Letting agents in Surrey: Our top rental area picks outside of the capital

Published: 01/09/2021

As letting agents in Surrey, we love the South East and believe it's the perfect place to rent outside of the big cities. Known for its areas of outstanding beauty and numerous transport links to the rest of the country, it's got a lot to offer. You have the pick of a similar, bustling town environment or somewhere more rural and off the beaten track.
Although, if you want a bit of both - there are places you can go for that too. There are many areas just outside of towns and cities full of entertainment and leisure facilities, but they maintain a bit of the character and tranquillity of the countryside. No matter what you're looking for, we can recommend the areas that would suit you best. We're not biased, but here are our top picks for renting outside of the capital.


Known to many as the largest village in England, Cranleigh is situated in the heart of the English countryside. Only a stone's throw away from South Downs and Surrey Hills - two National Parks that offer beautiful woodland walks and outstanding scenery. Picturesque surroundings for any rental property. The quaint cottages and historic houses make Cranleigh a really characteristic and beautiful place to live.
In terms of amenities, from riverside pub gardens to quiet tea rooms, you can try a new place every week or settle in at your favourite new restaurant down the road. There is also a selection of independent and high street shops that create the important community feeling you might want when choosing somewhere to live. Whether on your lunch break or venturing out at the weekend, you'll have plenty to explore in the town of Cranleigh.
Also, you'd be conveniently located just 15 minutes from Guildford where there are trains directly into London and connections to elsewhere in the country. If you're commuting to London, it's convenient and allows you to separate your city life during the week from your rural rental when you return. As letting agents in Surrey, we know how refreshing it can be to have that separation and a chance to experience community and business when and if you want it.

3 things to do around Cranleigh

  • The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
  • Cranleigh Leisure Centre
  • Baynards Park

Within Northwest Surrey, Woking is also a large part of the commute between London and the Southern villages. It appeals to a lot of people and one reason for this is the great community they've created there. There are plenty of opportunities to be a part of the goings-on and lots of Woking residents volunteer locally to keep it as resident-run as possible. From the moment you start renting, you'll feel like part of the community.
You'll also notice a lot of new developments popping up around town. It's constantly expanding and changing with the times which can be great for new renters. With plenty going on, it's easy to see how much the arts are celebrated in Woking. The New Victoria Theatre houses a smaller theatre inside and a six-screen cinema. Entertainment certainly doesn't go amiss and they show some of the leading shows from The Royal Shakespeare Company to the National Theatre.
The Peacocks shopping centre is also well-loved for its large selection of brands and independent stores. No matter your interests or how busy you want to be - living in Woking certainly has its perks and you won't be short of things to do. Any property here will be conveniently situated and amongst anything you could need.

3 things to do around Woking

  • The Lightbox Museum
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Horsell Common

This town is home to some lavish, upmarket properties. But those of you looking to rent will find homes at a range of price points. Several new developments have been created in the past few years and they sit amongst the cottages and Victorian townhouses that can also be found in Guildford. Plenty to choose from to suit your taste and being close to London, you can have the city lifestyle on a budget.
The busy high-street hosts a monthly farmers market where independent owners showcase their wide variety of products and services. It's a great chance to get to know what's available and meet some locals who can point you in the direction of great food and unique shopping opportunities. Also, being situated along the beautiful river Wey, the businesses overlook calm waters and your typical countryside scenery.
Guildford is also home to some of the most high-performing schools such as the Royal Grammar School and the University of Surrey. So people with families that are looking to rent will have some hard choices to make! Within an easy drive of both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, you are also set for any business or personal travel. With the abundance of private schooling, you need to make the most of those long holidays!

3 things to do around Guildford

  • Guildford Castle
  • AirHop Trampoline Park
  • Watts Art Gallery

Godalming is just 5 miles south of Guildford. It's similar to the busy town but letting agents in Surrey and Godalming residents would probably say it's a bit more quirky. Made up of predominantly Victorian properties, the village community speaks volumes and you'll be surrounded by friendly shop owners and people to meet.
The town has 230 listed buildings as well as some new, more modern developments for those looking for something more sustainable. You'll find everything from modest apartments to prestigious, top of price range townhouses and cottages. A bit of something for everyone whether you're planning to rent long-term or even if you decide to stay and up-size.
A key selling point for most traditional towns, Godalming is also nearby to Winkworth Arboretum. Another gorgeous National Trust Park, the open woodland makes for highly scenic walks and the perfect picture opportunities, especially in the autumn months. A great place for families to let off steam or to have a tranquil walk.

3 things to do in Godalming

  • Winkworth Arboretum
  • Godalming Museum
  • The Squirrel Inn

A fantastic place for renting if you have a budget that doesn't quite match the inner-city lifestyle. Aldershot is a military town, home to the Army Barracks where new houses are now being built to help modernise the area. Seeing many military-based families being housed there, there are many playgrounds, open parks and public grounds to visit and make the most of the nearby canal paths for days out.
The average house price in Aldershot and the rent per month is lower than other areas we've mentioned. This can be beneficial for those looking to rent and save for the future or people looking to get on the property ladder. Flats and houses alike, you'll find rental properties dotted all around Aldershot with schools and amenities nearby.
The Basingstoke Canal nearby draws in dog walkers and joggers for peaceful tracks along the water. You can stop off at the pubs and cafes along the way too and spend all day exploring the area. The more time you spend there, the more hidden gems you'll find and begin to realise the potential of this old Victorian Military town.

3 things to do in Aldershot

  • Alpine Snowsports
  • Basingstoke Canal Centre
  • Aldershot Lido
If you're wanting to rent outside of the city with the choice between quaint, peaceful villages and bustling town centres, this list sums up our top picks down south. The local towns display history and character in their old-style properties and National Parks. You'll be able to make the most of the fresh air with a quick drive to any of the nearby Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also, don't be disheartened if you're looking for a more modern property to rent. We're seeing more and more developments turning up and you'll be made to feel welcome wherever you go.

Letting agents in Surrey

Too much choice? We can support you throughout the whole process and show you our selection of properties. We offer a complete and comprehensive range of services that can be tailored precisely for your individual needs and requirements. Come and speak to us to discuss how we can support you with your journey to rent outside of the city. Speak to one of our trusted expert team today on 01483 457728 for our Guildford office or 0208 092 5225 for our Kingston Upon Thames office. Alternatively, email us at info@cavenders.co.uk, we'll be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements!