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“We would like to thank you both for not only finding the property but also for the many different ways in which you have offered help, advice and support. We would certainly recommend you to anyone looking for that difficult-to-find property!”

Mr & Mrs NA, West Sussex

Property Search Agents in West Sussex

Officially the sunniest county in England, West Sussex is intimate, lush and opulent, with its hills steep and huddled, closing in on its multitude of river valleys.

This beautiful county presents two main faces:-

  • The South Downs, now designated as England’s most recent National Park, with its lovely rolling chalk hills separating the majority of the county from the sea (the latter largely urbanised, save for the holiday havens of the Selsey peninsular).
  • The north of the county offer rolling, largely wooded hills, with clearings now favouring the English winemaker.
  • The area between runs along the River Rother, stretching from Petersfield to the west to Pulborough in the east, with picturesque villages and towns seemingly far away from the bustle of commuter land.

Archecturally, the rich farmland of the Chichester basin created the greatest wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries and this is where the finer Georgian and Queen Anne houses are to be found (elsewhere relatively small farm steadings  throughout picturesque medieval and tudor farmhouses and cottages).  Today, the larger houses to the eastern side of the county dating from the Victorian and Edwardian era are to be found down the corridors of the new railway lines, stretching from Horsham down to Littlehampton and the Brighton/Gatwick corridor.


The better known prep schools tend to be concentrated in the eastern half of the county, particularly from Haywards Heath to Forest Row.  West Sussex better known public schools include Worth, Ardingly College and Christ’s Hospital.   Click “here” for a detailed list of all schools in Sussex and Kent.


The road network radiates from the M23/A23 and the A3 corridors – with the A272 and A27 running east/west (the reason much of West Sussex forms a quiet backwater devolves from its lack of major trunk work).

In commuting terms, the county is not well served, save for the Brighton line, where trains from Haywards Heath reach London in three quarters of an hour (Three Bridges and Gatwick even less), trains connecting to Victoria as well as London Bridge.  In addition, the line carries the main Thameslink service through London; otherwise, the Portsmouth and Littlehampton lines connect to London Bridge and Victoria via Pulborough, Horsham and Crawley (the journey from Horsham taking around one hour).  Alternatively, the north west of the county  is served by the Portsmouth/Waterloo line (trains from Haslemere taking ca. 50 minutes).

The county is probably best known from its proximity to air travel from London Gatwick, one of the busiest single runway airports in the world.

Towns that offer good shops and a sense of style include Horsham, Billingshurst, Petworth, Pulborough, Midhurst and Arundel – with the cathedral city of Chichester in the west (with it’s well known festival theatre). In the heart of the South Downs National Park lies Cowdray Park a 16,500 acre estate owned by the Cowdray family since 1908.  It has a golf course, clay pigeon shoot, holiday cottages and is home to the famous Cowdray Park Polo Club, one of the leading polo clubs in the country.

Goodwood is the centre of a sporting empire with horse racing at Glorious Goodwood, motorsport at The Goodwood Festival of Speed and the famous Revival meeting where great vintage racing cars keep everyone on the edge of their seats!  The county hosts a number of idyllic gardens including the National Trust garden Nymans which is a garden lovers’ paradise with plants from all around the globe. Wakehurst Place (Kew’s country garden with over 180 acres of gardens including woodland, water features and Kew’s Millennium seed bank) and West Dean which forms a vibrant centre for the Arts, conservation and restoration.

We hope this has given you an overview of West Sussex and the types of property that may be located in the areas you are considering, as well as travel and commuting information and also schooling. Please call us if you would like to chat with us about a future property search in this beautiful county. We are property search agents in West Sussex, as well as East Sussex and Kent so will be able to assist you for the borders of the counties as well.

We offer over 45 years’ experience as property search agents in West Sussex and our unrivalled knowledge of the area means that we are extremely well equipped to find you the perfect home. You will receive top quality service and this will extend to any possible challenges or complications you may be experiencing with the search; once we have found you the right property our service continues throughout negotiations, relocation, planning and removal.


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“We would like to thank you both for not only finding the property but also for the many different ways in which you have offered help, advice and support. We would certainly recommend you to anyone looking for that difficult-to-find property!”

Mr & Mrs NA, West Sussex