Top places to live in Surrey Haslemere
A very pretty town surrounded by gorgeous countryside and with great transport links to both the capital and the south coast - what's not to love about Haslemere. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
The most southerly town in Surrey, affluent Haslemere is a pretty town teeming with independent shops both in Wey Hill and on the High Street. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside, and is also well connected to both the capital and the south of England. What’s not to like?
Hemingways of Haslemere is a popular place for breakfast, lunch and coffee and cake. Olivers is also good for cakes and sandwiches. Harper’s Steakhouse is popular. For pubs, head a to the Prince of Wales on the outskirts of Haslemere which does a cracking Sunday roast, or The Red Lion in Fernhurst, and for a drink head to the Real English Drinks Company, which also doubles as the Post Office. For fabulous ice cream, head to Dylan’s.
Where to start? You’re spoiled for choice in Haslemere when it comes to women’s boutiques, starting with May and Grace for brides. There’s also Clova and the fabulous Plum dress agency. For the blokes, there’s Davids of Haslemere. And of course there’s a wonderful independent bookshop, Haslemere Bookshop.
The Haslemere Educational Museum is on the High Street and as well as showing remarkable collections of natural history, human history and geology also hosts events throughout the year including open air theatre.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
You’re unlikely to find a bargain in this affluent town where many of the homes are period properties – in the past 12 months the average house sold for just over £730,000. Most house sold are detached, selling for an average price of £1m.
St Ives School is a small independent prep in Haslemere, or there’s the all-through day and boarding The Royal School. Other good options are Barfield School, a lovely prep school just out of Farnham, Barrow Hills in Witley, and Highfield and Brookham across the Hants border in Liphook. Frensham Heights, a wonderful forward-thinking through- school in Rowledge. The local state schools Camelsdale Primary and Woolmer Hill School are both Ofsted rated ‘good’.
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Haslemere is surrounded by wonderful National Trust countryside, including Swan Barn Farm just 30 seconds from the High Street.
Trains from Haslemere Station to London Waterloo take around an hour. The only downside is parking at the station which can be tricky.
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