Are you looking to buy or rent a property in Chobham? Then Waterfords Estate Agents are here to help you. As your trusted local estate agent in Chobham, we share our thoughts on the local area and what it's like to live here. Remember if you have any questions about Chobham and the surrounding area then feel free to pop into our branch on the High Street to talk to us or call us on 01276 858589. We look forward in assisting you with buying or renting a home in the Chobham area.
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Introduction to Chobham
The history of Chobham goes back further than you might imagine, with tools from the New Stone Age (around 2,500 BC) previously unearthed, and burial mounds from the Bronze Age (approximately 1,500 BC) also having been located here. Romans and German Saxon tribes have all passed through at various points and most likely the Normans too.
Today in Chobham things are much calmer and quieter, the village is now very much an idyllic English country reserve. It has strong commuter links and almost endless acres of countryside to enjoy. Indeed, it is often viewed as one of the very best places to live in Surrey. Chobham has its own pace and way of life that is impossible not to be won over by.
Chobham lies within the Metropolitan Green Belt and the village centre has been designated as a conservation area. Great efforts have been made to resist 'modern' over-development and urban sprawl to retain it’s charming character.
Schools and Colleges
For parents with young children looking for a quality primary school in Chobham, both Valley End CofE Infant School and Trumps Green Infant School are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Similarly, Charters School is another 'Outstanding' rated school for children attending secondary and college level education. Other notable schools in the area include St Ann's Heath Junior School which is rated as 'Good' and Heathermount School, a school for children with disabilities and rated as 'Good' by Ofsted.
Sandown Park is not too far away, which offers a great day at the races! If you fancy a spot of polo, Cowdray Park and Hurtwood Park are also on hand. South Downs National Park covers a massive 400,000 plus acres and is full of picturesque countryside to enjoy. There are plenty of golf courses for lovers of the game, and Chobham Common is home to over 100 species of birds. Basingstoke Canal is another beautiful place to visit and soak in the serene calm atmosphere of the surrounding countryside.
Shopping Facilities, Restaurants and Leisure
Chobham is an archetypal English village, filled with cosy traditional pubs and places to eat once you have tired yourself out exploring the local countryside. The Sun Inn, The White Hart and The Four Horseshoes all come highly recommended, serving welcoming ales and pub grub.
Stovell’s is seen as more of an upmarket option, offering contemporary European dining in a 16th century Tudor farmhouse. Here Pasha serves up tasty Mediterranean dishes. There are plenty of local independent stores in Chobham and a handful of brand names, with nearby Elmsleigh Shopping Centre being the best option for mainstream shopping choices.
There’s no shortage of traditional-style properties to choose from in Chobham, with cosy cottages, period homes and country houses all available on the market. Detached homes on Steep Hill and larger 4 bedroom semi-detached properties on Brick Hill are attractive picks, while properties in and around Chobham Park Estate often go for some of the highest prices. Elsewhere, there are newer flats and apartments available closer to the centre of the village that may be more suited to commuters and professionals.
Even though Chobham is located close to London, it still retains the feel of a small village. This sees it attract a wide range of age groups for different reasons. Retirees and those in later life are looking to get away from the hectic noise and drama of the capital and are drawn towards its slower pace and gorgeous countryside. Younger families and professionals enjoy the vibrant high street, and easy connections via train to London and families with teenagers and children already in school love the properties and quality of life Chobham has to offer.
Plans are in place to build a garden village at Fairoaks Airport, which will see 1,000 new homes being constructed, with 450 stated as being affordable, including a mixture of shared ownership, social rent and affordable rent options. Development has yet to start work on this project, and the size and scope could be subject to change.
Chobham is located midway between Woking and Sunningdale train stations for travel into London. Direct train services leave Woking regularly heading into London Waterloo, taking an average of 30-40 minutes, with 53 trains running into the capital on an average weekday.
To reach local airports, Gatwick is an hour and 40 minutes away by train, while Heathrow requires a change at Feltham station – the full journey taking an average of 90 minutes. Heathrow Airport is easily accessible by car, taking around 15-20 minutes to drive.
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