Located at the edge of the Weald, Cranleigh mixes the convenience of market town amenities, with the charm of village life. Said to be the largest village in England, the community is surrounded by attractions such as the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, independent restaurants and a flourishing art scene, quaint cafés and dozens of walking and cycling routes. With Horsham and Guildford just a short drive away and London an hour and half by train, the village is perfect for commuters.
Cranleigh Grange is well served by local buses, and National Cycle Route 223, which has an access point beside the development, provides access to the village centre as well as to Guildford and the south coast. Cranleigh is just over half an hour’s drive from the M25, and fast trains from Guildford, 20 minutes’ drive away, reach London Waterloo in 40 minutes. Alternative services between the south coast and London Victoria stop at Horsham, around half an hour’s drive away. Some Victoria trains also call at Gatwick Airport, just 20 minutes from Horsham.
Cranleigh is peppered with picturesque features and delightful open spaces including the Common, just yards from the development. Sports fields around the village centre host the annual Cranleigh Games, while Snoxhall Park includes a superb children’s playground. There are several local sports clubs, and endless opportunities for enjoying the surrounding woodlands and countryside. For the more adventurous rambler, Cranleigh Grange is just two miles from the Surrey Hills AONB, which is also the setting of Cranleigh Golf and Country Club.
As befits the ‘largest village in England’, an outstanding selection of shops is interspersed with picturesque pubs, cafés and restaurants. In addition to a convenience store a few yards away there are, within around half a mile, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and M&S Food stores, a butcher, a fishmonger, newsagents, pharmacies and a wide range of specialists from interiors and furnishing to bike and computer dealers, hairdressers and travel agents. Notcutts garden centre, with its pet centre, restaurant and beautiful plant displays, is just a ten-minute stroll away, and Cranleigh is also home to one of the country’s oldest independent department stores, David Mann’s, still one of Surrey’s most popular retailers.
The village supports a wide choice of activities and attractions, all within around ten minutes’ walk of the development. The Arts Centre presents an eclectic, varied programme of film screenings, community theatre and workshops, as well as exhibitions and touring music and comedy shows. Cranleigh Leisure Centre offers swimming pools, a gym, squash and tennis courts and a sauna.
The village’s large Medical Practice, dental surgery and schools are within easy walking distance of the development. Cranleigh C of E Primary and St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary schools are both rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. The local secondary, Glebelands School, is also rated ‘Good’, and the independent Cranleigh School sits on the northern edge of the village.