|Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale, Virginia Water and Windlesham||Elmbridge|
A sanctuary of handsome homes, lush green surroundings, quiet lanes, the internationally renowned Wentworth Estate and the most prestigious racecourse in the world.
This relaxed and leafy area is a rare example of a peaceful setting within easy reach of London. The area has an excellent choice of shopping facilities, restaurants, health spas and fabulous international schooling.
In the spring and summertime the area really comes alive with events such as Royal Ascot, the BMW PGA Golf Championship, polo at the Royal Berkshire Club and village fetes.
Property types - Striking modern apartments, magnificent country estates, Victorian cottages and state of the art executive homes.
Edward VIII and Sarah Ferguson are former famous residents. Many well-known entertainment personalities have also have had homes here, including John Lennon, Elton John, Russ Abbott, Elizabeth Hurley and Bruce Forsyth. World-class golfers include Ernie Els and Thomas Bjørn.
With its grand properties, thriving villages, strong community atmosphere and large, green, open spaces, it is hardly surprising that estate agents describe the area as Surrey’s Beverly Hills.
There is a wide selection of bars and restaurants to suit every taste budget and a huge emphasis is placed on café society. Eating out is a pleasure and the choice of restaurants is enormous.
The area has regularly been named the best place to live in Britain. People living here have the best quality of life. They tend to be healthy, have high life expectancy, enjoy relatively high earnings and are likely to own their own home. Elmbridge also has good school results and the weather is better than the national average, seeing almost two hours more sunshine per week than the British average.
Property types – Period cottages to modern mansions. Average property prices are more than £170,000 above the average for the South East.
The area has attracted many famous names over the years, including George Harrison, Maurice Gibb and Chris Tarrant. Current residents include Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker. As Chelsea Football Club has a training ground in the area, it is also home to many of the club’s top players.