Explore The South East of England
Heath Farm is in a prime location to explore the delights of this rich and varied part of the South East. We’re on the very edge of the South Downs National Park, the beautiful Ashdown Forest is only a short journey away, and we’re within easy reach of some of the most captivating historic towns and villages in this part of the country.
Heath Farm is in a prime location to explore the delights of this rich and varied part of the South East. We’re on the very edge of the South Downs National Park, the beautiful Ashdown Forest is only a short journey away, and we’re within easy reach of some of the most captivating historic towns and villages in this part of the country. National Trust and English Heritage houses and gardens pepper the countryside. Gatwick Airport is 20 miles away, and you can get to London by train in just one hour.
Some of the local attractions are as follows:
Brighton. This city needs no introduction. Brighton is well known for its thriving, vibrant lifestyle set beside its long shingle beach. Elegant Regency squares, fascinating artisan shops and boutiques, a spectacular pier, a mouth-watering international selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, all make Brighton a city to savour. And the Prince Regent’s extraordinary architectural marvel The Royal Pavilion has to be seen to be believed.
Lewes. If you’re looking for a quiet contrast then you need look no further than the historic, picturesque town of Lewes with its castle and steep twittens, and the enchanting ancient villages of Ditchling and Lindfield.
South Downs & Coast
Recently given the status of a National Park the South Downs is a wonderful place to visit for the serious walker or just to visit the many beautiful Sussex villages. The countryside is lush and verdant and the views are stunning.
Alternatively, you’re never far from the majestic sweep of the English Channel, and a host of beaches all along the nearby coast, from Littlehampton in the West, along the pebbles of Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings to the golden vastness of Camber Sands in the East.
There are plenty of other places you shouldn’t miss. Click on the links below to find out more about some of the best cultural, historical and outdoor experiences on offer in our part of the world. And remember, this is only a selection.
Shopping & Eating Out
For shopping you’ll find the village post office and stores in Plumpton Green and there’s also a village shop in Wivelsfield Green. Both are barely a mile from Heath Farm. There is a Waitrose supermarket just 3 miles away in Burgess Hill, and there are plenty of their competitors there and in Haywards Heath (5 miles) and Lewes (7 miles). If you prefer not to travel to do your shopping, all the supermarkets offer their standard delivery services.
We have some wonderful restaurants, not just the cosmopolitan selection in Lewes and the other nearby towns, but also closer at hand, with fine dining at The Jolly Sportsman at East Chiltington (01273 890400) and The Blacksmith’s Arms at Offham (01273 472971) or traditional pub food at The Plough (01273 890311) and at the Half Moon (01273 890253).
Heath Farm is situated on the country bus route between Lewes and Haywards Heath. There is a two hourly bus service on weekdays and on Saturday mornings, but the service does not run on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. The service passes Plumpton Green railway station, approximately one mile away.
There is a Shop-Mobility scheme in Brighton about 15 miles away.
Brighton Shop Mobility,
Station Taxis of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill run a reliable local service. Their fleet of cars includes a number of accessible taxis for people with restricted mobility. It is always advisable to book. Tel: 01444 410410.
Central Taxis ( 01444 441616) offer a good service including local trips to and from the pub for example
Places Of Interest
- Glyndebourne Opera
- Drusillas Zoo
- South of England Showground – Ardingly
- Bluebell Steam Railway
- Sussex Tourism & Information
- South Downs Way
- National Trust Properties
- Sheffield Park Garden
- Nymans Gardens
- Standen House the pride of the Victorian Arts & Crafts Movement
- Batemans house & gardens, the historic home of Rudyard Kipling
- Bodiam Castle a well preserved moated medieval castle
- Wakehurst Place an outstanding botanic garden and conservation area, managed by the Royal Botanic Garden.
- Battle Abbey in the heart of 1066 country
- Michelham Priory a stunning Tudor mansion and garden converted from a priory and surrounded by Britain’s longest medieval moat
- Borde Hill Garden
- Lewes Castle
- Anne Of Cleves’ House a 15th Century timber-framed house, part of her divorce settlement from Henry VII
- Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury art group