The Green Escape

UK England South East England Surrey Leith Hill

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Seven shepherd’s huts sit beneath the trees of a small copse

Time was, the chalky slopes of south-east England were home to more roaming flocks of sheep than people. High on the hillside of this luscious landscape, with a crook and a sheepdog, a shepherd would perch on the step of his four-wheeled homestead watching the world go by. While time may have marched on in the world of farming, the hills of rural Surrey have retained their timeless beauty and a countryside idyll still awaits the would-be nomad. As if dragged from the neighbouring meadow, where newly born lambs still bleat, seven shepherd’s huts sit beneath the trees of a small copse. The campsite could not be more aptly named: The Green Escape.

Set in six acres of National Trust woodland, The Green Escape is an eco-friendly glamping getaway that offers complete seclusion despite being just 30 miles from central London. It operates on an exclusive hire basis and is ideal for an extended family gathering or quirky wilderness parties. The seven huts can sleep up to 20 people, with four little huts containing a double and optional single bed, and three big huts containing a double bed and bunk beds. Emerging from your shepherds hut onto a carpet of bluebells, you wander through the woods to a remarkable straw building, home to a kitchen and eating area. Stocked with a wood-burning stove, gas hobs and all the utensils you’ll need, this is a wonderful space for groups to get together and an extra place to hide if the weather isn’t good enough for lounging in a hammock.

There is no electricity at this Surrey glampsite, but that's sort of the point. Here you can switch off your phone, forget the outside world and enjoy building dens in the trees or toasting marshmallows around the campfire. The peaceful surroundings, enlivened by wildlife and a patchwork of natural colours, slow down your everyday tempo to an enjoyably laid-back pace. If you really want something different, The Green Escape also plays host to optional activities that guests can request as a part of their stay, venturing into the woods on bushcraft courses, art classes or willow weaving workshops.

If you’d prefer to strike out on your own, then a stroll up the road (and trek up the hill) will bring you to Leith Hill Tower, the second highest point in south east England. From its top, you’re rewarded with staggering views across the landscape, while the homemade cakes within serve to sweeten the deal! From this panoramic point, any budding cyclist will be teased out when they see the quiet country lanes on offer. The incredible surroundings are dotted with endless charming villages, inevitable stopping points whether you’re pedalling around or simply cruising in the car. Within these rolling hills, the shepherd's huts remain hidden. A private slice of the Surrey Hills, that can be our little secret.

Details

Facilities

A large straw bale building is fully kitted out with kitchen utensils, crockery, a gas hob and wood burner. There are 2 hot showers in a converted shepherds hut and 2 compost toilets on site. Huts are kitted out with beds, a folding table, chairs and a log burning stove. Guests have exclusive use of 6 acres of the National Trust woodland to make merry in, fire pits for toasting marshmallows, BBQ for outdoor cooking and hammocks for lounging. There are also a variety of workshops on offer with local tutors including, art, yoga, foraging, guided mountain biking and bushcraft.

Suitable For

Exclusive group hire only. The Green Escape can sleep up to 20 people. No dogs.

Nearby

The Green Escape is located on Leith Hill (01306 712711) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01372 220 653) popular for walking and cycling. Nearby, Leith Hill Place was a home to Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of England's most famous composers, and a frequent destination for Charles Darwin. The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden (01306 627269) is a short drive away and features over 100 different contemporary artists in a beautiful landscaped garden. Or, on a lazy afternoon, head to the Coldharbour Cricket pitch, the highest in the South East and spectacular place to enjoy the game. Further afield the South Downs National Park (03003 031053) is perfect for day trips. While a cluster of interesting buildings such as Polesden Lacey (01372 452048), with its glittering Gold Room, 18th century Hatchlands Park (01483 222482) and remarkable Shalford Mill (01483 561389) are also worth a visit. Fishermen should head straight for Tillingbourne Trout Farm (07766 326020) with several fishing ponds for beginners through to night fishing for the experienced.

Food & Drink

Breakfast baskets or locally sourced BBQ food can be supplied on request. The neighbouring farm sells fresh eggs and poultry. The nearest pub is The Parrot Inn (01306 621339) a 20 minute walk away, the best spot for catching the last of the evening sun before watching it set. A short drive away is the picturesque village Shere, where 17th-century Kinghams restaurant (01483 202168) was voted Surrey Life’s Restaurant of the Year 2013. Abinger Hammer Tearoom (01306 730701) serves generous portions of food and hospitality, while the adjoining shop supplies villagers with all the provisions they need. Tillingbourne Trout Farm (07766 326020) is a short drive away. The shop sells a wide range of smoked and frozen fish and game.

Opening Times

All year.

The Owner Says

The Green Escape is a secret haven in an ever-changing 6 acre woodland. Our seven shepherds huts hidden amongst the trees allows complete privacy for groups of up to 20 people. This coupled with our straw bale building for cooking, dining and general merryment offers all the cosy comforts, whilst surrounded by the great outdoors. Snug beds and a kitchen stocked with all your basic needs means guests can travel light, as everything is provided for you.
We are a family run business, looked after by Suki, Diana, Barry and now our adopted forest pheasant called Fez. We get an enormous amount of satisfaction when our guests leave happy and rejuvenated from their stay and if we can help with any special requests we will. Whether you want a delicious food basket on arrival or assistance organising an activity to make your stay extra memorable, we are happy to help.
So come climb a tree, dive head first into a hammock with a good book, steal a sizzling sausage straight off the bbq, enjoy the crackling fire under the stars and create some special memories with the ones you love.
Hope to see you soon x

Location

Contact The Green Escape, Orchard Copse, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6HG

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Getting There

From Dorking take the A24 towards Ockley for around 10 minutes, take the A29 exit at Beare Green roundabout, continue for a further 5 minutes. Turn right on B2126 Lake road and follow for 5 minutes, take the right onto Leith Hill Lane. Then take the left onto Etherly farm for The Green Escape parking.

Ockley station is the closest to the site, however its a small country station without taxis. Dorking is the larger main station with more frequent direct services from London Waterloo and Victoria. We can supply local taxi numbers and mini bus hire for larger groups.

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