The pretty commuter village 52 minutes from London families love so much they wait 10 years for dream home

Bill and Jane have lived in their home for 28 years, with a stunning garden
-Credit: (Image: Lauren Cole-Lomas)

A commuter village surrounded by water which is just 52 minutes away from London Waterloo has such an appeal that families say they've waited almost a decade to buy their dream home there, or have even moved back into the same house after leaving because they loved it so much. South west of London into Surrey sits Shepperton which is cut off from its neighbouring village Littleton by the M3 and the River Ash to the north, and separated from Weybridge by the River Thames.

Highly sought after, Shepperton offers the quintessential village features you'd come to expect, a picture-perfect square, with a stunning churchyard with roses and poppies, and a 17th-century church, two hotels, a pub, coffee shops, a post office and boutique shops.

Speaking to our sister site Surrey Live, Charles Boyce explained just how attached his family has been to the village. He said his family moved from their home to the other side of Shepperton when he was around eight years old, and a few years later returned to the exact same house they had lived in previously.

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Charles, now 30, said: “It’s the first house I have proper childhood memories in, and something I really like is the stuck-in-time and old English feel here, it’s nice and quiet.” Meanwhile, Bill and Jane Boyle were so in love with a particular house in Shepperton, they waited eight years to buy it.

The stunning home Charles' family bought back years after moving
The stunning home Charles' family bought back years after moving -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

The couple, who before retiring worked for BP in Sunbury as chemists are heavily involved with the local community and Rotary Club, have now lived in their gorgeous property with an incredible garden for 28 years but when they first tried to purchase the home the sale fell through. They like how close-knit the community is.

They both like how close knit the community is. Before retiring, it would take Bill 15 minutes to pop to the shops, but now he says it takes double the time because of all the people he happens to say hello to along the way. He said: “I like the fact that everything is conveniently placed, with access to larger towns like London. There’s a number of good pubs, the Red Lion is our favourite, and restaurants including Indian, Thai and Itallian.

“There were two restaurants in the village, Bluebeckers and Edwins, which were eventually sold off and became houses. We miss having restaurants on our doorstep, the pub and hotel could come back to life under new management.”

The hotel and pub he refers to are The Anchor hotel and the Kings Head pub which have both closed, making the once busy part of the village a bit sleepy. Charles thinks the Old Shepperton area would be the perfect place to set up a boutique hotel, similar to The Pig in the New Forest. “It’s a prime location, and we’re not far from the M25 and London,” Charles added.

Nicholas de Mattos in his beautiful Surrey home
Given the great location of Shepperton, Nicholas de Mattos can still easily get to Richmond whenever he likes -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

Looking for a quiet countryside life after living and working in London, Nicholas de Mattos, a former teacher in Central London, and his wife decided to hunt for somewhere in Surrey four years ago. After growing frustrated with the traffic levels in the likes of Guildford, Godalming and Ripley, the couple discovered Shepperton.

Nicholas said: “We moved here four years ago, but when we were looking we weren’t happy with the traffic in other towns, like in Chobham where my son lives. Old Shepperton has beautiful scenery and a vibrant residents association.”

Given the great location of Shepperton, the couple can still easily shop in Richmond, and have the high street nearby. Their cottage, built in 1794, is opposite The Anchor hotel and Nicholas said: “It’s been shut since the pandemic. We’re in two minds about it because while it’s been shut the street has been very quiet. But the building is starting to look dilapidated.”

The Anchor Hotel has been empty for years
The Anchor Hotel has been empty for years -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

Dee Edgar has lived in the village for around a decade, after moving gradually further into Surrey over the years from Kingston. Dee and her family moved to Thames Ditton, where they had a cottage overlooking the cricket green, but then discovered Shepperton and were sold.

“I remember when I first came to Shepperton, I thought ‘I wish I had raised my children here’. Most people have been here their whole lives, they don’t move away,” Dee said, adding that there is a lovely community, with a summer fair in beginning of June that has been going for 50 years.

Dee’s chocolate box cottage date back to the 1700s, and was where the ferryman lived, due to its proximity to the Thames. The front façade of the home is Victorian, and from inside there are gorgeous views of the church’s stained glass windows.

Owning a property with such a rich history, Dee says she feels a sense of responsibility to look after the home, saying: “I feel I am looking after it, I don’t own it really in a sense where I feel responsible for looking after the house as best I can for the next generation.”

The King's Head would make a perfect eatery in the village
The King's Head would make a perfect eatery in the village -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

The square has undergone several changes over the years, with closures of restaurants and hotels. Dee’s home is roughly a 15-minute walk from the High Street but would like to have somewhere to go on the doorstep.

Throughout the village, it is clear most homeowners take pleasure in owning a piece of history, with grade-two listed properties dotted throughout. Jim Merton feels proud to own one of the oldest properties in the village, parts of the home dating back to 1590.

Jim and his family got lucky during the middle of the pandemic, and snapped up the home where he lives with his wife and six-year-old son, moving out of Deptford. He said: “Deptford is about as built up as you can get, we were looking in the northwest Surrey area with nice green spaces.”

“We were very pleased, we wanted this particular house, it had been on the market for a while,” Jim said, adding, “It’s just about commutable and it’s got a lot going for it and we’ve got two good primary schools nearby.”

When purchasing the home, Jim was surprised at how long it had been on the market, saying: “It seems people don’t tend to want old houses, because they can’t do too much to it if it’s listed. We love it, and found a well in the garden and indoors the house has got some really old beams.”

Jim's home is one of the oldest in the village
Jim's home is one of the oldest in the village -Credit:Lauren Cole-Lomas

The home originally was three agricultural cottages, and the inhabitants were rumoured to be living in squalor until the 1960s. A developer transformed it into a detached family home, retaining key features inside.

Properties in Shepperton fetched an average price of £586,936 in the last year. Detached properties sold for around £929,873, according to Rightmove, and semi-detached properties brought in around £621,891.

Mansions overlooking the water with sprawling gardens can set a buyer back around £2,750,000, some homes even come with their own mooring and little jetty's overlooking the water. Flats on the other hand range from around £200,000 roughly for a basic one bedroom living space, to £460,000 for a luxury apartment overlooking the river.

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