Haslemere/Farnham – cannot decide (?)

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    Hi all – looking to move & need your advice. We are leaving the big smoke & headed to the beautiful countryside which we are extremely excited about! We have whittled our search to 2 areas, either South Farnham or Haslemere & just struggling to make a decision.

    Our primary focus is schooling for our 3year old & we get the feeling both options are a positive on this front. We want to move to an area where there is a great community with other young families. We love the South Farnham area & the fact there seems to be lots going on both in the immediate area + Farnham high street. Haslemere seems idyllic, we get a good feeling for Grayswood & Camelsdale but is there enough going on comparatively?

    Any suggestions on how to better our understanding of the areas or your relevant experiences/thoughts etc would be greatly appreciated & warmly received.

    Thank you !





    Have you thought of Sutton? Not sure about these 2 places, but if schooling is your primary focus and also enjoy the countryside, i would suggest Sutton. Sutton has got the best schools in surrey (both primary & sec) and also very green. I have lots of friends moved to sutton especially for schooling.



    Following as we’re in exactly the same boat, even down to the 3 year old. From just looking at houses Haslemere seems more value for money and like you say idyllic but I am concerned it may be too quiet or not friendly/community minded enough. Good luck with your hunt!



    I have lived in both Haslemere and South Farnham. Farnham is a lot busier and has grown enormously. Traffic can be very heavy, getting in and out of the town and in that area generally, but the town centre and parks are really nice and no doubt still lots going on. The state schools are very good in this area. I still have family in Rowledge village where the school’s excellent and although it is small, it seems very community minded.

    My kids went to Frensham Heights school which goes from 3-18 and had a fantastic time there.

    South farnham school is outstanding (For anyone with older kids the state secondary schools are all good. Farnham college is small but excellent and Godalming college is good too.)

    We also lived in Haslemere and it is quieter than Farnham but I preferred it to sprawl of Farnham and it doesn’t have farnham’s traffic issues. The Surrey Hills are Simply breathtaking and the coast with a sandy beach at west wittering is under an hour away for days out.

    There are some very good state primary schools and nurseries (Woolmer hill secondary is very community spirited and I have heard very good things about it) The commuting links from Haslemere to London are excellent and guildford is a short train hop or car journey and is great for shops/eating out and has a huge leisure centre / cinema. Haslemere has everything one need on hand with a waitrose and a big Tesco. Shottermill school (first school and junior) is very good and that particular area of Haslemere is cheaper to buy in but still easy walking distance to the main town area and station. (Grayswood and Camelsdale are tiny, very quiet and a car ride to shops and station)

    We also lived in the idyllic picture postcard village of chiddingfold where St Mary’s school is said to be great and Rodborough secondary school has a very good reputation. There is a thriving community for families based around st Marys school with a village cinema and the annual summer festival and an amazing bonfire night with torchlit procession. There is a thriving community that you can get involved with. It is worth a look if you like village life, have a car and it’s bang in between Haslemere and Godalming. House prices may be cheaper there too (look around the ridgeley road area which is young families).

    Have you looked at Godalming? The pretty high street was featured in the Christmas movie ‘the holiday’ and is a lovely, picturesque town with good schools, the lovely high street with independent shops and cafes, a great park, river walks, a waitrose and a super fast commute. It is full of friendly young families who have moved from London and is therefore very lively with lots going on. If you have a young family and a commute to London I think it’s the perfect location (if your budget will stretch) Farncombe nearby is cheaper (house prices) with a cute canal and a short hop to the amenities and schools in godalming and it has its own train station.

    You are spoilt for choice as you’ll be happy in any of those locations for years to come. I grew up in central London so moving to Surrey was a culture shock but it is a terrific place to bring up a family. Good luck with the relocation!


    I am hoping that somebody following this thread may be able to provide me with a lead so that I can post my question under the appropriate location/thread-I’ve heard and read such wonderful things about Haslemere, i.e., large cottages, peace and quiet, rural. I would love to find a location *like* Haslemere, but more towards the East (as opposed to the West). Am I right in thinking Kent (Tunbridge Wells) might be what I’m after? I work in Canary Wharf and am looking for everything Haslemere has to offer, but to the East, commutable either by car within an hour & 15 mins, or Jubilee Line into Waterloo/London Bridge. Thanks for any leads!

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