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Exploring The Best Towns and Villages To Live In Sussex

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Nestled in the heart of the picturesque South East of England, Sussex offers a charming blend of history, natural beauty and modern convenience. 

This article takes you on a journey through four exceptional towns and villages in Sussex: Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Rottingdean and Crowborough. Each of these communities has its own unique character and attractions, making Sussex an excellent place to call home.

Burgess Hill: The Gateway To Sussex

Burgess Hill, often referred to as the "Gateway to Sussex," is a thriving market town located at the northern edge of Sussex. It's a place that offers the perfect balance between urban amenities and the natural beauty of the South Downs. 

Burgess Hill has earned a reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in the region, so let's explore why this town is such a fantastic place to call home.

Excellent Schools

Families are drawn to the area because of the exceptional primary and secondary schools, many of which are rated outstanding or good by OFSTED, including Southway Junior School, Birchwood Grove Community Primary School, St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School, The Burgess Hill Academy and Woodlands Meed. This makes it a fantastic place to raise children and invest in their future.

Strong Community

Burgess Hill prides itself on fostering a strong sense of community. With various local events, clubs and community centres, residents have ample opportunities to connect with their neighbours.

Transport Links

The town boasts excellent transport links, with a mainline railway station that provides easy access to London, Brighton and Gatwick Airport. This connectivity is a significant advantage for those who have to commute.

Green Spaces

Burgess Hill is surrounded by picturesque green spaces, including St. John's Park and Bedelands Nature Reserve. These areas are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, cycling, picnicking and other recreational family activities.

Market Town

Burgess Hill retains the quintessential charm of a market town where residents can enjoy local markets, independent shops and a welcoming town centre. The variety of shops and businesses means all lifestyle needs are catered for. 


The town is home to numerous cultural and recreational facilities, including theatres, sports centres and art galleries which allow local residents to enjoy a diverse range of entertainment and leisure activities.

Quality Of Life

With low crime rates and a well-managed town, Burgess Hill offers a high quality of life. Residents can enjoy a safe and peaceful environment, which is particularly appealing for families and retirees.


One of the standout features of Burgess Hill is the diverse range of housing that is available, most notably are the prestigious Brookworth Homes developments, The Vale and Fairways

Brookworth Homes In Burgess Hill

Situated conveniently within Burgess Hill, The Vale and Fairways developments offer a range of modern, high-quality houses designed to cater to various lifestyles.

Both Brookworth Homes developments comprise well-appointed, spacious properties that offer owners the height of luxury living. The homes are equipped with modern features such as open-plan layouts, designer kitchens and energy-efficient appliances. Large windows flood the living spaces with natural light and spacious private gardens are perfect for outdoor enjoyment. Both developments are also ideally located to offer easy access to the bustling town centre.

Haywards Heath: A Hub Of Convenience And Quality Living

With its community spirit, green spaces, excellent schools and diverse range of cultural offerings, Haywards Heath is a fantastic choice for those seeking a balanced and convenient lifestyle, from families to professionals and retirees. Here are some of the reasons that make Haywards Heath such a great place to live.

Excellent Schools

One of the standout features of Haywards Heath is its superb schools with the town boasting a range of outstanding primary and secondary schools, such as Ardingly College and Great Walstead. This makes it a top choice for families with children. 

Healthcare Facilities

Haywards Heath is home to the Princess Royal Hospital, a large and well-regarded healthcare facility serving the local community. This ensures that residents have access to excellent medical services and healthcare options.

Town Center Amenities

The bustling town centre offers a wide array of shops, restaurants and cafés where residents can easily meet their daily shopping and dining needs without having to travel far. There are also good transport links with a major railway station providing quick and easy access to London, Brighton and Gatwick Airport. 

Recreational Opportunities

Haywards Heath provides extensive parklands and recreation areas including Victoria Park and Beech Hurst Gardens which offer well-maintained green spaces for picnics, leisurely strolls and family gatherings. Beyond Victoria Park and Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath is surrounded by natural beauty, including the South Downs National Park. This ensures that nature lovers have plenty of options for hiking, cycling and exploring the outdoors.

Community And Culture

The town has a strong sense of community, with regular local events and activities. Whether it's a town fair, charity event or cultural festival, residents can enjoy a rich cultural and leisure scene. The town also offers an impressive range of theatres, sports centres and art galleries suitable for all ages to visit. 

Rottingdean: A Coastal Gem

For those seeking a slower pace and the allure of coastal living, Rottingdean is a hidden gem. This picturesque village is nestled along the stunning Sussex coastline, offering breathtaking views of the English Channel. Known for its historic charm and artistic community, Rottingdean is an ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful coastal retreat.

We explore why Rottingdean is such a popular place to live.

Breathtaking Beauty

Rottingdean's coastal location is one of its most appealing features. The town offers residents spectacular views of the English Channel, with the sea breeze and crashing waves providing a soothing backdrop. The nearby undercliff walk allows residents to take leisurely strolls along the coast, making it the perfect spot for a morning walk or a romantic sunset view.

Historical Charm

The village's architecture is a mix of charming cottages, grand Edwardian houses and historic buildings, lending a timeless and picturesque quality to the place. The historic village centre, with its cobbled streets, retains much of its traditional character, providing a unique atmosphere that transports residents back in time.

Cultural Heritage

Rottingdean celebrates its cultural heritage through various attractions, including Kipling Gardens, a beautiful public garden that showcases a diverse range of flora and which was once the home of the renowned author Rudyard Kipling. The Rottingdean Windmill is another iconic attraction that offers a glimpse into the village's historical significance.

Artistic Community

Rottingdean has long been associated with the arts, making it a haven for artists and creatives. The village has numerous galleries, studios and cultural events, where residents can immerse themselves in the local arts scene, like local art collective Rottingdean Bazaar who currently have an exhibition in nearby Eastbourne Volt gallery

Picturesque Beaches

Residents of Rottingdean have access to stunning beaches that are clean and less crowded than those in nearby towns making them perfect for relaxation and water activities for all the family. 

Proximity to Brighton

Rottingdean is conveniently located just a few miles east of Brighton, one of the UK's most vibrant and culturally rich cities. This proximity allows residents to enjoy the entertainment, shopping and dining options that Brighton offers while maintaining a quieter coastal lifestyle.


Like many of the towns in Sussex, Rottingdean has access to excellent schools, like Brighton College and Roedean School, but it also provides the added benefit of more rural surroundings which offer a safe and nurturing environment.

Village Life

The community spirit in Rottingdean is strong, with local events, festivals and markets bringing residents together. The village offers a sense of belonging and is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The peaceful surroundings and access to the coast also promote a healthier and more relaxed lifestyle.


Housing in Rottingdean includes a mix of characterful cottages, quaint seaside homes and modern developments, with the Brookworth Homes development, Skylarks, testament to modern coastal luxury. 

The houses on this new build development are designed to seamlessly blend with the traditional character of the village, featuring architectural elements that complement the area's heritage. The properties are constructed with meticulous attention to detail, offering the highest quality finishes and fixtures, with each home offering an array of modern conveniences. 

Spacious living areas, en-suite bedrooms, well-appointed kitchens and private gardens are just some of the features that make these properties stand out. The development is also conveniently situated within walking distance of the village's amenities.

Crowborough: An Idyllic Countryside Retreat

Crowborough, situated in the Weald of Sussex, offers a charming blend of countryside living, community spirit and access to natural beauty and is an appealing destination for families and those seeking a more relaxed lifestyle. The town's proximity to both the coast and local amenities makes it a well-rounded choice for those who appreciate the serenity and natural splendour of the Sussex Weald,

Here's a more detailed look at why living in Crowborough is such a great choice.

Natural Beauty

Nestled within the Weald, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) means residents are surrounded by stunning landscapes, including lush woodlands, rolling hills and picturesque valleys. The nearby Ashdown Forest, the inspiration behind A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories, is a beloved spot for nature enthusiasts and provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities.

Community Spirit

Crowborough is known for its friendly and close-knit community, with the town hosting regular local events, community gatherings and farmers' markets.

Outdoor Recreation

Crowborough offers a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, from golf courses, horse riding schools and scenic trails.

Proximity to Coast and Cities

While Crowborough enjoys its peaceful countryside setting, it is also conveniently located for day trips. The Sussex coast is within easy reach and nearby towns like Tunbridge Wells offer additional shopping and leisure options. London is accessible by train for those who need to commute to the city.

Healthcare And Amenities

Crowborough has its own hospital as well as other medical facilities which ensures local residents have access to essential healthcare services and medical care. The town's other amenities include a range of shops and restaurants. 

Events and Festivals

Crowborough hosts various local events and festivals throughout the year, providing opportunities for residents to participate in the community and enjoy a variety of cultural activities.

Still Need Convincing That Sussex Is The Place To Call Home?

With its diverse range of towns and villages, Sussex offers something for everyone. Burgess Hill and nearby Haywards Heath provide urban conveniences and excellent transport links, while Rottingdean offers coastal living with a touch of artistic heritage and neighbouring Crowborough presents a peaceful escape into nature. 

These four locations showcase the unique charm and lifestyle that Sussex has to offer, making it a region where anyone can find a place to call home. Additionally, the presence of Brookworth Homes in both Burgess Hill and Rottingdean enhances the housing options and living experiences in these communities, offering modern comfort with a touch of elegance. 

So, whether you're drawn to the historical, coastal, suburban or rural aspects of Sussex life, these towns and villages provide a range of opportunities for residents to enjoy the highest quality of lifestyle. 

If you would like to find out more about our developments in this fantastic part of the country, simply get in touch with our experienced sales teams and they will be happy to help.

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