About this office
The Horsham estate agency team is extremely experienced, with over 65 years’ experience across the three managers alone. All of the team live locally and are well placed for extolling the virtues of the area and have extensive experience of Horsham’s diverse property portfolio from family homes to period properties, new-build apartments to bungalows, across Horsham town, its surrounding villages and rural areas all the way to the South Downs. In addition to the core business, the team is accompanied by Mark Wheeler who deals with Prime and Country Houses; Mark has over 30 years’ experience across the Surrey and Sussex area.
Why move to Horsham?
The thriving West Sussex market town of Horsham is highly regarded for its excellent setting and its charming pedestrianised heart, which offers good shopping and a varied selection of superb restaurants and pubs. The town is approximately 30 miles southwest of London and just over 20 miles northwest of Brighton, situated on the south coast with its fantastic shopping and leisure amenities, as well as sailing and its popular pebble beaches. Horsham is well-positioned for those that need easy access to London, but it's also great for those that want to visit the UK's famous tourist hot spots on the south coast. The area also boasts numerous sporting and leisure facilities, with golf at The Pavilions, Slinfold and Mannings, showjumping at Hickstead and guided walks at the National Trust’s gardens at Nymans. The South Downs and High Weald Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are right on the doorstep, with the satellite villages of Slinfold, Cowfold, Barns Green, Colgate, Rowhook, Itchingfield, Warnham and Handcross all within five miles and offering a more rural outlook.
A little bit of history
The first recorded reference to Horsham was in the year 947 AD – it’s believed that the name might mean ‘horse’s home’, as the town was known for its horse trading many centuries ago. More recently it has become famous for its iron, brick and brewing. The town grew up around the historic areas of the Carfax and Causeway, where buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries can be seen. For a better overview of Horsham’s history, pay a visit to the town museum – a fantastic, quaint museum that takes visitors back to a bygone era.
Architecture and property
Horsham offers a fantastically diverse array of housing types, which includes modern developments to characterful period homes, vast country houses and farms to new build apartments for the first-time buyer. The Carfax is one of the most historical areas of the town, where there are shops and some residential opportunities, while the Causeway, a no-through road leading to St Mary’s Church and the river provides a fabulous array of period properties, many built in the Sussex vernacular with tile-hung elevations and visible timber frames. Directly east and west of the town centre are Victorian terraces, while the modern developments at Highwood Village, Wickhurst Green and Broadbridge Park offer contemporary accommodations.
Shopping and amenities
Horsham is a market town and the Carfax, the historic centre, is a vibrant spot that’s constantly bustling with regular markets, entertainment and diverse shopping. In contrast, the Piries Place development has been subject to a recent multi-million-pound renovation and includes an Everyman Cinema, restaurants and good shopping. There are further shops available in the convenient Swan Walk Centre, a small mall with household name stores.
At the Piries Place development in the centre of town, along with a cinema you’ll also discover a wealth of dining options, such as Miller & Carter, independent pubs and bars and the highly regarded White Brasserie Company. There are High Street favourites including Ask, Nando’s, Wagamama and Cote Brasserie for quick bites, as well as five-star establishments such as Restaurant Tristan, which holds a coveted Michelin star.
One of the biggest landmarks in the area is Horsham Park, which features beautifully manicured gardens and includes a maze, a skate park and a children’s play area, tennis courts and bowls. To the west of the town centre, Warnham Deer Park provides a pleasant path through a herd of deer. On the doorstep are the rolling hills of the South Downs, which are easily accessible at Pulborough, or the fabulous footpaths, woodland and chalk hills of the High Weald AONB, which begins on the eastern border of Horsham.
The area is highly regarded by local families and overseas students alike for its excellent schooling. Schools in Horsham include Millais School for Girls, The Forest School for Boys, Tanbridge House (rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and primary schools including Heron Way (Outstanding), North Heath and Greenway Academy for 7-11-year olds. Local private schools include Farlington, Cottesmore Prep, Handcross Park between Horsham and Haywards Heath and the very well acclaimed Windlesham House School, which is situated on the South Downs and is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading independent boarding and day schools.
Horsham's location means that it's popular with commuters. There are strong road and rail links with the capital: from the central train station it’s a 55-minute direct journey to London Victoria or 35 minutes to East Croydon, while the station at Littlehaven offers an additional choice for commuters. As well as being in the perfect position for commuters heading into London, Horsham is ideally suited to international travelling, being situated 12 miles from Gatwick airport and 40 miles from Heathrow. Horsham is also close to the major UK seaports at Dover and Portsmouth. The nearby M23 provides a direct link to M25 and the national motorway network.