Hamptons-Guildford: Relocation & Renovation Guide

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Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health Clubs, Shopping & more

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A very warm welcome to Guildford and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.

You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded towns in England. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population.

Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match. And this hasn’t changed since.

Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their ‘home experts’.

Yours sincerely,

Guildford p.7 Local Schools p.12
for the kids p.16
Beaconsfield p.20
Contents About
Interview: Urban Build
Interview: Sally Rule p.18 Map of
Interview: Janet Long p.22 Pub’s &
Interview: Design & Build p.26
5 Health & Fitness p.28 Interview: Rebecca Webb p.30 Artisan Cafe’s p.32 Interview: David Neale p.34 Highstreet Hotspots p.36 Outdoor Spaces p.37 Independant Boutiques p.38 Places to Eat p.40 Social Media p.42 Council Contacts p.44 Contents


A warm welcome to


from us all at Hamptons

Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Guildford you have already won. A home in this great town with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about tips on where to shop and eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy.



Guildford began as a Saxon village by a ford. It was called the guilden (golden) ford. It may have been called that because of golden flowers that grew at the riverside or because of the golden sands on the banks of the river.

The village of Guildford turned into a town in the early 10th century. At that time the English kings were building a network of fortified settlements across the country as bulwarks against the Danish invaders. It is possible that Guildford was made such a fortified settlement. If so, Guildford would have been surrounded by a ditch and earth rampart with a wooden stockade on top. In the mid-10th century, St Mary’s Church was built or rebuilt in stone-the tower still survives. By the time of the Domesday Book (1086) Guildford probably had a population of around 900. It might seem tiny to us but settlements were very small in those days. A typical village had only 100 or 150 inhabitants. Like all towns in those days Guildford suffered from outbreaks of plague. It struck in 1645-46 at the end of the civil war. However, in 1683 a new Guildhall was built.


Exciting things have been happening in Guildford!


Located in Surrey on the banks of the River Wey, Guildford is a beautiful town to relocate to and offers a whole host of amenities for connected, modern-day living, whilst retaining its rich and colourful history. There are several nearby towns and villages to also take into consideration when looking to move to the area. These include the small and charming village of Albury, the busy village of Bramley, and Shalford village, located on the banks of the River Wey with direct trains to Guildford. With its stunning cobbled high street and overhanging clock, Guildford has a wide variety of retail outlets and independent shops. From high fashion and specialist jewellers to antique dealers, book shops and art suppliers, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. There are also several art galleries, cafes, restaurants and farmer’s markets, as well as four shopping centres to enjoy. Guildford is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and with excellent rail links to London (40 minutes) and the South Coast (50 minutes), and served by M25, M3 and A3, Guildford is the perfect spot from which to explore the whole of South East England. Aside from the year-round attractions, there are also events a plenty - exciting things have been happening in Guildford for over 900 years and that doesn’t look set to change! Whether you’re just stopping for a quick coffee or grabbing a sandwich on the go, planning a special occasion dinner or an important business lunch, going for cocktails with the girls or spending an afternoon watching sport you’ll find the ideal venue for your eating and drinking needs! Guildford has excellent rail links to London (40 minutes) and the South Coast (50 minutes) and is served by M25, M3 and A3.


What is it like to live in Guildford?

Conveniently located just 40 minutes south-east of London Waterloo, Guildford in Surrey is a charmingly English town boasting a picturesque high street and offering excellent connections to both the capital, the coast and beyond.

Only 27 miles from London, today’s Guildford offers an ideal mix of rural and urban life with convenience and community in equal measure. As you walk further away from the enchanting cobbled high street, you’ll find some excellent period properties all located within easy walking distance from the railway station and the town is also conveniently placed for connections to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The town was named one of the top 15 best places to live in the southeast by The Sunday Times in 2018 and again in 2020, which is possibly why demand is high as a favourite commuter town outside of London!

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Guildford and the surrounding area has been a home to writers, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..

The Stranglers

Lewis Carroll- 1838-1892 Author

Edward Carpenter-1844 -1929 Poet

P. G. Wodehouse- 1881 -1975 Author famous for Jeeves and Wooster

The Stranglers -1970’s punk/pop groups originally called the Guildford Stranglers

Mike Rutherford- 1950 -Genesis rock group founder member

Mordaunt Hall -1878-1973 -Famous Film critic

Terry Jones -1942-2020 -Monty Python actor and director

Allan Wells -1952 -Gold medal 1980 sprinter

Alan Turing -1912-1954 -mathematician, logician and cryptographer (The WW2 enigma code breaker, and co inverter of the first electronic programmable computer “Colossus”

Jodie Kidd -1978 -model and author

Douglas Adams -1952-2001-Author most famous for Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Michael Buerk -1946-Newsreader

Yvonne Arnaud-1890-1958 -actress – Arnaud Theatre named after her

Bonnie Langford -1970 -singer/actress

Holly Walsh -1980 -comedian

Terry Jones

Schools & Nurseries

Whereour children spend most of their weekdays and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list to make your life a little bit easier. Most local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your preffered options before making that final important decision.


George Abbot School, Independent Prep school for boys.

It is well known for its excellent academic and pastoral strengths alongside outstanding music departments and strong sport and extra-curricular opportunities for all boys.

T +44 (0)1483 880650



Our academic expectations are high and we value our students’ impressive record of examination successes and university places.

Independent schools for girls.

Aged 4-18.

T +44 (0)1483 575101


Guildford High School

Independent day school for girls aged 4-18

Founded in 1888, Guildford High School is one of the most successful independent day schools in the country.

T +44 01483 561440


The RGS Royal Grammar School

An Independent Day School for boys. is one of the most prestigious schools in the country and, since its foundation in 1509, has established a national reputation for academic excellence and single-sex education.

aged 11-18

T +44 1483 880600


Guildford County School, Co-educational dayb school. Guildford County School has an established reputation for academic success, developed within a caring, community atmosphere. We are proud of our consistently high examination results and the culture of success.


T +44 (0)1483 504089

St Peter’s Catholic School

St Peter’s is a community that supports one another through life experience and academic learning, and ensures every member feels individually valued. It is a thriving secondary school and Sixth Form full of great staff and fantastic young people

Horseshoe Lane East, Guildford, GU1 2TN 01483 534654


St Joseph’s Specialist Trust

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is a co-educational residential and day school catering for children between the ages of 5 – 19 with complex and severe learning difficulties. St Joseph’s has excellent provision for students, within the above categories, who are on the Autistic Spectrum

Amlets Lane, Cranleigh, GU6 7DH 01483 272449


St Mary’s C of E Voluntary Controlled Infant School

St Mary’s is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School for 4 –7 year olds. It is situated in the rural village of Shackleford on the outskirts of Godalming, Surrey. As a church school we promote caring for each other and learning together and believe links with the church, local community and wider world are essential. Shackleford Road, Godalming, GU8 6AE 01483 414749



A long-established preparatory boys school. It is well known for its excellent academic and pastoral strengths alongside outstanding music departments and strong sport and extra-curricular opportunities for all boys.

T +44 (0)1483 880650



Interview with interior design specialists RARA Designs

Tell us a little bit about your interior design business?

Ra Ra Designs is a growing interior design practice, working in high-end projects, both residential and commercial. Ra Ra Designs was established in 2014 by its founder Sarah Brown who has more than 20 years’ experience working with award winning Architects and Interior Designers, both in the UK and in Australia. This depth of experience, rustic Cotswold houses, luxury beach houses in Sydney and turnkey projects at residences in Surrey, brings a unique understanding of the wide range of architectural styles and interior design for today’s homeowners. We place integrity at the core of the business and donate 10% of our profits, before tax, to charity. We believe in working as part of a team with Architects, Contractors and Structural Engineers and have a rich knowledge of local firms that we know and trust to carry out the best quality of work for our clients. We are determined to achieve the highest possible standards, with proven ability in project management, outstanding communication skills and sound theoretical knowledge. We set the scene for you with thoughtful interiors fashioned to suit your lifestyle, without compromising on the essential features that our lives demand.

What words of encouraging would you give to Hampton’s client who are considering appointing an interior designer but hesitating to get in touch?

Building or renovation work can be extremely stressful and often overwhelming with demands on time, energy and money. Our aim is gently to navigate you through the building process so that decisions are made ahead of time, budgets are adhered to and stress is significantly reduced. It is your project, your home, so you set the scene: we make it happen.

Could you let us know the range of services you provide?

We offer a full interior architectural and design service. Our drawing packages include survey, proposed furniture layouts, General Arrangement plans, lighting, electrics, flooring with incorporation of heating design, joinery, bathroom specification and detail design plus door schedules. We work with kitchen designers to achieve a coherent look throughout our projects. We also offer a full furniture, fittings and equipment service with mood boards, costing schedules, ordering and installing of items as well as project management thought out the whole build.

What happens when you visit a property for the first time?

We believe that the process of designing is something personal, fun and unique to each client. We are approachable, honest, friendly and down to earth. Thus, the first time that we meet our clients it will be to connect with them, listen to their ideas about what they want to create and to establish a brief for the project.

What’s your favourite thing about living and working in Guildford?

We love exploring the rural beautify of the Surrey Hills as well as tasting the local delights of cream teas, award winning gin, and variety of excellent restaurants. This, mixed in with the architectural beauty and history of Guildford makes it a truly special place to live and work. www.raradesigns.co.uk

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Interview with Urban Build Director Steven Lampard

Tell us a little about how the company came about and your background in renovation and construction?

I’ve celebrated over 35 years in the construction industry, working side by side with longstanding and trusted co-workers, who are the foundations of Urban Build Contracts. The company was established in 2014, a small organisation with huge amounts of experience, specialising in commercial, residential, educational sector and historical projects.

If a client is looking to add a significant development to their home, what questions should they be asking?

Always think ahead. Will the development add value to your home, property in the future? Consider the implications in-house construction work may have on your day-to-day life. Are you equipped to live in your home whilst this takes place? Think budget, budget, budget! And most importantly, make sure you have a good team on the project who offer quality, service, and aftercare.

What kind of changes do you find, give that feeling of added space to a home?

Remove unnecessary internal walls, this is a great way to create space and achieve open plan living. Choose light wall and ceiling colours, harness natural light where you can and don’t underestimate the power of a cleverly placed mirror to create the illusion of space.

What aspects of your business are you most proud of?

Our attention to detail and drive to achieve Quality results. Our Service and support, we approach projects with sensitivity and understanding Aftercare, we are never more than a phone call away.

How are build costings usually calculated on residential projects?

We would visit the proposed project address and talk through the requirements with the client, or design team. We then pass on the information to our quantity surveyor to help finalise costings.

How do you find working in the Guildford area?

I’m a “Guildfordian” myself, born and raised, so I know the area well! We are based in the heart of Guildford and have a good working relationship with the local authorities, suppliers, and designers.


Fun for the kids

Guildford is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We have picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.


Dapdune Wharf

The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on this 360 year old waterway.

Navigations Office and Dapdune Wharf, Wharf

Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RR

01483 561389

Stoke Park

Spread over 50 hectares, children and families can choose between a playground suitable for those aged 4-8 years old or a skate park to learn and show off new tricks. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing then the model boating pond could suit you or burn some calories on the fitness trail.

London Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1ER

01483 444718

Guildford Spectrum

Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex provides families with a complete leisure experience all under one roof! At one exciting venue there is tenpin bowling, an Olympic sized ice rink, 4 swimming pools including a leisure pool, a soft play centre, sports arena, athletics stadium and health and fitness suite.

Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP, England

01483 443322

Open everyday

Speckys Pirate Ship

This four storey soft play area doubles as a pirate ship, which children can explore using the tube slide, cargo net, trampoline and ball pools. Swing from the rafters, mount the sale and dive down into the waters below!

Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1UP

01483 443322

Wild Wood Adventure

Go Wild in the Woods! Wild Wood Adventure has over 60 challenges and is the largest treetop attraction of its kind in the UK with two separate courses suitable for kids aged 6+. Peacock Wood on Lido Road, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1HB

0344 8800026

Guildford Treasure Trail

Unlike most pirate adventures, this outing relies on tech - specifically an instantly downloadable PDF which is stuffed to the gunnels with nifty hints. These will lead you to clues hidden away all over town on statues, signposts and landmarks!

Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BE, England

01872 263692

Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf Woking

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Time to conquer the seven seas on a mad pirate adventure at Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf Woking. Play 18 holes of mini golf with your family and see who’s got the best aim. Hoebridge Golf Centre, Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8JH, 01483 722611

Airhop Trampoline Park

With over 50 interconnected trampolines forming the basis of this cool arena, you’re going to run out of bounce before they do!

AirHop House, 12 Midleton Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8XW 01483 504750

Craggy Island Indoor Climbing Centre


Join tens of thousands of happy climbers and experience the thrill of indoor climbing at Craggy Island Indoor Climbing Centre

Guildford. There are over 300 routes to the top for you to explore and you’re welcome to have a go, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro!

Unit 9, Cobbett Park, Moorfield Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1RU

03448 808 866


Home styling with Sally Rule

What are the key benefits gained by using your service?

As a homeowner, we live in our ‘own home bubble’ and don’t see what others see. As an impartial and independent specialist with more than 35 years of expertise, I share a different perspective, fresh eyes and offer simple suggestions to enhance your property and work with your chosen agent. I support you to plan and prepare, so both you and your home are ready, at the right time, to place on the market, in order to achieve the best price.

Tell is a little about your background and why you established my company?

Since 1985, I have rented, bought and sold properties for myself and facilitated the process for many, many clients. I have first-hand experience in harmony and counter-balance the ‘head versus heart’ conversation.

I set up my business in 1999 - following years of experience as an estate agent, letting agent and a Homesearch Consultant - as I knew I could offer so much and make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

I believe all properties have stories to tell and, if you wish to achieve the best price, your property needs to stand out from similar properties on the market.

Can you talk us through one of your most successful projects?

I was asked to sell my clients’ house. I invited the local agents to visit and give their valuations on the condition it was left in. The house needed a lot of work and love. I arranged for it to be cleared (with everything thrown in a skip!), a complete refurbishment and a final clean. I sourced some specific pieces to enhance the presentation.

An open viewing hour was arranged and 15 prospective purchasers viewed; 4 offers were submitted and a price agreed, with completion 2 months later. The client achieved £45,000.00 in excess of the valuation from the local agents. The transformation was carried out with integrity, honesty and simplicity resulting in achieving more than expected and value for both the client and the purchaser.

What words of encouragement would you give to a client who is hesitating to make that first call?

Presenting your home to sell takes time: time to consider the repairs, redecoration and presentation. Plus, if your garden is the ‘magic’, then plan to market the property when the garden is looking at its best.

Once you have decided to sell, this is the best time for me to visit and share my observations. You want to achieve the best price and small changes to enhance the property, in order to present it at its best, will be beneficial.

Homestyle with Sally Rule Contact, Tel: 07774 247 913 Mob: 01483 479 500 sallyrule.com
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Interview with planning expert Janet Long

Please explain how you can help residential clients embarking on a renovation project?

We are a small, dedicated team with high levels of expertise who have had a wide range of experience in residential development. Our approach is that each project is as important as the last, and whether a modest single storey extension or extensive redevelopment/ entire replacement of a dwelling, we embark on the project with the same level of energy and enthusiasm. We work with the client, engaging in early discussions about the desired outcome of the project. We adopt an honest, open approach and if an outcome may not be achievable, we make that known at an early stage in the process. Strategy is at the forefront of our expertise and should an outcome not be straightforward, we can often offer a suggested alternative route as to how a desired outcome may be achieved. Our work does not stop once the submission to the Council has been made but, and any subsequent issues are dealt with, whilst, at all times, keeping the client fully informed of progress. Our fundamental aim is to make the whole planning process as smooth and as stress free as possible

We have vast experience in dealing with architects and other consultants. However, our multi-faceted team includes an in-house architect and we can offer drawing services for certain projects as required in order to facilitate the submission of applications more speedily than using an external architect.

Is there a distinction between the approach you take with regard to planning and the service that an architect can offer?

There is no question that development of a high- quality design that is appropriate in scale and layout to its setting is paramount. However, as planning consultants we are crucially aware of the range of other factors which play a part in securing a permission, and quite often need to rely on planning policy and legal case law to gain support for an application which is more technically complex. In this respect an architectural firm may not always be as up to date on planning policy and planning law issues such that a planning consultant is better placed to make a planning application. However, we work as a team, and we liaise with other consultants including the scheme architect if a client has appointed one, making sure that any application includes the required additional reports and we support every submission by a Planning Statement which demonstrates how the proposed development complies with the relevant planning policy and planning legislation. Without question an up-to-date knowledge of both national and local planning policy underlies the overall success of the team.


What’s the background of your firm?

Headed up by Janet Long who has extensive experience across a number of planning authorities and within private practice, Planit Consulting was started in 2006, and has grown steadily over the past 14 years. The company now employs 5 professional staff (Town Planning consultants), an Architect (RIBA Part 2 qualified), Graduate planning assistant and bookkeeper. In addition Planit has a network of consultants (qualified Town Planners) who can be instructed on a project basis as required. Most of the team have experience in both the public and private sector and provide a breadth of experience, along with the level of understanding required to deliver results in the ever-changing world of planning legislation. Geographically, our main areas of work include Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and parts of London. We do provide advice on projects in other areas, depending on their scale and nature. Planit Consulting specialises in developments in Green Belt locations, ranging from residential extensions and new dwellings to new commercial and leisure development. Given our semi-rural location we have considerable experience in farm related projects, including barn conversions, (for residential use), new forestry and farm buildings, and can provide general rural advice as required. We work closely with external farming consultant who provides specialist advice were required to support a planning application. Do you have a favourite success story?

There are any number of projects of which we are very proud both across the spectrum of both residential and commercial development. This includes a new house in the Green Belt secured under the ‘exceptional development’ rules under Paragraph 79 of the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework), a 75 bedroom extension to a hotel also in the Green Belt, and securing planning permission for ‘Skyfall’ Mansion in the James Bond film, (one of many film sets for which temporary planning permission has been secured by Planit).However, our ‘successes’ are not simply measured by gaining approvals for regular applications but a success is also seen on projects where we negotiated on behalf of ‘problem’ projects and where previous refusals have been overturned and permission secured for a client. This may occur in rural locations where strict controls of Green Belt policy restrict new development and where by engaging with the Council on the nuances of Permitted Development legislation we have managed to establish a dialogue whether we have shown that the extensions allowed Permitted development Rights are larger for which planning permission is sought. On many projects this has resulted in a positive outcome, although it does take longer to achieve but gets the result required!

How do you find working with Planning authorities in Guildford?

As many of the team have had previous extensive exposure to the public, as well as to the private, sector, some of whom have worked previously for Guildford Borough Council and Waverley Borough Council, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have a very real understanding of the challenges and pressures which face local planning authorities. We recognise that a good working relationship with the officers within the local councils is integral to the effectiveness of the service we provide, and our constructive but persistent approach ensures that an effective line of communication is achieved early in the planning process, such that we work successfully with the councils to arrive at the optimum outcome, whilst being able to keep our clients fully informed.

TEL: 01483 415 753 hello@planitconsulting.co.uk

Pubs & LiveMusic

Put your feet up and enjoy food and drinks at your local pub or enjoy some of the best live music around. We’ve done some research of our own to give you a helping hand in making the ultimate, important decision about where to go in and around Guildford.


The March Hare

French and British food. Guest ales & beers, extensive wine list and family-friendlydog-friendly areas - local car park

2-4 South Hill, Guildford GU1 3SY 01483 401530

The Drummond

Combining the best in British pub hospitality with individuality, character and quirky charm, The Drummond occupies a prime spot, just a five minute walk from the centre of historic Guildford and scenic Stoke Park. The perfect setting for a laid-back yet distinctly memorable drinking and dining experience. The Drummond offers tempting and flavoursome food, an explorative drinks menu and an authentic, homely atmosphere to suit all occasions.

55-56 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RF 01483 579395


Three Pigeons

The Three Pigeons is a traditional English Pub situated on the top of Guildford’s High street, just in front of the Holy Trinity church. The Three Pigeons has stood here since the middle of the 18th century - a fire badly damaged it in 1916, fortunately it was rebuilt two years later.

169 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ 01483 575728


The Row Barge

If live music in Guildford is more your scene, we also host a range of local acoustic artists and live bands on a regular basis. Please check for upcoming artists with their dates and times entertainment at the

The Row Barge. Traditional pub meals are served daily along with Poker on a Thursday night, seasonal specials.

7 Riverside, Guildford GU1 1LW 01483 570242

The King’s Head

With a cracking cask ale selection, superb sharing plates and a peaceful courtyard garden, The King’s Head rules as one of the best pubs in Guildford. Refurbished in 2017 for a smart new look, it’s a warm, inviting venue, perfect for a right royal get-together.

27 King’s Road, Guildford, GU1 4JW 01483 568957


The Albany

As the closest pub to G Live it is a great place to have a drink before watching a show. It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk into the centre of Guildford or 2 minutes to reach the top of the high street 80 Sydenham Rd, Guildford GU1 3SA 01483 572410


The Star Inn

Guildford’s longest-running live music venue, The Star Inn brings together beautiful beer and brilliant bands for one of the best pub experiences in town.

2 Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3TY 01483 532 887

https://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/ pubs/guildford/star-inn

Interview with design & build expert David Strudwick

Please tell us a little about your background and how the company came about?


My career started in graphic design but as I had always been interested in architecture and property renovation my career gravitated towards spatial and architectural design. Then in 2007 we bought our family home and I set about extending and renovating it. Despite the various challenges I faced trying secure good people to work with and to navigate the process of: design, planning permission, structural engineer, builders, building regulations, tradesmen and endless deliveries, it was a success and I received many compliments on the space we had achieved from our modest 3 bed semi. At this point I realised there was a gap in the market for a service led design and build company with one point of contact from concept through to completion. One that offered a complete package of services that guided its clients through the various stages of the process and also had the professional level of communication that I was comfortable with. Shortly afterwards a friend gave me my first professional project, the renovation and reconfiguration of a tired 4 bed house. Thankfully this was another success so there was no looking back. We’ve now helped around 60 local families design and extend their homes.

If a client is looking to instruct a designer to help with their first significant renovation project, what kind of questions should they be asking?

I’d start by asking ‘what was the last project you completed?’ and ‘can I see some of your work locally?’ also ‘do you have any before and after project photos and can I have some client references?’But I’d also ask myself ‘can I see myself working with this person’, ‘do they understand my brief and will I be able to effectively communicate my ideas with them?’ Establishing a good working relationship with the person you are trusting to deliver your project is one of the most important success factors.

01483 256760 www.davidstrudwick.co.uk @dsdb_projects facebook.com/dsdb.projects

What types of projects do you carry out that add the most value to a home?

Well designed open plan kitchen dining extensions or adding bedrooms and bathrooms are solid investments but we’re now seeing clients place more value on extending or reconfiguring, particularly garages, to create spaces to work and exercise from home. The Covid pandemic has driven this change and I think properties that can cater for these needs on top of our basic needs will demand higher prices in the future.

Is there a project that you are most proud of?

Last year we completed our biggest project to date, a full renovation, reconfiguration and sympathetic extensions to a Victorian villa in one of the Guildford villages. Our clients had never done anything like this before but they trusted us to design and deliver their vision for the property. The project was around 6 months in design and planning, followed by another 12 months of building work. Having great clients helped, even in the more stressful situations, and the results speak for themselves. We are really proud to have brought this property right up to date but still retained all of its period charm.

What words of encouragement would you offer to a family who may be hesitating to make that first enquiry?

Renovating and extending can be a good way to get the property you want in your chosen location. We often consult with clients at the buying stage to advise what might be possible to help inform their purchasing decisions. Be honest from the outset about your brief (no detail too small) and what you can afford to spend. The more information you give the more accurate our design and our ability to plan and deliver your project on budget. Also not all renovation projects go dramatically over budget like property shows would lead you to believe. These projects are often on a huge scale and managed by someone who is inexperienced, which obviously makes great TV!Finally, don’t loose sight of the big picture. After all the building work is finished you’ll get to live in and enjoy the new space you have created!

The best thing about working in the Guildford area?

A lot of our clients are families or young professionals so it’s very fulfilling when our work makes a significantly improvement to their lives. There’s also a good sense of community in Guildford and a lot of our work is by referral, often working with a previous clients’ neighbour, family member or friend. I also like that we work with a complete mix of property styles from Victorian terraces in the town centre to the larger detached homes in the surrounding Surrey Hills. But most importantly there are some fantastic independent coffee shops that keep us going!


Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body or just simply have a relaxing massage? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.


Spirit Health Club

Egerton Rd, Guildford GU2 7XZ

01483 453134


Nuffield Health Guildford Fitness & Wellbeing Gym

Railton Road, Queen Elizabeth Park, Guildford GU2 9LX 01483 540250


Aqua Roma Leisure

Newland’s Corner, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 8SE 01483 222624


The Gym Guildford

3 Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford GU1 1BA


Sports Direct Fitness Guildford

Epsom Rd, Merrow, Guildford GU4 7AA 0343 777 1117


CrossFit Guildford

Old Portsmouth Rd, Guildford GU3 1LP 01483 456914


GU1 Fitness Studios

Unit C, First Floor Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford GU1 3HE 01483 920180


Fitstreet Ladies Boot Camp

Nightingale Rd, Guildford GU1 1ER 07971 051644


Shin Kick Martial Arts & Fitness Centre

Unit 3, Weyford House, 21 - 22 Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford GU1 1BA 07870 626559



Interview with expert garden designer Rebecca Webb

Tell us a little about your journey to where you are today?

I have been designing gardens professionally for 20 years – but planting gardens since I was a tiny child. I’ve always loved plants, watching them change through the seasons and the years – and the way they enhance our environment.

Rebecca, how would you describe the job of a garden designer?

Most importantly to listen to my client to discover the sort of garden they want and the way they want to use it. My job is to translate their thoughts into a beautiful and practical space that expresses their personality.

I don’t believe in offering clients just one solution as I think it’s important that the design process is a collaboration between us. So, once I have understood their brief the first thing I do is to design several possible layouts for their garden – as a discussion point – so that we can work towards the optimum design for them and their garden.

Are there any current trends in garden design that you are being asked to create?

The range of hard landscaping materials available for use in our gardens has multiplied enormously over the last 20 years – and clients are now able to choose paving and walling materials that make their gardens unique to them and their house. Many people still want to incorporate some water in their garden, whether that be a small wildlife pond or a contemporary water feature to look at from the house. And, as our summers improve there has been an increase in the demand for outdoor kitchens, bars and firepit area.

Wildlife friendly plants that attract bees, butterflies and birds are always popular – and of course people are now more conscious of our effect on the environment – so using plants that suit the conditions, which will minimise the use of irrigation.


there any types of projects you find most fulfilling to work on?

The most fulfilling projects are those where I am able to transform an unusable, ugly space that detracts from the house – into a space that brings joy every day – adding to my client’s quality of life and, of course, the value of their house.


Artisan Cafe’s

Enjoy the small things in life with the best coffee and homemade cakes. If you want to avoid the major chains and also enjoy great value and ambience, you have to be selective. Here’s our round-up of 6 of the best in the area.

Coffee Culture

Owned by husband and wife team Will and Claire Gill, each day the staff bake fresh pastries and handmade paninis, bagels and toasties. Expect a chilled out vibe with a certain buzz on the interior and a relaxing outdoor space.

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 9am-5pm Angel Gate, GU1 4AE

Kalm Kitchen

From breakfast though to barista coffee, lunch, cakes and freshly baked treats, this pretty coffee shop specialises in wholesome, healthy menus, especially vegan and gluten-free options.

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-5.30pm and Sun 9.30am5pm

Tunsgate, GU1 3QT

Gallery Café

Customers can enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this basement café or soak up the sunshine in the glorious courtyard when the weather is nice.

Expect home cooked food and a friendly, efficient service.

Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm, closed Sun High Street, GU1 3AJ

Amor Amora

This charming café serves organic, locally sourced products from artisan suppliers. There is also wine available.

The decor is centred around a minimalist aesthetic curated by a Greek designer.

High Street, GU1 3HW



Drink Surrey Hills Coffee and bring bags with you home. You will find our whole range of freshly roasted coffee along with other interesting products from other independent producers.

12 Jeffries Passage, Guildford

GU1 4AP www.kojacoffee.co.uk

Ceylon House of Coffee

The Ceylon House of Coffee has been a long time coming, planning having started midway through 2019, with a tentative opening date at the start of this year. However, problems with builders pushed things back, then along came COVID-19… However, the Ceylon House of Coffee finally opened its doors in September, and while not yet the finished article, it’s well worth a visit.

38-40 high street guildford GU13EL


Interview with landscape design expert David Neale

Please tell us a little about your company and how you started?

David Neale landscapes formed from a passion of garden design and enjoyment of crafting those bespoke ideas into reality with a well managed team. With Award winning design/build and planting expertise at both RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows on a number of occassions ,and having the privilege to work alonside some fantastic sponsors such as Silent Pool Distillers

What would be the first steps when challenged with a Generous size garden with no character or features?

Well the clients brief is our most important aspect to first include in any design as this shows us what requirements our clients need. Then I think the design is about creating spaces that relate to the surroundings or property that its set within and give a sence of feeling and atmosphere, weather thats dividing a space into smaller areas with different themes or creating a garden that has a cohesive sence of order and calm.We enjoy designing in new elements and features to help create a space to explore and things to discover.

Does it matter what time of the year you get started with your outside space?

Well thats a difficult one as it depends as we do offer garden designs and project management or the whole experience of design with our experienced inhouse build and planting team. Where the design element that can be started any time of year and the construction that can be effected by site conditions and access. But generally we work all year round. Trees and large hedge planting does have a benefit of being planted in the winter months whilst the soil is moist but with monitored watering it again can be done throught out the year.

What type of projects give you the most satisfaction?

We enjoy a variety of projects and styles of design where we can use a mixture of quality materials and plants to help reflect the property and clients personality. From Arts and Crafts and historic buildings to modern open plan living and seamless glass. We just love the variety.

Would you say you prefer a blank canvas or enjoy working with clients specific ideas?

We just love to be able to express our creative ideas and vision so that we can work for either situation, its more about getting it right and the final outcome.


High Street Hotspots

Guildford Farmers’ Market

Taking place in Guildford’s historic high street, Guildford Farmers’ Market provides access to high-quality, local produce.

Day(s): First Tuesday of every month (excluding January)

Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm

North Street Market

North Street Market is a well established market in the town centre with over 20 stalls offering a variety of goods including fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, flowers and jewellery - a traditional market atmosphere with a wide range of products to stock up on.

Day(s): Every Friday and Saturday time: 9am - 4.30pm

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Hosts shows and performances throughout the year, including Guildford’s popular pantomimes.


G Live

Hosts a range of well-known comedians, bands and more throughout the year


Head to The Electric Theatre for live Performances including Guildford’s annual Jazz Festival. https://electric.theatre/

Odeon Cinema.

Watch the latest blockbuster releases at www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/guildford/?

Guildford Jazz

A beacon of light in supporting and promoting live jazz locally: a thriving community arts organisation hosting performances from some of the top jazz musicians in the country while at the same time building strong community links with local musicians, schools and charities. It’s growing audiences are testament to their success and I am delighted to support them as patron.”

Bill Bruford, Patron of Guildford Jazz.


The Famous Boileroom, which has hosted big names such as Ed Sheeran, The 1975 and Bastille over the years.


Guildford House Gallery Cafe, exhibitions and craft shop.

https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/17187/ Guildford-House-Gallery

Guildford Cathedral

This beautiful building is foremost a place of daily prayer, reflection and celebration though it’s also a centre for arts, events, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and concerts.



Outdoor green spaces

Breathtaking panoramas await – choose from a gentle stroll along the River Wey, a circular walk around one of the many picturesque villages or an adventurous hike along the North Downs and Greensand Way. Or have a picnic on a sunny day at one of these picnic spots.

Guildford’s largest park, Stoke Park, has plenty of beautiful open green space, a skate park, paddling pool, boating pond and mini golf course. It is also the location for Guildford’s bonfire night, with torchlight procession, fireworks display and funfair.

Probably the best views in Surrey can be seen from Newlands Corner. Great hiking and picnic spot.

Box Hill is well worth a visit with spectacular views, lots of walking opportunities and great places nearby to sample local food and drink.

Pewley Downs is a short walk from the town centre you can enjoy a break with great views over the surrounding countryside and Chantry Wood. Also try Whitmoor Common, with 166 hectares to explore, beautiful at any time of year.


High St Boutiques

Looking for that certain item of clothing that will really stand out from the crowd? Or perhaps an exceptional gift for a loved one? retailers make shopping in Guildford truly special, with many unique shops offering beautiful items that simply can’t be found elsewhere.


Chain selling boho-chic womenswear, shoes, accessories & home decor (some feature wedding attire).

149 High St, Guildford GU1 3AD 01483 569711

White Stuff Guildford

Fashion chain selling clothes and accessories for men and women, some with nature-inspired prints.

121 High St, Guildford GU1 3DP 01483 306992


A destination for timeless design. Every piece is made to last beyond the season. With a focus on craftmanship, we bring you essentials for the modern wardrobe. Buy better, keep forever.

80-82 High St, Guildford GU1 3HU 01483 358030

Russell & Bromley Ltd.

Upscale retail chain supplying footwear for men, women and children, plus stylish leather bags.

84 High St, Guildford GU1 3HE 01483 504879



Stylish fashion chain offering contemporary clothing for men, women and children, plus homewares.

132-134 High St, Guildford GU1 3HJ 01483 565911

Barbour Guildford

Retailer of the British brand’s classic waxed jackets & country apparel for men, women & children.

160 High St, Guildford GU1 3HJ 01483 454611

Mint Velvet Guildford

Fashion retailer selling chic, modern casualwear for women; some locations within department stores.

162 High St, Guildford GU1 3HN 01483 385301


On-trend shoe chain selling own-label and branded footwear; some locations in department stores.

117-119, High St, Guildford GU1 3DP 01483 456566


Womens on trend fashion clothing with named brands

105-111 High St, Guildford GU1 3DU 01483 307400


Fashion chain specialising in colourful, British-designed casualwear for men, women and children.

127, 129 High St, Guildford GU1 3AA 01483 452910


Places to eat

If you are driving through or fancy a change in scenery in Surrey’s largest town, there are plenty of highly-rated places to eat in Guildford. Here are a few of our favourites.


Côte Brasserie – Guildford

Modern, all-day French brasserie chain, serving regional specialities and traditional classics.

35 Castle St, Guildford GU1 3UQ

01483 579714


La Casita Restaurant

Spanish restaurant and bar, simply decorated in warm Mediterranean colours, with tapas and paella.

4-5 Chapel St, Guildford GU1 3UH 01483 455155



Positano restaurant is hidden within an intriguing red brick Elizabethan building that’s bursting with character. The newly refurbished dining rooms, bedecked with dark-wood panels, original beams, banquette seating and white linen,are a decadent setting in which to enjoy an authentic Italian menu that impresses every time.

124A High St, Tunsgate, Guildford GU1 3HQ

01483 563277



Located in Quarry Street, Olivo was first opened in 1997 by Nicky and Fulvio Bertani. According to the Guidford Museum, the building is a late Elizabethan timber-framed house, dating back to the early 1660’s. The earliest written record of the building dates back to 1745 when the premises operated as a pub, known as ‘The Kitt’. Over the next 40yrs the name changed to ‘The Sheep Shearers’, ‘The King’s Head’ and ‘The Sun. Finally in 1997, Olivo opened its doors!

53 Quarry St, Guildford GU1 3UA

01483 303535


Sushi Nara

‘Our dishes are freshly prepared in our kitchen using the finest ingredients and techniques – you only need to visit us once to taste the difference. Whether you’re craving for sushi, sashimi, rice or noodles, our wide array of options will keep you happy and have you coming back for more’. Drop in for lunch or dinner.

4B North St, Guildford GU1 4AA

01483 808060


The Ivy Castle View

Swanky restaurant featuring upscale British meals & craft cocktails, plus a patio with castle views.

Tunsgate Quarter, 98-110 High St, Guildford GU1 3QY



Informal contemporary space with a glass front, for stone-baked pizza, fresh pasta and Italian wine.

R, O, 188 Baker’s Yard, High St, Guildford GU1 3HW



50-52 Chertsey Street, Guildford GU1 4HD England



‘Virtually’ all you need !


A group for Guildford residents to advertise small businesses, flag up events, discuss local issues, and make contacts.


This Group has been created for buying & selling in the Guildford and surrounding area (UK ONLY). Buy locally, safely and save money.


This group is a part of the Mummies Club Network, a local resource for your parenting needs! - Exclusive discounts via our Mummies Club Discount Club. Events including markets and socials- Competitions run by both ourselves and our fabulous Business Members


This group is a place for local parents to chat and get advice from each other in and around Guildford.


GuildfordYoga offers weekly drop-in yoga classes for all online and at various venues in/around Guildford. The emphasis is always on quality yoga teaching by Luci Phipps, a dedicated highly qualified and experienced yoga teacher.


We are here for residents, UK visitors and visitors from overseas. We will help you find somewhere to stay, places to go, and things to do while you are in Guildford.



Help and support from your localCouncil

You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.

Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Guildford borough Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link.



Planning and Building Control

Unsure which services you need?

If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.

Please note that many developments will require both.

What is planning?

Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).

You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:

• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building

• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties

• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes

• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access

• change the density of development in an area

• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties

• have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.


48 2 Chertsey St, Guildford GU1 4HD www.hamptons.co.uk