Can't tell you about Epsom or Leatherhead but I have experience of Reigate and Dorking.
Both nice towns in my opinion. Reigate seems to be a little ahead of Dorking in terms of 'gentrification' although there isn't much in it. House prices vaguely comparable.
Thoughts about Reigate:
Lovely park - although madly busy especially in good weather/ school holidays Nice shops - although not a huge amount of 'useful' shops except for supermarkets Pretty town centre, lots of cafes, bars, restaurants - main road so quite noisy though Good schools if you live in the right areas but total nightmare if not Lots of young mums and child focused activities Good transport links to London
Thoughts about Dorking:
Nice shops - small shopping centre and good High Street, on balance better than Reigate Pretty town centre although on a busy road again No real experience of schools I imagine it also has a lot of parents with young children but they don't seem to be as ubiquitous as in Reigate Swimming pool in town Good transport links to London Some activities for little ones but in my experience not as many Some recreation areas but not as well used as Reigate? You may think this is an advantage!
Leatherhead is not a smart Surrey town - it's hideous! Quite nice places nearby, and parts of Leatherhead are very nice - but the town centre is dreadful. Epsom is pretty much the same tbh, but at least there are more shops in Epsom!
Don't know Reigate but Dorking is lovely! Lots of villages outlying, the advatntage of this being catchment areas (yes I know they do't exist as such but you know what I mean!) for schools are quite wide.
Agree LH and Epsom not particularly pretty, nor is Reigate apart from High Street and certains roads. Dorking probably a better balance of quaint, pretty and good facilities (Leisure centre and theatre).
I agree with the consensus so far. Dorking would be my top choice. Epsom being inside the M25 tends to merge into outer London sprawl. Your other options are more like discrete towns in their own right. I used to work round there and house hunted in Dorking and Leatherhead but settled on Guildford which I love - is that an option that would suit you? It's bigger than the others, has some very attractive parts, has better shopping, good transport into London, and good schools.
I think you're a journo looking for quotes..... Tell me I have a suspicious mind and I'll bugger off, but you sound suspiciously like you might be writing the 'let's move to' column in The Guardian or similar
But you've posted about 5 threads recently about different places in the south east - kent, surrey, all over the place. All phrased in the same way. And also about schools all over the place (under your previous name, before you namechanged).
Well yes, I think I was possibly wrong about the namechange thing - I was a leetle misled by the mumsnet search when looking up your past posts; for some reason the search turned up a post by someone with a different username. I just presumed that was your past name.
Sorry to disappoint, not a lunatic. And I will leave you to your quest for information about the entire south east as it's time for me to pour myself a nice glass of . Do the same. It'll do you good .
I am stunned that somebody would go looking for a place with a nice accent. Personally I'd be asking what the people are actually like. All very well having a posh accent but beauty is more than phoneme deep, love!
I have a friend who lives in Surrey - it is undoubtedly pretty, but then I've lived in Berkshire and Hampshire and they are equally nice. My friend considered moving to Manchester but her husband (who is actually lovely) went for a ride on the tram system and decided he couldn't see himself commuting to work with 'any of those people.' Coming to something when you have to hand select the quality of person who might sit next to you on a tram. I expect his commute is three times as long as it might have been in Manchester but at least he's sitting next to a 'better' class of person!