Chiltern Relocation


Shanghai to Virginia Water – remote home search via Skype

The Initial Enquiry

When we have a relocation from Asia we know that time is precious. In this instance an American family got in touch from Shanghai who needed to relocate to the UK but they only had three days with us to find the right area, home, schools and cover all the additional information required.

How we helped

The family had three children so school choice was paramount. Initially they felt that Buckinghamshire would work and we viewed a number of international schools in Bucks and some more in Surrey. Spoilt for choice they decided that the Surrey location worked better due to the excellent ‘Tasis The American School in England’ based in Thorpe.

Once the school had been selected we could start viewing rental homes and we focused our search in Virginia Water which was not only close to the school at Thorpe but also to the picturesque towns of Sunningdale, Ascot and Windsor. Virginia Water is home to the Wentworth Estate and the Wentworth Club, where the first Ryder Cup was played. It is also the name of the lake that lies within Windsor Great Park which is always a hub of activity.

The Problems we faced

Unfortunately the rental home the family had chosen fell through once the family returned to Shanghai, due to the landlord changing his mind. This put us in the position of needing to find a home without the family seeing it, as they would not be able to return for viewings. This is always challenging. We viewed various options and found one which fitted all the requirements. We took detailed photographs and reports so we could chat through the options via Skype. Fortunately, the family loved the home that we found and we proceeded. We arranged the check-in of temporary furniture right down to the beds being made for their arrival so they could just relax in their new home after a long trip.


We really enjoyed working with the family and are delighted to hear that the children love their new school and that they have settled in really well to Virginia Water.

Please see testimonial below:

'Our transition could not have gone any smoother'


Chiltern Relocation did a fantastic job helping us plan and execute our relocation from Shanghai to London. They listened, asked questions, and did a great job of understanding our needs. They assisted us with school selection and took the additional step of contacting the schools on our behalf to facilitate applications and tours. The team expertly coordinated the set up and removal of our rental furniture, as well as helped me with cars, insurance and golf club membership. Our transition could not have gone any smoother, all thanks to Chiltern Relocation.

Sharon Hewitt

Sharon Hewitt

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