Area Guide: Farnham

A town of diversity and surprise, offering many attractive houses from all periods of its history.

Farnham is an old market town steeped with character and a history that can be traced back to Roman Britain and beyond. The spectacular Farnham Castle overlooks the town and is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of sights and attractions on offer. Those wishing to explore can enjoy some great walks and views along the river, Farnham Park, Castle Street and St Andrew’s Parish Church.

Did You Know?

Author J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan whilst living at Black Lake Cottage in Farnham.

Did You Know?

Farnham is the only library in Surrey to have a dedicated section for young adults and is housed in the historic Vernon House at which King Charles I slept on his way to his trial and execution in London in 1649, commemorated by a plaque on the building wall.

Living in Farnham provides a tranquil country retreat for many. Recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the borders of the Surrey Hills, residents enjoy excellent access to some of the best riding, walking and cycling routes in the South of England.

Farnham’s history and present status are largely owed to the surrounding geography and its location, which was influenced by the arrival of the railway in 1848. The railway provided a fast link into London which meant that, even back in 1848, city businessmen could have a house in the country whilst commuting into London. Thus Farnham became one of the first commuter towns – an idea which still rings true today.

Farnham is just 42 miles from London and benefits from excellent and easily accessible links to the A3 and M3, connecting by road to both Heathrow Airport (31 miles) and Gatwick Airport (42 miles). Farnham also has its own airport, Farnborough Airport. The county town of Guildford is just 11 miles away, yet Farnham offers a comparable place to live with the added bonus that house prices are significantly lower than its neighbour.

Farnham’s success as a market town is due to the meeting of several roads which connect with a number of small villages and surrounding hamlets. Today the market still exists in the form of a semi-permanent greengrocer, florist and delicatessen in Castle Street as well as the popular monthly Farmers’ Market. Property in Farnham is varied, offering a wide selection of interesting rural and countryside homes of all sizes.

Did You Know?

The Black Death hit Farnham in 1348, killing approximately 1,300 people, which at that time was about a third of the population.

House Prices In Farnham

The average house price in Farnham is £599,4123 which is more than double the UK average house price of £249,408 (as at September 2018).

To buy home in Farnham you have a good choice from a one bedroom apartment from £150,000 to a four bedroom detached home, starting at around £450,000 on the north side of Farnham.

South Farnham is particularly favoured by families due to the excellent schools including South Farnham Junior School which is one of the top state schools in the country.   The main line station, also on the south side of the town, provides services to London in 55 minutes.  Both the schools and station have drawn London buyers to Farnham, as well as local upsizers who want to stay on the area.

The town itself has many Victorian and Edwardian homes which are highly sought after, and for these one could pay from £475,000 for a 3 bedroom terraced property, to over £900,000 for a more substantial semi-detached house.  For larger budgets, character 4 bedroom plus, detached homes range from £750,000 up to £2m.

The villages that surround Farnham including Rowledge and Frensham, are very much desired, with prices being similar to Farnham, and suit those looking for more of a community feel rather than a busier centre.  Beautiful country homes can be found in these villages for those looking for a substantial property with impressive grounds and views, and have a budget in excess of £2m.

 

Did You Know?

Farnham is twinned with Andernach in Germany.

Did You Know?

Jonny Wilkinson, England's world-cup-winning kicker and former rugby captain was born in Frimley and grew up in Farnham.

What to see and do

The town centre hosts a significant number of independent and national retailers, as well as banks and supermarkets, making it a bustling and lively place, especially at lunchtime.

Entertainment in the town includes Farnham Maltings Art Centre, Frensham Ponds and Alice Holt Forest, together with a leisure centre, cricket, rugby and football clubs and a public golf course. Farnham caters for a wide range of tastes with a spectacular array of restaurants and pubs.

Farnham Castle

Built in 1138 by the grandson of William the Conqueror, Farnham Castle is now available for private hire for weddings, events and business meetings. Overlooking the town, the castle sits in five acres of beautiful grounds and offers visitor tours around the grounds and the meticulously maintained castle.

Sculpture Park Hindhead

Enjoy the sites of up to 600 sculptures as you meander through 10 acres of enchanting arboretum and water gardens in this picturesque site in Hindhead. Showcasing work from over 300 artists, the Sculpture Park is open all year round and almost everything is for sale.

Farnham Maltings

Originally a tannery and later a brewery, the Farnham Maltings is now a centre for culture in the local community and home to a number of creative programmes including a theatre, cinema, arts, crafts and workshops.

Birdworld

On the outskirts of Farnham you’ll find Birdworld, a local attraction offering bird exhibits for all ages. A regular destination for educational tours by local schools and a great place to get children up close and personal with penguins, owls and many more exotic birds. As well as caring for and breeding many species of bird, Birdworld also operates a conservation fund to help both local and international initiatives.

Farnham’s future looks bright and with three secondary schools, a college and a University College for the Creative Arts (UCA), there will be no lack of education available to future generations of ‘Farnhamians’.

New developments on the outskirts of the town ensure that the town’s commerce will continue to grow in a variety of sectors, providing sound employment opportunities for residents in the future.

Local Schools

Farnham Properties For Sale

£285,000 (Leasehold) Guide Price

Farnham

Flat

  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 9
£950,000 (Freehold) Guide Price

Farnham

Detached bungalow

  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • 16
£495,000 (Freehold) Guide Price

Farnham

Detached bungalow

  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • 14
£240,000 (Freehold) Guide Price

Farnham

End of terrace house

  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 9

Farnham Properties To Rent

£1,250 pcm

Farnham

Apartment

  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 7

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Gwilym

14/8/2019

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