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Broadwood’s Folly, Surrey: Season’s Greetings from The Folly Flâneuse

Photo’ courtesy of Andrew Wright.

The Folly Flâneuse confesses she has never visited Broadwood’s Folly in Surrey, and although she seldom writes about buildings she has never seen, the photo below explains the interest. Finding an English sparkling wine named after a folly was just too good an opportunity to miss in this festive season.

So before the drinking begins a little about Broadwood’s Tower on Box Hill courtesy of Andrew Wright, Countryside Manager for the National Trust, who also provided the lovely images of the folly.

The Tower was built by Thomas Broadwood of the famous piano manufacturing family. In 1813 he was given the impressive title of ‘Musical Instrument Maker in Ordinary to His Majesty’ and in the following year he bought the Juniper Hill estate near Dorking in Surrey. Soon after he leased a further plot of land in an elevated position overlooking the estate, and here he built this prospect  tower with panoramic views.

The tower is now in the care of the National Trust. It was stabilised in recent years after the removal of a holm oak which had grown from a seedling within the roofless tower.

Photo’ courtesy of Andrew Wright.

Throughout 2019 The Folly Flâneuse has travelled far and wide to see follies and garden ornaments and visited countless archives, museums and galleries to gather information. But this post added a new destination to the list. On a cold, damp and dark November afternoon The Folly Flâneuse could be found in Aldi … which retails this wine* from the Denbies Estate below the tower..

The Folly Flâneuse is taking a short break and will be back in January. Wishing you all the very best for the festive season and health and happiness in 2020. Cheers!

Oh, and a very Merry Christmas from the Uncouth Companion, who’s says this is his favourite kind of folly. Thanks to Woodies Craft Ale House in Leeds for the photo opportunity.

To visit the tower

And there’s a You Tube video here

*Actually local branches didn’t, so the festive fizz was purchased online.

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12 thoughts on “Broadwood’s Folly, Surrey: Season’s Greetings from The Folly Flâneuse”

  1. Graham Hebden says:


    1. Editor says:

      Thank you for your help with sampling the wine!

  2. Catherine Thompson-McCausland says:

    And thank you for entertaining us with fascinating follies throughout the year.
    Best wishes for 2020

    1. Editor says:

      Thank you Catherine!

  3. Garance says:

    and thanks to the generosity of K & D, I can confirm that the festive folly fizz is more than quaffable.

    Season’s Greetings and have a great break.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks G, you are another key member of my tasting team!

  4. wim meulenkamp says:

    Also a big thanks for making 2019 even more enjoyable through you posts! And the same will no doubt go for 2020. Beste wishes for the new year!

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Wim. All best wishes for the Festive Season

  5. Simon Scott says:

    Season’s Greetings K. Alcohol and follies – what a heady cocktail! Seriously, I have really enjoyed your blogs and look forward to many more in 2020… no pressure then!!!

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Simon. Wine and folly A match made in heaven!

  6. Hugh Featherstone Blyth says:

    i’m familiar with leith hill tower (having ‘almost’ committed to marry someone there), but despite many childhood days spent flying my dad’s more-or-less successful planes and kites on box hill. this tower was new to me. thanks.

    1. Editor says:

      Intriguing story! Pleased to have introduced it to you

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