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ITV The Holiday: The beautiful village 30 miles from London where the film was shot

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to explore some of the beauty spots nestled around London.

And one village in Surrey, in particular, attracts its fair share of seasonal tourists because of its connections to Hollywood.

The peaceful village of Shere lies between Guildford and Dorking and is just an hour’s drive from London.

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Its scenic landscapes and old-world charm make it a popular spot all year round, but it’s Christmas that it really comes to life with an appearance in the festive classic The Holiday.

The 2006 film has a star cast starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.

Cameron Diaz character Amanda comes here for Christmas vacation and falls in love with Jude Law character Graham

The film followed American Amanda and British writer Iris, who chose to do a house swap over the Christmas period.

Amanda moved into a comfortable English cottage, while Iris traded in Blighty for a large California mansion.

Scenes featuring Iris’s cozy chalet were filmed in Shere.

But frustratingly, you can’t visit said chalet because it wasn’t actually real.

The exterior was built especially for the film on a nearby hill.

Still, a visit to Shere is well worth a visit despite its quaint streets, authentic pubs, and seasonal light shows.

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Shere is a quaint slice of countryside just outside of London, but one that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city

And for those of you looking to indulge in the darker side of Christmas, the village has its own ghostly story to tell, tied to a local body of water known as the Silent Pool.

Supposedly Surrey’s most haunted body of water, people feared legendary author Agatha Christie drowned there when she disappeared in 1926, his car was found abandoned nearby.

Fortunately, she was alive and well and was found 11 days later in Yorkshire.

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How to get there

If you take the train, the nearest station is in the nearby village of Gomshall.

Trains from central London take a little over an hour and you can get to Gomshall from Waterloo (with a change at Guildford) or St Pancras, Blackfriars, Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon or London Bridge (with a change at Redhill).

Alternatively, the village can be reached by car via the A3 with a journey time of one hour and 20 minutes.

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