My Neighbourhood | Sheryl Shurville on Sarratt

Sheryl Shurville, owner of the Chorleywood Bookshop, on the best of her neighbourhood in and around Sarratt…

Home is…
I live in one of the oldest houses in Sarratt, which dates back to 1550. After that time, in the 1800s, it was a pub. I live there with my husband, two dogs, and sometimes chickens – if the fox doesn’t take them.

Work is…
I own two independent bookshops; one in Chorleywood and one in Gerrards Cross. Not only do I run the two shops, but also organise lots of author events for both adults and children, as well as the annual Chorleywood Literary Festival. We are very supportive to local charities and local organisations, acting as a box office for organisations such as the Chorleywood Film Club and local choirs. We organised the Gift a Book scheme last Christmas, for which customers bought new books from us to give to families who are not fortunate to receive lots of books at Christmas. And we wrapped them all! We love to spread the passion for reading.

Favourite place for a special meal…
The Cricketers pub in Sarratt overlooking the green has a lovely atmosphere. And, even better, I can walk there and back from my house!

Favourite place for brunch with friends…
Morgan’s Deli on Main Parade in Chorleywood serves lovely sandwiches and salads. It is a great place for meetings… if you can get a table!

Favourite place for some retail therapy…
I love Eden Rose on Lower Road in Chorleywood. It sells all sorts of homeware, jewellery, kids’ stuff, fragrance and is a really good destination to buy gifts.

Favourite spot when I’m feeling energetic…
I like to go for a run with my two dogs in Sarratt. I also attend Yogatree Hatha classes with Halina Rozensztrauch at Loudwater Farm in Rickmansworth. They hold a wide range of different classes, groups and clubs there, and it’s a really peaceful spot.

Favourite local discovery…
I thoroughly enjoy a stroll along the beautiful River Chess between Sarratt and Chorleywood. It’s a lovely area for a picnic when the sun’s shining and I never miss an opportunity to play Pooh Sticks from the bridge!

Favourite place to soak up some culture…
I may be biased, but it has to be the Chorleywood Bookshop and its extensive events programme. David Walliams has just done a book signing in the shop and, coming up, we have Judy Murray (yes, Andy’s mum), former Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg, Tony Robinson of Blackadder and Time Team fame, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, to name but a few.

Favourite spot for a family day out…
Studland in Dorset – it’s a place we love to escape to. Sometimes we take the grandchildren and enjoy some of the seven miles of sandy Bournemouth beaches, or walk on Studland to Old Harry Rocks and go to a lovely pub, The Bankes Arms.

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