With its picturesque architecture, charming character and fine cluster of antiques shops, boutiques, restaurants and gastro-pubs, Chobham is a village much-loved by residents who like to be somewhere that’s peaceful, but very much alive.
However, The Old Schoolhouse’s location just at the edge of the countryside within easy distance from Chobham Common – a beautiful spot that also happens to be the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England – means that all tastes are catered for in close proximity.
Luckily, Chobham is served by around a dozen excellent gastro-pubs and restaurants, which spread between the north and south of the village. The Four Horseshoes is happily situated overlooking Burrow Hill Green, which is a bonus in the summer months.
For food, there’s bright, homely Turkish kitchen Pasha, and the cosy Rosso Mazara for Italian. Stovells, which is housed in a 16th century Tudor farmhouse, was recently named in the Top 20 Restaurants outside London by The Telegraph, and has been awarded four AA rosettes.
If the idea of spending your weekends on a vintage Triumph is appealing, there are also motorcycle dealerships in the area, as well as a number of specialist vintage car dealers. Chobham’s location makes it perfect for weekend jaunts to Kent or rides down to the south coast with the wind in your hair.
But of course, there’s so much beautiful nature right here on Chobham’s doorstep, which locals find rather hard to tear themselves away from.