About this office
The sales and lettings teams at our Dorking estate agency branch have a wealth of experience and a passion for the local area, enjoying the surrounding countryside and engaging in charitable pursuits in their spare time. Located in a convenient position on a prominent junction, the office is easily accessible and continues to grow its market share in Dorking town centre, as well as many of the surrounding villages.
Why move to Dorking?
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 which is around 20 miles to the north. 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 sales and rentals in numerous picturesque villages and hamlets nearby, including Abinger Hammer, Holmbury St Mary, Coldharbour, Forest Green, Walliswood, Okewood Hill, Capel, Ockley, Westcott, Wotton, Newdigate, Beare Green, Holmwood, Brockham, Buckland, Betchworth, Box Hill, Leigh, Westhumble, Mickleham, Ranmore, Fetcham and South Leatherhead.
A little bit of history
The history of Dorking dates back to the medieval period and 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. As a result of this prosperity and with the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, large estates sprung up around the town, but surrounding beauty spots such as Cotmandene and Box Hill were later donated for public use and are now protected.
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 1867 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.
The local area
Shopping and Amenities
Dorking has a bustling high street with a good mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, both independent and national chains. The essentials are all here including supermarkets (Waitrose, M&S and Lidl), all the major banks, a post office and a Boots Pharmacy, as well as clothing and gift shops, such as Fat Face.
The Dorking Museum and Heritage centre offers an insight into the local area.
Dorking enjoys a vibrant mix of bars, cafes, cosy pubs, independent restaurants and household favourites, such as Pizza Express and Ask. An array of cuisines is on offer here, with the popular Sorrel dealing in contemporary British classics while Dorking Brasserie provides quality Asian fare.
The Dorking Halls theatre complex is an outstanding arts venue and cinema, perfect for an evening of entertainment.
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.
Served well by both primary and secondary institutions, Dorking schools include Ashcombe, St Paul’s Primary, Powell Corderoy and The Priory School. There are also a good range of private schools nearby such as Belmont School, Box Hill School, Hurtwood House and St. Teresa’s.
Dorking enjoys excellent transport links with three train stations; Dorking mainline offers fast services to both Victoria and Waterloo, while Deepdene and Dorking West give access to the Reading/Tongham line. The A24 provides access to the M25 at Leatherhead with Gatwick and Heathrow International airports being readily accessible.