Top places to live in Sussex Cuckfield
Looking for an upmarket mid Sussex village with a quirky sense of humour? Cuckfield's the place, and it's got a price ticket to match. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Just a couple of miles outside Haywards Heath, this prosperous commuter village has the feel of a town. It’s escaped over-development and is full of lovely, beautifully preserved old buildings and indie boutiques but the pretty high street disguises a streak of serious tongue-in-cheek humour – this is, after all, the Independent State of Cuckfield.
No.1 Broad Street is a relatively new fine dining addition under chef Johnny Stanford, with an emphasis on the relaxed. Nearby Balcombe Tea Rooms border on the legendary, there’s also the simple and traditional Corner House cafe. For gastro pub fare, head to the Rose and Crown.
For fashion, head to Jojo Boutique. It’s your one-stop shop for fashion and accessories and all with heart, as founder Jo handpicks everything for ethical creds as well as serious style. Expect everything from luxe lounge to daywear, knits and capsule essentials. Neilson Boutique was listed as one of the most brilliant in Britain by The Telegraph’s Stella magazine. Kids will love the Cuckfield Candy Store.
Borde Hill garden takes some beating, the 200-acre estate has been named one of the UK’s best by Country Life. Cuckfield Museum has a decent display, including a feature about the dinosaur bones found found on the outskirts of the village.
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Holy Trinity C of E Primary scores Good. Warden Park Academy is highly over-subscribed and also has a Good rating from Ofsted. For indies, the famed Ardingly College which has a top 50 A Level and top 10 IB rating UK-wide, is well within reach, as is Handcross Park prep. Girls could look at Burgess Hill Girls.
BEST KEPT SECRET
The corrupt annual election for Mayor of the local charity Independent State of Cuckfield, formed in protest at the scrapping of the local Donkey Grand National in 1965, is a massive money-spinner for local causes.
Haywards Heath has excellent links up to London or down to the coast. It’s just two miles away – many walk or cycle. Season tickets are just over £4k.
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