Virginia Water

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Virginia Water
Virginia Water - aerial view.JPG
Aerial view of Virginia Water
Virginia Water is located in Surrey
Virginia Water
Virginia Water
Virginia Water shown within Surrey
Population 5,940 (2011, Ward)[1]
OS grid reference SU982679
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town VIRGINIA WATER
Postcode district GU25
Dialling code 01344
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Surrey
51°24′07″N 0°35′20″W / 51.402°N 0.589°W / 51.402; -0.589Coordinates: 51°24′07″N 0°35′20″W / 51.402°N 0.589°W / 51.402; -0.589

Virginia Water is a commuter town in Surrey, home to the Wentworth Estate and the Wentworth Club. The estate is situated in the Borough of Runnymede in Surrey. Its name comes from the lake in the nearby Windsor Great Park. Virginia Water is close to the M25, M4 and M3 motorways. Heathrow Airport is seven miles to the north-east.

A report from October 2015 listed Virginia Water as the most expensive town (excepting individual London boroughs) for property in the UK, having an average house price exceeding £1m.[2] The 2011 Census showed the population of Virginia Water to be 5,940. Many of the homes are situated on the Wentworth Estate, the home of the Wentworth Club which has four golf courses.[3] The Ryder Cup was first played there. It is also home to the headquarters of the PGA European Tour, the professional golf tour. The estate reached the headlines in 1998 when General Augusto Pinochet was kept under house arrest in one of its houses prior to his extradition.[4]

The town has a four-track railway station within the estate. Frequent trains run to London Waterloo, Weybridge, Twickenham, Richmond, Staines, Feltham, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and Reading.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Runnymede Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Olivia Blair (26 October 2015). "The UK's first 'million pound towns' outside of London". The Independent. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Water community website - your source for local information". 
  4. ^ "Pinochet retreats to luxury estate". BBC News. 2 December 1998. 

External links[edit]

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