Living in West Sussex – Quotes From Others

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Don’t take our word for it...what others say about the area

“Midhurst lies in the heart of the South Downs National Park, covering property in West Sussex, Hampshire and southern Surrey. Its proximity to London and excellent road, rail and air transport links, means the area is extremely popular, attracting a broad range of buyers with a cross section of motivations.

At the foot of the South Downs, this region is known to be a beautiful area for walking and riding, but also for its abundance of famous attractions such as Goodwood's Festival of Speed, Cowdray polo, Petworth Park, Chichester Festival Theatre and its popular sailing coast line”  Jackson Stops

"West Sussex has everything a family might need. Excellent schools and friendly communities in the most beautiful South Downs villages especially around Midhurst, Arundel & Chichester, easy access to Gatwick, fabulous beaches and stunning countryside…..all within 50 miles of central London." Bill Spreckley, Stacks


“West Sussex really is a special county, it literally has everything you could possibly need: fantastic beaches, pretty little villages, the South Downs, country pubs, good country walks, an historical cathedral city, a major airport and excellent train links to London.

Just along the coast a bit is bohemian Brighton, vibrant and lively.

It's a pretty safe county with some thriving communities and work is continuously being done to enhance local facilities.  I also feel there is a good selection of schools.  We have some fantastic museums.” Lyndsay Pink


“FERNHURST lies in the north-west corner of West Sussex within the newly formed South Downs National Park. It is just a few minutes drive from Haslemere (55 minutes by train to London Waterloo) and close to the border of Hampshire. Every train for Waterloo stops here, so it is the best of both worlds for a life after Londoner – hop in hop out!  The A286 runs through its centre dividing the village into west and east. The idyllic village green on the eastern side is surrounded by old and beautiful buildings, within walking distance is the Parish Church, pavilion, cricket green and Primary school. The village provides shops for most day-to-day needs including a Post Office and chemist. More comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities are available in Haslemere. The surrounding countryside comprises a mixture of woodland and farmland ideal for sporting and country pursuits, whilst to the south is Chichester famous for its Theatre, Cathedral and sailing.”  Adrian Hardwick--Keats Estate Agents


"There are homes of every size and type in West Sussex, with the exception of the multi-million pound high rise developments seen in prime central London these days, so whether buyers are starting out and want to take up the Help to Buy scheme on a new home, or they’re looking for their dream country house set in several acres of the South Downs National Park, this is the county to come to.  We have coast, countryside and culture - and easy access to London whenever required.

The property price differentials between the capital and West Sussex have certainly led to DFLs (Down From Londoners) discovering a new way of life here in the countryside and second homes are a big part of the market, particularly along the coast." Philip Jordan--Henry Adams Estate Agency


“The village of East Preston in West Sussex an ideal place to come and live when you've had enough of city living.  The pretty seaside village is brimming with charm and character. Just south of the South Downs National Park, East Preston has a delightful sense of community and has been described as 'Living in the country by the sea'. There is a fabulous June Village Festival held every year. East Preston village is ideally placed for all amenities with a good range of shops as well as a post office, library, tennis club, bowls, bars, restaurants, churches, dentists, doctor's surgery, vets and village schools. Sailing, golf and health clubs are also close to hand, so you'll certainly be able to make the most of your leisure time here.

When you're in search of a peaceful retreat from life's stressful moments, East Preston's pebble-covered shoreline, unblemished by typical beach attractions, is just a few minutes away. Indeed, winter walks and summer strolls along the water's edge help make life on the Sussex coast so special.

Angmering mainline station serving London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton. Gatwick airport is about 40 miles away from East Preston. The Brighton to Portsmouth Coastliner 700 bus also runs through East Preston.” Cooper Adams

"We have Weald and downland, Cass Sculpture Park and West Dean Gardens, all within ten mins of each other so never short of ways to fill an afternoon. The best beaches, lovely local independent shops, the most beautiful countryside... I couldn’t love it more. Although sometimes wish it wasn’t quite so far from London!" Instagram User @mumfacegrace

"Arundel castle to start ... my home town. We are blessed with both the downs and the beach and Brighton is just along the coast." Instagram User @kerrymac2010

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"We moved here from Guildford so our son and daughter would grow up seeing the seasons change as we pass fields of ripening corn or bright yellow rapeseed, I preferred them to see  tractors or combine harvesters rather than a diesel juggernauts or traffic jams, to be picking blackberries and strawberries not looking at shop windows, and to be absorbed in village life before they go out and explore the world.  There's plenty of time for that.

Now they are well on their way through primary school at 8 and 10, technology has of course done its best to take over, but that mellow fruitfulness still glints through on a misty autumn morning on the way to school as they tell me about Minecraft or The Next Step.

There’s plenty for them to do here out of school with all sorts of sports and my husband has made new friends at tennis and badminton but there are thriving football and rugby clubs around here as well. And we have a more than a few friends who are keen sailors, heading to the coast with their kids each weekend.

When they were smaller, we’d take our children almost every week to Fishers Farm Park, just a couple of miles from whee we live. It’s one of Trip Advisor’s top 10 UK amusement parks but it's on a manageable scale, thankfully nothing like Alton Towers.

It did take me a couple of years to get used to moving from town to country but now settled, we're so lucky to live in this part of West Sussex."--Bridget Cordy


“Midhurst – a charming market town in the heart of the South Downs National Park” --Nigel Clements-Alexander James


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“We sell a lot of properties in a little hamlet called Clymping, which has a very beautiful little beach and is close to the very popular old market town of Arundel. We find quite a few of the people who enquire about the properties we have for sale there tend to be retiring from London or Surrey.”  Alex Goodman--Goodmans Estate Agents

“Hurstpierpoint is a charming village with a wonderful classic village High Street. Hurstpierpoint has a strong community spirit and scenic country walks and cycle routes can be found close by.   The city of Brighton is just a ten minute drive away and the neighbouring village of Hassocks has a mainline railway station that offers regular services  to London.” --Mishon Mackay


“We are in Horsham which is extremely popular for a number of reasons. We have a direct train route to London Victoria and London Bridge that are both around 1 hour.

We have excellent schools such as Millais and Forest and Heron Way Primary School. Just outside of Horsham we also have Farlington, a private girls school which gets fantastic results.

There is plenty to do in Horsham and the market town is superb for shopping and eating out East Street is full of lovely restaurants.

Southwater, a village just south of Horsham is becoming very popular and is ever growing with new homes, the Southwater Academy there achieves excellent results and the park has just been refurbished into a mini dinosaur adventure park, great for family life!” Alice Peach--Henry Adams



‘‘You can get an exhilarating feeling of freedom being on the top of the world when you venture up and on top of the South Downs…’  Stephen Shellswell--Homefinders 4 You

For more information about living in West Sussex, visit our Why Move to West Sussex? page

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