We loved The Waltons’ house. It was a dark winter evening, when my wife and I arrived. But as we stepped inside, it was warm and light, the walls were full of pictures I wanted to look at, a dog was wagging its tail and a friendly cat was lying stubbornly in the middle of the corridor.
Upstairs, we were shown into a bedroom that was carefully decorated with an eye for detail and artistic flair. Even the bathroom was imaginatively decorated with flowery wallpapers around the big old bathtub. A TV was in the room, but what a waste it would have been to put that on in this house. Maggie even offered us some cake from the breakfast room, where a small fridge is gently humming for guests to have fresh milk in small glass (!) bottles for tea and coffee anytime of the day.
Breakfast was served downstairs in the family dining room. Lots of jams and marmalade, cereals and fruit, and fresh bread – not just toast – were laid out on the antique table, with the fireplace lit up in the background. We could only have continental breakfast, as we had arrived without prior arrangements on a Sunday evening. But Maggie usually offers also a full English breakfast.
We did not want to leave that house. I have since arranged for my Dad to stay a couple of nights, and he felt the same. And the price of it all is friendly too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waltons is a listed house in a conservation area. Dorking is situated in the midst of the Surrey Hills with easy access to London and both its airports. The coastal towns of Brighton and Worthing are a short journey, as are plentiful attractions including many National Trust properties.You are sure to find a warm welcome at The Waltons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Waltons Dorking, Surrey