Top places to live in Sussex Lindfield
With some stunning historic buildings, a pretty and bustling village centre, great schools and heaps to do on your doorstep, Lindfield is a worthy candidate for the best village in Sussex - officially! Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
In short, Lindfield is as close to the perfect Sussex village as it’s possible to get. In fact it won Best Kept Village in the county so many times it once withdrew for a year to give some other places a chance! It’s quirky, historic, safe, within an hour of London and located within some of the best countryside in the whole of the county, and has a strong and wholesome community feel to it. Rural idyll, with all the benefits of modern living – it’s got the lot. Head to the village green to get a feel for the community, particularly after school, you’ll find it packed with locals and humming with activity.
The Snowdrop Inn is a classic destination pub right on the edge of the village, serving up British pub faves and European inspired dishes, with ingredients all sourced from local independent suppliers and producers. It’s a great one to visit with the family or for a lazy weekend lunch. The Witch Inn is another surefire crowd-pleaser, with a weekly changing menu of English, French and Swedish dishes. Limes of Lindfield is a very highly-rated Thai kitchen that also serves up fantastic breakfasts and brunches. For olde worlde charm steeped with local history and heritage, head to The Stand Up Inn.
Indie women’s fashion boutique Doodie Stark founder Liz used to work for John Galliano, so she knows a thing or two about fashion and stocks a range of covetable brands. Caragon is also worth checking out for fashion and accessories. For quirky homewares and interiors as well as gifts and accessories, head to Tufnells and Kell & Collins. Award-winning Cloughs Deli is stashed full of food and drink from local producers and has eco-refilling stations too.
Lindfield itself has a delightful village street, a historic church and a lovely village pond. It’s also home to some historic buildings including the former Tiger Inn, and the Stand Up Inn occupies a building that was listed in the Domesday book. For more town-like hustle and bustle head into nearby Haywards Heath. National Trust properties Nymans and Sheffield Park aren’t far away, nor is the adorable Bluebell Railway.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
If you want to live in Lindfield, it’ll set you back on average £562,374, rising to a hefty £712,428 for a detached pad.
Most of the village primaries are rated Good by Ofsted, with Blackthorns Community Primary Academy netting an Outstanding rating. Independent prep Great Walstead has a picturesque and delightfully rural setting and a nurturing feel to both support and challenge children.
The impressive Cumnor House Sussex is just up the road in Danehill and billed as one of the leading prep schools in the country with amazing facilities and academics. It occupies an enviable 60 acre site and has an ethos that focuses first and foremost on children’s happiness, confidence and wellbeing.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Getting hitched? Lindfield Church is so in demand you need to prove you live in the village to tie the knot there.
You can be in London in an hour from nearby Haywards Heath station. An annual ticket is £4,156.
View the full Top 200 Best Places to Live.
In association with