The joys of Cheam
20th October 2016
It’s easy to see why people love living in Cheam. Located on the picturesque Surrey borders just inside greater London, this characterful area boasts a historical centre, a tempting array of popular restaurants and pubs, luxurious boutiques, not to mention miles of leafy parks and public gardens.
Cheam also offers the highest value area in the London Borough of Sutton, with families’ migrating across the borough on the hunt for exceptional quality housing and schools, often moving from SW London postcodes.
There are plenty of reasons to choose Cheam as the perfect place to live and here are our top five:
- Cheam has superb commuter connections, with 120 trains a day to London Victoria, including two an hour which speed you to the capital in 30 minutes, via Clapham Junction. It’s a busy station on weekday mornings, and early evenings, as central London workers return to enjoy such delights as The Grumpy Mole, the village gastropub.
- The schools in the area have an excellent reputation, and include Nonsuch High – a girls’ grammar with academy status, and Cheam High – a mixed comprehensive which received Ofsted’s highest ‘outstanding’ grade in its last two inspections. As well as a handful of exceptional independent schools such as Homefield Preparatory School, Seaton House and Epsom College with an impressive Oxbridge strike rate.
- The town is steeped in history, with the Lumley Chapel, the Old Rectory and St Dunstan’s Church forming part of the Cheam Conservation Area in Cheam Village, and the Grade ll listed Nonsuch Mansion standing proudly in Nonsuch Park, once one of Henry Vlll’s favourite deer-hunting patches, which gained its odd name because visitors proclaimed that there was ‘none such’ like it.
- You’ll also be in good company. It is a hot bed of comedy. Pun-master Tim Vine (and his radio presenter brother Jeremy) grew up in Northey Avenue, former Goon Harry Secombe lived in the town (the local theatre was named after him), and Tony Hancock’s legendary radio show Hancock’s Half Hour was set in the mythical Railway Cuttings, East Cheam. Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart and Formula 1 champion James Hunt were also residents.
Tim Vine has lived in Cheam since childhood, enjoying such acclaim for his stage performances and TV shows, which include Not Going Out? we asked him for his Cheam top tip:
“Well, the best bit of Cheam for me is the village end. If you go about halfway down Cuddington Way, there’s a footpath near a place where people keep horses. If you head down there, you come to Cheam Nature Reserve; one of the area’s hidden secrets. It’s one of only a handful of places in Surrey with tiny powder-blue butterflies, and orchids.”
- Indeed, Cheam is dotted with lovely open spaces and offers a host of spacious homes with generous gardens. It currently boasts one of the finest properties on the market in the London suburbs… Archdale Manor, located on the sought-after private road, The Drive. Accessed through private gates, this regency-style six-bedroom home offers exceptional quality accommodation over three floors, with a classically designed stone staircase and rooms leading off a light-filled galleried hall. The ideal home for entertaining, it has a kitchen/family room flowing into an orangery, and leading to the garden. There are three large ground-floor reception rooms, a first-floor master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite shower/steam room, then five further bedrooms on first and second floors. With triple garage, landscaped grounds, and direct access from the garden to Banstead Downs Golf Course, one of many beautiful courses in Cheam, this property is not to be missed.
For more information about the homes at The Drive in Cheam, click here.