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About Us

 The Holmesdale in Reigate 

What’s in a name? Here at the Holmesdale we have happily been saying yes to people for over 160 years. The Holmesdale Building Society is one of the oldest businesses in the area but our name remains a mystery to most. Nestled in Reigate’s bustling town centre, we take our name from the Vale of Holmesdale, a narrow valley that runs from Guildford to Folkestone. Founded by local land agent Thomas Buckland in 1855, we are one of the UK’s longest established building societies.

We are a local society for local people and it’s our pleasure to welcome customers looking to buy their own home or make their savings grow so they can realise their dreams. We also take great pride in our role within the local Reigate community and support a number of local clubs and charities through sponsorship and other funding models.

The Holmesdale, Reigate’s building society. We like to say yes.

How we’re different

As a mutual, the Holmesdale Building Society is run for the benefit of our members, who currently number around 7,000, many of whom have been with us for decades. In the last survey, 95% of members rated the service from the Holmesdale as good, very good or excellent and we were commended for the friendly and professional attitude of our staff. That’s the difference you can enjoy at the Holmesdale.

Come and see for yourself.

  • Committed to putting our members’ interests first
  • Friendly and professional staff
  • Manual underwriting means fairer mortgage assessments

We can say ‘yes’ when others can’t

At the Holmesdale, we take a flexible approach to mortgage applications. All our mortgages are manually underwritten and we assess each case on its own merits instead of applying rigid lending criteria. We specialise in niche mortgages for borrowers whose circumstances don’t fit the criteria of the mainstream lenders.

In particular we are able to help people with the following types of mortgage:

  • Complex Income
  • Self-Employed
  • Lending in and into Retirement
  • Guarantor
  • Interest Only

Put your money in good hands

We offer straightforward savings accounts with competitive interest rates, delivered by friendly and professional staff. We have a long-established reputation for taking good care of our members’ money. If you have money to put away, trust the Holmesdale to take good care of it.

  • Our Young Saver account is the only one of its kind on the market to run up to the age of 23.
  • We participate in the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) so your deposits are fully protected up to the current limit. For exclusions, see our FSCS information sheet or visit www.fscs.org.uk/protected.