With its picturesque architecture, charming character and fine cluster of antiques shops, boutiques, restaurants and gastro-pubs, Chobham is a village much-loved by residents who like to be somewhere that’s peaceful, but very much alive.

However, The Old Schoolhouse’s location just at the edge of the countryside within easy distance from Chobham Common – a beautiful spot that also happens to be the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England – means that all tastes are catered for in close proximity.

Chobham Church


Chobham dates back to the Saxon age and was later included in Domesday Book as ‘Cebeham’, alongside its rather modest assets of “10 hides; 1 church, 1 chapel, 16 ploughs, 10 acres of meadow, woodland worth 130 hogs.” The church mentioned is St Lawrence Church, which still stands today on the High Street. It’s a handsome building at the heart of the community, with parts of the building dating back to 1080.

On Thursday mornings the weekly Chobham Country Market takes place in the village hall, with traders selling locally-produced free range eggs, fruit and vegetables, honey, conserves and homemade cakes, while there is a local The Co-operative, Tesco Express and Spar for other everyday provisions. Large supermarkets are a short drive away in Woking.

Both The Bourne and Mill Bourne rivers meander through the village, and are the starting point for a number of enjoyable walks, which we discuss later in ‘The Great Outdoors’ section.

Chobham Pub

Luckily, Chobham is served by around a dozen excellent gastro-pubs and restaurants, which spread between the north and south of the village. The Four Horseshoes is happily situated overlooking Burrow Hill Green, which is a bonus in the summer months.

For food, there’s bright, homely Turkish kitchen Pasha, and the cosy Rosso Mazara for Italian. Stovells, which is housed in a 16th century Tudor farmhouse, was recently named in the Top 20 Restaurants outside London by The Telegraph, and has been awarded four AA rosettes.

White Heart Pub
Chobham Antiques


1. Tesco Express
2. Melita Boutique
3. The Co-operative
4. Chobham Rider
5. Brilliant Bikes
6. Esso Shop’n Drive Petrol Station
7. Inside
8. Pasha Cafe Bistro
9. The Sun Inn
10. The White Hart
11. Indo Fine Indian Dining
12. Rosso Mazara
13. Amish Indian

Chobham Map
Chobham quote
Chobham Car

If the idea of spending your weekends on a vintage Triumph is appealing, there are also motorcycle dealerships in the area, as well as a number of specialist vintage car dealers. Chobham’s location makes it perfect for weekend jaunts to Kent or rides down to the south coast with the wind in your hair.

But of course, there’s so much beautiful nature right here on Chobham’s doorstep, which locals find rather hard to tear themselves away from.

Chobham Tree