Petworth, West Sussex


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The Insider Guide


Petworth may be somewhat in the shadow of nearby Chichester when it comes to public profile but that works to its advantage. It offers the same delightful mix of opportunities as its more famous near neighbour, albeit without being actually on the water, and so property prices are more competitive.


This is a historic town though and as such it offers a wonderful mix of properties from period homes to terraced gems, and all of them close to a wide range of amenities on offer to its residents.


What a property agent can purchase


£800k buys: A five-bedroom detached house, in a cul-de-sac location.


£1.25m buys: A five-bedroom detached house.


£2.5m buys: A five-bedroom detached house, in a sought after location with grounds.


Best hotels in Petworth


The Angel Inn ( is a historic spot offering comfortable rooms and excellent dining options. The Old Railway Station ( offers a unique opportunity to stay overnight in an old Pullman railway carriage. The Cricketers ( is a charming pub with rooms.



Best restaurants in Petworth


E Street Bar and Grill ( is a delightful bistro which often has events on the calendar. The legendary Tiffins ( is a family-run enterprise offering afternoon tea options aplenty in elegant surroundings. Meghdoot’s ( is the place to go for authentic Indian cuisine…or why not get involved and try one of their cooking demonstrations?


Best schools in Petworth


Seaford College ( is an independent school for boys and girls aged 7 to 18 with a first class academic record. Dorset House School ( educates boys and girls aged from 4 to 13 and is proud of its reputation among parents for the quality of its teaching, especially in Science and English. Great Ballard School ( is a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 to 13 with a first class academic record and wondaful facilities.


Buying Agent Fact


Just on the edge of the town, the National Trust-owned Petworth House ( is well worth a visit to see a splendid late 17th century stately home and wonderful parkland to explore.


How to get to Petworth from central London


Train: 51 mins to London Victoria.

Car: 1 hours 30 minutes to central London

Helicopter: 25 minutes from Battersea Heliport













James Nightingall