The charming village of Billingshurst sits within close reach of the South Downs National Park and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Walking down the main street in Billingshurst, you might be surprised at the number and variety of shops, restaurants and pubs it boasts for its size. You can get everything you need from the high street, lined with pretty period properties and some more contemporary buildings. Stop for a pint of local ale at one of the village’s 16th-century pubs or pick up a coffee from the quaint Little Bean Café. Choose to make this super village your home, and you’ll find it’s more akin to living in a small market town with a delightful community spirit.
Miles from London
The village lies along the old Roman road known as Stane Street, which linked London to Chichester. Long after the Romans stopped trudging the well-worn route, Billingshurst became synonymous as a stopping place on another transportation route, the Wey and Arun Canal, built in the early 1800s. Even today, the village offers commuters a wondrous Sussex lifestyle with easy access to London Victoria from its mainline station.
Billingshurst offers an ideal home for families. The local primary school is at the heart of the village community, and children can then progress to the Weald Secondary School and Sixth Form. This Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ school also provides the village with a leisure centre, complete with a swimming pool and gym. There are also several independent schools within easy access of Billingshurst, including the renowned Christ’s Hospital set in 1,200 acres of West Sussex countryside with exceptional facilities and an impressive academic record. If you run your own business the Billingshurst and Horsham Chamber of Commerce offers fantastic networking opportunities. Finally, if you’re choosing to spend your retirement in Billingshurst, you can enjoy all the benefits of village living with clubs, societies, and a bustling high street on your doorstep. If you no longer drive, the Compass Travel bus service gives you access to the larger towns of Horsham and Worthing.
Areas of interest
Sports & Leisure
Country Walks on your Doorstep
Enjoy clubs and societies to entertain and educate, from the District Wine & Beer Circle right through to angling and golf. Jubilee Fields Country Park has lovely country walks, a fitness trim trail, football fields and cricket pitches, a sports pavilion, a fishing lake and Burnt Row Wood.
Food & Drink
16th-century Pubs to Ice Cream Parlours
The village boasts three pubs, all originally 16th and 17th-century coaching inns, The Six Bells, The King’s Arms and The Kings Head Inn, all serving excellent food and drink. You’ll also find several cafés, an ice cream parlour and excellent Indian cuisine.
Horsham and Beyond
Less than ten miles away, you’ll find Horsham boasting a significant number of major high street shops and local independent retailers, together with plenty of dining opportunities. Head about the same distance in the other direction, and you’ll find yourself in Petworth. This West Sussex jewel of a town boasts specialist shops, including an independent book shop, an excellent deli, and local boutiques. Further afield you’ll find Worthing, Guildford and Chichester, with all the leisure and shopping facilities you’d expect from larger towns.
The West Sussex Countryside
The West Sussex Countryside
A village guide to Billingshurst wouldn’t be complete without noting the beautiful West Sussex countryside that surrounds the village. In springtime, you can walk through bluebell woods and enjoy the scent of wild garlic. Come summer, head a little further afield; West Wittering beach is an easy drive for family days out, as is Arundel Castle with its spectacular gardens. And finally, in autumn and winter, enjoy a stroll in beautiful Petworth Park or discover the abandoned church in Bedham woods.
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