Oakhurst Cottage, Hambledon, Surrey

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There are countless pretty villages and cottages in Surrey but Hambledon and the National Trust preserved Oakhurst Cottage take some beating. Initially, I saw the place on one of my first visits to Surrey last January and I made a mental note to book a tour in the summer.

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Oakhurst Cottage in January

You have to book a your visit to the cottage in advance. Obviously, it couldn’t cope with huge numbers abut about 6 of us turned up the other Saturday at 3pm for our volunteer-led tour.

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Here’s what it says about the tour on the NT website.

Here are a few of the highlights you’ll come across on your guided tour of Oakhurst Cottage. It’s a rare glimpse into village life from many hundreds of years ago.

From anonymous to remarkable

Until the start of the last century this cottage was anonymous in all but name. It represented a type of building and way of life which had changed very little for generations, and few in rural Surrey would have paid it any attention at all. Today the cottage provides a rare glimpse into a bygone era.

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Oakhurst garden – a work in progress

Over the past few years we’ve been working to restore the small garden to its former glory in the traditional style. You’ll see a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, along with annuals like sunflowers, which we planted to reflect contemporary paintings of the cottage such as those by Helen Allingham.

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The Garden in January

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The tools of daily life

You can see a collection of old working men’s tools in the small barn at the edge of the garden, adjacent to the privy. This outhouse was used right up until the end of the cottage’s life, helping keep Hambledon’s last nightsoil man in work until 1994.

Don’t miss historic Hambledon

After your tour is over, why not pay a visit to the small, historic village of Hambledon? We help maintain the village, and a group of staff and volunteers often join residents for their annual maintenance of common areas.

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We were advised to park outside the Village Shop and walk across the village green to the Cottage.

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4 comments on “Oakhurst Cottage, Hambledon, Surrey

  1. Martin says:

    Hi Barbara. This reminds me of many cottages which dotted the countryside in South Cheshire when I came here 30 years ago. Unfortunately they have all been extended, gentrified etc (many with my input I’m afraid) so it is good to see such a nice example preserved. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Martin

    • Interesting comment, Martin. In a way I can understand it … although pretty they are not big and the tiny, many-paned windows don’t let in a lot of light. I prefer the outside to the insides. I always thought I’d like one; but now I know I wouldn’t. See you in a couple of weeks xx

  2. ms6282 says:

    I really like these small properties that show how ordinary people used to live. The NTs grand houses are interesting architecturally but I can never relate to the lives of the inhabitants -except for the servants.

  3. Fran says:

    Another NT place for my list. The whole village looks a delight, and this cottage a real glimpse at the past; although the reality in such a house must have been jolly hard work.

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