Kingswood is a large, rectangular village (less than three miles from north to south, and under a mile broad) on the North Downs in the Borough of Reigate & Banstead in Surrey. Part of the London commuter belt, it is just to the east of the A217, which separates it from Tadworth but offers an uncomplicated link to the M25 and thus Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Reigate is just over 3.5 miles south of its centre and London is 15.5 miles to the north northeast.
The village centre has several independent shops, a large mock-Tudor public house, and Kingswood railway station, which is around 50 minutes by train from Victoria or London Bridge stations and 23 minutes from East Croydon. To the south side of the shopping parade is part of the undeveloped Green Belt, giving views of the open fields of Garden Farm and meadows of Kingswood Park.
Kingswood is characterised by housing which is described as ‘Arcadian’ – which implies that it is ‘spacious and tree-dominated’ and thus rather pleasant and the area also has a number of estate agents. It is home to a number of smart private roads housing some very impressive residences and has thus attracted many Premiere League footballers to the area
Golf in Kingswood
Golfers are well catered for here. Kingswood Golf and Country Club occupies the south of the Kingswood Warren with fine views over Smuggler’s Pit Plantation. James Braid, five times Open champion, opened this venue in the 1920s as a 6,954 yard course. Today the venue offers weddings, catering and conferences and the now mature course has undergone extensive redesign and construction. Surrey Downs Golf Club – another 18-hole golf club – occupies an adjacent site.
The area offers some good schools and the surrounding countryside offers some interesting walks