewers had mentioned poor broadband and the cottage not being clean."

    I had no experience of this, the cottage was immaculate on entry and the broadband was entirely adequate. It is a lovely, comfortable property in a great location. I have already booked to return in spring next year.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Sep 2019

  • "Nice place, kitchen could have been a little cleaner, some crockery was cracked and chipped."

    Overall the house was spacious with a lovely sun room, comfortable beds, nice kitchen/dining area too.

    Reviewed by Sue3.4Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was really lovely and as presented in the advert."

    We had 2 issues, the WiFi is very intermittent and the cottage was not clean on arrival. There were dead flies in cups in the cupboard and under furniture. The floors were so filthy it made your socks dirty!

    We are so sorry that you felt the house was not clean. We (the owners) were actually at the house the week before you and did a deep clean throughout - including all of the kitchen cupboards. We also replaced the two sofas and as a result of moving the furniture vacuumed thoroughly. We have also confirmed with our caretaker that she thoroughly vacuumed and washed all floors. We have only had fantastic reviews for her work to date. We did have the boiler serviced just before you came, and perhaps there was some residual dust as a result, but that would have only been in the front entrance and utility room. Our caretaker is exceptional, and leaves her number for all visitors in case there are any issues. If only you had contacted her when you arrived, she would have happily attended to any additional cleaning that you felt was required. We always endeavor to make sure that the house is in top form, as we would have it for ourselves, and the reviews that visitors have left in our guestbook have consistently reflected this.he WIFI in the village is as strong as it can be, but perhaps will be upgraded soon. In the meantime, we find it works well for streaming Netflix and surfing the internet. But if multiple devices are trying to stream video at the same time, this can be intermittent and patchy. In addition, the signal is strongest in the main part of the house - although we have provided a booster to extend the service to the extent possible.Thank you for describing the cottage as really lovely Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Aug 2019

  • "Had a lovely weekend at Woodhill Cottage for a family gathering."

    The house is set in a great location with walking, biking and a choice of country pubs on the doorstep. The house itself has plenty of room to spread out - particularly with a very nice sun room that overlooks the garden and surrounding woodland. Definitely somewhere we'd love to come back to.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Mar 2019

  • "It grieves me to write this, but the cottage was filthy."

    I don’t mind old or worn. A new chair can sit just as comfortably as an old chair, but when it comes to hygiene, only one way will do. The house needs a decent spring clean and the contents needs to be reviewed. Many of the dining room chairs were very rickety and could break at any moment. Other specific issues: - Main bathroom’s bath had soap scum ring all around the bath with 3 short black curly hair in it. - The two yellow cups in the main bathroom was covered in toothpaste as well as the sink. - The taps in both bathroom sinks had toothpaste splatter. - In the kitchen behind the breadtin next to the Aga, was a piece of food, looked like a small tomato that was shrivelling up. - Whomever unpacked the dishwasher last must have had greasy/oily hands, as the “clean” plates in the cupboard had greasy fingerprints all over them. - The en-suite bathroom window’s curtain is covered in black mold. - The table covering in the dining room had a streak of what looked like egg yolk running down the side of it. - Many of the dishes in the top right hand drawer next to the electric cooktop, has cracks in them (the red one, one of the blue spotty ones and many other small ones.) We did not use these, in case they broke. - We could not get any of the radiators upstairs to turn on, no matter how high we turned the heat. - Neither of the towel bars in the bathrooms ever switched on. - We were not cold upstairs as thankfully the floorboards had so many gaps the heat from down stairs made its way up. - The fridge is dirty with bits of food remains sprinkled throughout. - The master bedroom’s bed lost one of its slats when my husband sat down to tie his shoes. - The bed in one of the kids’ rooms (pink room with only one bed) also dropped a slat. We got there early and the housekeeper was very kind to allow us in as she was finishing the kitchen floor. She made us a cup of tea and it certainly was much appreciated. We would love to stay at this cottage again. Great location! It is spacious and the woods out back a real treat for the kids, but alas it needs some major cleaning and a good overall in its contents. Not sure if all Sykes’ cottages are in this state. Rented twice from Classic Cottages before and their cottages were spotless (so it can be done).

    Dear Mrs Du Preez, we are surprised that you felt the accommodation was not clean and the standards were below your expectations, as this is contrary to the vast majority of feedback we have received over the years. We very much regret that you felt this way. We do want to keep improving the cottage for guests' enjoyment, and so we have taken careful note of the points you make and we have addressed several of them. In particular, we are so sorry that the heating failed. A new part was required, and the heating has now been fixed. The bed frame slats have also been replaced. The dining room table and chairs are recently purchased antiques, from the local market town of Dorking. We assure guests they are not likely to collapse. Our caretaker has been with us for years, and we are grateful she was able to accommodate your early arrival and the change-over time required between guests to the best of her ability. However she apologises for missing some cleaning tasks. Our caretaker leaves a note with her number so that guests may contact her in case there are any issues, and she is always more than happy to come round to ensure that all is in good order. We hope that your next stay is a much improved experienced for you. With kind regards Paul and Courtenay (Owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maritza2.5Nov 2018

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at the cottage."

    The cottage is according the description although it does miss abit of TLC as someone before described. The red couch in the sittingroom is a ruin and should be replaced. The toilet in the master bedroom is not working well and the toilet seat should be replaced. For this price tag it should be in good order. Despite those facts, we recommend this cottage. It is a nice location, well equiped and in a very beautiful area. Trainstation in Guildford for London is a 30 minutes drive. Good pubs in the village. The housekeeping is excellent. She came straight away when the wifi was not working at arrival.

    Dear Mr GruterWe are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and would recommend this cottage. We are constantly looking to surpass expectations from our guests and so have taken your points on board. A lovely new sofa by Loaf is arriving at the cottage soon, and we are replacing the toilet seat in the master bedroom ensuite. We will continue to maintain the cottage at a high standard. The upgrades that we are constantly making to the cottage are partly why we have received such positive comments in our guest book. We are delighted that so many people are really enjoying their stay. Paul and Courtenay, Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob4.4Aug 2018

  • "A veritable home from home in the beautiful Surrey countryside."

    Spacious, light and airy with the most fabulous garden for our daughter to play in - and an added bonus was the play park across the road. Quiet, serene and so cosy - perfect for our stay while we celebrated our family wedding in nearby Peaslake.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at Woodhill Cottage, it was lovely ad comfortable and set up very well for guests to stay for a few days."

    The real gem for us was the location as there are some really good pubs and long walks just a few steps down the road. We had a great time!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2018

  • "I was planning a family get together and Sykes Cottages were more than willing to communicate between myself and the owner."

    Our gathering was perfect!

    Reviewed by Allyson5.0May 2018

  • "After the first step into the cottage by the side door we felt full compensation for the slightly cheap hotel on our way to England."

    You can see that the house was not only built and furnished for a holiday but for a comfortable everyday life. No compromises in logistics for dirty boots or wet clothes, huge open kitchen and dining room, cosy garden room.

    Reviewed by Carsten5.0Mar 2018

  • "Great cottage and location."

    The cottage does miss abit of TLC and a radio (really did miss abit of background music). Apart from that it was a great cottage.

    Reviewed by Lewis4.8Feb 2018

  • "Lovely house that felt so warm an cosy for a winter break."

    In the Surrey Hills with lots to do,explore and visit. We loved it, thanks.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jan 2018

  • "We loved this family house, and the excellent location."

    very happy with our 3 week stay.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2017

  • "I thought this holiday home was lovely."

    The photographs really don't so it justice. It's a very warm and welcoming home from home with great walking right on the doorstep. Our family had a wonderful time here over Christmas. The kitchen was really well equipped. I was worried about getting a Christmas dinner ready in a rental property but I needn't have.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Dec 2016

  • "Woodhill cottage excessen our expectations."

    Maybe it sounds picky, but the sliding window on the picture lowered our expectations a bit and we we were hesitating about eentonig this cottage initially. Now that we have been there it is the opposite: we are recommending this place to everybody! It really gives a homely and warm feeling and it is very well equipped!

    Reviewed by Frederique5.0Oct 2016

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single, 1x ground floor double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility with WC
  • Sitting room
  • Snug (seats 4) with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire.Oil-fired AGA (notify us if you wish the Aga to be switched on for your visit during winter months), electric oven and convection hob, electric oven and convection hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and jigsaw puzzles. Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Off road parking
  • Front garden
  • Large rear lawned garden with furniture and summerhouse
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Farm shop 1 mile, pub 10 mins walk Note: There are 3 steps up between the garden room and the main entrance, 1 step from the main entrance to the kitchen and steps down from the garden room to the garden
  • Note: There is no mobile signal available
  • Note: The gardens have access to the driveway and main village road which has no footpath; children to be supervised and care to be taken
  • Note: The ice and water dispenser which are part of the fridge/freezer are disconnected and unavailable for use. Note - Please inform us on booking whether you would like the Aga during your stay.

The property

Newly updated, this fabulous very well appointed cottage is located in Holmbury St Mary, nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Large, light and welcoming this beautiful cottage has stunning views over the thousands of acres of woodland surrounding it. A perfect choice for couples, friends and families looking to stay in a countryside setting only a short walk from a quintessential English village where the church overlooks the village green and two popular village pubs offer delicious meals with a fine selection of local food and ales. With five bedrooms, all with different layouts, and two bathrooms, you will be sure to find a bedroom to exactly fit your needs when staying at Woodhill Cottage. There are two delightful sitting rooms, both with exceptionally comfy sofas.

One for relaxing together in the spacious, light and airy Garden Room, with a vaulted ceiling, lantern windows and French doors that can be thrown open to let the soft breeze drift in during warm Summer days.

The other for cosying up in the Snug in front of the open fire, reading a book or watching TV in cooler months. If you need to work or study while staying at Woodhill Cottage, then a bureau and chair is provided for just that purpose. The Surrey Hills is a magnet for visitors either on foot, saddle or cycle.

The area was the backdrop to the London 2012 Olympic Cycle Road Race and boasts miles of excellent mountain bike single track. With such magnificent scenery all around, you would be excused for never wanting to explore further afield.

However, nearby you can visit Denbies Wine Estate, Silent Pool gin distillery, the stunning National Trust property Polesdon Lacey, or the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley.

Dorking and Guildford offer the chance for exploring antique shops and picking up supplies, if you want more than the local produce sold down the road at the Kingfisher Farm Shop.

You can walk or bike to the top of Leith Hill and enjoy a cake and some well-deserved refreshment whilst admiring the stunning view to the South Downs in one direction and London in the other. Why not even include a day visiting the capital during your time at Holmbury St Mary? Only 40 minutes by train and you can be in London taking in the sights and sounds of this bustling and iconic city.

You could visit St Paul's Cathedral or Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, or maybe take a river trip along the Thames passing the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and under Tower Bridge, before heading to the West End for a show. With so much to see and do you will find yourselves needing to return. After a day exploring, a home-from-home welcome awaits you at this lovely Surrey cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Shere 4 miles; Dorking 6 miles; Guildford 10 miles.

The village of Holmbury St Mary is a quintessential English village with a green, cricket pitch, historic church and two wonderful village pubs, set right in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Footpaths and bridleways lead in all directions into the hills and thousands of acres of protected woodlands. The Surrey Hills are very popular with walkers, hikers, horse and mountain bike riders. From the top of the hills look north over fields and woods to see the tallest buildings of London and south to glimpse the English Channel in the distance. This area would appeal to families and friends who are looking to enjoy an English village with lots of local events, wildlife, space and tranquillity and the opportunities to explore on foot or bike – the London 2012 Olympic 100km cycle race passed through the surrounding countryside. With towns such as Guildford and Dorking within a short distance offering theatres, shopping, restaurants and leisure centres and numerous other picturesque villages and places of special interest nearby, Holmbury St Mary offers a great get away.

Note - Please inform us on booking whether you would like the Aga during your stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas