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--- Ashtead ---
Ashtead is a small town located between Epsom and Leatherhead, only 35 minutes from London by rail and 2 miles from the M25. The town has a long history which dates back to Roman times, with the excavated tile works and Roman villa on Ashtead Common. It is now a popular residential area, with good transport links and well-regarded schools.

The town has a good range of village shops, pubs and restaurants (Indian, Chinese, and Thai). There are also good sports facilities including clubs for tennis, cricket, squash and bowls. For more comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities you can visit the nearby towns of Epsom and Leatherhead.

Schools include:
City of London Freeman's School (Independent)
Downsend School (Independent)
St John's School (Independent)
Therfield Comprehensive (State)

Recreation:
Epsom Downs Golf Club
Tyrells Wood Golf Club (Leatherhead)
Pachesham Park Golf Centre (Leatherhead)
Epsom Race Course


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--- Bookham ---
Situated mid-way between Guildford and Epsom, Bookham consists of the twin villages of Little Bookham and Great Bookham. Within easy access of the M25 and A3 with excellent rail links to London, and yet right in the heart of the Surrey countryside.

Bookham boasts a very low crime rate and an excellent village spirit. It has a variety of pubs including Ye Olde Windsor Castle, two hotels and lots of things to do for the family.

In short, a lovely place to live.

Schools:
Manor House Lane private school for girls
Howard of Effingham

Recreation:
Leatherhead Leisure Centre
Leatherhead Football Club

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--- Burpham ---
Burpham is a small village situated just outside Guildford in the beautiful countryside of the North Downs. Only thirty minutes from London by rail (via Guildford) and within easy access of the A3 and M25 motorways. By road, Gatwick is 35 minutes away and Heathrow is under an hour.

Schools include:
George Abbot School
Burpham Foundation Primary School
Boxgrove Primary School
Merrow Cofe Infant School
Weyfield Primary School
St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School, Guildford

Recreation:
Burpham Court Farm Park
Electric Theatre (Guildford)
Clandon Regis Golf Club
Guildford Odeon Cinema
RHS Gardens (Wisley)
The Lido outdoor swimming pool (Guildford)
The Spectrum Sport and Leisure Centre (Guildford)
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Guildford)


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--- Cobham ---
A charming village on the banks of the river Mole, combining easy access to London with the pleasures of country living. Excellent road and rail links make Cobham a popular choice for commuters who wish to escape the rigors of city life. Gatwick and Heathrow airports are accessed via the M25, London via the A3. There is also a quick train link to London (Waterloo), which takes approximately 35 minutes.

In addition to acres of protected Green Belt countryside Cobham is also home to the 158 acre Painshill Park, a magnificent eighteenth century landscaped garden complete with ornamental lake, Gothic temple, ruined abbey and Chinese bridge. Another notable attraction are The Royal Horticultural Gardens at Wisely.

Cobham has excellent public and private schools, good shopping facilities (Sainsbury's and Waitrose), excellent pubs and restaurants, and a variety of leisure activities including golf courses, tennis courts and sports clubs. The nearby town of Esher offers horse racing at Sandown Park, squash courts, a go-kart track, golf course and dry-ski slope. Kingston and Guildford provide excellent shopping, cinemas, theatres and restaurants.

Schools include:
The Reed School for Boys
Notre Dame School for Girls
The American and Dutch Community Schools
Yehudi Menuhin School.

Recreation:


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--- Dorking ---
Situated in the heart of the Mole Valley on the A24 between Box Hill, Leith Hill and Ranmore Common. The M25 is approximately 5 miles away and the town is served by 3 train stations. The main station, Dorking North is on the line that runs between London Victoria and Waterloo and several coastal resorts. Deepdene Station and Dorking West are on the east-west line that runs from Tonbridge to Reading. Gatwick airport is about 10 miles away.

Dorking is surrounded by beautiful countryside with attractive villages such as Abinger, Brockham and Coldharbour. An attractive market town that is well known for its antique shops and pubs, home to England's largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate. Denbies is the third largest privately owned vineyard in Europe, attracting over 300,000 visitors every year. The vineyard offers a complete experience from a Train Tour to Cellar Wine Tastings or a 360' Screen Cinema. There is also an Indoor Garden Conservatory where you can enjoy light lunches or refreshments. In October 2002, Denbies was awarded the title of top 'South East Tourist Attraction of the Year.'

Dorking has a vast number of public houses and restaurants. It also has 3 hotels; the White Horse Hotel in the town centre, the Lincoln Arms Hotel next to Dorking's main station and the luxurious Burford Bridge Hotel located at the bottom of Box-Hill on the outskirts of the town. There are also several bed and breakfasts in the town and surrounding area plus a Travel Lodge in Dorking.

The Dorking Halls has a comprehensive entertainment programme, houses a cinema and is where the Leith Hill Music Festival takes place every year.

Schools include:
Abinger Common School (first)
Ashcombe School (secondary)
Belmont School (independent)
Box Hill School (Independent)
Dorking Nursery
Hurtwood House (independent)
Moin Hall School (independent)
Newdigate C Of E Endowed (A) Infant School (Infant)
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Primary)
St Martin's C Of E (Cont) Primary School (Primary)
St Michael's C Of E (A) First School (First)
St Teresa's School (independent)
The Redlands Church Of England Primary School (Primary)
Westcott C Of E (Aided) First School (First)

Recreation:
Denbies Wine Estate
Dorking Halls
Betchworth Park golf course
Gatton-Manor golf course (Ockley)
Leatherhead Golf Club
Bockets Farm


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--- Epsom ---
Once a popular spa town famous for its medicinal water, rich in 'Epsom Salts', Epsom is now a market town that is probably better known for its racecourse on nearby Epsom Downs and the annual Epsom Derby. Located on the edge of London's southwestern suburbs, Epsom is a popular commuter town with frequent rail connections to the city. The M25 (junction 9) is a few minutes drive away and Gatwick airport is less than 20 miles. There is also a comprehensive bus network operating between Epsom and nearby towns such as Redhill, Kingston and Leatherhead. Although Epsom has the feel of an outer London suburb, there are several areas of natural quiet and beauty surrounding the town.

Epsom has excellent shopping facilities, including a small market in the centre of the High Street (Saturday and Thursday) and a modern shopping mall, the Ashley Centre. The main High Street has many more shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Recreational facilities are good and the town has recently benefited from a 'facelift' which has added further modern restaurants and leisure facilities. At the rear of the Ashley centre is The Epsom Playhouse, a lively theatre which puts on a wide range of entertainment and runs a variety of workshops. A new Odeon cinema has opened on Upper High Street, and a variety of sports facilities, including swimming, can be found at The Rainbow leisure centre. Surrounding the town is plenty of greenery; Epsom Downs and Epsom Common offer recreational possibilities in addition to parks such as Rosebery Park.

Schools:
Epsom has a huge selection of state and private schools, including the highly regarded Epsom College.

Recreation:
Epsom Racecourse (Home of The Derby)
Odeon Cinema
The Epsom Playhouse
The Rainbow Centre


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--- Effingham ---
A small village in a beautiful greenbelt setting popular with commuters and horse owners, Effingham was once home to the commander responsible for seeing off the Spanish Armada. Situated on the A246 between Guildford and Leatherhead with excellent rail connections to the City from Effingham Junction Station - the trip to Waterloo takes under 40 minutes. Junction 10 of the M25 is under 5 miles away for quick access to Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and the A3 and A24 are within easy reach for road access to London and the South coast.

Shopping in Effingham covers essentials only, with a post office, newsagents and a useful village store that stays open until 8 o'clock. The nearby villages of Bookham and East Horsley offer a wider range of shops and a medical centre, and Leatherhead is a short drive away. For people who like to 'shop until they drop' the excellent shopping town of Guildford is only 8 miles away.

There are a couple of good pubs in The Plough and Sir Douglas Haig. Both offer a good variety of ales and food, especially welcome if you have been honing your golf skills at the nearby Effingham Golf Club or playing football or rugby on the King George playing fields. Countryside stretches in all directions, much of it National Trust managed, offering a variety of wooded walks and picnic spots.

Schools:
There are excellent state and private schools in the area, including the Howard of Effingham and St Theresa's Prep School.

Recreation:
Effingham Golf Club
King George playing fields (Football & Rugby clubs)
Equestrian Centres


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--- Guildford ---
Guildford (the golden ford) is situated between Dorking and Farnham on the River Wey in the beautiful countryside of the North Downs. Only thirty minutes by rail from London and with easy access to the A3 and M25 motorways, the town has maintained its individual character with rural villages, riverside walks, gardens and historic buildings

Guildford is an excellent shopping town with one of Surrey's most attractive cobblestone streets at the heart of it. The town offers a wide variety of shopping experiences both within the High Street, in the many cobbled side roads and alleyways , the shopping malls, department stores and the busy street market. You will also find a vast array of excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants dotted around the High Street.

The town is the administrative and cultural centre of the county and has a wealth of historic buildings, such as the famous 16th century Guildhall with its golden clock, the 17th century Abbots Hospital almshouse, the Angel Hotel, the Guildford Museum and the ruins of the 13th century castle. New additions include the Guildford Cathedral which is beautifully illuminated at night.

Home to BBC Southern Counties Radio and Surrey University, Guildford offers a great deal on the leisure and entertainment front. In addition to two theatres (Electric and Yvonne Arnaud), a Philharmonic Orchestra, an art gallery, and a Civic Hall which hosts concerts and shows, it also has excellent sports and leisure facilities at the Guildford Spectrum (ice skating, ten pin bowling, swimming, and ice hockey). In the summer months you can also enjoy a well maintained outdoor swimming pool called the Lido.

Schools include:
George Abbot (State) Tel: 01483 888000
Guildford County (State) Tel: 01483 504089
Kings College (State) Tel: 01483 458956
Bishop Reindorp (State) Tel: 01483 537373
St Peter's Catholic (State) Tel: 01483 534654
Royal Grammar School (Independent for boys)
Guildford High (Independent for girls)

Recreation includes:
The Civic Hall (General entertainment)
Electric Theatre
Odeon Cinema
The Lido outdoor swimming pool
The Spectrum Sport and Leisure Centre
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre


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--- Godalming ---
Godalming is situated midway between London and the south coast in some of the loveliest countryside in southern England. Both are easy to reach by public and private transport and Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within one hour's drive of the town.

First recorded in the will of King Alfred the Great of Wessex in AD899, Godalming became the first town in the world to have electric public street lighting (1881). Located on the River Wey, its narrow streets are lined with many ancient and historic buildings.

Schools include:
Moss Lane County Infant School
St Hilary's School
Godalming College
Wharf Nursery School
St Edmund's Catholic Primary School
Godalming Junior School
Busbridge County Infant School
St Mark's Cofe Primary School
Busbridge Cofe Aided Junior School
Farncombe Cofe Infant School

Recreation:


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--- Leatherhead ---
Situated on the banks of the river Mole between Epsom and Dorking, Leatherhead is a small historic town which combines the dynamism of modern business with the peaceful tranquillity of traditional 'village' life. Its location close to junction 9 of the M25 has made it a popular choice for company headquarters (Esso and Brown and Root). According to the local council investment in office developments reached 50 million in 1997/8. With good rail links to the city (Waterloo and Victoria 45 minutes) and Heathrow and Gatwick are 45 and 30 minutes away respectively.

The town is surrounded by beautiful Green Belt countryside, including the 500 acre Ranmore Common and the 1000 acre Boxhill Country Park, both owned by the National Trust. It has a character and charm of its own with a pleasing blend of architectural styles. The River Mole runs through the town, dividing into several small streams close to the bridge.

The central shopping area has been pedestrianised, consisting of the High Street and a small shopping mall called The Swan Centre which has the usual high street stores and a modern Sainsbury's supermarket. There is also a small street market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

There is much to do in Leatherhead. For a leisurely approach you could visit some of the pubs and restaurants on offer in and around the town, or visit the nearby Denbies Wine Estate, a 250 acre vineyard on the rolling North Downs. For the more active (and to work off some of the food and drink consumed in the above) there are several golf courses and driving ranges, and a good range of sports clubs including football, rugby, cricket, tennis and gymnastics. The Leatherhead Leisure Centre has facilities for swimming, football, diving, squash, badminton and tennis as well as a state of the art gymnasium and sauna. The nearby Water Park offers boating and canoeing while the River Mole has excellent coarse fishing. There are also plans to build a multi-screen cinema and a new Canons health club.

Schools:
Leatherhead has a good choice of schools, including:
City of London Freeman's School (Independent)
Downsend School (Independent)
St Andrews Catholic School (Independent)
St John's School (Independent)
Howard of Effingham (State)
Therfield Comprehensive (State)

Recreation:
Bocketts Farm
Denbies Wine Estate
Effingham Golf Course
Leatherhead Golf Course
Tyrells Wood Golf Course
The RAC Golf Course
The Leatherhead Leisure Centre


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--- Merrow ---
Merrow is very sought after village situated just outside Guildford in the beautiful countryside of the North Downs. Only thirty minutes from London by rail (via Guildford) and within easy access of the A3 and M25 motorways. By road, Gatwick is 35 minutes away and Heathrow is under an hour.

Schools include:
Bushy Hill Junior School
George Abbot School
Burpham Foundation Primary School
Boxgrove Primary School
Merrow Cofe Infant School
St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School, Guildford
St Thomas Of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Thornchace School
Weyfield Primary School

Recreation:
Burpham Court Farm Park
Electric Theatre (Guildford)
Clandon Regis Golf Club
Guildford Odeon Cinema
RHS Gardens (Wisley)
The Lido outdoor swimming pool (Guildford)
The Spectrum Sport and Leisure Centre (Guildford)
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Guildford)


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--- Shere ---
Shere is situated midway between London and the south coast in some of the loveliest countryside in southern England. Both are easy to reach by public and private transport and Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within one hour's drive of the town.

Schools within 3 miles:
Shere Cofe Infant School
Abinger Hammer Village School
Peaslake School
Chilworth Cofe (Aided) Infant School
Clandon Cofe (Aided) Infant School
Abinger Common First School
Cranmore School

Recreation:


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--- Woking ---
Woking is an attractive Surrey Town popular with commuters due to its good connections to the city. It also has a thriving local economy and is home to several large firms such as The MacLaren Formula One Company, Telewest Cable Company and Cap Gemini, a large computer conglomerate. Woking Station provides a quick link to Waterloo (25 minutes) as well as general services to the South. Heathrow and Gatwick are easily accessible and the M25, M3 and A3 connect Woking to the national motorway network.

Woking is surrounded by green space and offers a wide choice of good schools and leisure and recreation facilities. It has two theatres, an entertainment complex, a leisure centre with a pool and a multi-screen cinema. There are also open meadows and picturesque canals near to the town.

The town’s shopping centres, the Peacock and Wolsey Place, provide all the usual high street stores and shops.

Schools include:
Cable House School
Goldsworth Primary School
Greenfield
Halstead Preparatory School For Girls
Horsell Cofe (Aided) Junior School
Kingfield School
Maybury Infant School
Prins Willem-Alexander School
St Dunstan's Catholic Primary School
St Andrew's Woking School
Swaay School
The Horsell Village School
The Park School
Woking High School
Woking Tuition Centre

Recreation:
New Victoria Theatre (good plays, musicals and shows)
Rhoda McGaw Theatre
The Big Apple entertainment complex
The Ambassadors multi-screen cinema
Woking Park leisure centre and pool


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--- West Horsley ---
A small and picturesque village in a beautiful greenbelt setting popular with commuters. Situated north of the A246 between Guildford and Leatherhead with good rail connections to the City from Horsley Station - the trip to Waterloo takes under 40 minutes. The nearby A3 provides good access to the South Coast, London and Junction 10 of the M25, which makes Heathrow and Gatwick easily reachable in under an hour.

West Horsley has the small village shopping you'd expect to find - a post office, village hall and a small parade of shops and a few takeaways. For more choice in both shopping and leisure terms, the nearby towns of Guildford and Cobham are ideal. If you'd rather relax and enjoy a refreshment or two, the King William IV and the 15th Century Barley Mow pubs are worth a visit. Of course there are many more pubs and restaurants in the surrounding areas.

There is a limited choice of recreational facilities in West Horsley, however, if rambling, riding, cycling and exploring is your thing, this is the ideal place. The beautiful woodland and protected greenbelt extends in all directions, and you'll find stables, bike and walking clubs to help you take advantage of it.

Schools include:
In addition to the schools in the village itself, the area offers an excellent selection of state and private educational options.


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