As anyone who has studied the latest house prices while mulling over moving with a steaming cup of hydrated coffee beans will know, Surrey’s are among the highest in the country – certainly outside London. From Lingfield to Farnham and Haslemere to Richmond, the thought of grabbing yourself a bargain can sometimes seem too comic for consideration. Those living in flats aspire for apartments and those in terraced townhouses dream of all four walls breathing in the fresh country air of that chocolate box village down the road.

But, with a little luck, there are always ways around the system, as our new property columnist highlights in her first Surrey Life column this month. Homes Under the Hammer presenter Lucy Alexander, a Thames Ditton resident, has many years experience of snapping up property deals at auction and suggests that, as long as you know what to look for and do your homework, it’s really not as hard as it might seem. She speaks to us on page 158, at the heart of a bumper 46-page Homes & Gardens section.

Of course, there is another way to fund that dream home but it does fall in the realm of Euromillions wins. Fortunately, treasure hunting is a lot of fun along the way, whatever your success rate. With the Antiques Roadshow set to come to town, Surrey residents have been busy turning out their attics in the search for dusty heirlooms and hidden jewels.

Having last visited our county four years ago at Brooklands, it’s not surprising anticipation is so high. Did you know that the most expensive item ever valued on the show came in at a cool £1,000,000? Admittedly, it was the original scale model of the Angel of the North but stranger things have been found in attics. An old model, which no longer seems to serve a purpose, is just the kind of thing that a previous homeowner may not have found room for among the cooking utensils, cocktail glasses and vanity mirrors after all.

Our arts editor, Tinx Newton, speaks to a number of the show’s experts, who all have their own links to our county, on page 26 as Fiona Bruce and co head for Polesden Lacey, near Dorking.

Elsewhere in May’s Surrey Life magazine, we pose a number of teasers. Exactly where does our food really come from? What are the secrets of great comedy scriptwriting? How can ladies steal the show at Epsom’s famous Derby festival? Which golf courses should we be making an extra effort to swing past – if we’re lucky enough to get an invite? And what on earth are mumpreneurs and why is such an unwieldy phrase gaining such popularity across the country?

Whether you’re seeking answers to the above, inspiration for your local diary this month or just something to decorate that new coffee table in your dream home, I hope you enjoy the read.

Matthew Williams, editor
matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

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MAIN FEATURES INSIDE MAY’S 202-PAGE SURREY LIFE MAGAZINE

  • Antiques Roadshow: Fiona Bruce and co return to Surrey for the first time in four years
    Galton & Simpson: secrets of scriptwriting with the Steptoe and Hancock legends
    Pride in provenance: where does your food really come from?
    Climbing the ladder: our new columnist, Lucy Alexander reveals all from her Thames Ditton home
    PLUS: the Homes Under the Hammer presenter tackles property auctions in her first column
  • Rise of the mumpreneurs! The mums taking on the corporate world from their kitchen tables
  • A magical mystery tour at our county’s top ranked Michelin star restaurant
  • Tales from the 19th: the golfing world’s focus turns to Wentworth
    PLUS: 10 of the most exclusive golf courses in Surrey
  • The Supercar Event: the home of Top Gear welcomes some of the flashest motors 
  • Beautiful Surrey: Guildford Photographic Society prepare for their biennial exhibition
  • My Surrey Weekend: Following in the footsteps of John Lennon; on stage and in Surrey
  • Village Life: find the end of the line in Bramley Spotlight on the festival spirit in Caterham
  • Win! Meet Madness and watch them live at Sandown Park, Esher
  • PLUS all your favourite columnists and regulars in another bumper edition!

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