Why the rich head for the Surrey hills

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When the visionary builder Walter George Tarrant acquired a 964-acre piece of land in Weybridge, north Surrey, in 1911, he envisioned an ideal residence for the wealthy, offering privacy, natural beauty and superb sporting facilities. Ten years after his success in creating this at St George’s Hill, he created another community in nearby Virginia Water, the Wentworth Estate.

It is testament to his dream (and his restrictive covenants) that these two exclusive green-belt estates have remained so desirable for the international super-rich. Among their golf courses and manicured lanes of palatial trophy homes there are more Middle Eastern sheikhs, royal families and Russian oligarchs than you can throw a five iron at.

In fact, the super-prime property markets of Surrey are outperforming prime central London.

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