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Perfectly positioned between London and the South Coast, the charming town of Guildford, in Surrey, is the area of choice for discerning buyers looking for a prestigious country property with easy access to the capital.

Despite having a diocesan cathedral and a university, Guildford has managed to avoid city status and remain an exclusive country market town instead; a status which has only added to the value and appeal of property in this area. A number of internationally recognised commercial businesses have chosen to base themselves here, with large offices for Allianz, Ericsson and Colgate-Palmolive in the Guildford area.

The original settlement of Guildford dates back to the Saxon period, and has long been a key town in the South of England - an early version of the English Royal Mint was even established here in AD 978. Guildford Castle was a significant Norman stronghold, the remains of which can now be seen in the centre of the town.

Guildford grew in size and stature with the construction of the Guildhall during the 14th century, while canalisation of the River Wey and new rail routes during the Industrial Revolution paved the way for the bustling, vibrant town we see today. Only twenty-five miles from London, the excellent road and rail links between Guildford and the capital allow for quick commutes and frequent visits to the city if desired.

Former residents of the area include Lewis Carroll, Piers Morgan, Roger Taylor, Alan Turing and Phil Collins, all of whom were seduced by this highly desirable town

Architecture in Guildford

The long and illustrious history of Guildford has led to a significant portion of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings scattered throughout the town. Notable architectural structures include the iconic Grade I listed Guildhall and the modern Cathedral, while the attractive High Street is paved with granite sets and often used as a filming location.

The villages in the Surrey Hills surrounding Guildford offer beautiful Edwardian architecture in the form of detached family homes and country estates such as Polesden Lacey, and the influence of famed Edwardian domestic architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, is clear to see.

What makes Guildford special?

Guildford perfectly combines tranquility and history with modern conveniences such as excellent schools and restaurants, a combination which could seem jarring in a less charming town. Unlike some areas in the North of England, the affluence in Guildford is subtly present in beautiful architecture, large properties and boutique amenities, and you’re unlikely to ever see an ostentatious display.

The close proximity to London allows for easy access to all the cultural activities of the capital, while Guildford residents benefit from the greenery, countryside and family space.

Guildford property types

This lovely town caters for every type of resident with a wide variety of properties, from grand country estates in the villages surrounding Guildford to handsome townhouses on prestigious roads.

For those looking for a large detached property with land, the desirable villages of Shere, Shamley Green, and Shalford offer both historic estates and modern mansion houses with grounds, tennis courts, swimming pools, luxury fittings and a contemporary decor.

In the town of Guildford the most exclusive roads are considered to be Albury Road, Semaphore Road and Epson Road, where large Georgian and Victorian townhouses can be found within a short walk of the town centre.

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Schools in Guildford

The historically affluent nature of Guildford has led to a number of leading independent schools establishing themselves in the area such as Charterhouse, one of the UK’s finest public schools with day and boarding options for both sexes.

Other excellent schools in the area include Guildford High School, St Catherine’s Preparatory and Tormead School for girls, while Lanesborough School and the Royal Grammar School are popular choices for boys.

Charterhouse Road, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DX
01483 291500 www.charterhouse.org.uk
St Catherine’s
Station Road, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0DF
01483 893363 www.stcatherines.info
Guildford High School
London Road, Guildford Surrey GU1 1SJ
01483 561440 www.guildfordhigh.surrey.sch.uk
Royal Grammar School
High Street, Guildford GU1 3BB
01483 880600 www.rgs.co.uk
Tormead School
Cranley Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2JD
01483 575101 www.tormeadschool.org.uk
Cranleigh School
Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8QQ
01483 273666 www.cranleigh.org
Lanesborough School
Maori Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2EL
01483 880650 www.lanesborough.surrey.sch.uk
Prior’s Field School
Priorsfield Road, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2RH
01483 810551 www.priorsfieldschool.com
St Hilary’s School
St. Hilary's School, Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1RZ
01483 416551 www.sthilarysschool.com
Rydes Hill School
Rydes Hill House, Aldershot Road, A323, Guildford, Surrey GU2 8BP
01483 563160 www.rydeshill.com

Things to do

Residents of Guildford are spoilt for choice with a wide range of cultural attractions in and around the town, as well as a selection of exclusive restaurants.

The town is home to three theatres which hold regular performances, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Rhoda McGaw Theatre and Electric Theatre, while Guildford House Gallery is the most visited art gallery in Surrey. The remains of Guildford Castle is a popular tourist spot, as is the impressive modern Guildford Cathedral, and a relaxing stroll by the river or in nearby Stoke Park is an unbeatable activity on a summer afternoon.

Guildford offers discerning diners a number of premium restaurants, including the independent Kinghams, Olivo, Positano and Al Vicolo as well as renowned chains such as Jamie’s Italian, Loch Fyne and Cote Brasserie.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX 01483 440000 www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Rhoda McGaw Theatre
Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ 0844 871 7645 www.atgtickets.com
Electric Theatre
Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ 01483 444789 www.guildford.gov.uk
Guildford Castle 14 S Hill, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3SY 01483 444751 www.guildford.gov.uk
Guildford House Gallery
155 High Street Guildford Surrey GU1 3AJ 01483 444751
Odeon Cinema
Bedford Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SJ 0871 224 4007 www.odeon.co.uk
Stoke Park
Nightingale Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1ER 01483 444718
Maison Blanc
73A North St, Guildford GU1 4AW 01483 301171 www.maisonblanc.co.uk
Loch Fyne
Centenary Hall, Chapel Street, Guildford GU1 3UH 01483 230550 www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk
Jamie’s Italian
Phoenix Court, 13 Friary Passage, Guildford GU1 4EH 01483 600920 www.jamiesitalian.com
Gomshall Lane, Guildford GU5 01483 202168 www.kinghams-restaurant.co.uk
The Onslow Arms
The Street, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7TF 01483 222447 www.onslowarmsclandon.co.uk
53 Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UA 01483 303535 www.olivo.co.uk
124A High Street, Tunsgate, Guildford GU1 3HQ 01483 563277 www.positano-restaurant.co.uk
Cote Brasserie
35 Castle Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UQ 01483 579714 www.cote-restaurant.co.uk
Al Vicolo
5 Swan Lane, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4EQ 01483 506306 www.alvicolo.co.uk

Shopping in Guildford

Don’t be fooled by the compact size and pretty streets of Guildford - this charming town was named ‘luxury shopping capital of the UK’ by Experian in 2013, and around £900m is spent annually in the many premium boutiques here.

North Street, the High Street, Chapel Street and the Lanes are considered to be the main shopping destinations in Guildford, and between them are home to nearly 100 shops and three covered shopping complexes. Fine fashion can be found at Hugo Boss, Hobbs, Jaeger, Whistles, Reiss and Jigsaw, while Barbour and Russell & Bromley will provide chic country wear for walks in the Surrey Downs. Residents can also apply for a Guildford Privilege Card, which gives them exclusive offers in some of the town’s finest shops and restaurants.

For interior decor and technology try Farrow & Ball, House of Fraser and Bang & Olufsen, or the antique shops found in nearby villages such as Coach House Antiques, Perry Hill and Barn Antiques..

House of Fraser
105 - 111 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DP 0344 800 3730 www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Hugo Boss
130 High Street, Guildford GU1 3HJ 01483 547030 www.hugoboss.com
3 Chapel Street, Guildford GU1 3UH 01483 449210 www.brora.co.uk
Armani Exchange
The Friary Centre, 49-51 Friary Passage, Guildford GU1 4YW 01483 443870 www.armaniexchange.com
Hotel Chocolat
8 Market Street, Guildford GU1 4LB 01483 577690 www.hotelchocolat.com
Bang & Olufsen
Tunsgate Square Shopping Centre, 8A Tunsgate, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT 01483 457900 www.bang-olufsen.co.uk
Cath Kidston
14-18 Chertsey Street, City Centre, Guildford GU1 4HD 01483 564798 www.cathkidston.com
141 High St, Surrey GU1 3AD 01483 579646 www.hobbs.co.uk
160 High St, Guildford GU1 3HJ 01483 617516 www.jaeger.co.uk
Jo Malone
125 High St, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AA 0370 192 5251 www.jomalone.co.uk
132-134 High St, Guildford GU1 3HJ 01483 565911 www.jigsaw-online.com
78 High St, Guildford GU1 3HE 01483 449334 www.pandora.net
Space NK
126 High St, Surrey GU1 3HQ 01483 532654 www.uk.spacenk.com
Sweaty Betty
19A Swan Lane, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4EQ 01483 459749 www.sweatybetty.com
17-23 Market Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LB 01483 536883 www.reiss.com
Russell & Bromley
84 High Street, Guildford GU1 3HE 01483 504879 www.russellandbromley.co.uk
Coach House Antiques
60 Station Road, Gomshall, Guildford, Surrey GU5 9NP 01483 203838 www.coachhouseantiques.com
Old Barn Antiques
The Old Barn, Guildford Road, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1EB 01483 81081901483 810819
Perry Hill Antiques
Perry Hill Worplesdon Guildford Surrey GU3 3RD 01483 236081
Unit 3A, Tunsgate Square Shopping Centre, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QZ 01483 538365 www.barbour.com
Farrow & Ball
Tunsgate Square Shopping Centre, 11 Tunsgate, Guildford GU1 3QT 01483 511365 www.farrow-ball.com

Local Services

The Royal Surrey County Hospital
Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XX 01483 571122 www.royalsurrey.nhs.uk
BMI Mount Alvernia
Harvey Road, Guildford GU1 3LX 01483 570122 www.bmihealthcare.co.uk
The Nuffield Health Hospital
Stirling Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7RF 01483 378449 www.nuffieldhealth.com
Farnham Road Hospital
Farnham Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7LX 0300 555 5222
Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House, Millmead Guildford Surrey GU2 4BB 01483 505050

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