East Sussex property finder overview
About East Sussex
Transport links within the county are good. The main roads in East Sussex are part of a radial pattern from London allowing easy access to and from the capital. They are the A21 to Hastings, the A22 to Eastbourne and the A23 to Brighton. Bus routes serve all the main areas of settlement and many of the villages in the county. There are regular train services to Brighton, London, Gatwick Airport and along the coast.
The County is blessed a wealth of beautiful landscapes from Ashdown Forest in the east to the monumental South Downs, a chalk escarpment with flint outcrops and remnants of the Iron Age. Weekending Londoners enjoy the rolling countryside, medieval villages and gorgeous coastline of this inspiring corner of England whenever the sun comes out. It’s not hard to see why. You should explore the cobbled medieval streets of Rye, wander around historic Battle where William the Conqueror first engaged the Saxons in 1066 and peer over the edge of the breathtaking Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Beachy Head near the genteel seaside town of Eastbourne.
Brighton, a highlight of any visit, offers some kicking nightlife, offbeat shopping and British seaside fun. Off the beaten track, you can stretch your legs on the South Downs Way which traverses England’s new South Downs National Park.
Prize property buys are the magnificent oasts, tile-hung village houses and mediaeval Wealden hall houses. You can find many homes with a steep pitched peg tiled roof and brick and flint walls. The flints are inserted either as cobbles or are “knapped” meaning split open. The craftsmen of the time arranged them in either regular rows or fish-scale patterns. They used this abundant building material since Saxon times.As a result, every building and village has a unique look. Oasts, very characteristic of the East Sussex and Kent landscape were originally kilns for drying the hops to make beer. The pointed roof topped with a white rotating cowl, they make attractive homes. You can find period country homes in all sizes from cottages upwards. They are mixed with more recently built properties, especially in coastal areas. Expect to pay more for a premium sea view though.
East Sussex has much to offer culturally, along the coast the county has three contemporary art galleries, the Modernist icon De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. In addition to Towner, Eastbourne has three theatres, hosts the annual Eastbourne Airshow Airbourne and LTA’s Eastbourne Aegon Tennis Tournament. The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Opera House presents world class opera in it’s beautiful rural setting just outside Lewes while the town itself is famous for it’s bonfire night celebrations.
You can dabble in the sport of kings at top racecourses, Plumpton, where ladies day is a particular well-known occasion and at Brighton where the surf meets the turf. Also, there is football at Crawley and at Brighton and cricket in Hove.
The county has a comprehensive education system with 27 state secondary schools (not including sixth form colleges). In addition there are 12 independent secondary schools including several boarding. There are colleges of further education in the larger towns and Brighton has the University of Sussex.