Spotlight on: Weybridge and Cobham
Town and Country Charm
Weybridge and Cobham are part of Surrey’s ‘Golden Triangle’ – a term used to describe a collection of highly sought-after residential towns and villages in a particular area, and this leafy corner of Surrey is one of the most desirable areas to live in the UK.
Situated approximately 17 miles south-west of London, the small suburb of Weybridge is flanked by the river Wey and has a long association with motoring and aviation history. Cobham, a mere 3 miles from Weybridge, is friendly village steeped in history and is most well-known for the beautiful Painshill Park; a magnificent 18th Century landscape design of stunning views, calming waters and dramatic follies.
Both Weybridge and Cobham are bustling towns with plenty to do and an affluent reputation. Home to large mansions, manors and some of the best private schools in the UK, they also boast a short 30-minute commute into central London whilst being surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Weybridge and Cobham are both popular for couples and families relocating away from Central London but who still need a quick commute back into the City. Schools are an important factor for families and both Weybridge and Cobham offer a fantastic choice of both independent and state schools, many of the latter receiving outstanding in their Oftsted reports.
For parents considering private schools St George’s College in Weybridge is the top-ranking school in the town, a co-educational Roman Catholic day school offering a values-led education for all.
For people relocating to the area from overseas, ACS Cobham International School is extremely popular offering a range of globally recognised and academically challenging curricula, from the International Baccalaureate to the US Advanced Placement Programme.
Weybridge Mums Facebook group is a great community of local parents offering news, advice, what’s on and meet up groups in the area. Similarly Cobham Mums offers the same for families living in Cobham and Esher.
As Weybridge and Cobham are known for their motoring and aviation heritage, families will find both the Brooklands Museum and Mercedes Benz World great family days out. Nearby Bushy Park is an area of open parkland and nature reserve, perfect for bike riding, walking and picnics, with both red and fallow deer often seen roaming freely along with an abundance of other wildlife.
Walking along the river Wey is also a pleasant weekend past time, with a number of pubs and restaurants on the waterside. Golf is also a very popular hobby with a wide range of top courses to choose from locally including Silvermere, Burhill Golf Club and the exclusive St Georges Hill Golf Club.
Weybridge and Cobham are both very well connected by road and rail links, and Heathrow airport is just 20 minutes away by car.
Weybridge railway station has a direct line service into London waterloo in just over 30 minutes, whilst Cobham main line takes around 40 minutes.
A 10-15 minute drive out of both towns connects you to the M25 motorway, which circles the periphery of greater London and gives way to the M4 heading West, M40 taking you to the North and the M23 leading to the South Coast of England.
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Weybridge and Cobham are both pretty expensive places to live in terms of house prices to both buy and rent, with average values for a detached house of £1,040,000 and £1,362,000 respectively. Average rents for a 4-bedroom house are in the region of £3,500 per month for Weybridge and £4,750 for Cobham (source: home.co.uk).
The average price to buy in Surrey overall is around £625,000 (source: Rightmove) with the majority of house sales in the last 12 months being detached properties. The average price has increased 3% in that time as well, which is actually quite reasonable compared to other parts of the UK since the post-pandemic property rush.
Despite the high prices, Weybridge and Cobham both offer great value for money, compared to Central London prices, whilst also offering a great lifestyle, lots of countryside and riverside pursuits whilst being a mere 30 minutes by train into Waterloo.
It’s a firm favourite of ours when discussing a suitable location for our clients as it offers the best of everything.
Vicki is our local area expert and has lived in both London and Surrey since she was a small child. Vicki says “the area provides everything any client could ever want, whether it’s the vibrant city life or a more relaxed family atmosphere”
So, if you are planning a move to any of these areas, and want to discuss it in more detail, or you would like support with your home and/or school search, we would love to hear from you.