Thinking of moving to Surrey? West Horsley might be just the place for you.
With its stunning location, bustling village life, and many excellent local events and attractions, this semi-rural village between Guildford and Leatherhead has all the qualities of a beloved hometown to-be.
If West Horsley is on your shortlist of places to move to, we’ve got you covered with this guide to the local area. Here’s everything you need to know about moving here!
Is West Horsley a nice place to live?
This is a popular question, and for good reason – everyone wants to know if, beyond the surface-level factors, the place they’re thinking of moving to is fit for a great quality of life.
Fortunately, West Horsley’s ‘vibe’ is apparent even when just passing through. Nestled on the outskirts of the Surrey Hills, the village enjoys a wholesome community feel, easy access to the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and great transport links to larger towns and cities like Guildford and London.
Whether you’re moving here solo, as a couple, or as a growing family, you’ll not be short of things to do and breathtaking views to take in. Plus, it’s an incredibly safe area (more on that later).
Things to do in West Horsley
As we’ve already mentioned, West Horsley is perfectly located on the edge of the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You won’t have to travel very far for stunning walks, cycle rides, and views across the Surrey landscape.
The village itself is dotted with green spaces, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, leisurely walks, and a real chance to connect with nature.
Aside from Surrey’s natural beauty, there’s plenty of history here, too. West Horsley Place, for example, is a historic manor house with a fascinating story and beautiful gardens. The Grade I listed medieval estate dates from 1425, with records suggesting there has been a building on site even earlier – perhaps since Saxon times. You might recognise it if you pay the house a visit, as it’s been used in the filming of the series Ghosts and the film Enola Holmes!
West Horsley and the wider Surrey area also play host to a huge variety of festivals and events throughout the year that showcase the community spirit and culture of the region. From summer food festivals and fairs to art exhibitions and music concerts, there’s always something happening to entertain residents of all ages.
If you’re a horse lover or are keen to learn, you’ll certainly find home in West Horsley. There are several equestrian centres and riding schools in the area through which you can take lessons, go for countryside hacks, or even take part in local competitions.
Nearby Guildford is a historic town known for its cobbled streets, independent merchants, and shopping centres — and it’s just a short drive away from West Horsley.
For those looking to get involved in community activities, there are various groups you can join in West Horsley. Whether it’s a local sports club (like Clandon Regis Golf Club in West Clandon) and fitness class or an arts and crafts workshop, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, sharpen your skills, and have fun!
Right on your doorstep-to-be, you’ll find all the amenities you need day by day.
There’s a deli and cheesemonger, a garden centre, and a pet shop all within the village of West Horsley. Right next door, in East Horsley, you’ll find a bakery, post office, village store, little Waitrose, and a petrol station.
For those bigger weekly shops, Guildford’s large Sainsbury’s supermarket is just a 12-minute drive away!
Restaurants & Pubs
Food enthusiasts will find themselves spoiled for choice in West Horsley, as the village and surrounding areas offer a delightful selection of local restaurants and pubs. Whether you are craving a cosy meal at a traditional pub, in need of a home takeaway, or seeking a gourmet dining experience, there’s something for everyone!
Barley Mow, for example, is a village pub and Thai restaurant combined, serving great food and drink at reasonable prices. For a gastropub experience, head to The King William IV, which has a range of both traditional and contemporary pub meals on offer. Or, hop on across to East Horsley for high-end Italian dining at La Meridiana! There’s plenty more where they came from if you travel into Guildford town or Leatherhead.
A short commute to London
One of the key advantages of living in West Horsley is its convenient proximity to the capital. The excellent transport links in the village make this one of the best places to live in Surrey to commute to London – or to simply pay it a visit when you need a city break!
To get to central London (Waterloo), the journey takes:
- 1hr 40 mins by car
- 47 mins by train
Nearby train stations include Horsley, Guildford, Effingham, and Bookham, and there’s a brilliant local bus service that’ll take you there if driving isn’t an option.
Great local schools
When it comes to education, families moving to West Horsley can have peace of mind knowing that their children will have access to quality schooling.
For kids just starting out, Footprints Montessori Day Nursery offers children a chance to thrive and develop. In 2019, Ofsted rated it ‘Outstanding’, and their team of passionate nursery staff aims to create a nurturing environment for children up to the age of 5.
There’s also Glenesk, a well-reviewed independent pre-prep and nursery school in East Horsley. This school, also rated ‘Outstanding’, provides children aged 2-7 with a fantastic start to their educational journey, plus wraparound care that suits busy parents.
As for primary and secondary schools, there are plenty of options:
- The Raleigh School (Primary), West Horsley
- Clandon C of E Primary School, West Clandon (3 miles)
- Cranmore Independent School (Combined Primary & Secondary), West Horsley
- Howard of Effingham School (Secondary & Sixth Form), Effingham (3.7 miles)
A safe area
Understandably, safety is a top priority for many people when choosing a place to live. Fortunately, West Horsley delivers on that front!
Regarded as one of the safest places to live in Surrey, it gives residents a sense of security and peace of mind. The close-knit community and low crime rates contribute to the overall safety of the area, making it an ideal place to raise a family or enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.
Indeed, the wider county of Surrey is among the top 5 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
New builds in West Horsley
If you’re looking for a village with a unique blend of community, nature, village life, and access to city-living, the idyllic location of West Horsley might just be perfect for you. With its proximity to London, transport links, renowned schools, safety, and local culture, it’s an exceptional place to call home!
Has West Horsley captured your attention? Be sure to pay our Manorwood development of new build homes a visit. We have a stunning range of one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments and homes available, each with spacious living areas and attractive exterior finishes.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, all of our Manorwood properties feature PV panels, electric car charging points, low energy lighting, and superior insulation. Set in the enviable West Horsley, a Manorwood home places you on the doorstep of woodland and open countryside, while maintaining solid connections to larger towns and to London.
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