Top places to live in Sussex Midhurst
Consistently voted one of the best places to live in the entire UK by the Sunday Times, Midhurst has character, a Royal heritage, and more indies than anywhere else in Sussex. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
A lovely little market town with more independent shops, cafes and restaurants than any other in Sussex. Cobbled streets, a Market Square, historic ruins, walled gardens – it’s easy to see why Midhurst has been cited as one of the best places to live in the entire UK by The Sunday Times.
Fine dining abounds, at the Spread Eagle Hotel and Park House Hotel. While the 17th-century Angel Inn is a lovely boutique hotel licenced for civil ceremonies. Tilly’s is a charming tearoom run by husband and wife team Neil and Teresa – Neil, in his former role at a the 5-star Cleveden Hotel, welcomed the Queen Mother as a regular guest. For destination country pubs, head to the Royal Oak at East Lavant or the sumptuous White Horse at Chilgrove.
From fashion indies Stepping Out and Me & Maya on the divinely named Knockhundred Row, to home and garden, stationery, gifts, florists, art and bookshops, Midhurst is crammed with gems. We love Muddy Awards 2019 finalist Stuff & Co on West street for beautifully curated homewares, fashion, stationery and gifts.
Cowdray Ruins, one of England’s most important early Tudor houses, preside over the town. The secluded walled garden next door is one of the town’s lesser-known attributes. For antique hunters, Petworth is a short drive away. Drinkers will adore Upperton Vineyards, famed for their sparkling wines in nearby Tillington.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£421,801 over the last year. Detached properties go for an average of £615,046; terraced for £319,735; flats for £256,472.
State provision is good here, with Midhurst C of E Primary and nearby Easebourne Primary both rated Good by Ofsted. Midhurst Rother College has transformed itself after a slightly tricky inception and is now rated Outstanding. For indies, Seaford College is a well-established and highly-thought-of boarding and day co-ed for 11-18 year olds, while Conifers is a flourishing prep.
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The close proximity of Cowdray Park means Midhurst is a hotspot for the polo set. HG Wells also lived here. How’s that for eclectic?
55 miles up to London by car. For the train, you’ll need to drive or bus it to Haselmere for direct links to Waterloo in 69 minutes. A season ticket will set you back £4, 472.
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