Property around Brighton: Seven of the best villages to consider
Posted 5 February 2016 by Helen Christie
New developments have seen the old town grow into the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove. The railway has been central to the growth and success of the city and today, over 16m pass through the station gates annually, making Brighton one of the top ten busiest stations in the country.
Recent developments at the harbour and marina, its night life, restaurants and festivals, its continued popularity as a home for celebrities and as a destination for day-trippers, together with the famous Lanes shopping area, have all helped ensured Brighton's continued success.
Because of its popularity with commuters and the beauty of the surrounding South Downs countryside and coastline, the villages near Brighton and Hove are much sought after. Many are attracted by their typical Sussex charm, traditional brick and tiles house and other rural and idyllic features.
Pyecombe is a small village of around 200 people that sits in the Sussex countryside seven miles north of Brighton. The village Church of the Transfiguration was built in the 1170s and remains at the heart of village life. There are no shops in the village, but its location on the main A23 London to Brighton road means shops and services are within easy reach by car. The Plough public house offers hospitality to locals and visitors to the area, while Pyecombe Golf Club and The Three Greys riding school provide outdoor activities.
Poynings nestles in the Devils Dyke in the beautiful South Downs, just five miles from the centre of Brighton. Properties range from tradition flint and red brick to white painted timber-framed homes, ranged along the village's narrow tree-lined lanes. The main feature of the village is the church, built in the traditional flint style in the 14th century and featuring stained glass windows added in the 15th century. Villagers enjoy a range of clubs including the drumming and percussion group, cricket club and folk dancing group in nearby Newtimber. The village hall hosts cinema evening for the 300 villagers and those from the nearby areas of Fulking, Newtimer and Mayfield.
Ditchling is a large village eight miles north of Brighton. Surrounded by woods and farmlands, the village is overlooked by Ditchling Beacon, one of the highest points on the South Downs. The village is home to around 2,000 people, who enjoy a range of local shops and services along its quaint and pretty High Street., and has been home to singer Dame Vera Lynn, actor Sir Donald Sinden and TV presenter Jamie Theakston. Ditchling was the scene of a BBC documentary, A Very English Village, and visitors will recognise many features including the village green and village pond, Ditchling Team Rooms, the village church and The Bull and White Horse public houses. There are plenty of groups and associations, including a film society and the Ditchling Singers.
East of Brighton and close to the A26 Newhaven Road is the tiny village of Southease. Located within sight of the banks of the River Ouse, the village also has its own railway station offering direct services to Brighton taking 25 minutes, and less than 90 minutes to central London via Lewes. With only around 50 inhabitants, the village offers peace and quiet and stunning views across the South Downs National Park which surrounds it. Despite its size, the village puts on a number of events each year, including a Spring Plants Fair, Open Gardens, Chilli Day and carol services at the village church, complete with its rare round tower.
One mile north-west of Southease is the pretty village of Rodmell. This vibrant little community supports many activities including a book club, Womens' Institute, cricket club and parent and toddler group. The village hall and Abergavenny Arms pub provide places for villagers to meet and the church, allotments and village green are key to village life. Traditional flint and red-tiled homes line its narrow roads and lanes, alongside the popular local primary school.
Hassocks is a Sussex village between Brighton, seven miles to the south, and Burgess Hill to the north. Largely developed since the 1940s, the village has a large centre with a wide range of local shops, cafes and restaurants, and its local railway station with regular service to London and Brighton, make this a highly popular village with commuters. This popularity has made property in Hassocks some of the most expensive in the area. The village offers a new sports pavilion and playing fields, infant school, tennis courts, squash club and golf course. This sporting theme is echoed in the success of the local football side, Hassocks FC.
Albourne village sits on the main A23 road, ten miles north of Brighton. The village boasts a number of interesting old buildings, including Gallops, the oldest timber-framed building in the village, and The Pound, a former home for stray animals, built in the 17th century. Alongside the old are many newer homes of different styles, with carefully cut hedges and lawns. The church sits on the outskirts of the village and local children can attend the little primary school in The Street.