Grayshott and its Bridget Jones moment

Semi-Detached House, Beech Lane, Grayshott
Semi-Detached House, Beech Lane, Grayshott

Did you know that actor Colin Firth was born in Grayshott?

Grayshott lies on the Hampshire/Surrey borders on what is called rather sinisterly, Gibbett Hill in an elevated position.

It was the air quality, described once ‘as pure as that in The Alps’, which made it such a desirable spot for Victorians.

Now that we’re able to roam a little and local attractions begin to open up again, we can rediscover special places on our doorstep, including…

Grayshott Pottery one of southern England’s only working potteries. It is now coming back to life again with the talented ceramicists and potters making beautiful tableware and unique one off pieces. You can enjoy a coffee and a catch up with friends in the Kiln Café, whilst watching the artisans at work with a view through to the studio workshop.

Grayshott and the surrounding local area is blessed with many great walks. Its local community are passionate about the natural beauty that surround them and like to make it as accessible as they can to residents and visitors.

Ben Moore, Branch manager of Homes in Grayshott said: “As a local agent with an office in the heart of Grayshott’s attractive village, we know how much people love living here. Increasingly, we are seeing more people looking to move from London and outside the area to Grayshott and the pretty surrounding villages. Right now there is a real shortage of properties from small cottages to family homes and we’re selling what we have fast!”

People are drawn to this area because they like the vibrant creative buzz of Grayshott with its independent shops, welcoming cafes and local pub. Plus it has the advantage of being so well connected with easy access to the A3, A31 and good rail links into London Waterloo.

In 2019, 80 much needed new build homes were built by Cala Homes at Applegarth Vale and Homes was involved as the joint selling agent. A parcel of land next to the residential development named Applegarth Meadow after a ballot among parishioners.

This land is a Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space required to mitigate the impact of new development on the Wealden Heath e.g. Ludshott Common and is actually four times the size required under normal planning rules.

Now under parish council ownership, it is used for dog walking and recreation next to Applegarth Vale. The parish council is responsible for the maintenance of this area for the benefit of it residents. They have undertaken lots of new planting and look after the children’s play area and maintain all the mature trees.

Applegarth Meadow has been a welcome addition to the council’s responsibilities to ensure that more local residents and visitors, especially dog walkers, all benefit from this facility.