Moving to Surrey – Egham, Englefield Green & Virginia Water
Are you moving to Surrey – Egham, Englefield Green & Virginia Water? We’re back for another spin around the county, this time stopping off at Egham, Virginia Water, Wentworth and Englefield Green. These four villages in the north west corner of Surrey truly number among the UK’s most desirable areas to live in, so read on if you want to find out more about them.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Surrey – Egham, Englefield Green & Virginia Water report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Seven reasons to want to live in Egham
- Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, Egham and Runnymede originally belonged to Chertsey Abbey, reverting to the Crown on the dissolution of the monasteries. The Magna Carta, the first document limiting the powers of the English monarchy, was signed in Runnymede by King John on the banks of the Thames. This makes Egham one of the most significant sites in UK history!
- Egham is located conveniently for both London commuters and international travelers. Access to the M25 at Junction 13 makes Heathrow a drive of just a few minutes and gives instant access to the national motorway network. The centre of London is just 19 miles away and Egham Station is on the line between Reading and Waterloo.
- Egham may well be the UK’s smallest university town – the campus of Royal Hollaway, part of the University of London, is on Egham Hill.
- Entertainment is never a problem here – Egham lies just to the north of Thorpe Park, Surrey’s premier theme park, and Ascot Racecourse. In the opposite direction, Wraysbury Reservoir is a centre for water skiing.
- Despite being a small village, Egham has some notable employers. Procter & Gamble employ several hundred people in its research centre here, while other companies that have offices in the area include HCL AXON, Belron, Future Electronics, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and CAB International Europe UK.
- It’s the perfect place to live if you drive a luxury car or two – the village boasts Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche dealerships!
- In terms of schooling, Egham offers a campus of the ACS International School, plus TASIS The American School in England, as well as the state-funded Magna Carta School. There is a multitude of both private and state options in the surrounding towns and villages.
Five reasons to house hunt in Englefield Green
- Lying due west of Egham, Englefield Green is a small satellite village that boasts some of the highest value houses outside London.
- Just to the north of the village, on an escarpment overlooking the Thames where the Magna Carta was signed, the Runnymede Airforces Memorial commemorates more than 20,000 airmen and women who were lost in World War II and who have no known graves. Every name is inscribed on the monument.
- Below, on the banks of the Thames, stands the Magna Carta Memorial. This was designed by Sir Edward Maufe and features sculpture by Vernon Hill, commemorating the enshrinement in English law of basic freedoms.
- Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller spent their honeymoon in Englefield, staying in Parkside House while Monroe shot The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier.
- The village has five nursery schools and two state-funded primary schools, one of which is Roman Catholic. For older children there is a wide choice of state, fee-paying and international schools in the immediate area.
Where to live in Egham and Englefield Green
The area’s best addresses include Wick Road, Ridgemead Road, Coopers Hill Lane, St David’s Drive, Kingswood Rise, Tite Hill, Black Lake Close and Vicarage Road. A word of warning, however—in the recent wet winter weather, there was substantial flooding along the Thames, including at Egham. A riverside property may appeal but the risk of being seriously submerged needs to be taken into account. Ask your relocation agent to check the situation if you’re looking at a house close to the river.
Your guide to living on the Wentworth Estate
- Established in the 1920s, this is one of the UK’s wealthiest and most established private estates. It covers an area of coniferous heathland just outside Virginia Water, taking up some seven square kilometers of prime residential land surrounding the celebrated Wentworth Golf Club.
- The Wentworth Club was the location of the very first Ryder Cup, played every two years between teams from Europe and the USA.
- The focal point of the estate is the club house of the Wentworth Club. It was originally a country house, the Wentworths, which belonged to the brother-in-law of the first Duke of Wellington. In 1921, local builder W G Tarrant, who’d already developed St George’s Hill in Weybridge, acquired the rights to develop Wentworth and commissioned the golf course. Tarrant went bankrupt during the 1920s and development was further delayed during the Second World War. However, by the 1960s the all the plots had been built on.
- The estate now represents one of the wealthiest residential enclaves in Europe. The high property prices keep it exclusive, which in turn continues to attract the super wealthy.
- Wentworth is just three miles from access to the M25 and short train journey up to London Waterloo. However, of more appeal to the residents is the proximity of Heathrow, seven miles away, and Fairoaks Airport, a private airport just five miles away.
- Famous residents past and present include:
- Former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet
- The Sultan of Brunei
- Golfers Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle
- Eddie Jordan and Ron Dennis McLaren of Formula 1 fame
- Elton John
- Cliff Richard
- Sarah, Duchess of York
Six good reasons to choose Virginia Water
- This smart village is named after Virginia Water Lake, a feature of Windsor Great Park, on the edge of which the village lies. Windsor Great Park is an historic royal hunting ground that covers 5,000 acres of land just south of Windsor.
- It is believed that the lake itself was named in honour of Elizabeth 1, the ‘Virgin Queen’. Drained during World War II to stop enemy bombers using it as guide to Windsor, in more recent years, Virginia Water has featured in the lakeside scenes of the Harry Potter movies.
- The best homes in the village are part of the Wentworth Estate—see above—but there are a significant number of desirable streets outside of the estate, as well.
- Edward VIII kept a home, Fort Belvedere, in the village. Writer Bill Bryson also lived here for a number of years.
- Virginia Water is an attractive spot for London commuters. There is a large station with frequent trains to Waterloo. It is also convenient for the motorways and for Heathrow Airport. It has a small shopping street in the centre and is close to both Windsor and Ascot for more varied retail opportunities.
- The village has a number of nursery schools and a couple of primary schools. It is within easy reach of the ACS Egham International School and the TASIS American School campus.
Where to live in Virginia Water and Wentworth
Because of a higher proportion of detached homes and large plot sizes, the property prices in Virginia Water and Wentworth are among the highest in the country, certainly the highest outside London. In 2013, Virginia Water became the UK’s first town with an average house price in excess of £1 million, and many of the buyers who come here are international multi-millionaires. The Wentworth Estate has high levels of private security, making it a safe place to live for the ultra-wealthy.
Popular streets include Waverley Drive, Portnall Drive, Wentworth Drive, Wellington Avenue, West Drive, Hollow Lane, Chestnut Avenue, Nuns Walk, Spring Woods and Sherbourne Drive.
Relocating to Surrey
With so much on offer in Surrey, it can be hard to decide where exactly you should look first. Be sure to read our Surrey Report Part 1 for our take on Cobham, Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Woking and West Byfleet. With an easy commute to London and great amenities, you know you want to live in Surrey but you’re not sure how to narrow it down? If you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a property, and access to someone with good knowledge of the local rental market is virtually essential. Add to that further considerations such as convenience for work, access to suitable schools, transport links for trips back home… This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. We know London property inside out, we know how much you should expect to pay and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different areas. We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – here or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Average monthly rent for Egham & Englefield Green
Average monthly rent for Wentworth & Virginia Water