The county of Surrey sits southwest of the British capital, London. It is an incredibly popular choice with people looking to escape the frenetic pace of life in the city while maintaining easy access to work.
Surrey is the leafiest English county, with acre upon acre of rolling green spaces such as the Surrey Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walking among these pristine natural paradises, it can be easy to forget that London is so close. However, the vast majority of the county is within one hour’s train journey of London Waterloo.
These attributes make Surrey a popular choice with those who work in central London. The area is perfect for bringing up a family, with plenty of space to explore. Alongside the natural attractions and good transport links, Surrey has a great program of cultural events on offer which means you will always have something to do in your new home.
Property in Surrey
Surrey has historically proven popular with stockbrokers and bankers who moved to the area around the beginning of the 20th century. Later on they were followed by footballers and international celebrities, who enjoy convenient access to central London, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.
This means that Surrey has a large stock of mansions which can sell for over £20 million. The popularity of the area with people looking to escape from London makes Surrey one of the most affluent counties in the country. If you are looking for something more cosy, a number of villages near Guildford.
For those that want to live closer to a town centre, there are smaller properties available around towns such as Leatherhead and Epsom.
Surrey offers great investment opportunities, with average house prices that have proven strong performers even throughout tough economic times. The area is very much in demand for buyers and tenants.
Our highly-trained advisors are able to provide any further information that you require. From historic estate houses to country cottages, the range of properties in Surrey runs the gamut.
Parkside in Cobham
Danes Hill in Oxshott
City of London Freeman’s School in Ashtead
Tormead School in Guildford
Howard of Effingham in Bookham
Guildford High School in Guildford
Royal Grammar School in Guildford
Surrey Regeneration Information
Various towns across Surrey are currently working on regeneration plans. The majority of these plans are designed to boost retail opportunities, repurpose derelict spaces and improve the quality of life of residents thanks to better access.
Leatherhead is one historic town that will be regenerated thanks to a £100 million project. The area is popular with families and the plan will bring new public spaces into operation. Other regeneration efforts will create development opportunities for investors. There are extensive plans afoot in Camberley, Woking and Redhill, as well as other towns.
Local councils are trying to attract retailers and cultural offerings in order to make their areas more attractive to property buyers. This is an interesting development for those seeking to buy, and looks set to create new sought after areas outside of traditional hotspots.
History of Surrey
The county of Surrey was originally inhabited during the Bronze Age, and the first residents are evidenced by traces of burial mounds near Woking. Surrey was also crossed by an ancient Roman road, and that history of transport links can still be seen today.
A sense of royal history is conveyed by the coronation site in Kingston, where the English kings Aethelstan and Aethelred the Unready were crowned in the 10th century.
Later on came the Norman conquest, and the new rulers built impressive castles at Guildford and Farnham which can still be seen today. In fact, there are a number of magnificent palaces in Surrey, as royalty were attracted to the area thanks to its beauty and proximity to London. That trend continues today thanks to easy access from across the country and abroad. The development of the railways led to the development of commuter towns such as Redhill and Woking, with more areas now home to people who travel to London for work.
Surrey is crisscrossed by mainline railways with services from London Waterloo and London Victoria.
Trains to Leatherhead can take as little as 44 minutes, while Haslemere is around 50 minutes from London Waterloo. The vast majority of towns with a mainline station have services that take less than an hour to reach central London.
- Leatherhead > London Waterloo
- Leatherhead > London Victoria
- Effingham > London Waterloo
- Woking > London Waterloo
- Esher > London Waterloo
- Cobham > London Waterloo
- Oxshot > Waterloo
- Ashstead > Waterloo
Surrey is conveniently situated for international flights. London Gatwick sits just outside the county line to the east, while London Heathrow is just to the north. Both airports offer flights to a huge range of national and international destinations.
Surrey is bisected by the M25 orbital motorway which provides great transport links to London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. The area is also served by the A3, which runs from central London to Portsmouth in Hampshire.
There is an extensive bus network which runs throughout the county.
Things to Do in Surrey
Surrey has been a popular choice for homeowners for centuries thanks to a wealth of attractions. This rich history means that the area has plenty to offer modern day residents. The towns and villages of Surrey are packed with great restaurants, historic pubs and cosy cafes for your enjoyment. From cutting edge gastronomy to tumbledown country inns, there is something to suit every taste.
Shopping is another strong point thanks to well-developed town centres and smaller villages. Towns such as Kingston are renowned for their wide variety of high street and independent shops, while the villages offer quaint boutiques and farmers markets.
There is a strong history of music and the arts in Surrey, thanks in part to the presence of show business stars in the county. Leatherhead boasts its own Drama Festival, while Guildford is home to a famous annual music festival. Throughout the year there are plenty of cultural events at the theatres and concert halls found in Dorking, Epsom and other towns.
Sporting events are another attraction, especially horse racing at Epsom Racecourse and Sandown Park near Esher, as well as the RideLondon cycling festival which winds through the county. If you want to participate, there are hundreds of local sports clubs with teams for cricket, football and tennis, right down to more obscure sports such as rock climbing.
There are a huge number of gyms and leisure centres where you can stay in shape, and Surrey has a high concentration of golf courses. Top choices include Effingham Golf Club, Tyrells Wood, The Wisley, St Georges and Pachesham Golf Club. In Surrey the great outdoors is never far away, and a network of trails helps you to experience the natural delights of the county. Whether you prefer cycling, walking or horse riding, there is plenty of room to explore.
Children are well-catered for with plenty of venues that will keep them entertained on a day out. Bocketts Farm Park in Fetcham is a local favourite, while the Campaign Paintball Park in Cobham is sure to be a popular choice.
For a more sedate day out, take a stroll around the historic centre of towns such as Farnham, with its amazing Georgian architecture, or visit the bars and restaurants of Esher. Another intriguing option are the 18th-century landscaped gardens at Painshill Park, near Cobham.
Fans of motor racing will be sure to visit the Brooklands Museum, at the site of the first banked motor racing track in the world, where visitors can also learn about one of the most famous German car manufacturers at Mercedes-Benz World. If you would prefer to do some driving yourself, there are go-kart tracks at Sandown Park in Esher, Surbiton Raceway and TeamSport Farnborough.
Those of a more artistic persuasion will be fascinated by the Sculpture Park near Farnham and the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden near Ockley. A number of museums provide fascinating details about the history of the area, including Spike Heritage Centre, the Rural Life Centre and the Shere Museum.
Thanks to an amazing quality of life, magnificent open spaces and great transport links, Surrey is a hugely attractive place to live. Whether you are moving with your family, or looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London, Surrey has the place to suit you.
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