TOWNS/AREAS IN SURREY:
Epsom, Esher, Farnham,
North Downs, Old
South Downs, St
Georges Hill Estate, Sunningdale,
Walton On Thames,
is a diverse county; from the typically English country towns
of Farnham and Haslemere in the west, to the more sophisticated
and culturally mixed areas such as Esher and Cobham.
are four main areas of Surrey, each with quite different characteristics.
Inside the M25 are the private estates that make up the areas
around Cobham, Esher and Weybridge, which contain a mix of Edwardian
and newer houses. Many people move to these areas for access to
the international schools, both international airports, security
and the choice of new or recently built large houses. There are
many golf courses in the area and the pinnacle for a few people
are the private gated estates of St George?s Hill and Wentworth,
both set amidst championship golf courses.
the M25, there is an equally accessible area around Woking. There
are areas with a remarkably rural feel, such as the villages of
Chobham, Ripley and Worplesdon. By the same token, there are some
less good spots, particularly around Woking, which are best avoided.
On the edge of Woking is a private estate called The Hockering
where one can walk to Woking station and be in Waterloo in approximately
20 minutes one of the best fast train services outside
London. With these areas, care should be taken avoiding hazards
such as Pirbright Military Ranges. For the avid golfer, there
are plenty of good courses. Many choose to live in the area around
Worplesdon Golf Course where houses back on to the course.
you head a little further down the A3 (10 minutes from the M25
junction), Guildford is the shopping and cultural centre. A good
house in the surrounding villages generally attracts a premium.
In particular, Peaslake and Shere make you feel as though you
are an hour west of Basingstoke, yet the reality is you are only
a 20-minute drive from the M25. The most popular villages around
Guildford Shamley Green, Bramley and Shalford are
a few minutes? drive from Guildford station and 30-40 minutes
from Waterloo. The Surrey Hills, as they are known, can provide
great views (particularly on Hascombe Ridge) and good walking
through the Hurtwood Forest.
down the A3 takes you to the Haslemere and Farnham areas which
are even more rural. The villages on the Surrey/Hampshire and
Surrey/Sussex borders, such as Chiddingfold, Dunsfold, Frensham
and Milford take a bit longer to get to and are less easily commutable.
Watch out for Dunsfold Aerodrome, the Gatwick flight path, RAF
Odiham and the future of the A3 crossroads at Hindhead.
of Guildford are the towns of Dorking, Reigate and Redhill where
prices tend to be lower. However, this can be just as easily commutable,
although the countryside is flatter and the Gatwick flight path
affects large swathes.
are many good schools in Surrey, such as the Danish School in
West Byfleet, the American Community Schools and Charterhouse.
As Surrey became increasingly popular from the second-half of
the 19th-century, it attracted leading architects of the time,
such as Lutyens, who designed many of the county's late-Victorian
and Edwardian country houses.
Of all the Home Counties, Surrey has the
best access to London. As a result, it is densely populated, but
often appears surprisingly rural: the rolling, wooded landscape
is ideal for tucking houses away.
has often been said that Surrey is not 'real country', but there
are some sweeping landscapes and spectacular views, and wildernesses
such as Box Hill. The intervention of the National Trust, together
with the designation of green-belt tracts and Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, has saved much of the countryside from over-development.
county was important in medieval times and had a thriving wool
trade. Today, the principal industry is agriculture; the low rainfall
and relatively flat land is ideally suited to arable farming.
was poor in the 18th century, largely because of the agricultural
poverty of its sandy soil. As a result, there are few Georgian
houses, and those that do exist command substantial premiums;
there is also a scattering of earlier houses.
was only in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century
that the county's popularity took off: there are many substantial
and well-built late-Victorian and Edwardian houses. The most famous
were designed by Lutyens, who combined local materials and vernacular
forms with a feeling for drama and geometry.
are many beautiful and well-tended gardens, most notably at Wisley,
where the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens are open to the
public. All of Surrey is popular ; the most sought-after areas
include the Surrey Hills, between Guildford and Dorking, and the
villages round Guildford.
Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Godalming,
Oxted, Redhill, Reigate.
Waterloo to Guildford 35min; Waterloo to Reigate 50min; Waterloo
to Godalming 45min.
Guildford is 31 miles from central London via the A3; Reigate,
23 miles, via the A217; Godalming, 35 miles, via the A3.
School, Shacklefield (01483 810266). Boys only, age range 7-13,
day and boarding. www.aldro.org/
Cobham, Cobham (01932 867251). Co-educational, age range 3-18,
day and boarding. www.acs-england.co.uk/schools/cobham/
of London Freemen's School, Ashtead (01372 277933). Co-educational,
age range 7-18, day and boarding. www.clfs.surrey.sch.uk/
Fan Court School, Esher (01372 467841). Co-educational, age range
3-18, day and boarding. www.claremont-school.co.uk/
School (01483 273666). Co-educational, age range 13-18 (boys only,
7-13), day and boarding. Associated preparatory school. www.cranleigh.org/pages/cranleighschool/
High School (01483 561440). Girls only, age range 4-18, day.
Grammar School, Guildford (01483 880600). Boys only, age range
Catherine's School, Bramley (01483 893363). Girls only, age range
4-18, day and boarding. www.st-catherines.surrey.sch.uk/
courses: Wentworth, Virginia Water (01344 842201); Sunningdale
(01344 21681); St George's Hill, Weybridge (01932 847758).
the Old Surrey and Burstow; the Surrey Union.
clubs: London River Yacht Club; Frensham Pond Sailing Club.
rivers Mole and Wey, Enton Lakes and Tri Lakes.
BEST SURREY COUNTRY HOUSES FOR SALE
(A breakdown of what was for sale & purchase prices)
Wentworth Place, Chobham: £12.5m
Park Close, Englefield Green: £8m
Hartlands, St Georges Hill, Esher: £9.5m
Chilworth Manor, Guildford: £6m
Maryland, Worplesdon: £4.25m
Stocketts Manor, Old Oxted: £3.64m
Copse House, Godalming: £2.25m
Parkstone, St George's Hill, Esher (new mansion): £8m
Horseshoe House, Sunningdale (new mansion): £3.95m
Brompton Court, Kings Warren, Oxshott (7 bed mansion, spa complex):
Pick House, Chiddingford (Grade II*, 131 acre estate): £4.5m
Logmore Place, Westcott (Stabling, 98 acres): £4.5m
Old House, Pyrford (Queen Anne, 4.5 acres): £4m
Munstead Oaks, Godalming (Arts and Crafts): £3m
Broadford, Chobham (Palladian House, 56 acres parkland): £2.8m
Tugley, Chiddingford (Grade II farmhouse, 38 acres): £2.5m
VALUE STREETS IN SURREY
1 Sunninghill Road, Windlesham GU20 £3,953,499
2 Portnall Rise, Virginia Water GU25 £3,558,651
3 Seven Hills Road, Walton-On-Thames KT12 £3,347,068
4 Pinewood Road, Virginia Water GU25 £3,298,750
5 Warreners Lane, Weybridge KT13 £3,280,901
6 Queens Drive, Leatherhead KT22 £2,857,008
7 South Ridge, Weybridge KT13 £2,833,043
8 Golf Club Road, Weybridge KT13 £2,748,241
9 West Road, Weybridge KT13 £2,642,165
10 Camp End Road, Weybridge KT13 £2,591,034
HIGHEST VALUE AREAS IN SURREY
1 GU25 (Virginia Water) £798,508
2 KT11 (Cobham) £673,441
3 KT10 (Esher) £633,791
4 KT24 (Leatherhead) £619,175
5 TW10 (Richmond) £544,144
6 GU5 (Guildford) £526,453
7 TW9 (Richmond) £517,095
8 KT13 (Weybridge) £501,019
9 GU10 (Farnham) £484,230
10 KT20 (Tadworth) £473,648
HIGHEST VALUE TOWNS IN SURREY
1 Virginia Water £783,043
2 Cobham £666,695
3 Esher £628,136
4 East Molesey £514,830
5 Weybridge £504,594
6 Tadworth £466,229
7 Leatherhead £465,296
8 Thames Ditton £460,283
9 Windlesham £451,825
10 Ashtead £439,743
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