West Sussex

Move to West Sussex

The county of West Sussex has beautiful country areas. It is best to search south and west, beyond Crawley and the Gatwick airport flightpaths. Here you will find some delightful tranquil parts with villages perfect for a bit of antique browsing and a nice cup of tea. The South Downs National Park occupies a large area of the county and there is certainly plenty of space and scope for all manner of active outdoor pursuits. With its coastline stretching from the town of Chichester, famous for its arts and theatre festival, to just short of cosmopolitan Brighton, West Sussex has something for everyone.

There are many village primary schools achieving above average results but with secondary schools having set catchment areas, it is worth doing your research if you are moving into the area with a family. There is a good range of independent schools throughout the county.

The western side of the county benefits from the Brighton-London rail line with fast and frequent service to London Bridge and Victoria, plus the cross rail link giving direct services to Blackfriars and St Pancras. The centre of the county has a good line with Horsham a particularly popular commute. Closer to the Hampshire borders, many villages are within an easy drive of stations on the excellent Portsmouth to Waterloo line.

Top West Sussex Villages and towns: the best places to live include:

Horsham with an attractive town centre and a good range of shops. The smaller towns of East Grinstead, Petworth, Midhurst, Arundel and Steyning are all charming as are many of the countys villages such as Lindfield, Ardingly, Horsted Keynes, Scaynes Hill, Lurgashall, Lodsworth, Amberley, Billingshurst, Storrington, Fittleworth, Thakeham, Rogate, Hurstpierpoint, Cuckfield, Stoughton, Bosham, Fishbourne,West Wittering on the sea and the historic Cathedral City of Chichester. All great places to live.

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Commute from West Sussex to London Victoria and/or London Bridge and Thameslink Stations

Arundel 1hr 21
Amberley 1hr 23
Pulborough 1hr 12
Billingshurst 1hr 5
Christs Hospital 59mins
Horsham 54mins
Warnham 1hr 16
Ockley 1hr 7mins
Littlehaven 50mins
Faygate 1hr10
Ifield 46mins
Crawley 43mins
Three Bridges 34mins
Gatwick 29 mins
Brighton 1hr 2
Preston Park 1hr 1
Hassocks 51mins
Burgess Hill 52mins
Wivelsfield 46mins
Haywards Heath 40mins
Balcombe 40mins

Between Worthing and Hove, coastal stations connect to London Bridge or Victoria taking between 1hr and 1hr20. West of Worthing the journey times lengthen to suit an occasional commute.

Commute from West Sussex/Hampshire borders to Waterloo

Rowlands Castle 1hr28
Petersfield 1hr6
Liss 1hr 10
Liphook 1hr 3

West Sussex Beach Huts

West Sussex Life: Something for the weekend ...

  • West Sussex has plenty of open space to enjoy. Start with a climb to Blackdown, the hightest point in the South Downs National Park. 
  • Kingley Vale Nature Reserve covers 160 acres of ancient yew woodland offering wonderful shots for landscape photography.
  • Arundel is worth a visit for its gentle atmosphere and castle views. 
  • Petworth House, Wakehurst Place and Goodwood House are all interesting and Goodwood hosts horse racing and the annual motor sport events ‘Festival of Speed’ and ‘Revival’.
  • Chichester offers a fine Cathedral, Arts Festival and the harbour and marinas for great walks and boating.
  • The Weald and Downland Open Air museum has a collection of fascinating historical buildings maintained as they would first have been lived in.
  • Petworth and Arundel are hot spots for antiques browsers and buyers and cosmopolitan Brighton is close at hand.
  • There is plenty of proper English sea side at Worthing, Littlehampton, West Wittering or Brighton.

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West Sussex Singleton Village

West Sussex Homes. There are many types of beautiful character homes in West Sussex, of particular note are those with a steep pitched peg tiled roof and brick and flint walls.  The flints are inserter either as cobble or are ‘knapped’ meaning split open, and arranged in either regular rows or fish-scale patterns.  This abundant building material has been used since Saxon times and makes every building and village totally unique.Flint walls Other buildings have wonderful rippled ‘Horsham Stone’ roof tiles.  This excellent material has long been used on churches, manor houses and lesser village homes and gives great character to the area. Mixed in are thatched cottages and timber framed village buildings and farmhouses, a real choice for the lover of period buildings. Period homes will be found in all sizes from cottage to manor house, with a good selection of spacious family homes in the £1 – 2 million price range.  

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