Where to live in rural Sussex

Working in London does not commit you to a lifetime of city or suburban living. If you’re dreaming of a rural landscape but don’t want to give up your London career, here are five top village destinations in Sussex you should take a closer look at.


Lindfield, West Sussex

Lindfield has been named the best kept village in Sussex three times. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a high street choc-full of historic buildings and a pretty duck pond, it’s easy to see the attraction.
Residents 5,400
Average house price £410,000
Commute Haywards Heath to London Victoria, 44 minutes

Lewes, East Sussex

In the South Downs National Park, the county town of East Sussex is only 10 miles from the coast. Lewes has a vibrant and quirky vibe, with many independent shops and restaurants set among its historic town centre. The annual Lewes Bonfire is among the largest and most well known in the UK.
Residents 17,000
Average house price £431,000
Commute Lewes to London Victoria, 70 minutes

Rye, East Sussex

Just two miles from the sea and the sandy beach at Winchelsea, Rye is a tempting mixture of cobbled streets, medieval buildings and antique shops. If you’re after a complete change from the hectic pace of London, this must surely be it. Book yourself a weekend break at The George and see if you can stop yourself falling head over heels.
Residents 9,000
Average house price £269,000
Commute Rye to London St Pancras, 90 minutes

Lurgashall, West Sussex

Close to the Surrey border, Lurgashall is a typical English village with a cricket green, historic pub and even has a family-run distillery. Haslemere station may be 15 minutes away by car but property prices reflect this.

Residents 600
Average house price £206,000
Commute Haslemere to London Waterloo, 52 minutes

Mayfield, East Sussex

Universally admired as one of the prettiest villages in the area, Mayfield has an unspoilt high street with good shops, pubs and a café, as well as excellent schools. The nearest stations are Crowborough (5 miles) or Tunbridge Wells (10 miles).
Inhabitants 3,700
Average house price £514,000
Commute Crowborough to London Victoria/London Bridge, 70 minutes; Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross, 51 minutes

This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry, working with a selection of companies including Hunters Estate Agents, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece of insight.