What is Guildford like?
The Guildford area is picturesque, historic and rural, with a sophisticated edge. Guildford is Surrey’s cathedral town, bustling with quality shops and restaurants along its famously picturesque high street, which slopes steeply to the river Wey and has views of woods and fields. There is a historic castle in the town centre, its moat now a very pretty public park. The University of Surrey, the College of Law and the Academy of Contemporary Music ensure a young and lively social scene.
In addition to the varied market in Guildford itself, we cover the charming towns of Godalming and Haslemere and the highly popular villages to the south and in the Surrey Hills. Our area extends north to Chobham and out to Liphook, and we deal in high-end country property all the way through West Sussex to the coast.
Property in Guildford
The Guildford area has been ideal commuter territory for well over a century, so its desirable enclaves are mature and well-established. Victorian and Edwardian houses characterise the housing stock.
There are plenty of pretty cottages in the area’s lovely villages, and a fine array of Arts & Crafts residencies, a legacy from Surrey’s Edwardian heyday, when Lutyens and Jekyll worked extensively here.
Guildford itself offers a great choice of town-centre property, typically spacious Victoriana. Other highly popular town locations include Godalming and Haslemere.
The prime villages are to the west of Guildford, handy for access to the station. The villages in the Surrey Hills, between Dorking and Guildford, are ravishingly pretty but less convenient for commuters.
For handsome Guildford residencies, look in Warwick’s Bench or the network of streets off the Epsom Road, including Lower Edgeborough Road, Albury Road, Austen Road and Pitt Farm Road.
For perfect commuter villages, head to Bramley, Shamley Green, Wonersh and Munstead.
For the idyllic Surrey Hills, try Abinger Hammer, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary and Shere.
For popular spots further afield, head to Chiddingfold, Dunsfold and Ripley.
The local scene
The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a major venue, presenting a varied programme of music, drama and pre-West End shows. Nearby Stoke Park hosts both the annual Guilfest music festival and the Surrey County Show, while local galleries include the Watts Gallery at Compton.
This is an area of stately homes: Loseley House, one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country; Clandon Park, with its breathtaking Palladian interiors; and neighbouring Hatchlands, set in its own unspoilt parkland.
Guildford is midway between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, with excellent motorway connections to both.
The adjacent A3 provides fast links to the M25 and into central London.
Rail services from Guildford reach London Waterloo in just 35 minutes; there are also stations at Godalming, Milford, Witley and Haslemere.
Schools in Guildford
The Royal Grammar School in Guildford is one of the finest in the country. Guildford High School is also a major draw. The famous public school of Charterhouse is in neighbouring Godalming; the area’s other leading schools include Cranleigh School in Cranleigh; Tormead School in Guildford; St Catherine’s School in Bramley; and The Royal School in Haslemere