Bespoke Property Search Agents in Horsham

Bespoke property search agents in Horsham

Horsham is a market town on the upper reaches of the River Arun in the centre of the Weald in the county of West Sussex. The town formerly traded in cattle, sheep and corn but its prosperity was built on industries that included brewing, brickmaking, iron-smelting and printing. In modern times the town’s economy is boosted by the financial service industry, pharmaceuticals and technology.  Horsham is very much a commuter town serving London, London Gatwick airport and the South East coast.

Best local event:  The Horsham Piazza Italia is held every Easter and is a show case of everything Italian including food, cars, bikes and fashion.  The event transforms the town and is great fun for all the family.

Best place to grab a drink or a bite to eat:  The town offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes.  For a special occasion though try South Lodge – a magnificent country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant.  They also serve wonderful traditional afternoon teas, weather permitting, on one of the terraces overlooking the stunning landscaped gardens, or by a roaring fire in the drawing room.

Best place to shop:  Horsham, like many large towns, has many national chain stores as well as a few independent retailers.  The open town square in the Carfax area is fully pedestrianised and hosts a weekly Saturday market as well as some themed events throughout the year.

Top tip when visiting the area:  Spare some time to visit the town’s museum which is a real little treasure trove and has a wealth of historical facts.  For nature lovers don’t miss the Warnham Nature Reserve with its 92 acres and large millpond where you can spend hours watching the local wildlife.

Getting back to London or further afield (for work or pleasure):  Horsham lies at the junction of 3 main routes – the A24 which runs south to north from London to Worthing; the A264 links Horsham to Crawley and the M23 to the east; and the A281 runs between Guildford and Brighton.  For rail services to London you have the choice of London Victoria in just under an hour or some of the fast trains to London Bridge taking a few minutes more.

Educational facilities: The area is well served with a choice of some excellent independent and state schools.  Christ’s Hospital, a co-educational day and boarding school is set within 1.200 acres of rolling countryside; Farlington is an independent day and boarding school for girls and Tanbridge House School, a highly regarded state funded school for children aged 11-18 currently rated “exceptional” by OFSTED.

Sports Facilities:   Horsham has its own cricket, football and rugby clubs and various sports centres.  Golfers will be delighted to learn that the town is served by numerous courses to suit all abilities.

Worst fact about the area:  Unless you know the “secret places” to park then be prepared for some pretty steep car parking charges and a rather confusing new parking scheme in place in the Swan Walk shopping centre.

The celebrity you would most likely find in the area:  Back in the 1950s Diana Dors lived in the town and would often swoop into town in her big American car.  Nowadays you might bump into Harry Enfield, Jimmy Hill or Shane Richie whilst in the town.

What is the typical property like?  Everything from Sussex style farmhouses, Victorian and Edwardian red brick to contemporary grand designs.

Colin Mackenzie Property Search are bespoke property search agents covering the South East of England.  Our knowledge of Horsham, West Sussex, and the surrounding area is extensive and we will work hard to find you your dream home in whichever area you are wanting to look.