Guildford–Out of the city, but not too rural?

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    We’re also thinking of making the move to Surrey. Ive got 2 kids (6 &4) and we spent a weekend in Dorking as it was recommended to us.

    We went to look at a house there, which was gorgeous, just perfect, but the area? A little too quiet for me. I’m from Newcastle and my husband is from Bristol. We’ve been living in Hackney for the past ten years and seen the area change so much! There is so much to do and see here now, and of course we’ve had children now and feel like part of a community. Sadly we’ve been priced out of living here, and to be honest, I’m not sure I wanted to bring a family up in London, but I don’t want to become a country housewife either. The thought of rural living terrifies me – so now I’m thinking of maybe Guildford, as it seems to have a lot to offer. The trouble with not knowing an area is that you don’t really know where to start looking, or how? Also, I need public transport. Pregnancy triggered off epilepsy in me, so I’ve not been able to drive for the past 6 yrs, which really changes things when you decide to leave a city…



    Sounds like Guildford would be perfect – there are lots of good schools and public transport from the surrounding housing into town and station – just 35 minutes into London by train and in 5 minutes you can be out in the countryside. Lots and lots to do especially for families – National Trust properties, Spectrum Leisure Centre, Surrey Sports Park, Air Hop, Wild WOod, Theatres, art galleries, G Live and much much more. Check out and for more ideas. Come down for a day and explore, coming to Guildford Tourist Information Centre first for maps and booklets.



    Absolutely – Guildford is lovely. I know you said you have children but if you can cope with it I would strongly suggest renting for 6 months. When you know an area you get right down to the “I’d live in that street, but not the onbe next to it because…” If you rent, with a view to buying, you’ll get to know exactly where you want to be and whether the logistics work. For example there’s a really lovely area right near the main station (around Poltimore Road) but a few blocks over is far less beautiful (apologies to anyone who loves in the latter area!).


    Hi Graciela

    There are lots of towns to chose from and the above suggestion to visit as many as you can is a good one. Guildford is fantastic although it can get very busy at peak times and roads get congested regularly, but there is a lot going on there. Schooling is excellent – both mine went to school in Guildford.

    If you’re looking at Surrey only you could also consider Kingston, Woking or even Croydon (although you may consider that still to be London), all of which are big bustling towns with excellent rail links. Saying that your budget may be stretched here because they are popular commuter towns. Of course there are other big towns in other counties – it really depends on what you are looking for from your new location.

    I’m a Surrey based relocation agent operating right across the South East so feel free to contact me if you’d like more information and suggestions on locations based on your requirements and budget.

    Richard Mottley ~ Sanderling Homesearch Ltd
    0800 999 5758 ~ 07769 32 5758 ~


    Hi Graciela,

    Hope you got my message last night…

    Very happy to have a chat with you to see if we can point you in the right direction. We specialise in relocating families having done exactly what you’re doing – moving our families out of London.

    No obligation to use our service – just happy to offer some impartial advice as one mum to another!

    Best wishes,




    Guildford is lovely – you might also like to look at Farnham and Godalming – slightly cheaper and quieter. I wish you luck – you will be happy in any of these places I am sure.



    Many thanks to all of you who took the time to reply. I think the best thing for me is to get in touch with agents so I can start looking into affordable homes in the area, and also to plan some weekend trips there.

    I think the suggestion of renting for 6 months is great. I guess the only thing that might make that problematic is schools…

    Once again, thank you so much for your replies.

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