Midhurst & the Surrounding Areas

Midhurst is a picturesque medieval market town set within the heart of the South Downs National Park with a population of around 5,000. It is situated on the River Rother, home to the renowned Cowdray Estate, world famous for its international polo and the ruined Cowdray House. Both King Henry VIII & Queen Elizabeth I were regular visitors to the area. In 2004 Country Life voted Midhurst and its surrounding villages the second most desirable place to live in England and the most desirable in the South. With many interesting independent shops, inns, restaurants and a Waitrose coming soon.

West Sussex is dominated by four large Country Estates:

  • The Cowdray Estate
  • The Goodwood Estate
  • The Leconfield Estate
  • The Duke of Norfolk Estate at Arundel

West Sussex remains the least populated of the Home Counties and therefore properties tend to be older and larger, but in smaller villages. It is for this reason, properties in and around the Midhurst & Petworth area always remain bouyant.

Attractions

Midhurst, being home of the South Downs National Park, has many attractions and things to do. Each year the town hosts the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup, which is polo’s ‘British Open’. Members of the Royal Family and other celebrities are often seen here throughout the summer. Other than polo, there are many other sporting activities nearby including golf at Cowdray Park, Goodwood, Liphook and Pulborough. Horse racing at ‘Glorious’ Goodwood and Fontwell.

Midhurst boasts the Grange Sports Centre offering some of the finest walking and riding opportunities in the South of England. Nearby Goodwood is famous for its Festival of Speed, Revival and motor racing circuit. There is sailing in Chichester Harbour, Itchenor, Bosham and Emsworth. Chichester is home to the highly regarded Festival Theatre, Novium Museum and Pallant House Gallery. Also nearby are Petworth House and deer Park, famous for its Turner paintings and just to the south is the Weald & Downland Museum in Singleton.

Accomodation

If you are visiting Midhurst, you have a varied choice of accomodation at your disposal from numerous B&B’s and hotels including:
The Angel Hotel, Park House Hotel and the 15th Century Spread Eagle Hotel.




Schools

Schools in the area include
Midhurst Rother College, with an outstanding Ofsted report, Midhurst Primary and Easebourne Primary.

Independent Prep Schools include Amesbury and St Edmunds in Hindhead, The Royal School in St Ives, The Heights in Haslemere, Brookham and Highfield in Liphook.

Independent Senior Schools include Seaford College in Petworth, Bedales and Churchers College in Petersfield, King Edwards at Witley and Charterhouse in Godalming.

Transport

There are excellent road and rail links with direct trains from Haslemere to Waterloo in 50 minutes (8 miles) and Pulborough to Victoria in 70 minutes (12 miles). While the nearby A3 offers a direct route into London, Portsmouth and Southampton.

The airports of Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton can all be accessed in under an hour.

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