Unhappy after move to Dorking, where to go instead?

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    We moved from Streatham to Dorking 18 months ago into rented accommodation. Whilst my sons are very happy in their schools and I’ve met some nice people, over time we’ve realised that whilst it’s a nice town, we’re not as thrilled with it as we’d hoped. We’re really struggling to find a decent house – we have a fairly sizeable budget, but can’t find a detached house within 2 miles of the station with anything more than a postage stamp garden for what we have to spend. We’re also finding the town a little lacking in the things we like to do – cute cafes that do a decent cooked breakfast, pubs with gardens that are nice for family afternoons, a private gym with a pool and maybe a few clothes shops. And we’re finding the high street a little lairy on a weekend night. Whilst we’re not miserable here, we’ve come to realise that we just can’t see ourselves spending the rest of our lives here so we’re seriously considering starting again somewhere else and just wondering where people would recommend? Ideally we need a reasonably frequent direct trains to London that take less than an hour, and decent schools (we have primary aged children), and we’d be looking for mid sized towns (as big or bigger than Dorking but smaller than Guildford ideally) that have some amenities like cinemas and supermarkets. I’d love some suggestions please as I really don’t want to get this wrong again. We would consider moving out of Surrey for the right town, though would rather stay. Thanks

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