Bespoke Property Search agents in Lewes

Bespoke property search agents in Lewes

Lewes is a charming historic county town which is surrounded on all sides by the imposing chalky South Downs. It has a magnificent castle which sits on the highest point in the town and the climb to the top is well worth it as you will be rewarded with panoramic views over the rooftops and out to the Downs and coast beyond.

Best local event:  The Lewes Bonfire Night is the most important annual event in the town and claims to be the largest and most famous firework event in the UK.  Definitely not to be missed…

Best place to grab a drink or a bite to eat:  There are numerous restaurants and cafes in the town but worth trying The Pelham Arms in the High Street for a pint of the local beer and some fine locally sourced fayre.

Best place to shop:  Shopping in the town is a real pleasure – you can browse the fascinating antique shops of the Cliffe, thumb through the books in one of the old antiquarian shops or visit the Farmers market on the first Saturday every month and pick up some delicious local produce.

Top tip when visiting the area:  If you love opera then try and coincide a visit to Lewes when the  Glyndebourne Summer Festival is on but you will need to plan ahead as it’s a sell-out every year.

Getting back to London (for work or pleasure):  Fast hourly trains into London Victoria in about an hour.

Educational facilities: The area is well served with a range of schools for children of all ages including Lewes Old Grammar School, The Lewes New School and the Chailey Heritage School.  A little further afield is the well-known Roedean School  for Girls.

Sports Facilities: Most sports are well catered for in Lewes – there is an active cricket club, rugby, football and hockey teams as well as an athletic club plus a cycling club for all those budding Chris Fromes out there!  Lewes Golf Club is an 18 hole downland course with picturesque views of the South Downs where you can tee off all year round.

Worst fact about the area:  Lewes has had its share of natural disasters…  In 1836 the worst ever avalanche was recorded in the town and in 1864 Lewes suffered an earthquake shock measuring 3.1 on the Richer scale.  In 2000 the town suffered some major flooding during an intense period of rain which affected the whole of the UK.  The commercial centre of the town and some residential areas were badly affected and as a result the Lewes Flood Action Group was set up and better flood protection measures implemented.

The celebrity you would most likely find in the area:  Natasha Keplinsky, the newsreader, grew up in Lewes and often returns to enjoy its many charms.

What is the typical property like?: There are some beautiful period houses in the area ranging from heavily beamed Tudor houses to elegant Georgian townhouses and substantial red brick Victorian family homes.

Interesting factHarveys, the well-known local brewery, was founded in 1790 and has remained in its riverside location for all those years.  Fresh water for their many brews is drawn from a seemingly inexhaustible natural underground reservoir.

Colin Mackenzie Property Search are bespoke property search agents covering the South East of England.  Our knowledge of Lewes, East 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.