Moving to Surrey with 4 yr old daughter and 1 yr old son - which town?(12 Posts)
My husband and I will be moving to Surrey next year. I will be working at Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley and him at the Royal Brompton Hospital in South Kensington (West London).
We need to be somewhere half way between the two and ideally a 30min commute or less to both by car. We wont be using trains for commuting purposes although it would be nice to be able to get into London etc reasonably easily at weekends.
We have a 4 yr old girl, a 1 yr old son and a baby due in October so somewhere with good state schools (both primary and secondary) and nurserys is a must.
Looking on a map it looks like Chertsey/ Shepperton/ Addlestone/ Byfleet, Weybridge, Ottershaw and perhaps Cobham depending on roads are in the right region. We would like a town or a large village, nothing too remote as have lived in London for 15 years and don't want too much of shock.
We have no knowledge of Surrey at all so are feeling very out of our depth on this one. We're hoping that this will be a move for life so want to get it right first time. Any help much appreciated.
Wet bridge is nice and a popular place for people moving out of London. Has some vvverrerry nice parts to it so can be ££££. It would be more than 30mins from there to Kensington though
You may be hard pushed to get somewhere in Surrey and be 30mins away from both by car - if you consider rush hour commute times.
I used to travel Staines to nw London at 6am and that took 40mins with no traffic. You might do Staines to Kensington in 30mins at that time but the places you mention are further out still e g weybridge
Its worth compromising on the commute time for the right town in that area.
Chertsey is ok, not much to it
Addlestone/ Ottershaw- not much to them again
Steer clear of Staines and anywhere closer to heathrow.
I vote for weybridge or even Walton on Thames
Richmond or Twickenham?
Easy to get to Camberley via M3 against the traffic. Quite a direct route.
Not too bad a drive to Kensington from there either. As London drives go that is.
Loverly area and good schools. Plenty of green space and villagey feel all reflected in the house prices too though!
Thanks everyone. The daily commute would be early ie 6am or late after 7pm so hoping might miss rush hour.... The half an hour is only necessary when on call so will probably be in middle of night when everyone else asleep!
We've been in London for along time now and just really wanted to get out and be somewhere a bit quieter with less traffic, good schools and a garden. We did think of Richmond/ Twickenham but just wanted to bit that bit further out.
I agree weybridge sounds very nice but having looked at house prices, no cheaper than here. But am still sure we'd get more for our money than where we are now.
Do you know anything about Schools in Weybridge/ Chertsey Sanitypenguin?
Any thoughts on Byfleet/ Cobham?
Might do a little reccy in a couple of weeks and just drive between the 4 above. Harder to find out about schools though...
Thanks alot for your help
Cobham has always been considered to have less 'popular' state schools but might change with free school, depending on how you feel about that. Not sure what secondary school Byfleet feeds into. I know yours are young but am guessing you still have an eye on this rather than thinking of moving again. Chertsey good secondary is catholic.
You could conisder Guildford - easy to Camberley and if near A3 not too bad to South Ken at 6am... Bookham, Effingham, Horsley - good schools and near A3. Or how about claygate? good schools there, think Hinchley Wood secondary very good.
Cobham is nice but IMO overpriced - prices are driven up by the proximity of the American school and the Chelsea training ground.
Weybridge is v expensive.
Byfleet is nice and has a rural feel if you like that kind of thing (pointless fact: the dower house scenes from Downton Abbey are filmed there). It is better value than other places locally because it doesn't have a station in the village. There are a couple of primary schools in Byfleet, St Mary's is better regarded than Byfleet Primary. State secondary it feeds to is Fullbrook in West Byfleet.
Ottershaw is nice too, and again has a quite rural feel and is good value becuase no station. Good primary school with real community feel to it.
Other places in that area you could look at are West Byfleet (two very good state primary schools, Marist Catholic and West Byfleet Infants/Junior but more expensive becuase it has a station in the village), Pyrford (especially the more rural bit away from West Byfleet and not walking distance to station), New Haw (good value and good primary school - The Grange/New Haw Junior), Leatherhead?
we will be moving to surrey shortly from st albans and could really do with some advice re which town to consider. have 2 boys 8 and 7. will be working in Chertsey, but don't want to live there. was thinking of west byfleet, Walton, addlestone and Virginia water. any suggestions or thoughts about these places? what about woking? have no idea re surrey so some advice would be really helpful :-)
West Byfleet and addlestone both have reasonable shops and good access to chertsey.
If you don't want to live in Chertsey, you probably won't want to live in Addlestone either.
What kind of place are you looking for. V Water and West Byfleet are very upmarket and very handy for Chertsey, as is Walton, but this is much further away.
If you want something more "ordinary", then Egham and Staines are good choices. There are loads of places easily accessible to Chertsey, so it really depends what you want.
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I can highly recommend Weybridge. We live there and we love it. We've been here for four years and are very settled as we've been fortunate to meet a lot of people who moved out from SW London just like us to have families. The schools (both state and private) are fantastic, and you've got really easy access to London (30mins to Waterloo), airports and 1hr to the coast. The only downside is that houses are expensive and you can certainly get more for your money in other places.
Just to let you know if you are ever looking for things to do with your 2-yr-old, we've set up a new company called Dotty & Jack's www.dottyandjacks.co.uk which is a Family member's Club in Weybridge, Walton and Cobham offering brilliant classes as beautiful local locations. It's a great way to meet other local mums and have fun at the same time.
Good luck with your move!
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