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January 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm in reply to: Moving out of London, but where to?! Advice please! #17825
Hello! Have you considered moving SW of London out towards West Surrey / Hampshire? The road networks are great for getting to Wiltshire & Cornwall – you have either the M3 or the A31 (which connects to the M3 further south). Farnham is a lovely Georgian market down with nice restaurants and independent shops – train time is around 50 mins to Waterloo. There are excellent schools – South Farnham Primary & Weydon (senior) schools are considered to be amongst the best in the country. Tonnes of families around here and great community. The favoured part of Farnham is south (Lower Bourne) which borders onto beautiful countryside but is only moments from the town centre. There are also some lovely villages close by – Tilford, Frensham, Dockenfield, Rowledge etc. Shout if you want any more info and good luck!
As Claire suggests, I would seriously consider the local state options as well as private. Shamley Green is a fab school, as is Shalford Infants. The good thing about sending your children to the local school is that it is very much part of the community so you will meet tonnes of people all living within a few streets of each other – a great way to make new friends.
A lot of people (including myself) do state primary and then switch to private at 11.
In terms of other private junior schools there is also Cranleigh Prep which is very good and worth a look. Also check out St Hilary’s in Godalming which is very popular.
I totally understand where you’re coming from and think that lots of people (including myself and lots of my friends) were concerned about the community element of where they were going to move to. Very hard to tell just by looking round a couple of houses. I have to say, I have friends in Shalford who are very happy there – there is definitely a strong community of young families focused primarily around Shalford Infant School which is very good. Shamley / Bramley / Wonersh / Shamley Green are all very connected socially so your wife will meet people all over once your children are at nursery / school. The nursery that everyone says is excellent is the Montessori at Shamley Green and I know lots of the Shalford children go there. Regarding the pretty factor, the prob with Shalford is that you have the A281 thundering through it which takes away from the fact that it’s actually a nice village with houses dotted around the village green. For quieter villages you would need to look at Wonersh or Shamley Green (although both still have a main road running through them). Bramley is very popular and a great village with lots going on but you need to look at houses away from the A281 which, again, runs straight through the middle of it. If you were prepared to look over towards Godalming more there are some very pretty, quieter villages e.g. Shackleford, Puttenham, Hascombe and Hambledon which all have great communities and your wife will meet lots of like minded mums.
Re: health clubs etc – Cranleigh Golf Club is where people from Shamley Green are more likely to go, whereas Charterhouse in Godalming is the other one that’s really popular with families. A lot of people also join Surrey Sports Park which is just off the A3 outside Guildford – really fabulous club with amazing facilities and great kids swimming lessons.
Re: commute from Shamley Green – yes, Guildford would prob be your best bet but you can expect to pay £1600 per annum for parking. The best place to park is Farncombe, just outside Godalming, which has free on street parking in the roads around the station and has a regular 45 commute in.
Hope that helps – just ask if you need any more info.
I did the move myself to the Guildford area 8 years ago and understand that it can be very daunting. Rest assured though, you’ll be in good company as half of SW London seems to live around here! For most people moving out who don’t want to feel too isolated I would suggest Wonersh, Bramley or Shalford, just outside Guildford, as they all have a few shops, cafes and amenities that you won’t find in some of the smaller villages. There are tonnes of ex London families living there, very active communities with toddler groups etc and you’ll meet new friends really quickly. You should also consider Godalming or Haslemere (I prefer Haslemere) as they are both small market towns but have lots of nice independent shops and cafes, plus you’re on the doorstep of lovely countryside.
Myself and another ex-London mum run a property search company and we do offer one-off orientation tours (we drive you round the area for up to 5 hours and talk you through all your options) so if you do want any help please just drop me a line.
I know you’ve said Guildford but if you’re open to extending your search I’d look to the market towns – which have lovely countryside around them – so you have the best of both worlds. Godalming (Busbridge area), Haslemere, Farnham (South Farnham) & Dorking are all really nice – tonnes to do with little ones, lots and lots of young families and good commute. If you did want a more villagey feel the bigger villages close to Guildford are Shalford (has a great infant school, good junior school, nice pub – The Seahorse – a shop, cafe, florist, chemist etc) plus is about 2 minutes from Guildford. Wonersh & Bramley are also nice and have facilities and are close to Guildford.
If you want info on specific towns / villages / schools just ask – as well as being a mum, I’m a property search agent so know the area like the back of my hand!
February 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm in reply to: Property Refurbishment – suppliers around Cobham/Horsley – please help! #16189
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I might be able to help – I built my own house just outside Guildford a few years ago so have some good contacts.
Re: kitchens – we actually ended up getting ours from Wickes in Woking – it’s solid wood and has lasted us well (5 years later and it’s still working fine!). Another good option is Howdens who are strictly a ‘trade only’ supplier but if you appoint an independent kitchen fitter they should be able to get you in. They are very good value. They have a showroom in Guildford.
As a rule of thumb with any of the suppliers, if they have a fancy showroom, you’ll be paying more for their products so you’re better off getting as close to ‘source’ i.e. the original supplier as possible. For our bathrooms and kitchen sink etc we asked our plumber to give us his trade catalogue, chose what we wanted and we paid trade prices on everything as a result. It’s all really good makes that you see in the big retailers, it’s just that by cutting out the middle man you’re not paying any mark up.
Tiles – there is a huge tile place in Camberley called The Ceramic Tile Warehouse which is good. Carpets, we used a local company who no longer exist so can’t help you there, but I would just look up your local carpet supplier online. Windows and bi-fold doors, we didn’t use them in the end but I’ve heard that Jeld Wen are good – look them up online and you can do a postcode search for local suppliers close by. The other window and door company that I’ve heard are good are http://www.grovewoodonline.co.uk – they are in Petersfield so not too far down the A3 but you can see all their products online and they will come out and show you samples etc if you don’t want to go to their showroom.
Stairs, we used a great company in Wales called Pear Stairs – you can find them online – they were super efficient and the cheapest we found by miles.
Wood burners, Guildford Stoves are close by to you – I’ve heard that they re good.
Hope that’s helpful – just shout if you need any more info, I know it’s a minefield out there and it’s hard to know where to start!
I can see you have been given lots of useful places to look at already on this feed. With young children in tow – it is important to think about your commute obviously, the services you want to makes sure it has the buzz you are looking for but also schools. Here in Surrey, schools are a major reason it is such a popular choice for so many families. Haslemere and Farnham are wonderful towns that both offer excellent state schools, and there are a lots of wonderful infant schools dotted around the villages that surround them. We are a very family friendly property search agents – so if you have any further questions – just email us directly – email@example.com and we will happily answer anything you need to know.
Just to add to the mix, the market towns in South West Surrey would suit your requirements brilliantly as well. These are Godalming, Guildford,Haslemere & Farnham. We are right in the midst of the beautiful Surrey Hills here and are spoilt for choice for dog walking, although only 45 mins from London and airports by train / car. My favourite dog walking spots are Hankley Common (which looks just like Scotland – absolutely beautiful), St Martha’s Hill and Puttenham Common where you can let the dogs run free – you can’t believe you’re so close to London. There’s also a really good dog walking community down here and we all know each other. Guildford is a great town to have on your doorstep with all the good shops, restaurants and cafes that you’d find in London, but on a smaller scale. Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere are also lovely, have strong communities and lots going on. Check out our Facebook page / website for some pics of this lovely part of the world – often post up pics when out dog walking!
Good luck and do get in touch if you’d like any further info.
Just to add to the mix, the market towns in South West Surrey would suit your requirements brilliantly as well. These are Godalming, Guildford,Haslemere & Farnham. We are right in the midst of the beautiful Surrey Hills here and are spoilt for choice for dog walking, although only 45 mins from London and airports by train / car. My favourite dog walking spots are Hankley Common (which looks just like Scotland – absolutely beautiful), St Martha’s Hill and Puttenham Common – you can’t believe you’re so close to London. Guildford is a great town to have on your doorstep with all the good shops, restaurants and cafes that you’d find in London, but on a smaller scale. Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere are also lovely, have strong communities and lots going on. Check out our Facebook page / website for some pics of this lovely part of the world – often post up pics when out dog walking!
Good luck and do get in touch if you’d like any further info!
I live reasonably locally to East Horsley and also live in a village with a small infant school which my oldest daughter has been through and my youngest one is currently attending. I would say that, don’t rule out a school purely on size – some of the best schools can also be the smallest as the teacher to pupil ratio will be lower so they’ll have all the benefits of small class sizes, especially when they’re young. A nurturing environment can sometimes be really beneficial to children starting school. You’ll also meet actual locals at the school, whereas with many private schools you’ll find that the catchment is very wide and they’ll come from all over the place. Things are also much more movable than you think they are and spaces do come up so if they’re on the waiting list you can just move them as and when. Many children at our school have come and gone due to house moves etc, and they all seem to have settled very well into their new schools – think children are more adaptable than we think they are! I personally would give the Clandon school a try first and see how you get on. I have heard it’s a very tight knit community so I think you will have no problem meeting people and getting involved if you want to.
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September 26, 2014 at 11:16 am in reply to: Independent Prep Schools (co-ed or boy only) in Godalming/Guildford #11652
- This reply was modified 6 years, 11 months ago by Property Potential.
I live just outside Guildford and have 2 boys aged 5 and nearly 7. So, i am also in the process of looking for them at the moment too. We also run a property search agents specialising in helping family to move to Surrey.
From what i understand from living down here, the most highly rated schools are the following: in and around Guildford Lansborough (Boys) & Cranmore (mixed pre prep then boys only). In and around Godalming, Aldro (Boys) and St Hilary’s (Pre prep only as it becomes a girls only Prep School) and Barrow hills (mixed). In and around Farnham; Edgeborough (Mixed) and in and around Haslemere; Amesbury (mixed) & Highfield (boys).
Hope that helps,
Property Potential Surrey
Have you joined the Farnham Mummies FB page? Really good forum and very well used – if you put your message up on there I’m sure you’ll get lots of replies. Can’t help myself as mine are at school but good luck!
Have you considered the villages around Guildford, Godalming & Woking in Surrey? They are very commutable and – especially if you’re prepared to take on a bit of a project – you can still find some lovely village houses that are affordable. Villages I’d recommend are Pirbright & Worplesdon, then further south near Guildford Bramley, Wonersh & Shalford. Around Godalming, the larger villages such as Witley and Milford are more affordable. It’s also worth considering Godalming itself – areas such as Busbridge are very popular with families, have a ‘villagey’ feel yet are only a short walk from the town centre with shops, cafes, toddler groups etc. Hope that’s helpful!
Another area to consider is Surrey. We live just outside Guildford, and there are so many places to walk with your dogs. We have dogs too and i think you can do a different walk everyday of the week.
Most villages in and around Guildford are classified as ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty’ and we often comment how lucky we are to be in touching distance from London but with hills, woodland and heaths to explore at our leisure with the dogs. With to name a few: Elstead Moats (near Elstead) to the Devils Punchbowl, (near Hindhead), to Newlands Corner (Near Merrow) to numerous commons and heaths minutes from the centre of Guildford, you are spoilt for choice. It takes about 35 minutes from Guidlford to London.
If you do consider Surrey and need some help on the ground, we are http://www.propertypotentialsurrey.co.uk and we can help you look on your behalf and hopefully find you something that suits all your needs.