Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from Barton Wyatt

It’s that time of year again! So, along with wishing you a very Merry Christmas we’ll take a deep breath as we take the opportunity to reflect on the rollercoaster ride that was 2023!

As we approach the end of the year 2023, we invite you to explore our blogs from the past year, for more in-depth insights into the various facets of the property market, from rental market updates to tips for creating a lasting impression on potential buyers. Remember, our team is here to assist you in making the right move, providing expert guidance every step of the way, all year long.

As always, if you’re thinking of moving to this area in the new year, take some time to browse our properties for sale in Virginia Water and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions, you can also visit our award-winning website or call us on 01344 843000 and email us.

Let’s reflect on the topics we explored throughout the year.

The year kicked off with a flurry of activity in the property market, setting the tone for what would be an eventful 12 months.

A glimpse into the preferences of buyers and renters shed light on the evolving demands in the property market.  With the property market evolving, we emphasised the importance of making informed decisions when selecting your next home. With many gated communities in Virginia Water, we explored the advantages of residing in a gated community and delved into the appeal of this lifestyle choice.

A rise in asking prices in Jan-Feb offered good news for both buyers and sellers. Practical tips for preparing your home for a successful sale were later shared, emphasising the importance of a thorough spring cleaning.

For landlords, we uncovered the secrets to successfully letting prime Surrey property in a competitive market. A timely reminder for landlords to prioritise gas safety during ‘Gas Safety Week’ was also shared, offering important safety information.

Mid-year presented a perfect opportunity for a fresh start, and we explored the benefits of making a mid-year move. We encouraged our readers to discover the natural beauty of Virginia Water during the summer months, highlighting its outdoor wonders.

For golf enthusiasts, we explored Virginia Water as a golfer’s paradise taking a look at Wentworth Golf Club, and showcasing the area’s appeal to those with a passion for the sport.

While the base rate took a steep climb, reaching new heights, staying up-to-date with the latest mortgage interest rates became crucial. Later in September, buyer excitement rose when the Bank of England held the interest rate at 5.25%, so we gave you a blog providing clarity on its significance for mortgages. With the rate staying the same for three consecutive months, this stability against the backdrop of months of rising interest rates, has certainly influenced the dynamics of property transactions. In hindsight, our advice on making the most of your move amidst rising mortgage rates seems more relevant than ever.

Embracing environmental consciousness, we offered guidance on creating a bee-friendly oasis on your property during September. With environmental concerns on the rise, we also explored whether a Heat Pump system was the right choice for homeowners.

As winter approached, we shared insights on ensuring your property made a lasting impression on potential buyers in the colder months.

One significant change in the housing landscape came later on in the year, with the appointment of a new Housing Minister, Lee Rowley. This move has undoubtedly stirred discussions about the potential implications for homeowners, tenants, and the overall dynamics of the UK property market.

As the year draws to a close, earlier this month embraced the festive spirit with 10 quick Christmas bakes to fill your home with cheer. We hope that you’ve had time to give them a go!

As we look back on 2023, it’s clear that the property market continued to shape and reshape itself, offering both challenges and opportunities. The resilience of the market in the face of economic shifts underscores the importance of staying informed and adaptable.

And with that, as we close the chapter on 2023, we readily await what 2024 has in store for the property market and the people we serve. ‘Cheers’ to all.

Wishing you a wonderful festive break and a prosperous New Year!


Our Christmas period opening hours are:

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Wednesday 27th Dec: 10am – 2pm
Thursday 28th Dec: 10am – 2pm
Friday 29th Dec: 10am – 2pm
Saturday 30th Dec: Closed
Sunday 31st Dec: Closed
Monday 1st January: Closed
Tuesday 2nd January: We are Open and ready for 2024!


If you are thinking of moving to the area or buying a property to rent, make sure you take a look at our amazing catalogue of properties for sale in Virginia Water and the surrounding areas.

If you’d like to speak to someone about properties to let in Virginia Water, a member of our expert team would be happy to help. You can call us on 01344 843000 or email us. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.