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    I’m in my 50s and have been thinking about selling my house in central London for quite a few months. I’ve lived in the same place for almost 30 years (with my two children), so this would be a huge step for me, and I’m more than a little apprehensive about it.

    I’ve very active, a keen cyclist, runner and love the outdoors, so I’m quite keen on somewhere close to the South Downs. I’d really like easy transport links to London for visiting friends and family (and having them come to see me), but I also plan to spend a lot of time travelling, so good transport links are important. I’m not too keen on being somewhere rural, keen on somewhere with lots of opportunities to socialise and make likeminded friends. Ideally, a city/town, with all the amenities one would expect, but also with easy access to the outdoors. I’ve thought of Brighton, but think this might just be the lazy option, and while I love visiting, I’m not entirely convinced that I’d like living there.

    Any alternative suggestions?

    Also (perhaps going slightly off-topic), thoughts on selling in this post-Brexit climate would be welcome.

    Thank you!



    Hi Susan
    Have you considered Petersfield? It is in the heart of the South Downs National Park with numerous walking and cycling opportunities whilst also having excellent transport links to London by train to Waterloo or the A3 takes you north to the M25 or south to Portsmouth giving access to cross channel ferries.

    Why not take a look at our website http://www.wilsonhill.co.uk/ where you will find not only all the properties we have to offer currently but also an area guide giving you lots of helpful information about this beautiful part of the country.

    Hope that helps and if you want any more information on any of our properties do give me a call.



    Hello Susan.

    Winchester is a great community and a very sociable city and yet whilst still quite small we are packed with historical wonders and have mainline rail access to the capital in just 1 hour.

    The local area is rich in culture and countryside pursuits with many group activities to suit your needs. The South Downs, Meon Valley and the New Forest are all close by and easily accessible.

    I personally live in one of the fringe villages and the buses are every 15 mins and yet I can run, walk or cycle from my own front door – with some lovely riverside routes into the city centre too.

    You would be very welcome to come and trip down to Winchester and take a tour from our Jewry Street offices after a chat and some refreshment?

    Good Luck – whatever you choose 🙂



    How about Tunbridge Wells – we have a dedicated cafe for cyclists called The Velo House – which runs lots of social events/sportives/cycle rides, and the Kent Velo Girls is a friendly cycling club with weekly rides for varying abilities. For serious runners there is the Harriers, or for more friendly, new runners – Sarah’s Runners which meet twice a week for runs of varying lengths….

    We have the sea around 40 minutes away, London is 50 minutes on the train, beautiful countryside on the doorstep and every sort of club/activity going, along with two theatres, cinema, live music events, local markets, great independent shops in the High Street, supper clubs, book groups, wine societies etc etc

    Gatwick is only 40 minutes away, LHR a bit further, but the proximity of the Channel Tunnel makes popping across to France for the day a real possibility.

    Best of luck with the decision – and happy to answer any further questions…


    Belinda Aspinall

    Our facebook group have been sharing their ideas on your move! You can read the thread here or see some of the ideas below

    Tunbridge Wells

    Winchester. Great links to London. Lovely town but very easy access to countryside – South Downs, new forest and the coast.


    Amersham, Gerrards Cross, any of The Chalfonts, Princes Risborough. Lots round here

    Chichester! Coast, beaches, culture, shops and South Downs National Park + direct train to London (roughly 1.5h) and easy access to Southampton airport or a bit further to Gatwick.





    Hello and thank you for all the replies. Much appreciated!

    I’m quite taken with the idea of Chichester as I really like the idea of beaches, sea and the Downs. I spent some time near Petersfield (in Steep) in the early 2000s, and it’s a little too quiet for me, unless it’s changed a fair bit since then.

    Any thoughts on Hove? Or somewhere a little quieter than Brighton on the south coast?

    Thank you again.




    Hello Susan

    We came to Rye in East Sussex from Tunbridge Wells 14 years ago. It takes 56 minutes to reach London if you still feel the need. As a keen cyclist the flat of the Romney Marsh will give hours of pleasure although inland we do have some modest hills.

    For Property look at http://RyeBayProperty.co.uk most of the properties come to the market very quietly and prices are considerably lower than you are used to.

    Crime is extremely low in Rye and the people are extremely friendly.

    Everyone loves Rye.
    best wishes

    • This reply was modified 6 years ago by  Paul.


    Hi Susan,

    Another location to consider is lovely Deal. Everyone rides their bikes around the town, and there’s a new cycle café which has just opened by the beach. It’s a very friendly town with a good range of housing stock, particularly period cottages. The town itself is vibrant with lots of independent shops and fab places to eat.

    Deal train station is centrally located and is walkable from most spots in the town, which would allow you access London when you need to.

    Wrt selling your property in London, my advice is that you invite three reputable local estate agents to come and value your property, and ask them for their advice. Properties are still selling in London but setting a realistic guide price is the key.

    Please do get in touch for an informal chat,- my business is helping people like yourself to move to Kent and East Sussex: http://www.fionapenny.com, e:fiona@fionapenny.com, t: 01580 713825.

    With best wishes,



    Belinda Aspinall

    this reply came from one of our members

    Rye is a beautiful place – one of the original ‘Cinque Port Towns’ created by Henry VIII with pretty cobbled street and medieval buildings. There is a strong arts community in Rye with lots of galleries and artistic and cultural events. There are a good selection of day to day shops and individual boutiques. It is much quieter than Brighton, that’s for sure! From Gail


    Belinda Aspinall

    Another response from Carrie B

    I moved to East Sussex in my 60s and wished I had come before.
    Bexhill, and Cooden is ideal for this person – there are sea walks, cycling paths, and lots of other activities but is nowhere near as touristy or busy as Brighton while still offering plenty –
    I like Bexhill for its independent shops, cafes, selection of restaurants. Easy to get into the country as well as being by the sea. Buses to Eastbourne and Hastings in the opposite direction. I have never regretted moving here.

    Carrie B.
    Carrie Beeson FCIPR
    Independent PR and Marketing Consultant



    Hi Susan
    Somewhere not as far as the South Coast but worth considering is Guildford. Obviously excellent cycling on and off road in the Surrey Hills, good culture with G-Live and theatre in Guildford itself and easy to get to London or the South Coast.
    Lots of 50+ at the sports clubs – very active clubs everywhere whatever your hobbies.
    As for Brexit – I’d go sooner rather than later as I feel we’re currently in a honeymoon period when we think it’s all OK as the skies haven’t fallen in on us in the immediate aftermath. Local estate agents having best months for a while – but will it last once negotiations and reality start.
    Good luck – an exciting future for you.



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