About this office
The Hamptons team at our Godalming estate agency branch are situated on the thriving High Street, but also serve the outlying villages of Farncombe, Milford and Witley, Chiddingfold, Dunsfold, Hascombe, Compton, Puttenham, Shackleford, Elstead, Thursley, Hambledon, Hydestile and Enton, in addition to the rural areas in between. The extremely knowledgeable team are all part of the local community with over 100 years’ combined experience of selling houses in the area, with all of the team residing in or around Godalming.
Why move to Godalming?
The pretty and historical town of Godalming attracts buyers from London and neighbouring counties thanks to its proximity to London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as being adjacent to the fabulous rolling countryside of the Surrey Hills. Moving to Godalming is popular for commuters, with easy transport links to London via the A3 and the town’s mainline train station, which serves London Waterloo. The charming town has a thriving community: its High Street throngs with independent shops and cafes and a popular weekly market. Living in Godalming is also well suited to the outdoorsy types, with the town being surrounded by beautiful countryside, with the river Wey providing walks along the tow path and numerous boating opportunities. There are also leisure facilities at Charterhouse School and Broadwater Lake, in addition to the many golf courses and tennis clubs locally. For those who want to enjoy even more peace and quiet, Godalming is flanked by quaint quintessentially English villages and hamlets offering charm in abundance. Godalming has everything you could possibly need in a market town and the fact it's located so close to the UK's capital city is a big bonus.
A little bit of history
Godalming has existed since Saxon times, and grew in size over the centuries probably due to its location almost equidistant between Portsmouth, an important trading port, and the capital. Markets have been held in the town since the 1300s, with its main industry being woollen cloth and later knitting, weaving and leatherwork. At a point in the 19th century, Godalming was so successful it grew larger than Guildford. The town enjoyed worldwide fame in 1881, when it became the first town in the world to have its own public electricity installed, powered by a water mill on the river Wey.
Architecture and property
Godalming’s eclectic town centre has more than 130 listed buildings, which range from timber-framed Tudor structures to 17th-century brickwork. One of the town’s most prominent buildings is the ‘pepper pot’ former town hall, now a public function room. There are a number of terraces of Victorian properties within the town centre and just to the south, and newer developments to the east and within the popular Busbridge area, which attracts families.
Shopping and amenities
Godalming’s vibrant town centre hosts a market every Friday, with everything from locally grown produce to antiques available to purchase. There are many independent stores within the town, in addition to convenience stores and services, solicitors, banks and hairdressers. There are Waitrose and Sainsbury’s supermarkets accessible from the town centre, with the Catteshall Business Area to the east of the High Street also having a Homebase and a Pets at Home.
Godalming’s High Street has a fantastic selection of independent pubs, cafes and takeaways, with it possible to choose a different world cuisine for every night of the week. In addition to the independent offering, there is a small selection of national names including the popular Cote Brasserie, serving relaxed French dining.
The town is surrounded by the picturesque countryside of the Surrey Hills, including the spectacular Devil’s Punch Bowl to the south west, now under National Trust management. Also easily accessible locally are the many footpaths of Box Hill and Leith Hill, walks along the North Downs Way and the many attractive commons of the area. This includes Puttenham, Thursley Nature Reserve and Hankley Common.
The area is well regarded for its brilliant schools including Charterhouse, Priors Field, Aldro, Barrow Hills, St Hillarys, and Busbridge Infants and Junior Schools, which play a significant part in attracting buyers to the area. Charterhouse is one of the country’s top independent schools and is just north of the town, with excellent sporting and leisure facilities on the 200-acre estate. The formerly boys-only school is currently moving to a mixed status which is to be fully achieved by 2023. Godalming College is situated in the Holloway Hill area of the town and is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Although Godalming is a little over 30 miles south-west of London, the town benefits from excellent transport links that make it a popular commuter town for London workers. The station has fast and regular services to London Waterloo in about 42 minutes, while road links are also fantastic with the M25 easily accessible and the A3 situated just to the west of town and providing a strong link between London and the South Coast. The town is also well situated for both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, with the proximity to these two major airports a huge advantage of living in the area.