What is Farnham like?
Farnham is a classic market town. Its main street is a thriving bustle of long-established independent traders (such as Elphicks’ department store, which opened in 1881) and modern high-street names, supplemented by no fewer than three monthly markets.
We cover an area that extends north to Finchampstead, near Sandhurst; west to Chawton and the A32; and south to the A3. It includes such desirable towns and villages as Churt, Tilford and Bentley.
Property in Farnham
The Farnham area’s varied mixture of old, new, large and small sees gracious Victoriana jostling with solid post-war architecture, quaint cottages contrasting with imposing townhouses.
In Farnham itself, the elegant and the quaint nestle happily together. The elegant centrepiece is Castle Street, a broad thoroughfare lined with gracious Georgian facades, many concealing much older structures. Leading off it is a network of pretty lanes and streets, lined with cottages.
Easy commuting makes the area a huge draw; village properties with easy access to a station are always in demand, and the handsome interwar family houses within walking distance of Farnham station are classic prime commuter-belt properties.
For family homes near Farnham station, look in Broomleaf Road, Lynch Road, Waverley Lane, Frensham Road and Tilford Road.
For picturesque village locations, try Odiham, Long Sutton, Frensham and Crondall; or, for a handy station, the Froyles and Bentley.
For town-centre properties off Castle Street, try Long Garden Walk, Park Road, Old Park Lane and High Park Road.
The local scene
Overlooking the town is Farnham Castle, a fascinating blend of Medieval ruins and 17th-century buildings now owned by English Heritage. Next to it is Farnham Park, a 320-acre Medieval deer park dominated by a kilometre-long avenue of trees and dotted with ancient oaks. The Farnham Maltings provides the town’s vibrant arts scene, with a varied programme of music, comedy, theatre, dance, film and exhibitions.
The beautifully wooded Surrey landscape provides a perfect setting for the villages south of Farnham such as Tilford, Elstead, Millbridge and Frensham, and the famous Hog’s Back ridge commanding sweeping views. Nearby are the National Trust-owned landscapes around the Devil’s Punch Bowl, while to the west the unspoilt countryside of Hampshire supports thriving rural communities offering a comprehensive array of rural pursuits and field sports. Nearby Guildford is the area’s cultural and retail hub.
Trains from Farnham, Winchfield and Fleet reach London Waterloo in under an hour.
The A31 connects with the A3, providing fast access to Guildford and on into London.
The M3 lies not far to the north, linking with the M25 and providing easy access to Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton Airports.
Schools in Farnham
The area attracts many families because of the enormous choice of private and state schools, including South Farnham School, Potters Gate C of E Primary School, Weydon School, Edgeborough and Frensham Heights.