Voted one of the best places to live, Midhurst is a great commuter spot

Posted 4 July 2016 by Fiona Brandhorst

The market town of Midhurst on the River Rother is at the heart of the South Downs a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty with its many walking and cycle trails...

The magnificent ruins of Cowdray Park and the Norman Castle are popular tourist attractions and Goodwood is a short drive away. Ruth Rendell also set many of her Inspector Wexford novels in Midhurst. Midhurst has also been voted one of the best places to live by The Sunday Times.

Commuters can drive to Haslemere for the fast train into London Waterloo in just under an hour or Petersfield, an 18 minute drive, with fast trains to London taking 1hr and 9 minutes – but it does mean you get a seat. Regular bus routes run directly to local towns within West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

The town is a delightful mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture with an excellent range of upmarket shops, cafés and delis along West Street, Red Lion Street, Church Hill, Knockhundred Row and North Street. The Midhurst Music, Arts and Drama Festival is an annual community event that brings together the creative, artistic and musical talent of Midhurst. The Grange Leisure Centre  includes a multi-purpose four-court sports hall, fitness room, two squash courts, dance studio, sauna, steam room and a spa pool, bar and café. There are over fifty clubs and societies in Midhurst from arts and crafts to environmental and heritage activities.

Popular schools include the Midhurst Rother College judged outstanding Ofsted, drawing students from the surrounding villages and market towns.  There is a Church of England Primary School in the town and primaries in nearby Easebourne and Stedham. Private schools include Churchers College, Bedales and Ditcham Park School.

A monthly season ticket to London costs £382.10 from Haslemere (£3,980 annually) with the fastest journey time between Haslemere and London Waterloo 52 minutes. Trains to London from Petersfield take 1hr and 9 minutes (£405.90 monthly, £4,228 annually).

Midhurst is around 55 miles from London and 12 miles to Chichester. Gatwick is 33 miles, just over an hour by road via the A272 while Heathrow is also just an hour by car.

A number of national and regional housebuilders are creating attractive developments in the area appealing to a range of buyers from families moving from London for good schools and an outdoor lifestyle to local downsizers.

Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in Midhurst:

The Pines (CALA Homes) - Set in the heart of the magnificent King Edward VII Estate within the South Downs National Park, The Pines at Brackenwood features a mix of premium five-bedroom detached family homes, all built to reflect the architectural design of the area. The Highleigh has five bedrooms and three reception rooms. Priced at £975,000. Read more about The Pines from CALA HomesThe Pines (CALA Homes)
Turner House (McCarthy & Stone) – This Platinum Range Retirement Living development will provide fantastic premium apartments for homeowners aged 60 years and over. Surrounded by a wealth of services, such as local shops, cafes, restaurants and healthcare amenities (including a doctor's surgery, dental practice and chemist/pharmacy), this development is ideally located with transport links also close by. Prices from £258,950. Find out more about Turner House from McCarthy & StoneTurner House (McCarthy & Stone)
Foxfield Grove (David Wilson Homes) - This award winning development of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes has been recognised for its distinct styling and layout. Close to the popular market square in Petersfield with its regular markets and excellent eateries. Prices from £799,995. View more details for Foxfield Grove from David Wilson HomesFoxfield Grove (David Wilson Homes)
Morgan Court (McCarthy & Stone) - A pretty development of 26 one- and two-bedroom Retirement Living apartments within easy walking distance of the ancient market town of Petworth which boasts winding lanes and quaint old buildings and a wide range of attractions and activities. Prices from £207,950. Find out more about Morgan Cout from McCarthy & StoneMorgan Court (McCarthy & Stone)
King Edward VII Estate (City & Country) - Sitting within the South Downs National Park between Haslemere and Midhurst this development is a unique mix of Grade II and II* listed buildings which are being meticulously restored and converted into a collection of apartments, duplexes and houses set within 165 acres of landscaped grounds. Prices from £470,000. For details visit 01730 817979​​​​​​King Edward VII Estate (City & Country)

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