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Wonderful Waverley – Fully Booked

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Monday, 4 July, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Discovering Waverley House & Abbey

Monday 4th July 2016

From 1.30pm for prompt 2.00pm start



Join us for a rare opportunity to visit Waverley House, a Grade II listed Georgian mansion set against the backdrop of the stunning ruins of Waverley Abbey, home to Cistercian monks from 1128. It is another one of the Surrey Hills’ hidden gems – recently the film set for the re-make of “The Mummy”, starring Tom Cruise and Rachel Weisz. Also used in “Elizabeth” in 1998 and “Into the Woods” in 2014, among others, due to its picturesque location. It is also believed to be the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Waverley” after he visited the Nicholson family who owned the estate. Famous Victorian nurse, Florence Nightingale was a relative, and regular visitor to the house, which became a military hospital for officers during WW1.

The house is only open to the public by appointment, so this is a rare opportunity to visit this site.  It is currently owned by CWR, a faith-based charity that builds bridge between belief and behaviour in everyday life and relationships. They run a variety of courses from the house as well as take bookings for business conferences and meetings. CWR are renovating the house and gardens to their former glory.

Following the tour of the house and afternoon tea, there will be a guided tour of the Abbey ruins.

Unfortunately, due to the age of the house, the whole of the event is not accessible to wheelchairs, however you can call to discuss options. This event is open to members and non-members and must be booked in advance. The event is not suitable for children. Please bring stout shoes for walking over rough ground around the ruins. Bring rain coats in case of rain.

The cost for the visit will be £10.00 (£11.00 for non-members) and includes cream tea. Booking is essential before Tuesday 21st June 2016. If you would like to join us, please enclose your e-mail address OR a stamped addressed envelope for confirmation of your booking.


For further details or enquiries, please contact info@surreyhillssociety.org.