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Villages in Surrey: 14 of the prettiest places to live

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 04 April 2018

Shere Village Street, Surrey © Andy Poole, Shutterstock

Shere Village Street, Surrey © Andy Poole, Shutterstock

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Surrey villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think red-bricked cottages, cosy pubs, village greens and picture-worthy streets. We picked 14 of the prettiest Surrey villages to live.

1. Mickleham

Nestled in the Mole Valley, on the side of Box Hill, lies the charming little village of Mickleham. The village is steeped in history, and if you’re looking to move to the village, you can expect delightful period properties, attractive woodland views and short walks to two friendly pubs – The Running Horses and The King William IV, where you can enjoy rustic British meals and local ales.


 


2. Ripley

From award-winning farmers’ markets and historic pubs, to cosy coffee shops and spectacular bonfire parties, the attractive village of Ripley has a lot to offer its residents. Located only 40 minutes away from the West End of London, the village is an ideal location for commuters, equestrian lovers and avid cyclists, wanting to swap city life for a breath of fresh country air.


 


3. Oxshott

If you’re a city-dweller looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London, Oxshott is another perfect hideaway. With beautiful landscape views across Oxshott Heath at your doorstep, and miles upon miles of greenery to explore, there are plenty of places to collect your thoughts and listen to the wonderful sound of silence. The properties here might be pricey, but there’s high chance you’ll be knocking shoulders with celebrities down the local pub.


 


4. Shere

If you recognise this picture of Shere don’t be surprised. The village is so beautiful and quintessentially English, it has featured in a number of blockbuster films such as The Holiday, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Bridget Jones – the Edge of Reason. With its quaint little cottages, medieval streets and waterside setting, this picture-perfect village looks like something from a story book.


 


5. Brockham

The small, chocolate box village of Brockham can be found at the foot of the North Downs, between Dorking and Reigate. The hamlet is scattered with beautiful period properties, and the large village green unites the tight-knit community with numerous events throughout the year (most famously, Brockham bonfire).


 


6. Abinger Hammer

The pretty village of Abinger Hammer is surrounded by flower-sprinkled meadowland, hidden woods and green hills – making it the perfect location for dog-walkers and hikers alike. For those interested in history, Abinger Hammer is home to several, grade-listed buildings and can be traced as far back as the Domesday Book where it is mentioned as Abinceborne.


 


7. Bramley

The village of Bramley, with its multitude of heritage buildings, looks as though it could be straight from a fairytale and is situated amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in Surrey. Although it cannot be reached from London by train, the village can be found along the A281 to Guildford – ensuring residents can enjoy the remote countryside with the benefit of good connections nearby.


 


8. Betchworth

Nestled between the ruins of Betchworth Castle and the peaceful River Mole, lies the charming village of Betchworth. As well as a tight-knit community, the village is home to a cosy pub (The Dolphin), grade II listed Betchworth House and the Victorian grandeur of the Hartsfield Manor hotel.


9. Chiddingfold

If you are looking for a rural retreat where you can escape the hastiness of the city, Chiddingfold is bursting with cosy cottages, countryside views and fresh air. With a population of approximately 3,000 people, the village is an idyllic location to withdraw from busy London, absorb the beautiful surroundings and relax in peace.


 


10. Godstone

Located only a stone’s throw from the borders of Kent and Sussex, the lovely little village of Godstone plays host to a thriving community, a few cosy country pubs, a petting zoo and a vineyard – so there is always something to keep you occupied. There is a pretty village green central to the village, and an abundance of historical properties scattered throughout.


11. Wonersh

Nestled in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, amongst the Surrey Hills, lies the traditional and quintessentially English village of Wonersh. It is home to three listed churches, a village green, a cosy pub (that has recently been transformed into a trendsetting foodie haven) and a convenient village shop.


 


12. Shepperton

Bounded by the Thames, the picturesque village of Shepperton is an ideal location for water lovers looking to tinker about with boats and take riverside walks. The village lends its name to the world famous Shepperton Studios, meaning that many a blockbuster film and Hollywood A-lister have passed through over the years.


 


13. Lingfield

This pretty equestrian village combines agriculture and horse racing with an abundance of Tudor architecture – creating the aurora of stepping back in time for its residents. Make sure you head to the Old Town, where the Old Guest House of the College for Secular Chaplains, built in 1431, is now home to a public lending library.


 


14. Chobham

Picture-perfect Chobham has it all, from a gorgeous High Street packed with charming restaurants, cafes and boutiques, to the largest National Nature Reserve in South-East England. The village is split in two, with the Burrow Hill Green end (home to the award-winning Four Horseshoes pub and Stovell’s restaurant) just as worth a visit as the main centre.


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