From a Surrey Property Finder: Surrey is a fantastic county to live in and enjoy.
From buying a house or finding one to rent, in the Surrey Hills or in a stunning village, on private estates or on a beautiful road, Surrey has them all. With such a huge selection of locations and houses for sale (on and off-market), a property finder or buying agent is a must!
I need to be honest; I am biased, so from the start, you should know that I love Surrey and what it offers, from open space to transport, from schools to entertainment. Surrey has it all. I have lived all over the UK, from Scotland (which I adore) to Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, SW London and in three distinct parts of Surrey. I brought my family up in Surrey and have never regretted it.
Frankly, it’s a fantastic place to be a Surrey property finder. From stunning houses to rent and for sale, in the beautiful Surrey Hills, to private estates; for many, buying a house here is a dream come true.
Surrey is a beautiful county in the South East of England, known for its stunning countryside, beautiful gardens, and vibrant towns and cities. In fact, I was told that, surprisingly, Surrey is the most wooded country in the UK! So if you’re considering a move to Surrey, you’re in for a treat! This county has much to offer its residents, from a rich history to a thriving cultural scene.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Surrey is its natural beauty. This county is surrounded by rolling hills, ancient forests, and picturesque countryside, and not just in the famed Surrey Hills. So whether you’re a nature lover, a hiker, an off-road biker or a horse rider, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
Many parks and nature reserves exist to explore, including the Devil’s Punchbowl, Hindhead Commons, and the North Downs, which offer miles of scenic walks and cycle trails. How much free and open walking Surrey has to offer always strikes me. I used to live in more rural and farming areas where footpaths had to be adhered to. Surrey is far less restrictive. There are open areas everywhere.
Another benefit of living in Surrey is its easy access to the capital, London. With its excellent transport links, including the M25, M3, A3 and A31, plus fast train lines, Surrey is the perfect location for those who need to commute to the capital for work or leisure. You’ll be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, with the peaceful pace of life in Surrey and the excitement of London just a short journey away.
In addition to its natural beauty, Surrey is home to some of the UK’s most vibrant and exciting towns and cities. From Guildford to Woking, Dorking to Godalming, Cobham to Esher, there’s something for everyone in this county.
Guildford, Surrey’s capital town, is known for its rich cultural heritage and is home to a range of museums, galleries, theatres, and traditional markets. Regularly seen on film and TV, Surrey is simply beautiful. Think The Holiday, filmed partly in Shere and Godalming, Skyfall, filmed, again, partly on Hankely Common; and 4 Weddings and a funeral, partly filmed in Albury.
Surrey offers a high standard of living for families, with excellent schools and a strong community spirit. Many family-friendly activities and events include the famous Epsom Derby, racing at Esher and the Weyfest music festival. And if you’re a foodie, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Surrey, with its range of local produce, farm shops, and farmers’ markets.
Finally, when it comes to housing, Surrey has something for everyone. The housing stock is unique and envied with gated private estates to low-crime streets.
So whether you’re looking for a spacious family home, a charming cottage, or a chic apartment, you’ll find many property options. However, as in London, many upper-value properties are sold off-market and are not available to the general public. For those houses, you’ll need a Surrey Property Finder.
And with its strong property market, buying a home in Surrey is a wise investment for the future. With stunning houses with views to die for in The Surrey Hills and The North Downs and more urban conurbations, there is something for everyone. However, to have access to the whole market and find the best, you’ll need a Surrey Property Finder.
Surrey is known for its excellent state and private education system, and many private schools in the county offer top-quality education. Some of the most prestigious and well thought of private schools in Surrey include:
- Charterhouse School: Established in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the oldest schools in England and is located in Godalming.
- St John’s School, Leatherhead: This is a co-educational independent school located in Leatherhead, Surrey.
- The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is a co-educational independent school in Reigate.
- Reigate Grammar School is a selective, co-educational school in Reigate, Surrey.
- Tormead School: This is an independent, all-girls school in Guildford, Surrey.
- Royal Grammar School (RGS), Guildford: RGS is a selective, co-educational school with a long-standing academic excellence reputation.
- Epsom College is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school in Epsom.
- Reeds School is an independent, co-educational school located in Cobham
- City of London Freemen’s School is an independent, co-educational school in Ashtead, Surrey.
- Box Hill School is an independent, co-educational school in Dorking.
- Claremont Fan Court School is an independent, co-educational school in Esher.
- Notre Dame Senior School is an independent, Catholic, all-girls school in Cobham.
- St Catherine’s School is an independent, all-girls school located in Bramley.
- Frensham Heights School is an independent, co-educational school located in Frensham.
- Cranleigh School is an independent, co-educational school located in Cranleigh.
Best known towns and villages
Surrey has too many stunning towns and villages to mention in a single blog, from Albury and Shere to Chiddingfold and Haslemere.
Instead, I will focus on some of the best-known, with a greater focus in a later blog about Surrey villages. For more information contact Rowallan Buying Agents, your specialist Surrey Property Finder.
As a Surrey property finder and Surrey buying agent, the below should offer a helpful and brief outline of Surrey for those that don’t know Surrey too well.
At Rowallan, we don’t just find properties to purchase, we also look after clients looking to rent. There is a myriad of houses to rent in Surrey of different values and styles.
(more detail specifically focussing on Cobham and surrounding areas is available here)
Cobham and Oxshott are known for their affluent community, high-end homes, picturesque countryside, historic buildings, and charming village atmosphere. It has a strong sense of community, a low crime rate, and excellent schools, pubs and walks, making it an attractive location for families.
There are many local shops and restaurants and a good transport network, making it easy to get around. Additionally, Cobham is within easy reach of London, offering the best city and country living.
Dorking is a charming town located in Surrey, England. It is known for its beautiful countryside, rolling hills, and lovely architecture. Dorking is close to the South Downs National Park and the North Downs, making it an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, cycling, and riding.
The town has a rich history and culture, with many historic buildings and monuments to explore, including St. Martin’s Church, which dates back to the 13th century. The town is also home to several excellent restaurants and pubs, as well as a variety of shops and supermarkets.
With excellent transport links to London and other parts of the UK, Dorking is an attractive place for those seeking a peaceful, rural lifestyle while still within easy reach of the capital.
Woking, a perhaps more urban town, is known for its convenient location, good transport links, and thriving economy. It is located within easy reach of London, making it a popular choice for commuters.
The town has a diverse range of shopping and dining options and several parks and green spaces, providing plenty of opportunities for leisure and recreation. Woking is also home to several good schools, making it a popular location for families. Additionally, the town has a good transport network, with easy access to London, the South Coast, and other parts of the UK.
Guildford is a historic town known for its attractive town centre, rich cultural heritage, and stunning countryside. It offers a blend of urban amenities and rural beauty, making it a popular choice for families and professionals. The town has a thriving economy, with a wide range of shopping and dining options and excellent transport links, making it easy to get around.
Guildford is also home to several good schools, providing outstanding educational opportunities for families. Additionally, the town is surrounded by beautiful countryside with many parks and green spaces, providing plenty of outdoor recreation and relaxation opportunities.
Guildford and Godalming Rugby Club, otherwise known as Guildford RFC is almost equidistant between the two towns.
Godalming and Farnham are both known for their historic architecture, charming countryside, and convenient location. They both have a strong sense of community and a low crime rate, making them attractive places for families. There are many local shops and restaurants and a good transport network, making it easy to get around.
Additionally, Godalming and Farnham are within easy reach of London, offering the best city and country living. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and parks, providing many outdoor recreation and relaxation opportunities, these market towns make fantastic places to live.
Best known Private Housing Estates
Surrey is full of private housing estates – far too many to discuss here on a single blog, so instead, I have chosen to focus on what are perhaps the best-known estates and the ones most regularly discussed by agents and Surrey Property Finders and will cover a far greater selection in a future blog.
St George’s Hill, Weybridge: This is a prestigious gated community in Weybridge. St George’s Hill is home to some of the most expensive homes in the UK and offers its residents a range of luxurious amenities, including tennis courts, golf courses, and a private lake.
The Crown Estate, Cobham: This is a private, gated estate located in Cobham, known for its large, luxurious homes. The Crown Estate offers its resident’s privacy and security, with 24-hour security and access to a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a clubhouse.
St. James Park, Weybridge: This is a private, gated estate in Weybridge, known for its spacious homes and tranquil, leafy setting. St. James Park offers its residents various amenities, including a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a clubhouse.
Brooklands, Weybridge: This is a private estate in Weybridge, known for its modern homes and desirable location. Brooklands is close to the town centre and offers easy access to Weybridge’s amenities and transport links.
Eaton Park and The Fairmile Estate, Cobham: Both gated residential developments in Cobham, offering a range of luxurious homes. They are known for their attractive homes and landscaped gardens.
So there you have it. If you’re considering a move to Surrey, you’re in for a treat. With its natural beauty, excellent transport links, vibrant towns and cities, high standard of living, and strong property market, Surrey has something for everyone. So why not start your new life in this stunning county today?
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