We love where we live and we’re sure you do too. Here are five reasons Surrey is such a great place to call home.
1. Transport links
There are many reasons people choose to live in Surrey but one ranking pretty high up on the list is the county’s close proximity to London, making it a haven for city commuters. Fast and regular train services travel into the city from all major towns (and some villages) with journey times well within the hour (as little as 26 minutes from Woking) and the A3 provides a convenient route to London, as well as the coast, by car.
2. The Surrey Hills
Despite being so close to London, Surrey’s countryside is bountiful. The county is the most wooded in the UK and is also home to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area designated for conservation that will be protected for years to come.
Surrey is known for its pretty villages, many of which have provided the backdrop for television programmes and big screen blockbusters yet still manage to retain their traditional charm. Where there’s a village, there’s usually a village pub and Surrey also has these in abundance. Some of our favourite villages include Abinger Hammer, Ripley and Shere.
4. Local Produce
From gin distilleries and vineyards to dairies and trout farms, Surrey can be proud of its local producers. As well as one of the UK’s largest vineyards (Denbies in Dorking), the county is home to Greyfriars and Albury vineyards and a number of craft gin distilleries that are following in the footsteps of the famous Silent Pool gin - now sold across the globe. Then there’s Norbury blue cheese, Tillingbourne trout, and Etherley Farm duck, to name just a few locally-produced foods.
Surrey is arguably home to some of the best schools in the country. People move to the area from across the globe for its many independent schools, including Cranleigh School, Charterhouse and Reigate Grammer. While in the most recent edition of Tatler magazine’s prestigious school guide, Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wilson’s School in Wallington were listed among the top 20 state schools in the country.