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Top places to live in Sussex Ditchling

Just north of Brighton, although a stately climb over the imposing Ditchling Beacon, this South Downs village is a hub of creativity, indy spirit and the best of the good life. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

DITCHLING, SUSSEX

WHY?

It’s a bit special, to be frank. A little village tucked away in the heart of the South Downs, at the foot of the mighty Ditchling Beacon, it’s home to an artistic, creative, outdoorsy community and just a stone’s throw from Brighton.

EAT

The Bull has scooped pub awards, and it’s everything a country pub should be – with rooms, in case nobody wants to stagger home. For cafes, try The Nutmeg Tree or The Green Welly with its beautiful walled garden. Quaff award-winning sparkling wine from Ridgeview Estate or splash a tonic over a Ditchling Gin.

SHOP

Snap up arty gifts and lovely things from Rosemary Pavey, and jewellery from Pruden & Smith. Head over the Beacon into Brighton for high street stores and indy mecca, The Lanes.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The Macs Farm is the place to go for organic eggs, family festivals and kids events at Deano’s Snake Shack. Explore the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft and the Turner Dumbrell Workshops, created to offer space to artists and makers just setting up. You can often buy direct from the artists too. Brighton’s eight miles away.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£722,266. Ouch! Terraces are a bit more pocket-friendly at, on average, £477K than the detached properties which level out at a whopping £1m. Chatt Estates have an office in Ditchling and plenty of POA calibre properties. Marchants cover Ditchling and the surrounding area.

SCHOOLS

Hurstpierpoint College (known as Hurst) and prep are round the corner in Hassocks. Brighton hosts Roedean, for girls, just over the brow. Bede’s, in Upper Dicker, is for 13 to 19 year olds.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Ditchling Beacon played host to plenty of ‘free parties’ (yes, those kind) back in the day. I did say it was an arty, creative community.

COMMUTE

Eight miles to Brighton, 45 minutes on the train from Brighton to London, no wonder those house prices are sky high, eh? Expect to pay upwards of 4k for your season ticket.

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