Haslemere offers a first-class lifestyle for commuters
The market town of Haslemere is the most southerly town in Surrey in the heart of the countryside, just 40 miles from central London. It’s a hotspot for commuters with four trains to London Waterloo per hour with the fastest journey time of 52 minutes. The station is said to have the highest number of first-class ticket holders.
Haslemere’s proximity to the coast only half an hour away, also appeals to the sailing fraternity and second home owners seeking a change of scene and quick get-away from London. Around 70% of permanent home buyers come from London and intend to commute back to the capital.
Timbered and tile hung townhouses and cottages dominate the centre of Haslemere with the surrounding villages offering cottages and large estates including a number of new developments built in keeping with the local vernacular. The town is split by the railway with more affordable properties found in the Wey Hill side of the town.
There are excellent shopping facilities with a choice of restaurants, pubs and cafés, along with a tennis club and the Haslemere Leisure Centre. More comprehensive shopping facilities are available in the nearby towns of Godalming and Guildford. Blackdown, an area of approximately 965 acres ancient woodland owned by the National Trust, provides excellent walks and rides. Petworth House and Park, Goodwood and Cowdray Park are world-renowned for racing and polo.
Haslemere has an excellent standard of education, both state and private. There is an exceptional choice of state schools in the area including Woolmer Hill for 11-16 year olds and Godalming Sixth Form College. Independent schools include The Royal Senior School and St Ives in Haslemere, St Edmund's, The Royal Junior School and Amesbury at Hindhead as well as Brookham and Highfield in Liphook. Other schools include Charterhouse at Godalming, Barrow Hill's and King Edward's at Witley and Cranleigh School slightly further afield.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £382.10 from Haslemere (£3,980 annually). Trains to Guildford take 13 minutes (£201.30 monthly, £2,096 annually) and trains to Chichester take 52 minutes (£286.50 monthly, £2,984 annually).
London is 40 miles away while Guildford is 15.8 miles away or 30 minutes by car. West Wittering is just a 42 minute drive and Chichester Harbour is under 50 minutes away. Gatwick is 32 miles away and Heathrow 36 miles away so Haslemere is very well placed for international travel for business or pleasure.
Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in Haslemere:
The Pines, Brackenwood – (CALA Homes) - Near to excellent commuter links from Haslemere station, this development of detached four- and five-bedrooms homes is set in an idyllic rural setting. Each home comes complete with flexible studio accommodation above the garage - the perfect space for a private office, children's play room or activities room. Prices from £930,000. Read more about The Pines from CALA Homes
Turner House (McCarthy & Stone) - This Platinum Range Retirement Living development will provide fantastic premium apartments for the over sixties. With easy access to local shops, cafés, restaurants and healthcare amenities the homes are also ideally located to transport links. Prices from £350,450. Read more about Turner House from McCarthy & Stone
King Edward VII Estate (City & Country) - Seven miles south of Haslemere, this unique mix of Listed buildings have been restored and converted into a range of exceptional apartments, duplexes and houses making the perfect country crash pad. Prices from £222,500. For details visit www.cityandcountry.co.uk; 01730 817979.
Wispers Park Retirement Village (Warren Powell-Richards) – These luxury apartments within walking distance of Haslemere are set in acres of park land with a stunning period mansion as the centre piece featuring a bistro, bar, gym, library, games room, hairdressing and beauty service. Tennis courts, laundry facilities and a mini bus service to local shops are included. Priced from £120,000. Visit www.wprhomes.co.uk; 01428 656596
The Old Quarry (Hamptons International) - This fine four-bedroom detached family house holds a commanding position with views across the valley towards Marley Common and Hindhead Hills. To the front of the property is the garage and carport and to the side and rear are formal gardens extending to 1.25 acres. Priced at £859,000. Visit www.hamptons.co.uk; 01428 769764