Wotton House Hotel

Wotton House Hotel Surrey, South East England

Splendid country estate hotel in Dorking


Member since April 2023

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Dating back to the 16th Century, this peaceful and elegant hotel has so much to offer.  Enjoy a walk in the listed Italian gardens or relax on the terrace and admire the breathtaking views, before dining in the intimate 1877 Restaurant. Bedrooms are stylish and luxurious, many with original features.  A large heated indoor pool and leisure club are also available. 

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6 Special Offers for this hotel.

Sparkling Country Break

From £82 pppn for a 12 night stay, to £99.50 pppn for a 1 night stay

Stay in a Classic room and receive:

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • A bottle of Prosecco on arrival
  • Dinner in the restaurant on one evening (£28pp allocation)
  • Access to the leisure club from check in to check out
  • Full breakfast for two daily
  • Lazy noon check out
  • Twin rooms can be booked, please contact us for availability

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  • Grade II listed Italian Gardens and 13 acres of grounds
  • Elegant guestrooms
  • Indoor heated pool, steam room & sauna
  • Idyllic setting
  • Sumptuous dining
  • The River Tillingbourne flows through the grounds
  • Large terrace
  • Range of local activities

125 Bedrooms
Indoor Pool
Accessible Rooms
Children Welcome
Internet Connection in Rooms
Dogs May Be Accepted by Prior Arrangement
Dorking Station is just 4 miles

How to find Wotton House Hotel

Wotton House Hotel
Guildford Road

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Good to know

Hotel check-in time:

3:00 PM

Hotel check-out time:

11:00 AM


Opening Times


7-10am week days

7.30-10.30am weekends

All-Day Dining at the Bar

12 noon to 10pm

Dinner at the 1877 Restaurant

6-9.30pm - Please book in advance to avoid dissapointment

Parking Facilities

Complimentary onsite parking is available

Disabled Access

Premium rooms and suites are all accessible via stairs only. 

The hotel can offer limited accessible Classic bedrooms, please contact us if an accessible room is required.

Child Policy

Children are welcome and can be accomodated in selected Classic bedrooms (maximum of 1 child in a Classic room), children are charged at  £25 per child per night (aged 3-12) to include breakfast. Please contact us to check family room availability.


Families are welcome to use the pool facilities during term time and the school holidays.

2:00pm – 5:00pm

9:00am – 11:00am
2:00pm – 5:00pm

9:00am – 5:00pm

9:00am – 5:00pm

The grounds

For 400 years, Wotton House has done things differently. Once home to the John Evelyn, a botanist and arboriculture expert, he was passionate about the role of plants in our diets, lived as a vegetarian and was considered a pioneer of his time. This sense of eccentricity lives on at Wotton and you have see the Evelyn family history still present in the hotel today.

From the 17th century Italian gardens – the first in England – to the pillared library, you'll discover something unexpected and delightful at every turn. 

History of the hotel

With a proud rich history, which makes them so unique. The Estate dates back to the 16th Century, when it was sold by Henry Owen to the Evelyn family. John Evelyn, one of three sons of Richard Evelyn, was passionate about botanicals and arboriculture and was particularly spellbound by the Italian Renaissance gardens he had seen on his tour of Italy. Inspired by what he had discovered on his travels, on his return to Wotton he constructed an Italian garden and temple, designed by his cousin, Captain George Evelyn, which was soon joined by a parterre garden complete with an Italian fountain.

Since this time, the estate has been passed through the Evelyn family, who have all been passionate about preserving John's legacy, whilst adding their own eccentricities to the estate. Not so long ago, you may have even discovered Kangaroos on the lawn.

It was home to the Canadian Army during the Second World War and in 1947 it became a fire training centre for The Home Office. Soon afterwards, the house became the national Fire Service College.

Dogs Policy

Whilst they are a dog friendly hotel, they do ask that dogs are kept on a lead in the hotel public areas.  They are unable to allow your four-legged friend to visit the restaurant, but they are welcome in the Bar where they serve the daily menu. Your pup is able to enjoy the gardens and is welcome to swim in the Tillingbourne river that runs through the grounds.  They request is that you do not leave your pup unattended in your bedroom.

They charge a £30 fee for dogs on the first night of their stay, and £10 per night thereafter.  Please contact us for availability, they are welcome in selected Classic rooms. 

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