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27TH MARCH 2024

Exploring life in Crowborough

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Looking for your new home in the south east? You’ve just found it. Crowborough is a gem at the heart of East Sussex that offers the perfect blend of countryside charm and convenient connectivity. This market town, renowned for its scenic beauty and for being one of the highest points in the region with sweeping views, provides a serene backdrop for those after a peaceful and balanced lifestyle. 

As we delve into the allure of Crowborough, we'll explore its unique blend of leisure activities, cultural richness and the natural tranquillity that makes it an ideal place to live. We’ll also take a look at Brookworth's upcoming development of 12 new-build homes, so you can preview the new homes that await prospective homeowners in this distinguished location. Uncover the charm, appeal and unparalleled living experience that Crowborough has to offer.

History of Crowborough 

The history of Crowborough is a fascinating journey – from its establishment as a small settlement in 1880 to its evolution into a bustling town. 

Key moments that shaped its growth include the construction of the railway in 1868, which significantly boosted accessibility and development, and its designation as a civil parish in 1894, solidifying its status within the region. Crowborough’s most famous resident was Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, who was buried in the grounds of his home Windlesham in 1930.

These milestones were key in transforming Crowborough into the vibrant community it is today, marking it as a place of historical significance and continual progress within East Sussex.

Lifestyle and Community

Crowborough’s residents enjoy access to a wide range of amenities, including high street and independent shops, award-winning restaurants, parks and cultural venues, including the vibrant Community Centre and the Crowborough Tennis and Squash Club. 

This area is known for its rich events that bring the community together, from art exhibitions to music festivals, like the two-day CrowFest hosted every summer at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground and the wellness weekend Good Vibrations Society festival, held in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown forest. 

The demographics of Crowborough are just as diverse as its cultural calendar, making for a tapestry of people that enhances the town's appeal. The local area’s unique aspects include its strong sense of community and residents’ active participation in improving the area, making it a standout place to live.

Housing and Real Estate

According to getagent.co.uk: “On average, properties in Crowborough sell for £601,717 and spend 15 weeks on the market.” Buyer demand is high in this location as it’s so highly sought after, with the vibrant lifestyle it offers and its proximity both to London for commuters and to the countryside for families and retirees.

Outdoor Spaces and Nature

If you’re a nature lover, Crowborough is a haven for you, with its array of spectacular outdoor spaces. 

Ashdown Forest is the most renowned, with expansive heathland and woodland that inspired the setting for A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories. Five Hundred Acre Wood within it is a magical place for walks, with trails winding through enchanting woodland scenes. 

Eridge Rocks Nature Reserve presents a different landscape, with its striking sandstone rock formations amid ancient woodland, making it a destination for climbers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. While Broadwater Warren is known for its heathland restoration project, transforming conifer plantations back to heathland and wetland, crucial for native species like the nightjar and woodlark.

Brickfields Meadow is ideal for leisurely walks and picnics, with its grassy areas and pretty pond. Similarly, Walshes Park is a community-focused green space with recreational areas for play, making it a great spot for families.

Other activities available in Crowborough 

Restaurants and pubs

Crowborough boasts a vibrant dining scene with a variety of highly-rated pubs and restaurants. 

The Lazy Fox: an idyllic country pub with a south-facing beer garden and seasonal menus that celebrate local suppliers.

The White Hart on the Green: a welcoming, dog-friendly pub with a cosy atmosphere, serving real ales and Sunday roasts.

The Wheatsheaf: an 18th century pub with open fires, a comfort-food menu and live music in the evenings.

Other gems include the Blue Anchor, the Bricklayers Arms and The Coopers Arms – one of which is sure to be your new local.

After something a bit different? Unique dining experiences like the Crows Nest Supper Club provide a blend of a dinner party and restaurant setting, emphasising community culinary enjoyment.

Wineries and breweries

The local area is rich in activities for wine and beer aficionados.

Explore local wine estates like Busi Jacobsohn for tastings and guided tours, Wildwine micro winery at Coes Farm or Bluebell Vineyard Estates for its quality sparkling wine. 

Is ale up your street? There are plenty of local breweries, such as the ultra-sustainable Allkin Brewing and The Engine Room, specialising in real ales and craft beers. 

Theatre and cinema

If you fancy a cultural outing on a weekend, head to the Chequer Mead Theatre for a play, comedy show or musical, or catch a film at the award-winning Picture House Cinema, the Rusthall Community Cinema or the ODEON Tunbridge Wells. 


Shopping options range from local supermarkets including Waitrose, Sainsbury's Local, Tesco Superstore, Morrisons and Lidl to speciality shops like Leppards Butchers, Alteus Wines and Springbank Florist.

Sports clubs and leisure centres

For those looking to keep fit, Crowborough is home to numerous sports clubs and leisure centres, including tennis and squash, rugby, football, badminton, bowls and golf clubs, alongside well-equipped gyms.

Join classes or set your own workouts at Isenhurst Health Club, with its gym, spinning studio and pool, alongside a schedule of Zumba, Yoga, Kettlebell Circuits and more, or CrossFit Crowborough, where you can join a community of like-minded people for strength and conditioning training.


Relaxation and wellness are catered for with luxurious spas in Crowborough and the surrounding area. A top pick is the private boutique Knowle Grange Health Spa that offers spa days, with use of the gym, pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and beautiful walled garden, as well as treatment packages.

Further afield, you’ll find The Spa Hotel and Aquavie near Tonbridge, Chakra Spa in East Grinstead and Spa Therapy in Uckfield, so you can choose your favourite place to unwind.

Nearby towns

In Royal Tunbridge Wells, you can explore a myriad of parks, see a live show or delve into local history, with a short journey of just 7 miles.

Only 10 miles away, Forest Row is a 13th century hunting base, with sailing and fishing at Weirwood Reservoir and cycling along the Forest Way

The heavily Tudor East Grinstead, with its delightful café culture, is not far either, at 13 miles away.

So whether you're after culinary delights, cultural experiences, active pursuits or relaxation, Crowborough has something for everyone.

Local Economy and Employment

The area is known for its diverse employment opportunities across various sectors, including retail, education and healthcare. Recently, initiatives have been launched to boost the creative, cultural, leisure, hospitality and tourism industries, vital for the local economy's vibrancy and resilience​​.

From 2020-2024, the East Sussex Economy Recovery Plan, known as "East Sussex Reset," has outlined a comprehensive strategy to rebuild and strengthen the local economy post-COVID-19. This plan includes six missions focused on supporting businesses, creating jobs and enhancing skills among the workforce. Key initiatives include promoting local supply chains, investing in sector-specific skills development and leveraging digital technology to fast-forward business growth​.

Crowborough's strategic location, combined with its commitment to sustainability and digital innovation, positions it as an attractive place for businesses and individuals. The town's proximity to major transport links, including train stations and airports, enhances its appeal as a place to live and work, providing easy access to London, Brighton and beyond​​.

Healthcare and Services

In Crowborough, residents have access to a comprehensive healthcare system, including a range of GP surgeries known for their dedicated medical staff and quality patient care. Among the notable local medical facilities is the Beacon Health Centre, which offers a variety of services from routine check-ups to specialised referrals.

For more complex medical needs, the nearest major hospital is the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. This modern facility, located just a short drive from Crowborough, provides a full spectrum of services, including an emergency department, various outpatient clinics and specialised units for surgery, maternity, and paediatrics, among others. 

You’ll also find a variety of health clinics and services in the local area, including dental practices, physiotherapy clinics and mental health services.

Transport in Crowborough 

Crowborough has excellent transport links. The town is well-served by the A26, which provides direct access to nearby cities and towns, as well as connections to major motorways, including the A22 and the A21. The M25 is just 20 miles away for ease of travel to and from London and other parts of the UK.

Public transport in Crowborough includes a local bus network and a reliable railway service. Crowborough train station is located just 3 miles from the town centre in Jarvis Brook at the bottom of Crowborough Hill and offers routes to London and other destinations. 

Nearby Eridge, Buxted and Ashurst train stations, located within 4, 5 and 11 miles respectively, expand travel options for residents. These stations provide convenient access to a wider network, making trips to Central London and Brighton straightforward for commuters and leisure travellers alike.

For international travel, Gatwick Airport is remarkably close, at just 23 miles away. Heathrow Airport, while further at 53 miles, is also easily accessible.

Education and Schools

In Crowborough, you’ll find a strong mix of educational choices, including public and private nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools. 

Public schools like Jarvis Brook Primary School are known for their broad curriculum and emphasis on community involvement. Private schools, such as Greenfields Independent Day & Boarding School, focus on a highly personalised approach to learning. If the Montessori approach is for you, the Maria Montessori Nursery in Crowborough caters to little ones aged 2-5, offering a nurturing environment. Locally, there are also several institutions rated Ofsted Outstanding at the time of writing, including The Warren Nursery & Pre-School and Rotherfield Village Pre-School. 

Each type of schooling in this area plays a part in fostering a diverse learning environment, giving your family the ability to choose what best suits your child's educational journey.

Child-friendly activities 

There’s plenty to do with little ones in Crowborough and nearby. Whether indoors or outdoors, your children can get stuck into a variety of engaging activities. 

They can enjoy the whimsical game of Pooh Sticks in the enchanting Ashdown Forest, or dive into fun at soft play centres like MinorMania and Barneys Play. 

For more indoor adventures, The Doves Playbarn offers a playful escape, while Gymboree Play & Music in Tunbridge Wells provides educational play and music classes

Brookworth Homes in Crowborough 

At Brookworth, we’re delighted to announce our latest venture in Crowborough, where we will unveil a collection of 12 new-build homes. This new development promises to offer a blend of luxury and comfort, tailored to meet the highest standards of modern living. This project marks another milestone for Brookworth in providing exceptional living spaces in desirable areas across the country.


Still need convincing that East Sussex is the place to call home? Rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage, Crowborough offers its residents the perfect blend of tranquillity and community spirit. With attractions like Ashdown Forest, charming parks and nature reserves, it's an ideal place for those who love the outdoors. The town also boasts a vibrant community with renowned amenities and exciting events every month of the year, making it a great place to live for families, professionals and retirees. 

With Brookworth’s upcoming plans, now is the perfect time to consider becoming part of this wonderful community. Visit Brookworth's upcoming development in Crowborough to discover how you can start your new chapter in a place where every day feels like an escape to the countryside, yet never far from the comforts of modern living.

For more information, please contact us.

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