June 19, 2014 at 10:56 am #11069
Hi – after months of research about possible areas to move to from SW London, we have finally settled on Guildford or Godalming. We have now accepted an offer on our flat and are looking for a family home in these areas. I have seen a property in Farncombe (the station end of Biscombe Lane) which suits our practical requirements. We haven’t focussed our research much on Farncombe specifically and keep hearing mixed reviews of the area so I was hoping people could advise on the area.
We are a couple in our early / mid 30’s, have a 20 month old and expecting number 2 in December. My husband will continue working in London. We enjoy the ‘cafe culture’ of SW London and like walking to shops / bars / cafes. I am kern not to be too isolated and to meet other like minded mums!
Any advice would be appreciated!June 19, 2014 at 10:57 am #11623
On a separate note, schools are important, although we do have the option of applying for the local catholic schools as my daughter has been christened in the catholic church.June 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm #11631
Hi I have replied a few times on here about Farncombe. We live in Silo Drive. Farncombe has some probs with teenagers around the kebab shop but having lived here for nearly 2yrs since moving from Sutton we have not experienced any problems. We back onto railway and it’s not as busy or noisy as you’d think. We hardly ever hear the trains. My husband commutes into Waterloo daily and my children go to the local schools, it’s lovely walking into Godalming (10-15min walk), where there are lovely little mother and baby/toddler groups. There are some lovely little shops too. The sainsburys is expanding to give clothes. Godalming’s Bury Fields has live music every sunday afternoon. If you want more shops Guildford is a 5min train ride from Farncombe station and Woking is a 11min ride.June 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm #11760
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We used to live in Farncombe – down near Hare Lane. It is lovely in many ways – easy reach of Godalming and easily commutable to London. We moved however because of shouting and swearing late at night when people came out of the pubs. My husband was actually assaulted by a guy who was drunk outside our house late at night and shouting and swearing (and worse). When my husband asked him to quieten down, he was attacked and ended up in A&E. I think you need to pick your area very carefully. We now live further out in Witley and have none of the issues we had in Farncombe. Obviously this is our personal experience and I have many friends who live there who have had no problems.June 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm #11776
hi – i live on fern road in farncombe and like it very much. agree friday and saturday nights sometimes teens leaving town walk by and wake you up…having said this our location is so handy for everything – park for dog walking, godalming only 10/15 minutes away on foot, supermarket near, local shops are okay with you need take away food (not my cup of tea but clearly they are popular). lovely people, most say hello and good morning… very lucky to have some wonderful places to visit and open land near by and london such a short train ride away. lived here now for 6 years and would definitely call godalming home and where we plan to have a baby. heck it must be doing something right as soooo many of my clients have relocated here from london to bring their kids up. 🙂June 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm #11790
Beware of snobbery about living in Farncombe. Godalming and the surrounding area are lovely if a monocultural and introverted! Great for raising kids though.
A note of warning: do not move to Farncombe assuming that being christened Catholic will guarantee your child a place in the local Catholic school. Apart from the fact that the school is some distance away leaving you outside the catchment area, being one of the top state primaries in the country means that even those (Catholics who attended St Ed’s church for years) living within spitting distance failed to get in. A sister in law of a friend read at mass every Sunday and still didn’t get in.July 1, 2014 at 9:48 am #11842
Hi Caroline – one of the great benefits of living in Farncombe is the proximity of Godalming Leisure Centre. A new centre was opened in the summer of 2012 & has a fantastic swimming pool as well as a large gym & dance studio. You are also near to the train station which has an excellent train service into Waterloo. Good luck!July 3, 2014 at 8:46 am #11858
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A message via Twitter:
“U need to choose ur area wisely in farncombe! It can b a bit ruff in places! If u can afford to come…little closer to Godalming, u won’t regret it! Especially if u like the whole cafe culture thing! The other option is to go the otherside! Like witley area!! Or even haslemere! Good luck anyway!”May 27, 2019 at 9:21 am #21151
Every time I used to search ‘what is it like to live in farncombe’ this thread would come up and now having lived here for 3 years I thought it would be good to report back. It is a great place to live. 9 times out of 10 the trains into London are very reliable. They often prioritise the Portsmouth line out when chaos ensues at Waterloo, which is great for Farncombe. We’ve had the best neighbours we’ve ever had and the people are very friendly. There’s a lot of London commuters with families and it has a nice town quality which will no doubt improve with nice little cafes such as Huckleberry bistro popping up. It’s also an easy walk into Godalming, which has even more lovely cafes and shops. There’s a Waitrose, a Waterstones and a Pizza Express.
There’s lots of great arts and nature places nearby such as the Watts Gallery and Winkworth Arboretum.
What I like most is that it has such easy access to the countryside. The boat house allows you to rent row boats and in summer it’s completely dreamy rowing, cycling or walking down the canal. There is also the Downs Link not far – which you can cycle on all the way to the sea. And best of all the house prices are so much cheaper than London!
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