The Percy Arms, Chilworth near Guildford, Surrey

Hotel Review

Location:

The Percy Arms in Chilworth
The Percy Arms

The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with its hills stretching across a quarter of the county from the chalk North Downs running from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east.  We’d arranged accommodation at The Percy Arms in Chilworth, a village three miles south of Guildford.  We’d read that the country inn served modern British cuisine with a South African twist so we were looking forward to sampling it.

Arrival and check-in:

Entrance lobby, The Percy Arms, Chilworth
The hotel’s entrance lobby

There is a large car park to one side of the hotel close to the main entrance where we were greeted by a friendly member of staff as we stepped indoors.  Without delay we were being led upstairs to our room on the first floor.  The inn has just five rooms, each of them absolutely beautiful with their sumptuous decorations oozing colonial charm.  This elegant country pub and grill-house has South African owners who have tastefully furnished the interior with a range artefacts collected from all over the country creating the style of a colonial hunting lodge.

Our Room:

Bedroom, The Percy Arms, Chilworth, Surrey
Our room at The Percy Arms

The rooms are each named after one of the Big 5 game animals, ours being Ndlov (meaning elephant).  Our beautifully appointed room featured a king size bed complimented with antique furniture, wool throws and large cushions.  At the foot of the bed there was a decadent slipper bath plus a huge walk-in shower room near the door.

Bedroom at The Percy Arms, Chilworth
The decadent slipper bath at the foot of the bed

The two windows looked out onto the village centre and on a table next to them was a Nespresso maker and some shortbread biscuits, meaning that we had all we needed for a relaxing stay.

Hospitality tray, The Percy Arms, Chilworth, Surrey
A Nespresso coffee maker and hospitality tray provided

Dining:

Dinner – The pub is attractively laid out with a stone flagged bar at one end and numerous cosy dining rooms each with a slightly different colonial style.  In keeping with the South African theme there are antler chandeliers and upholstery featuring wild animals.

Bar/ restaurant at the Percy Arms. Chilworth
The stylish bar restaurant

We’d reserved a table for dinner and over glasses of South African Shiraz we studied the menu which was very tempting with a combination of classic English dishes along with several South African specialities.

Our South African mains at The Percy Arms, Chilworth
Our delicious South African mains

We both opted for these with me selecting bobotie whilst my husband opted for the strangely named lamb bunny chow.  I savoured every last forkful of my bobotie with its subtle Malay spices and creamy egg based topping whilst across the table the lamb bunny chow hit the spot nicely with its distinctive hot chillies and spices.

South African themed breakfast at The Percy Arms, Chlworth
My husband’s South African styled breakfast

Breakfast – Guests are asked to select their breakfast preferences before bedtime the previous evening along with a chosen time.  Coming downstairs we were greeted by a friendly waiter who soon had our order ready.  After a bowl of yoghurt and fruit I enjoyed my favourite smashed avocado and eggs on toast whilst my husband opted for the South African cooked breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, Boerewors farmers sausage, polenta, chakalaka spicy bean relish and tomato which he informed me was very flavoursome.

The Facilities:

Residents lounge, The Percy Arms, Chilworth
The cosy residents lounge

The hotel has a cosy lounge area reserved for hotel guests, a large bar lounge attractively divided into slightly different areas each featuring many South African artefacts that have been collected over time by the current owners.  Outdoors there’s a large beer garden with a bar which must be a lovely place to sit and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat on warm summer evenings.

Beer garden, The Percy Arms, Chilworth
The inn’s beer garden

Out and About:

My suggestions of things to see and do.

Guildford Castle, Surrey
Guildford Castle

Guildford is the county town of Surrey situated just 4 miles from Chilworth.  Stand beneath the Tungate Arch midway along the cobbled high street before moving on to explore the Great Tower which was built by Normans in the early 12th century on the site of an earlier wooden fortress.  Don’t miss the delightful Alice through the looking glass sculpture commemorating Lewis Carroll’s association with the town which is located in the gardens there.  Then head down to the riverside where you’ll find another of these enchanting sculptures.  The town has a wide selection of shops and is a lovely place to spend a few hours.

Greyfriar's Vineyard, Surrey
Greyfriar’s Vineyard at Puttenham

Greyfriars Vineyard, Puttenham located on the outskirts of Guildford on the sunny, gently sloping south facing slopes of the Hog’s Back.  The Cellar Door wine shop is open year round whilst tours of the vineyard take place from April through to autumn.  At other times visitors are welcome to collect laminated maps from the shop and follow a self-guided tour leading around the estate.

Godalming

Godalming, Surrey
Godalming, Surrey

The picturesque town lies four miles from Guildford and stands on the banks of the River Wey.  At the top of High Street stands the Pepper Pot, an unusual structure that has come to symbolise the town.  Have a wander around the attractive shops and then head to the riverside park for a gentle stroll by the River Wey.

Womersh, Surrey
Wonersh village centre

Wonersh – a quaint village with its delightful array of black and white Tudor houses along its narrow, winding main street.  Many of these homes have special architectural and historic interest making it a picture-perfect quintessential English village to visit.

Shere, Surrey
The picturesque village of Shere

Shere – a picturesque village located midway between Guildford and Dorking with its characterful buildings, narrow winding streets, small shops, quaint pubs and cosy little tearooms.  The village resembles the lid of a chocolate box with its timber framed houses with thatched roofs dating from between 1569 and 1620.  A prominent feature of the village is the Old Fire Station overlooking the village stream which was built in 1885 and today serves as public conveniences.  You may recognise the village as Shere was one of the filming locations for the blockbuster film, The Holiday.

Newlands Corner, Surrey
Newlands Corner beauty spot

Newlands Corner – this popular beauty spot lies just four miles east of Guildford and is the starting point for numerous walks across the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The viewpoint has ample free parking, a visitor centre and picnic benches.

The Silent Pool, ALbury, Surrey
The Silent Pool near Albury

The Silent Pool  –  a local beauty spot on the edge of the village of Albury located midway between Guildford and Dorking.  From the car park, a footpath leads to the Sherborne Pond and continues on slightly further to the spring fed Silent Pool which is surrounded by trees.  Legend has it that the pool is haunted as it has a long history of mysterious happenings.  Whilst there, pop into the Silent Pool Distillery to browse its shop and to perhaps join one of their distillery tours.

Overall:

The Percy Arms is an ideal base for touring the Surrey Hills lying close to the larger towns of Guildford and Godalming.  We found the accommodation to be very comfortable with stylish designed rooms enhanced with South African touches.  With just five rooms guests receive personal attention and are made to feel at home.  The dining areas are beautifully furnished and coupled with first class cuisine the inn makes for a very pleasant stay.

Details:  The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth, Surrey, GU4 8NP

 

We were guests of The Percy Arms and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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41 thoughts on “The Percy Arms, Chilworth near Guildford, Surrey

  1. Another fine lodgings for your adventures Marion. I’m quite jealous of these amazing baths you seem to collect ha ha. I would have gone for the South African specialties too. Godalming and indeed much of Surrey is yet to be discovered for me, so really enjoyed this piece. Some really good shots in this one, particularly like the last two of the Silent Pool and Newlands Corner.

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    1. Thank you for taking a keen interest in my review of The Percy Arms Leighton as it’s such a lovely country inn. I adore soaking in decadent free standing baths like this whilst listening to podcasts of The Archers! It was our first time to the Surrey Hills and I can’t wait to return!

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  2. Another great accommodation review! Staying here as a base makes for a convenient location for village hopping, as you clearly did! Not only that, but the accommodation itself has plenty to offer, especially with its distinctive South African theme and cuisine. If you can’t go all the way to South Africa at the moment, you can bring South Africa to you! A lovely time spent in the countryside, it’s clear!

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  3. ThingsHelenLoves

    Such a pretty part of England. The owners of the Percy Arms have styled the place beautifully. I wouldn’t know what to expect of a bit of SA in Surrey but they’ve pulled it off.

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  4. Looks like such a comfortable bed (and love the slipper bath). And I do like those antler chandeliers – that’s quite unique. Just two nights ago, I made a huge bowl of bobotie (accompanied with yellow rice) … that is such a favourite South African dish! And once again, so much to see and do in and around Guildford … the beautiful old castle, wineshop and lovely walking trails. Ah Marion, I think I would feel right at home at The Percy Arms ☺️.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and interest in this post Corna. I loved the subtle flavoursome spices of Bobotie at The Percy Arms and hopefully one day I’ll be able to savour it in your homeland too! It’s lovely weather here now and even my tights have been put away! Hope it’s sunny with you as well!

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  5. You sure know how to make the most of your time away, Marion! Reading about your travels and adventures around the UK makes me want to plan one for myself. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. I hope all is well 🙂 Aiva xx

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  6. Looks like a cozy little inn Marion. Good that they also serve meals in addition to breakfast. The village and surrounding area look very tidy and well tended. Hard to believe they also have a nearby winery. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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