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Schools & Nurseries – Thames Ditton boasts highly sought after state infant and junior schools plus the ever popular Esher College for 6th form. There are a number of great nurseries including Busy Bees and Colet’s. And for the private sector popular choices include Hampton Court House School, Weston Green for primary nearby Surbiton High Prep and Girls School and the co-ed Kingston Grammar School to name but a few.
Pubs & eateries – beautiful riverside pubs offering outdoor dining such as The Albany, with views across the river to Hampton Court Palace, The Old Swan situated by the bridge across the river to Thames Ditton Island, a pedestrian only island home to many river front homes, The George & Dragon, a traditional English-stye pub in the heart of the village , Ditto, an Italian restaurant with a wonderful courtyard garden, Maisie Thai serving delicious, freshly prepared authentic Thai food. Or for something more casual, try Nice Buns Cafe for great lunch choices. Don’t miss the monthly Farmers Market held in the village hall carpark next to the library.
Sports & Leisure facilities – Thames Ditton Tennis Club – boasting grass courts, Colets Health & Fitness Centre – a private members club boasting a 25m Pool, gym, squash courts, kids clubs and a beauty and hair salon, Thames Ditton Cricket Club situated on the picturesque Giggs Hill Green overlooked by characterful cottages or Thames Dittons Skiff & Punting Club next to the Albany Pub & Restaurant by the Thames or for the golfers there’s Thames Ditton Golf Club right next to Marney’s Village Inn. A village pub overlooking a duckpond and the handsome white tower of All Saints church. Old Kingstonians hockey club play at Ditton Field in Thames Ditton.
The great outdoors – a short walk or cycle to the Thames path leading to Kingston upon Thames and beyond in one direction and towards Walton upon Thames passing Molesey Rowing Club and Molesey Cricket Club situated right next to the river in the other direction. Access to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens, the beautiful Royal Parks of Bushy Park and Home Park are all within walking or cycling distance of Thames Ditton. And don’t miss the herds of deer in Bushy and Home Park!
What Movers Need to Know About the Tier System in Our Area
The tier system announced by the Government last week to combat the increase in Covid-19 cases has caused some concern from home sellers and buyers who are looking to move.
The good news is that it shouldn’t.
This is because even in the highest tiered areas which the Government has said are at very high-risk, people can still move. Albeit with extra safety precautions which we’ve been practising since the lockdown.
In Surbiton, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood and surrounds we are currently in Tier 2 – which is described as ‘high alert’ and imposes several restrictions including pubs and restaurants shutting at 10 pm and no households mixing indoors.
But even in high alert areas, Government guidelines say you can still move home.
According to a statement on its website on Friday 16 October the Government advised: “You can still move home if you’re in a high alert level area. Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work, and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.
Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing and wearing a face covering.”
Our priority is your safety. And that’s why we have the following measures in place to allow us to show people properties they are interested in.
Here are Four of our Covid-secure steps.
1) We wear masks on all viewings.
2)We carry and use hand sanitiser before and after each viewing.
3) We will be the only people to open or touch handles or cupboards.
4)We will wipe down any surfaces touched after the viewing has finished.
Everyone has a part to play in helping us all get back to normal as soon as possible, and we take our responsibility to keep you safe very seriously.
So, we’ll be following the guidelines and updates daily. And we’ll continue to help people move home safely, securely, and successfully.
If you are a seller or buyer in Surbiton, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood and the surrounds and have any questions about what the tier system might mean to you, please get in touch.
Beat the Winter Chills -Scandi Style
It’s time to take a little inspiration from our Nordic neighbours as the nights draw in and the mercury drops.
The stylish Danes have mastered the art of dealing with long, dark winters by embracing what they call hygge (pronounced hoo-gah).
Hygge is a sense of cosy contentment brought about by enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Imagine yourself, warm drink in hand, sitting in a comfy chair in front of a crackling fire, and you’re on the right track.
The idea of hygge is to create a comforting nest (it can be indoors or outside) and to enjoy it with family and friends.
As we’re all likely to be spending a lot of time at home over the next few months, here are a few ways to bring a little hygge into your life.
Lighting – Nothing is less relaxing than mortuary-style clinical blue/white lighting. Create a subdued, laid back vibe by opting for light fittings with warmer tones. Candles, tealights and lanterns are also great, but (get ready for a very British health and safety warning) always be careful, especially if little ones are around.
Soft furnishings and furniture – Comfort is key so go for faux fur cushions, fluffy blankets and hand-dyed fabrics preferably in muted or natural tones. When it comes to furniture, natural products such as wood, are a must.
Indoor plants – Indoor pot plants promote better air quality in the home, a must when you’ve got the windows closed to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
Comfort food and drink – Hygge’s not just about interiors and furnishings, it’s also about food and drink. Think hearty stews, tasty soups and cinnamon rolls. If you don’t fancy cooking, try sipping glogg (wine heated with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg) or smorgasbord eggnog, a blend of cream, sugar, brandy, rum and whipped egg. If you’re after a non-alcoholic beverage, indulge in a decadent hot chocolate (some people sum up hygge as “cocoa by candlelight”).
Spend time outdoors – Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up. Wrap up warm – it’s no fun shivering in the cold – and spend time in a welcoming outdoor space. Outdoor heaters, heater-barbeques, fire pits and chimineas mean it’s possible to enjoy the great outdoors all year round. Add touches like fairy lights and lanterns to create even more atmosphere.
If you think you’ve mastered the art of hygge, share a few of your stylish snaps with us on social media.
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