East Horsley in Surrey has been crowned the most exclusive village in Britain. In the past two years, 42 homes were sold for more than £1m – the highest number in the country, according to new data from the property group Savills.
Average house prices in the picturesque village, near the London commuter city of Guildford, have also topped the £1m mark. After rising 17pc over the last year, the average home in East Horsley sells for £1,006,304.
The self-contained village on the edge of Guildford, with its own commutable station for London, has a good selection of shops and schools.
Something of an architectural haven it’s known as the “Lovelace village” after Lord Lovelace’s distinctive architectural style reflected in the building projects across that area of Surrey between the 1850s and 1870s.
It also contains a number of Chown houses – built by the architect Frank Chown in the 1920s and 1930s, with original features including wooden beams, solid oak joinery and leading light windows.
Premier addresses include Lynx Hill, Pennymead Drive, High Park Avenue and The Ridings.
For sale: Savills is selling a Frank Chown home, called Woodhatch (below), on the outskirts of East Horsely. It has air conditioning, an integrated Bang and Olufsen speaker system and a compressed water softening system.