What is Haywards Heath and Sussex like?
The allure of Haywards Heath lies in its excellent schools, the pretty surrounding countryside and picturesque villages, and an easy commute to London. The town itself is, frankly, unremarkable, but a wealth of affluent and very attractive villages in the area are hubs of active, family-focused communities.
Based in mid Sussex, we cover a large part of East Sussex and West Sussex, extending to about a 15-mile radius of the Haywards Heath office. It is an area that extends to the South Downs and Lewes, the Ashdown Forest, north to the Surrey borders and west to the A24.
Property in Sussex
Demand for village and country property around Haywards Heath has traditionally been driven by the excellent commuting. However, in recent years the area’s superb schooling has become an equally important factor for buyers: access to the sought-after Cumnor House School is a particular draw. Family houses are therefore the core market here, although the excellent choice of property ranges from bijou cottages to substantial estates. We aim to offer the cream of the market at all levels.
The prime spot is the countryside around Lindfield, being close to Haywards Heath and convenient for the mainline station. Also coveted are the pretty villages of Hurstpierpoint, Ditchling, Cuckfield, Horsted Keynes, Balcombe, Newick and Ardingly, and the more rural hamlets of Streat and East Chiltington. All offer a charming mixture of period architecture and lovely rural settings.
The local scene
This is rural living at its most civilised, with the coast at Brighton just 12 miles away and the glorious South Downs on the doorstep. Outdoor pursuits range from a highly active equestrian scene — riding in the Ashdown Forest, showjumping at Hickstead and racing at Plumpton — to strolls through the famous gardens of Nymans, Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park. The agricultural showground at Ardingly hosts the famous South of England Show and country fairs throughout the year.
There is also a superb cultural scene, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne, near Lewes, and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literature events.
The A23/M23 provides direct access to the M25 and into central London.
Trains to London Victoria and London Bridge take around 45 minutes.
Gatwick Airport is 20 minutes up the M23.
Schools in Sussex
Schools are the area’s chief draw. Cumnor House Preparatory School in Danehill is hugely coveted and is a particular favourite with our London buyers. The other major prep schools include Great Walstead School, Lindfield; Brambletye School, East Grinstead; and Handcross Park School at Handcross.
The leading senior schools include Ardingly College, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Worth Abbey, Hurstpierpoint College, Lancing College and Brighton College.
The highly regarded state schools include Warden Park School, Cuckfield; Oathall Community College, Lindfield; and Downlands Community School, Hassocks.