Local Horsley Area
East and West Horsley lie within the Metropolitan Green Belt, equidistant of Guildford, Cobham, Leatherhead and Dorking, all of which are approximately 6 miles away. Situated as they are at the foot of the North Downs, each village enjoys a semi-rural environment yet has excellent commuting facilities to London Waterloo via the Guildford line from East Horsley station without changing trains, or the A3 which can be reached at Ripley and from there the M25.
West Horsley was originally a farming community, within which now lies the Raleigh School, the principal State first and middle school for the area and Cranmore which is a Roman Catholic Private school with excellent facilities. Here there is also the village hall, the parish church of St Mary's, two public houses, Cricket Club and the wide open space of the Sheepleas with its famous beech woods and wild flower meadows, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
East Horsley, by contrast, was largely created from 1928 when the remaining estates and parkland of the Earl of Lovelace were sold at auction. The formal design of the roads developed by Frank and Donald Chown, with their picturesque mock Tudor style houses, many with thatched roofs, are particularly sought after, as are the Lovelace estate cottages. These rebuilt in the latter part of the 19th century by the third Earl of Lovelace whose family seat, Horsley Towers is now a conference centre.
Glenesk Private school takes pupils from Kindergarten and nursery age to 8 years old and has an excellent reputation, the doctor's surgery is very central as is the Village Hall – with large adjoining recreational ground and Youth Club. The main shopping parade, the station and a number of restaurants are all within the village, the station running a commuter service into London Waterloo in 45 minutes. There is golf at the nearby Drift Golf Club and in the neighbouring villages of Effingham and Clandon too, and East Horsley also has a private Tennis and Cricket Club.