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Den­bies Wine Es­tate in Dork­ing has ex­clu­sively un­veiled de­tailed plans for its new Vine­yard Ho­tel to Sur­rey Life. The new ho­tel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be lo­cated in the heart of the vine­yard, of­fer­ing sweep­ing views over the North Downs Way.

Vis­i­tors to the vine­yard can cur­rently stay at the es­tate’s farm­house, but the new ho­tel will pro­vide space for an ad­di­tional 10 en suite bed­rooms, in­clud­ing a bridal suite. Due to its lo­ca­tion on the doorstep of an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty, Den­bies says it is im­por­tant for the de­vel­op­ment to com­ple­ment its sur­round­ings and has cho­sen to con­struct the ho­tel us­ing car­bon neu­tral meth­ods.

The growth in pop­u­lar­ity of English wine was the de­cid­ing fac­tor for ex­tend­ing the vine­yard’s ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to Den­bies chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Jean­nette Simp­son. “The de­mand for ac­com­mo­da­tion in the area has never been higher; the ex­ist­ing farm­house cur­rently runs at ca­pac­ity most weeks,” she says. “The com­bi­na­tion of this and the un­prece­dented growth of wine tourism in the UK makes this the per­fect time. The rep­u­ta­tion of English wine con­tin­ues to grow and wine tourism is an in­te­gral part of com­mu­ni­cat­ing this mes­sage loud and clear.”

Den­bies says it will be work­ing closely with lo­cal like-minded busi­nesses to cre­ate ex­pe­ri­ence breaks in the Sur­rey Hills and that guests will be of­fered com­pli­men­tary wine tast­ing tu­to­ri­als in the ho­tel.

In­deed, the ho­tel is likely to be a wine buff’s dream come true as there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to try Den­bies wine at al­most ev­ery turn, Jean­nette adds: “The ho­tel will fea­ture its own ‘Eno­matic’ wine dis­pens­ing ma­chine, which will en­able guests to taste and pur­chase Den­bies wine range by the glass. Plus, the out­door ca­banna-style seat­ing area will al­low guests to re­lax and en­joy a glass of wine, lo­cal cheese and shar­ing plat­ters while tak­ing in the breath­tak­ing sur­round­ings.”

Si­mone Hellyer with the news, views and high­lights from around our county

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