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    I’m new to the forum and in need of information to help my mum decide on the location of her forever home.

    My mum is retiring at the end of the year and is desperate to move out of London, but being a central London gal for many years, a rural setting is a little daunting, especially as she doesn’t drive.

    She has family ties in London, so an hour’s commute is a must, but because of her travel restrictions she needs to be close by to the station and high street. She’s happy to hop onto a bus, but not an incredibly long commute.

    I’ve been researching the surrounding areas of London and have been drawn to Surrey, in particular Godalming. This pretty town ticks all the wants and needs, but where to buy??? My mum prefers period properties rather than new builds and is looking for a semi rural location. Would love to hear your thoughts…




    Hi Emma, Godalming is a lovely small town my in-laws live there. It offers a good commuter route and plenty of shops in its pretty high street. The only comment that I would make is that many of the pretty period properties are on the steep hill side of the town which means that you need to walk a reasonable distance to the station and local shops. However, if your mum is fit and healthy and likes walking then this wouldn’t be a problem. There are some lovely places to visit around Godalming and of course Guildford is only a short bus or train ride away if she wanted some more serious shopping opportunities. There are also some very pretty houses on the other side of Godalming that is flat, but please be aware that some of these flooded during the recent bad weather. I hope this helps.



    Thanks Alex, that’s really helpful.

    Are the properties on the hill reachable by bus from the high street or if not, how long a walk? – just thinking practicalities for when she’s older.




    Hi Emma

    Having been a resident of Godalming for many years, I would confirm that it is a lovely place to be. The town centre has everything one needs and there are good transport links. If you’re looking for a period property, there are plenty. You’ll find the majority in the town centre, but also look at Catteshall.

    Catteshall has some lovely period properties, is level and is next to the River Wey for stunning walks. There is a bus service that stops outside Catteshall Mill medical centre that runs to and from Godalming town centre & the surrounding villages, or the main 71/92 service that stops on Meadrow and also connects to the High Street and Guildford. Catteshall is also a 20 minute max walk to Farncombe train station.

    Likewise Farncombe has many Victorian/Edwardian semi-detached cottages, is level, has many bus services and the mainline train station which gets into Waterloo in under an hour. Farncombe is ever so slightly cheaper than central Godalming and is popular with young families who want good schools, the park and leisure centre as well as older people as it is level and there are local shops as well as a day centre for more elderly Farncombe residents.

    If you want some more in depth advice, please feel free to call Burns & Webber in Godalming on 01483 427101 – the team there will be more than happy to assist with a narrowing down of the search area.

    Good luck with your search.

    Amy Ellis
    Burns & Webber Estate Agents



    Thanks so much for your reply Amy – really useful info to help with our location search.

    I’m planning to visit Godalming and neighbouring areas, so will certainly pop into the B&W branch.

    Thanks again,




    Hi Linda
    I am sure Godalming would be a fabulous location for your mum to relocate to. You could also take a look around Haslemere which is about 8 miles further south, and where I am based. You get more house for your money as it is further from London, but road and rail links are good into London. There is plenty to do and see in the area, good shopping (particularly in Guildford), clubs and groups, etc.
    I am a property finder and if you would like a half day orientation to the area, let me know.
    All the best with your search.
    01428 652660

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