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Where to move to within a 30 mins drive of Guildford?

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Sorcsd Wed 09-Jan-13 12:20:13

Hi there, my husband and I have both secured a transfer from Dublin to the Guildford office of our company and I would like any advise you could give as to where to move to within about a 30 minute drive of Guildford. We will be looking for a long term furnished house rental. We have a 3 year old son and I am due our second in May. We would prefer a town or village than Guildford itself as we think we might get more for our money in the surrounding area? Our budget will about £2,000 p/m. Nurseries and school are obviously a major influencing factor (any advise on these also very welcome!) and I would like to be within walking distance of local shops and parks if possible. I have seen a few properties online that I like the look of in Fleet, Normandy, Godalming, Albury. Any and all advise appreciated.

Goodwordguide Wed 09-Jan-13 12:25:54

I used to live in Godalming - it's very nice, easy connections to Guildford, good primary school and full of families. The Surrey villages are sought after in their own right so I wouldn't assume they are necessarily cheaper than Guidford.

Also be careful regarding school catchment - it's very popular and many of the schools are over-subscribed. I would start with a list of schools you like and work from there regarding houses.

homebythesea Wed 09-Jan-13 12:50:00

Consider looking East-Horsley, Effingham,Bookham,Ashtead and Leatherhead. All (perhaps with the exception of Horsley) will be cheaper than Guildford itself and all great communities with local shops and busy scene for young families. Easy drive or train to Guildford and A3and M25 on your doorstep And equidistant LHR and LGW for trips back home!

Hattifattner Wed 09-Jan-13 12:59:16

Normandy is in the middle of nowhere and while lovely, has nothing there really.

Try Farnham and surrounds. However, traffic on the A31 into Guildford of a morning can be a mare. Don't go anywhere requiring use of the M3 into London. its a carpark.

I used to commute through guildford when lived in Weybridge. Tis expensive but good facilities. Cobham too.

Id rule out Fleet due to traffic

Sorcsd Wed 09-Jan-13 13:45:52

Thanks for the advise everyone - it gives me lots to work with!

pepperrabbit Wed 09-Jan-13 13:55:51

I used to live in Fleet and commute to Guildford - if you leave early enough it's fine. If you have the choice ie. can afford a house in Guildford or closer then I would choose that.
This is such a London commuter area that most good schools will be over-subscribed or have quite small catchment areas. be very careful checking that out - though of course you have a little while before your eldest starts school itself, so why not start with a house and commute you like, then when you're here have a better nose around for a school?

misscph1973 Wed 09-Jan-13 14:01:12

Hartley Wintney is gorgeous and schools are good.

Kahlua4me Wed 09-Jan-13 14:06:59

I agree, Hartley Witney is lovely and schools are good.

Also have a look at Haslemere. We have friends there and they are very happy and kids are really happy at their schools.

Kahlua4me Wed 09-Jan-13 14:07:48

Should have said also that our friends in Haslemere work in Guildford and find the commute easy.

PigletJohn Wed 09-Jan-13 14:41:30

morning and evening travel in/out/through Guildford is absolutely awful. If I was renting for work I would look for a very short journey.

I have a chum in a foresty bit of Haslemere which seems nice.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 09-Jan-13 20:10:57

We nearly moved to Godalming. It's lovely.

Angelfootprints Thu 10-Jan-13 13:37:11

There are loads of lovely villages- Shamley Green, Shalford, Albury, Shere, Gomshall, St Marys, Peaslakes, etc. Anything in the Surrey Hills really.

Godalming is lovely too.

Dorking and the villages arround it like Westcott though may be a little far.

Cranleigh is nice too.

grabbacuppa Thu 10-Jan-13 14:43:02

Haslemere or Godalming. Great communte, great schools - excellent swimming club (should you be interested)!!

Sorcsd Mon 21-Jan-13 11:02:12

After much debate we've decided to try and find somewhere in Guildford itself - in the direction of London Road / Epsom Road as my husband has view a couple of nice houses there. Does anyone know this area? Is it nice?

Pagwatch Mon 21-Jan-13 11:04:38

Epsom road/London road consists of some of the most expensive housing in the area.

Pagwatch Mon 21-Jan-13 11:07:37

Both are main roads. Traffic is busy on them all day. London road is especially busy when GHS starts in the morning.
Mixed houses and flats
Epsom road includes flats and office buildings/dentists.

Hamnvik Mon 21-Jan-13 11:12:45

Another vote for Godalming , DH is from there its lovely! I don't think I'd want to live in Guildford the villages round about it are much nicer!

CarlingBlackMabel Mon 21-Jan-13 11:14:06


KumquatMae Mon 21-Jan-13 11:14:35

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Angelfootprints Mon 21-Jan-13 19:29:16

I wouldn't want to live on those roads, but Im not a town person.

Handy for the station I imagine, but the traffic would stress me out to no end. Not very attractive either.Plus think drunk people at the weekends walking back to get on the train.

I would 100% go for a beautiful village or small town. Your sure to get a nicer house too.

Dededum Tue 29-Jan-13 20:18:10

Epsom / London Rd area is very nice. Catchment area for good schools - look for Sandfield, Pewley Down, Merrow infants, Boxgrove, St Thomas.

If you can I would rent in Guildford - nice parks, Sports centres, playgroups, lots of young kids, cafes, shopping etc..

Link some properties and we can tell you a bit more about the area.

Godalming is lovely as well, but not sure it will be much cheaper than Guildford and doesn't have so much to offer.

denialandpanic Wed 30-Jan-13 21:50:32

sourcd the area you are considering in Guildford is very like Dublin 4 what I think of as posh Dublin.does that help?

Sorcsd Tue 26-Mar-13 16:46:19

So, we have moved and are currently living in a temporary apartment in Guildford town centre and our son is in a nursery close by but we are not happy with it at all. He is in the pre-school class and there is up to 30 kids in the room on a given day - he came from a creche with a max of 12 kids in his room so it's a tough adjustment for him and he keeps getting into fights (physical) which is a new thing. We are hoping to get a more permanent house sorted soon so we are thinking of moving out to somewhere in the direction of Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet (North East Hampshire) where the nurserys appear to be much smaller in size. I am a city girl so I'm not too bothered if it's not a beautiful village and I'm well used to traffic. Any and all advise welcome!

sppp Tue 26-Mar-13 21:28:57

What is your budget? You have mentioned Fleet a couple of times and the schools are excellent there as long as you are in catchment. Plenty of people on Fleet commute to Guildford and the pre-schools are pretty good.

serin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:54:42


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