Teetering on the edge of Leith Hill, this mansion house enjoys stunning views and its history is steeped in famous families like the Vaughan Williams, Wedgwoods and Darwins. There are new exhibitions this year including the family collection of rare Wedgwood ceramics and an artist's residency by Louise Scillitoe-Brown. Live music and theatre performances make for a creative summer at this special place.
Shalford Mill, on the Tillingbourne stream, is evocative of a bygone era, showing a vital part of village life. It was saved by the mysterious Ferguson's Gang, who have quite a story. There's all sorts of marvellous milling machinery inside.
Hidden in a leafy corner of Esher is The Homewood, former residence of architect Patrick Gwynne. This modernist gem has reopened its doors in April for weekly tours of the house, with its remarkable interior collection and the curious, heather-strewn landscape garden.
Those hints of autumn bring out the sense of adventure in us all. Try something new this season with a visit to some of Sussex's best kept secrets: Alfriston Clergy House, Monk's House and Woolbeding Gardens.
A butterfly dancing from blossom to flower is always a cheerful sight, these bright, colourful emblems of warmth and sunshine are perhaps our best-loved insects. Enjoy a stroll in the sunshine at some of our best Surrey butterfly spots.
Our gardens are all at their colourful best during the summer months with vibrant colours, relaxing spaces and breath-taking views. From the rose garden at Polesden Lacey to the landscaped vistas at Claremont, find a summer garden near you.