24-25 June 2014
Reviewed by Lynn Short
The sun shone brightly as we set off for Long Copse Bed and Breakfast in the Surrey Hills, which was just over an hour’s drive from home. We had arranged to arrive around 4pm as we wanted to visit a National Trust property on the way, and our hostess Susan had already told us which ones were the closest to Long Copse.
We followed the directions which were given on the website, which were fine until the last turning where the sign should have said “Ewhurst” but for some reason it was no longer shown. We had taken the correct road initially but then had doubts and turned round and took the alternative road; it soon became apparent that this was definitely wrong so we telephoned to clarify the route we should take. It then took us 5 minutes to reach our destination.
There was ample parking space. As we pulled in our hostess, Susan, came to greet us followed by her husband, Geoff. They are lovely hosts and immediately made us feel very welcome. We were shown up to our room straight away so that we could deposit our belongings and we then joined Susan and Geoff on the terrace for tea and very pleasant conversation.
Long Copse is a very attractive thatched Arts & Crafts house and is considered to be one of the finest in Surrey. It was designed by Alfred Powell and built by him and some of his university friends. It is located high on a hill and has wonderful views right across to the South Downs. The garden slopes down and in the fields below they have a small flock of Jacobs Sheep. There are also 4 cats in the household although we only met 3 during our stay.
There are 2 bedrooms in the main house. We had the double which was light and airy with a double aspect and wonderful views. The bed was firm and comfortable; there was plenty of hanging and drawer space. The courtesy tray had an ample supply of coffee, chocolate and tea, including some herbal teas; the milk was kept in a jug in a mini fridge to ensure it was fresh. There was also a supply of bottled water. There was a hairdryer, mini safe and trouser press, but no television or radio (there is a television in the cottage guest sitting room which is available for all guests to use). Wi-Fi is available. On each bedside table was a selection of hardback books on historic houses, stately homes, castles, gardens and Surrey. We had an ample supply of towels. The other bedroom is a good sized twin with similar facilities to the double.
Since this is a listed building it has not been possible to make either of the bedrooms en suite and so they have a shared bathroom. This has a bath with shower over, a further supply of towels and shampoos, soaps etc… I found the shower easy to operate, with a good water pressure and readily adjustable temperature. There are no locks on the doors as they have latches instead of locks – these are secured by inserting a small wooden wedge in the latch.
There are also 2 bedrooms available in the adjacent cottage – one double and one family room with a double and single bed.
Breakfast is served in the main dining room. A lovely room with period furniture and a stone fireplace on which is carved 1899 – the year the house was built. There is a good selection of cereals and yoghurt, orange and apple juice and different breads for toast – these elements are self-service and the bread is home made. English breakfast is cooked to order; we had fried eggs (but you can choose how you want them cooked) along with bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans – all delicious. We had tea in lovely large mugs, but of course coffee is available. Breakfast is normally served between 8am and 9am but Susan and Geoff are happy to vary this according to your requirements.
There are many photographs, prints and paintings around the house and delightful ornaments.
Long Copse has VisitEngland accreditation of 3 stars. All bedrooms are upstairs so are not accessible for wheelchair users. The prices are from £45 single and £70 double per night.
The lack of television and radio in the bedrooms may be a problem for some people but this did not bother us at all. Long Copse is ideally situated for walkers and cyclists and is in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There are many attractions within an easy drive, including 3 National Trust properties, and there are pubs and restaurants in the nearby picturesque village Shere.
Susan and Geoff were delightful hosts and it was pleasure to meet them and we had a delightful stay.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.longcopse.co.uk or call 01483 277458.
Long Copse B&B, Pitch Hill, Ewhurst, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7NN | 01483 277458