The Central and Northern Region of Sussex and West Kent boasts some of the most attractive landscape in England comprised of gently undulating countryside, woods and farmland, a striking contrast to the miles of beaches and jagged cliffs of the coastal strip. The vast stretch of the South Downs which have been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty forms a natural divide for the coastal conurbations, which can take the shape of a small quiet village to the vibrant 4 mile stretch of Brighton and Hove City. The geography of the Downs provides the coastal region with a sunnier sub climate.
Whether the attraction is the stunning tranquil countryside, the miles of beaches to stroll beside or the buzz of the city and towns, this area has it all within easy reach. The excellent communication network even allows you to enjoy all three experiences in one day.
The City of Brighton & Hove dominating the coast with its vibrant culture and cosmopolitan style is frequently referred to as “London by the Sea.” It is a most popular choice for commuters being only 52 minutes away from London Victoria.
To the west are the towns of Shoreham, Hustpierpoint, Worthing, Rustington, Littlehampton, Stenying, Storrington and Chichester.
Along the coast to the east are the towns of Rottingdean, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford. Eastbourne with its old fashioned charms draws residents wishing for a more peaceful approach to life. The stunning scenery of Beachy Head cliffs have been used in many films. Further along the coast is Bexhill, Hastings and the quaint fishing village of Rye.
The attractive town of Haywards Heath, set in the heart of the Sussex countryside is also a natural choice for commuters with a journey time to London of 45 minutes. Horsham and Crawley are just minutes away from Gatwick Airport. The fascinating historic town of Lewes sits serenely on the river Ouse and is another favourite choice when considering a residential or commercial property acquisition. Travelling further into East Sussex there are many thriving towns, East Grinstead,
Heathfield, Uckfield, Hailsham, Crowborough and Historic Battle are perhaps the most notable with picturesque villages dotted amongst them.
Sitting on the border of West Kent Royal Tunbridge Wells is understandably a favourite town with many properties retaining much of the charm and elegance of its Georgian heyday. Cranbrook known as the capital of the Weald with its medieval layout of streets and alleys is just west of Tenterden. This attractive cinque port town is only 7 miles from Ashford and the M20.
Gatwick is close at hand for many towns.
Heathrow has easy access by rail or road
Shoreham has private charters.
Sussex and West Kent is served by a dense rail network.
The Eurostar runs from Ashford direct to Paris with a journey time of 2 hours 15 minutes.
The M20 starts at Folkestone and goes north via Ashford to join up with the M25. The A27 runs along most of the Sussex coast with link roads A29, A24, A23, A22, A21, all joining up to the M25, providing and excellent road network.
The Sussex and West Kent areas provide a vast array of properties from, balconied seafront residences, period town houses or country seclusion. Bespoke architect designed houses are becoming popular over this region providing greater variation to the current mix of styles. In Brighton and Hove City Regency Architecture dominates the seafront right along to Kemp Town which can boast amongst its former residents the comedian Max Wall and Lord Olivier reflecting the vibrant theatre going community at the heart of Brighton city life.
Moving further north into the Sussex and Kent countryside can be found imposing and impressive country residences often offering significant amounts of land frequently used for equestrian purposes. On the borders of East Sussex and West Kent the countryside is dotted with the famed Oast Houses which were once used as working granaries and have now been converted into delightful family homes. Old or new, urban or rural a property can be found to suit specific and individual requirements.
A Thriving and entrepreneurial spirit dominates the economic landscape with 97% of all business coming from small to medium sized businesses, these tend to be comprised of biotech, media and IT. The largest employers in the region come from the education, health care and public administration sectors with banking, finance, logistics and tourism also being strong players.
The Gatwick Diamond is recognised as an important economic sub region which attracts inward business development, with the aim to make this region a world class internationally recognised business location.
Small village schools where class sizes can be half that of the larger town and city schools prove to be a popular option in the state system. Catchment areas need to be taken into consideration when choosing.
Tunbridge Wells has one of the few remaining Grammar schools in Kent.
This region has a huge selection of prep and senior schools. The world famous Roedean and highly regarded Brighton and Lancing Colleges are some of the 35 to choose from.
There are a myriad of activities to choose from and enjoy .Brighton and Tunbridge Wells both have nationally renowned Theatres with an excellent choice of pre London shows and plays. Horse racing at Brighton, Goodwood, Fontwell and Lingfield has a devoted following and the show jumping at Hickstead inspires budding riders. Sailing is very popular, with enthusiasts benefiting from Brighton marina’s facilities. People come from miles around to enjoy the famous Glyndebourne Opera House situated just outside Lewes. Hove is the home to the Sussex County Cricket Club, and the properties that surround the ground are always in great demand. There are an abundance of golf, sports and leisure clubs catering for individual and specific needs.
The South Downs provides some of the most attractive countryside anywhere in England, popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike. There is something to suit all tastes from the gentile walker to the more adventurous prepared to tackle the South Downs Way, which covers 100 miles in total from Eastbourne through to Winchester in Hampshire.
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