Spotlight on Cranleigh

01 May 2023

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Nestling in this quintessential English village, on the edge of the rolling Surrey Hills, our Renaissance Cranleigh Coves homes combine village life with all the advantages of small town living. Claimed by some to be the biggest village in England, Cranleigh benefits from being large enough to sustain an especially vibrant social life and cultural offerings, alongside leisure opportunities and retreats in nature.

With department stores, artisan food shops, an arts centre, leisure centre and extensive green spaces, Cranleigh has plenty of activities to keep you feeling inspired. For times when you want to venture further afield, just a 23-minute drive away is the bustling town of Guildford. From here, trains can whisk you up to London in under 40 minutes. Indeed, Cranleigh’s thriving social scene has made the area an inspiring destination for people from surrounding areas, additionally attracting some star-studded residents including Heath Robinson, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

For independent shopping, head to Between The Line for gifts and For Earth’s Sake, for an excellent range of delicious local produce and a zero-waste and zero single-use plastic shopping experience. Enjoy local wines, jams and some freshly baked goods in store. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is a charming nod to Victorian sweet shops of the past, offering a wide range of old and new favourites.

There is a rich array of restaurants, pubs and artisanal cafes. A visit to Wild & Green Kitchen offers delectable cakes and savoury bakes, breakfasts, coffee and more substantial pizza, bruschetta, burgers and salads. For when you want to embrace in a touch of decadence, head to Brown’s Surrey Gin & Tea Bar. Here you will find exceptional cocktails and a sumptuous but healthy menu, of lunch and evening meals. For a pub lunch or a drink with friends, head to The Three Horse Shoes or The White Horse for a cosy atmosphere.

Cranleigh Arts is a community arts and entertainment venue, moments from Renaissance Cranleigh Coves. Offering live music, theatre, comedy, film, talks, event cinema, workshops, family events and free-to-explore exhibitions. Their vibrant programme has something for all ages and tastes to enjoy independently, or with friends and family. Cranleigh Leisure Centre  offers fantastic studio exercise classes, including Pilates, Zumba and Body Balance, alongside swimming sessions and Aquafit classes. For something a little different, why not try the Glassblowing & Paperweight making classes at Smithbrook Kilns? Just a short drive from our homes, try a taster session to get a feel for this craft.

With easy access to beautiful country walks, make sure to take a stroll around Knowle Country Park, featuring a picturesque lake, outdoor performance spaces and an adventure park for kids. Knowle Country Park additionally benefits from car parking spaces, for when you want to start your walk here. For those looking for longer walking trails, there are many routes to take including Winterfold Forest and Hurt Woord Circular trail.