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Dorking Area Guide

Surrounded by the beauty of the Surrey Hills, there are many reasons why moving to the charming market town of Dorking might appeal, such as its quaint high street and strong sense of local community.

It is an ideal location for those families looking for a slower pace of life, but also for the commuter, with easy transport links to London.

Dorking fact file

  • There are numerous picturesque villages and hamlets nearby, including Abinger and Hammer.
  • The history of Dorking dates back to the medieval period.
  • The town appears in the Domesday Book of 1086.
  • Historically an agricultural and market town, its position on a number of long distance roads made it ideal for trade.
  • With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, large estates sprung up around the town.
  • The direct rail line to London built in 1867.

Why move to Dorking?

With a range of amenities and a wealth of countryside on the doorstep, Dorking truly offers the best of both town and country living.
In addition to Dorking town centre, the team offer property for sale and to rent in the nearby villages.

Architecture and Property

While there is a good mix of property styles and ages, considering the local growth that occurred as a result of the direct rail line to London built in the mid 1800s it will come as no surprise that many of Dorking’s properties are Victorian and Edwardian, helping to lend the town a traditional charm and character that sets it apart.

There are also a wealth of historic houses nearby such as the Edwardian Polesdon Lacey and Hatchlands Park, thought to date back to Tudor times, both of which are owned and maintained by the National Trust.  

Green Space

Nestled amidst the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dorking is well situated for those wishing to explore swathes of stunning open countryside. National Trust run Box Hill and the Nower nature reserve both offer an excellent range of walking and cycling routes, whilst Cotmandene to the east of the town centre offers 12-acres of common land. Also nearby is Denbies, England’s largest vineyard.

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Explore Dorking at a glance!

There are an array of cuisines on offer here in Dorking.

Dorking has a bustling high street with a good mix of shops, cafes and restaurants

Dorking enjoys a vibrant mix of bars, cafes, cosy pubs, independent restaurants and household favourites.

There is so much to do in and around Dorking.

Served well by both primary and secondary institutions.

  • St Paul’s Primary
    Primary School
  • Belmont School
    Private School
  • Dorking Train station
    Direct links to London
  • Bus station
    0.3 miles from centre
  • London Gatwick Airport
    9.2 miles from centre
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Featured Dorking Properties

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What does our local Hamptons community think

I can’t speak too highly of the service and support which Hamptons, Dorking gave me during the sale of my property. This coincided with a sudden disruption to the economy but Simon Jordan did everything possible to solve the problems which came up. He helped with a variety of unexpected planning and regulatory issues and was tireless and proactive in keeping in touch with me and my eventual buyer. I never felt that I had to phone for information on the progress of my sale since he kept me constantly up to date and nothing was too much trouble for him. I’m able to look back on what could have been a worrying time and feel that everything was done to help me through the process without stress. Appointing Hamptons turned out to be a very positive experience.

Jennifer Rudge November 2023

We found the team at Hamptons to be fantastic and, although we were buyers not clients, we felt that they did their absolute best to help to deal with questions and issues. We definitely will have them our our list to speak to the next time we come to sell.

P D November 2023

Thoroughly recommend the team in Dorking. Simon, Joanna and Annie were absolute professionals - particularly as we had a complex chain to manage. They went far beyond what I would have expected.

Dave Refault September 2023

Discover a local Dorking business

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Surrey architects studio is committed to design attractive buildings sympathetic to their surroundings and forward-looking in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • Interior architects and sketch designs
  • Surveys, building regulation and site inspections
  • Sustainable architects
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Box Hill School has a long heritage of delivering first-class learning in a warm, supportive, holistic and nurturing atmosphere.

  • Boarding
  • Pastoral care
  • Sixth form
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RJ Campbell covers all electrical work in the domestic and commercial sectors, from routine maintenance and repairs to complete installations in new build developments.

  • Commercial
  • Domestic
  • Lighting
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Sixmile Developments are an experienced property development company and builder with offices in Reigate, Surrey.

  • Architect drawnings and planning advice
  • Full building service and groundwork
  • Extensions and kitchen/bathroom design

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