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Nestled in the heart of West Sussex, it is easy to see why Southwater is proving such a draw for homebuyers. This picturesque village is surrounded by tranquil green spaces, while also being close to a bustling market town and a short train journey away from London.
The highlight, for both residents and visitors alike, is the stunning Southwater Country Park.
Set across 90 acres, the park has plenty of gentle walking, cycling and horse riding trails for those who like getting out and about at the weekend. It is also home to a thriving wildlife population, with an opportunity to catch sight of lizards, kingfishers, dragonflies and more.
Adventure lovers can put the wind in their sails at the Southwater Watersports Centre, which forms part of the country park and offers canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding sessions.
Less than five miles away from Southwater, the historic town of Horsham is regularly voted one of the best places to live in the UK. Striking period cottages and tree-lined streets give the town a genteel quality and a trip to the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery makes for a pleasant afternoon.
Foodies will love market days in Horsham, which take place on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Carfax. Visitors can whet their appetite as they stroll around the stalls, sampling fine local produce and street food.
Despite its village charm, central London is just a short journey from Southwater. A regular train service takes passengers from Horsham to Victoria in around 70 minutes, where the capital’s shops, restaurants and cultural attractions await. Brighton, Croydon and Gatwick Airport are also less than an hour away by car.
Southwater boasts a number of high quality schools, so it is ideal for families. In its last Ofsted report, Southwater Infant Academy was rated ‘outstanding’, while Southwater Junior Academy was rated ‘good’. Top performing secondary schools include The Forest School in Horsham and The Weald School in nearby Billinghurst.
Mulberry Fields, a boutique development, is due to open in January, and interest is expected to be high. The 193 luxury homes have all been finished to the highest specification, and they command enviable views of the South Downs National Park.
The South East continues to be the most sought-after region of the UK, so now is the time to buy your new home in Southwater.