About the Hus B&B in Cranleigh
the Hus was designed by Norman, completed in 2018 and won a Commended Design Award at the Waverley Building Design Awards, 2019. It was designed so that we could live on the ground floor and guests would not disturb us, and vice versa, despite the very open plan Scandinavian style of living.
the Hus is triple glazed with recirculating fresh air (heat air recovery) in the winter, photovoltaic panels, and a sprinkler system. There are electrically wired fire alarms throughout.
the Hus has three bedrooms, The Cornflower Blue, The Apple Green and the Lilac which can cater for up to seven people in total. They are all upstairs which means this is unfortunately, not a suitable home for the disabled. The bedrooms open out onto a shared mezzanine lounge area, with sofa and easy chairs for guests use and a small outdoor balcony overlooking the garden, for an early morning drink or indeed a late evening drink! There is a well-stocked bookcase for guests use.
Every bedroom has a large ensuite, with spacious power shower, heated towel rail, heated mirror, shaving points and plenty of shelf space to arrange your toiletries. All bedrooms have hanging cupboards, full length mirrors, and drawer cabinets.
Drink making facilities & room views
Biscuits, tea (breakfast, green, peppermint, Early Grey and fruity flavours) and coffee making facilities are available in each room. On arrival, please ask for fresh milk in a vacuum flask. (We prefer not to supply horrid long-life milk sachets) Fresh water in glass bottles is available in each room. We do not provide water in plastic bottles for environmental reasons.
The Cornflower Blue Room is the largest room overlooking the back garden with one double bed and one single bed. This is ideal for families of up to four when a further collapsible bed can be erected.
The Lilac Room overlooks the front of the house and the double bedded Apple Green Room overlooks the side garden, both with double beds.
Cranleigh is a pretty village close to the A281, 8 miles equidistant between Guildford to the west and Horsham to the East, in the Borough of Waverley and County of Surrey.
Situated on the clay soil of the Weald, according to geologists, Cranleigh was a prehistoric inland water lake which explains why dinosaur remains have been found as recently as 2017 when a three ton Iguanodon dinosaur, measuring seven metres high and three metres long was found! Iggy is currently being studied in Cambridge.
The village is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. For the next 700 years it remained a small agricultural community, whose isolation caused by the almost impassable clay soil in winter enabled the village to avoid the Black Death and Plague.
Cranleigh derived its name just after the Norman conquest from its local craneries, its meaning being ‘a woodland clearing visited by cranes’.
A crane figure stands on top of the old drinking water fountain of 1874 which can still be found in the middle of the village in ‘Fountain Square’, and a pair of cranes adorn the crest of the civic coat of arms of Cranleigh Parish Council.
Set in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, the immediate area is ideal for walking, cycling and riding. The 30 mile long Downs Link, from Guildford to Shoreham by Sea passes through Cranleigh and is popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
Cranleigh’s busy High Street has a fantastic range of independent shops, including two well-known department stores, Mann’s, now over 130 years old and One Forty almost 60 years old; and For Earth’s Sake, one of the earliest ‘plastic free’ shops in England; interspersed with national retailers such as M&S Food and Sainsburys.
There are many restaurants and cafes including Italian, Chinese, Indian, Turkish and Thai.
Interesting Facts About Cranleigh
Cranleigh is one of several English villages laying claim to be the largest village in England. A village is defined not by its size but whether it has a parish council!
Until the mid-1860s, the village was spelled ‘Cranley’ when the Post Office changed the spelling to avoid confusion with Crawley in West Sussex.
The Anglican parish church of St Nicolas in the Diocese of Guildford dates the first building on its site from around 1170. Inside, a gargoyle of a smiling cat’s face looks down from one of the pillars. It is believed to be the inspiration for the grinning Cheshire Cat in the book, Alice in Wonderland by the writer Lewis Carroll, who lived in Guildford,
Oliver Cromwell visited Knowle House in 1657, with his soldiers being billeted in houses in the village and his officers in what is now Cromwell’s Cafe and Oliver House.
The quaint Cranleigh Hospital is England’s first ever cottage hospital built in 1859 and still in use. Next door is the oldest petrol station kiosk in the world sitting within its 14th century timbered building.
The Obelisk at the Horsham end of the High Street commemorates the opening of the turnpike road between Guildford and Horsham after 1818. Rumour has it that the Prince Regent encouraged the road project because it would make his journey from London to his Brighton Pavilion quicker!
Every year the Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society hold the Cranleigh Agricultural Show and Dunsfold Park holds the Wings and Wheels show, both of which draw visitors from far and wide.
Dunsfold Park and Aerodrome is about five miles away. It was built in the second world war by the Canadian army and is famous for several transport firsts! The Berlin airlift took place here after the war; the Hawker Harrier Jump jet was developed, tested and assembled here; and for almost 20 years it has hosted Top Gear.
The 2012 London Olympics cycle race passed close to Cranleigh. As a result, the village has become a weekend mecca for cyclists aiming to conquer the challenging Surrey Hills including Box Hill and Leith Hill.
After the First World War, Cranleigh was home to several artists including Heath Robinson (who lived in Horsham Road just opposite The Hus!) best known for drawings of ridiculously complicated machines for achieving simple objectives.
Cranleigh’s most famous resident is guitarist Eric Clapton who has lived on the edge of the village for 40 years and over the years has performed for charity, and often rehearses his world tours, at Cranleigh Arts Centre. Kenney Jones of the Small Faces and the Who lives at Hurtwood Polo Park nearby and Ringo Starr, lived in Cranleigh from 1999 to 2014, with his wife, actress Barbara Bach and artists from all over the world have performed at Cranleigh Arts Centre, whose patrons are nearby residents, musician Paul Jones formerly of Manfred Mann and actress Julie Walters. Other artists who have recently performed there are Van Morrison, Gary Brooker, Paul Weller, Andy Fairweather Low and comedians such as Allan Carr, Jo Brand, Ruby Wax, and Shappi Khorsandi. There is also a full programme of theatre, classical music and films.