Ten of the best villages near Godalming, Surrey
Posted 11 February 2016 by Keith Osborne
Godalming is a historic market town located 30 miles from London. With excellent transport links via rail and the nearby M25 motorway, the town is conveniently situated for both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and grew throughout the centuries as a trading and stopping point on the main London to Portsmouth road.
Godalming's 22,000 inhabitants benefit from a busy town centre, with a range of shops, restaurants and cafes and an active sports scene. Regularly voted one of the UK's best places to live, the town contains a vast array of Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings. Charterhouse School, one of the nine great schools of England, has stood here since 1611, and today there is a wide range of state and independent schools in the area. Here are some of the new homes in Goldalming:
Milford is a large village southwest of Godalming, at the junction of the A283 and A268. Milford railway station provides regular services to London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour, making this village popular with commuters.
Peasmarsh is a small hamlet on the River Wey, a few miles from Godalming. The hamlet is home to a number of business parks and various listed homes and manor houses. The Church of St Michael is the focal point for residents, and the village is surrounded by rolling Surrey countryside.
Shalford sits on the Tillingbourne and Wey rivers, and is popular with visiting pleasure boats and walkers. Shalford Mill and the Sea Horse pub are also popular with visitors to the area. This tranquil little village is home to traditional white-painted cottages, red-brick homes and mock-tudor buildings, and a number of newer family properties.
Nestling in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the picturesque village of Bramley. With a population of 4,000 people, Bramley's quaint High Street contains a range of village shops including a general store, post office and pharmacy. Two pubs, The Jolly Farmer and The Wheatsheaf, sit at the heart of this vibrant community.
Wonersh is located within the Surrey Hills and greenbelt commuter area of Surrey. The village stores sits in its red-brick splendour on the High Street, among a range of mid-16th century timber-framed properties. The local church boasts a 1,200-year-old holly tree in its grounds and there is also a primary school and doctors surgery in the village.
With a population of less than 2,000 people, this village boasts infant and junior schools, a youth club and a thriving church. The Percy Arms is a busy gastro pub, and with rail times from Chilford station of around 50 minutes to central London and less than ten minutes to Guildford, Chilworth is a popular village for commuters.
St Martin’s Church and the Village Hall lie at the heart of the busy social life here, and locals can also enjoy the cricket club, the Villagers Inn and the annual May Fair. The main street through the village lies in a gently sloping valley, lined by trees and well-kept houses.
The 31 listed buildings here include a 10th Century Church and the 1,000 residents have the choice of two pubs, The Harrow and The Withies, a tea shop at the Compton Village Club and a range of small shops. With a busy village hall, allotments society, Little Theatre and art gallery, there is always plenty to do in this delightful village.
Shackleford is a small village of 800 people, three miles west of Godalming. Its distinctive Church of St Mary and 17th Century post office are just part of the charm of this typical greenbelt commuter village, which consists mostly of large detatched properties.
Situated on the River Wey, Elstead has grown since the first bridge was built across the river in 1300. Pot Common and Elstead Common offer a range of walking routes, while either end of the village are two pubs, The Woolpack to the east and The Mill, once occupied by Cromwell's Roundhead Army, to the west.