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rural and even further into Haslemere the large gardens and green spaces offer a pleasant “country” feel. The most southerly town in Surrey,


lying on the West Sussex and Hampshire borders, Haslemere sits in a sheltered valley, with much of the surrounding countryside is protected by the National Trust. In fact one of the founders of the trust, Sir Robert Hunter, lived in the town in the late 19th and early 20th century. “It is a very green and pleasant part


of the world and the town is surrounded by National Trust lands, some even being within yards of the high street,” Hardwick says .“There is a good quality of life, and it is easy to get up to London, Heathrow and Gatwick and the south coast is only about 30 miles away.


“We are on the Waterloo to Portsmouth


line with trains running from around 5.30am to 12.50am, and most journeys taking under an hour. The recently opened Hindhead Tunnel has created very quick links via the A3 to London, the motorway network and the south coast to the ferries to Europe.” Due to its proximity to the capital,


the town is extremely popular with commuters with families who want to move out of the city and take advantage of the area’s wide variety of fantastic schools, which include Haslemere Preparatory (www.haslemereprep.co.uk), St Ives (www.stiveshaslemere.com), Shottermill (www.shottermill-jun.surrey), Wispers (www.wispers.org.uk), Woolmer Hill (www.woolmerhill.surrey.sch.uk) and the Royal School (www.royal-school.org).


“Schooling plays a major part of the


draw here as there is such a wide and varied range both state and private getting excellent results,” Hardwick says. “[There are] a good range of schools,


from early nursery years to teens, both state and private, and excellent results are achieved in either system. Many people come from London because of the schooling.” Graded as “outstanding” by Ofsted,


Woolmer Hill is a small, mixed, state specialist maths and computing college that also offers a high-quality, full curriculum in other subjects. Set in 25 acres, it has excellent IT and arts blocks, and superb sports facilities, and its pupils achieve exam results that continue to improve year after year. The highly rated Royal School has classes that range from daycare to


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