Despite its rural ambience, Mulberry Fields occupies an extremely convenient location just four miles from the attractions and shops of Horsham, and approximately 12 miles from the M23. Frequent train services run from Horsham to London Victoria, a journey of just 50 minutes, and to Chichester. Some services also call at Gatwick Airport. Metrobus routes link the village with Horsham, Crawley and other nearby towns and villages.
The finding of dinosaur bones in the space now transformed into the superb Southwater Country Park is celebrated by a wonderful Dinosaur Island play area, one of the many child-friendly aspects of the village. The 90-acre Country Park also features a fascinating wildlife area, and for long distance walking, cycling or horse riding, it provides an access point for the Downs Link Bridleway.
The village’s modern amenities, in and around Lintot Square, include a convenience store incorporating a post office, a large Co-op food store, a pharmacy and other specialist shops and services including hot food takeaways. The choice of pubs includes the Lintot and the Cock Inn, where the car park has recycling facilities for clothes and bottles.
Other facilities in the village centre include a library, a health centre with four GPs, a dental surgery, and a leisure centre incorporating a modern Technogym and a large sports hall. Activities in the centre range from judo and pilates to mother and baby groups and children’s parties.
Southwater has an active Sports Club that organises junior and senior football, cricket and indoor activities, and there is a Watersports Centre with facilities for kayaking, canoeing and sailing. Local clubs range from bowling to model boats, and the youth organisations include Scouts and Guides. Three miles to the north, Horsham Golf and Fitness Club offers nine and 18 hole courses, a driving range, a gym and friendly clubhouse facilities.
Horsham’s historic market town centre, four miles away, presents a diverse choice, from traditional local traders and farm shops to supermarkets, in settings ranging from beautiful old squares to mall and retail park environments. The town also has an exciting arts centre, The Capitol, which includes a two-screen cinema, theatres, a gallery space and a café.
Mulberry Fields lies within the catchment area for Southwater Infant and Junior Academies, and Tanbridge House Secondary, a specialist science, mathematics and computing college.