The fact that Surrey is easily commutable from London is both an advantage and a disadvantage when it comes to the county’s reputation – its close proximity offers convenience, but with the perceived high price tags to match. However, there is far more to Surrey than its stockbroker belt reputation. Here are some reasons why you should consider relocating to our beautiful county.
Surrey may not have the same reputation as London for busy city living, but it does have several lively cities and towns for a spot of sightseeing, shopping and culture/ County capital, Guildford is very well served by shopping centres, cinemas, theatres and concert halls. Epsom is a distinguished spa town with excellent shops and the world-famous racecourse, which is home to the Epsom Derby that takes place every year in the presence of the Queen. Croydon has a vibrant feel with plenty of shops to browse and easy transport links into London.
Surrey has its fair share of sweeping countryside too, with the glorious heathlands of the Surrey Hills and wonderful views across into Sussex and beyond. The county is also home to such horticultural wonders as Winkworth Arboretum, Box Hill and RHS Wisley. Surrey is known as ‘England’s most wooded county’ with woodland covering more than one-fifth of the county. There is plenty of beautiful space to go hiking, horse riding or simply enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.
Thanks to the 2012 Olympics, Surrey is now synonymous with cycling. The narrow zig-zag road leading to the top of Box Hill was a key milestone on the cycling road races, while the cycling time trial event started and finished at Hampton Court Palace, passing through Richmond, Kingston upon Thames and Elmbridge boroughs. Golfers have plenty of choice in Surrey too, with more courses in the Top 100 than any other county. Chelsea FC also train in attractive grounds in Cobham, so local fans could catch a glimpse of their favourite players travelling to and from a session.
History fit for royalty
Finally, Surrey’s history is rich and varied, with lots of beautiful mansions and palaces leaving undoubted evidence of how fond visiting and resident royalty have been of the county for centuries. As well as King Henry VIII’s majestic Hampton Court Palace, which he lived in for a time with various wives, there is Polesden Lacey near Dorking where the future King George VI honeymooned with the late Queen Mother and Claremont Landscape Garden, which was home to Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopald for a time. So if Surrey was good enough for them, what are you waiting for? Start your search right now for your perfect Surrey home!