Visit Haslemere and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Haslemere, Surrey. A town set in hilly, wooded country, much of it in the keeping of the National Trust, and fine for walking. The town itself has some old buildings, but its outstanding attractions are its Educational Museum, the Dolmetsch Workshop and the annual festival which features medieval music and instruments.
The Educational Museum has been described not only as a “living museum”, but as a “lively museum”. It was founded in 1888 by a prominent Victorian surgeon, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, who spent much time walking around the countryside picking up fossils, plants and anything else that interested him, and in talking to children. From their reactions he got his idea of establishing a museum that would be not merely a place where things were preserved and exhibited, but where they would be linked with instructive and interesting talks in which the visitors would be active participants. This began in his own home, then in wooden buildings in the town (now the offices of the Urban District Council) and finally it was moved to its present premises in the High Street.
The Dolmetsch Workshops were founded shortly after the First World War by Arnold Dolmetsch, a musician of Swiss descent who settled in the town in 1917. He specialized in ancient music and musical instruments, and today the Dolmetsch family devote themselves to the manufacture of recorders, lutes, spinets, virginals, viols, harpsichords and forte-pianos.
The Haslemere Festival, largely the idea of the Dolmetsch family, was devoted to music from early times to the early 18th century, played chiefly on ancient instruments, not only those reproduced in the Dolmetsch workshops, but also on several original old instruments.
Nearby towns: Bordon, Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming, Liphook, Midhurst, Petersfield, Petworth
Nearby villages: Arford, Bramley, Bramshot, Chiddingfold, Chithurst, Dunsfold, Elstead, Fernhurst, Frensham, Hascombe, Headley, Hindhead, Iping, Kingsley, Kingsley, Kirdford, Lashenden, Linchmere, Lodsworth, Lurgashall, Midhurst, Northchapel, Peper Harow, Plaistow, Rake, Rogate, Rowledge, Shottermill, Stedham, Thursley, Trotton, Witley
Have you decided to visit Haslemere or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Haslemere bed and breakfast (a Haslemere B&B or Haslemere b and b)
- a Haslemere guesthouse
- a Haslemere hotel (or motel)
- a Haslemere self-catering establishment, or
- other Haslemere accommodation