Area Focus: Farnham
Entertainment at The Maltings, Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc, a monthly farmers’ market and thriving arts centre, Farnham Maltings.
David Lloyd Leisure for gym bunnies, Centre Farnham Park, Hankley Common and Hindhead for golfers; Farnham Rugby Club kicked off Jonny Wilkinson’s career, Alice Holt Forest’s ideal for exploring and the beaches are about 30 minutes away. “And we have a Hollywood connection,” says Penny Hutchinson from Strutt & Parker. “Skyfall and Gladiator were both filmed in Bourne Woods.”
Easy access to the A31/A3 and M3/M25 links to London and the South Coast. The Hindhead Tunnel’s removed a good deal of traffic from the area. It takes less than an hour to travel from Farnham into London Waterloo. Second-class annual season ticket: £3,888.
Farnham has a number of top-performing state schools, such as All Hallows Catholic, which came third in the Real Schools Guide 2016, points out Hewitt. Other acclaimed establishments: Weydon School, Frensham Heights and Rowledge Primary. “You have to pay £2 million for a house that’s walking distance to South Farnham, the best local school,” notes Harriss.
The average property in Farnham is £611,460, according to Zoopla. Prices are up 5% on the previous year, although the majority of houses sold last year were detached, says Hewitt, costing just shy of £800,000 on average.
“Buyers looking for better value ought to consider surrounding villages, such as Dogmersfield, home to a Four Seasons Hotel, and Church Crookham, currently undergoing major redevelopment.” Andrea Hewitt, Garrington Property Finders
“A traditional market town surrounded by countryside and just a couple of stations down the line from Guildford, Farnham’s a good option for buyers.” Charlie Warner, Heaton & Partners