West Sussex: Commutable, Rural, Coastal High Quality Property
West Sussex offers speed of access to London by road or rail, approximately one hour forty-five minutes from the coast or Chichester, enables buyers to live in a delightful location whilst either commuting or working from home.
The calibre of property: Period and contemporary, rural or coastal – some with outstanding country or coastal views, provides a wide selection and opportunity for all requirements and styles of living.
Town and Village Houses: The History
The Romans were not ‘slow off the mark’ when they saw the potential of West Sussex as they established one of their most important villas, Fishbourne, at the head of Chichester Harbour – now an important place to visit. The coastal towns became centres of commerce because of the salt industry, fishing and the wool trade.
Due to this earlier prosperity: West Sussex has high calibre period houses in places such as Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth and Arundel plus delightful Sussex flint-stone cottages, tile-hung and weather boarded houses often built round the village green.
West Sussex contains striking manor houses and country estates. The wonderful houses of Goodwood, Cowdray, Petworth and Arundel Castle, plus all the special events connected with them, are real focuses to enhance the pleasure of living in the area.
Waterside & Coastal Property in West Sussex
Chichester Harbour Marina provides facilities for over 12,000 craft and covers a wide area including Bosham. Emsworth and Hayling Island are easily accessible.
There are lovely beaches at West Wittering and Aldwick plus delightful walks by the nature reserve of Pagham Harbour and Church Norton.
West Sussex offers first class educational opportunities both from within the Maintained and Independent Sector; amongst the latter are Bedales, Lancing College, Seaford College, Portsmouth Grammar, Portsmouth High and Lavant House School, to name a few.
Chichester College boast one of the finest colleges, ranked in the top ten in the country and also has a highly sought after University.
West Sussex is well connected with the A3 out of London towards Portsmouth, one of the most pleasant routes south and the M3 leading to the A27 along the coast.
The train service to Victoria is accessible from Southampton or Portsmouth running through Chichester and serving stations along the coast, via Brighton. An alternative service passes through the Arun Valley calling at Barnham, Ford, Arundel, Amberley, Pulborough, Billingshurst and Horsham.
Waterloo Station is served by trains from Portsmouth via Havant, Rowland Castle, Liss, Liphook, Petersfield and Haslemere.
Gatwick International Airport is an hour’s drive from the coast and Southampton Airport offers accessibility to most of the UK and Europe
West Sussex has one of the highest sunshine rates in the UK.
The Downs shelter the area to the south from the worst of the winter weather.
Temperatures normally compare very favourably with the whole of the South Coast.