Life in East Grinstead, Horley and Horsham

The towns of East Grinstead, Horley and Horsham are, without doubt, three of the most desirable home county locations in England. The Mayhews team is made up of local people who know the region inside and out and are happy to advise you if you’re new to the area and would like to find out if East Grinstead, Horley, Horsham and the beautiful neighbouring villages are places you’d want to call home.

Here’s a snapshot of the things that we think make our area special…

East Grinstead

Set in the north-eastern corner of West Sussex and half way between London and the south coast on the Greenwich Meridian, East Grinstead has something for everyone. It has a rich architectural heritage with many historic buildings, including one of England’s longest continuous runs of timber-framed buildings dating back to the 14th century and which runs along the town’s High Street. On the outskirts of the town lies Ashdown Forest, Standen, a National Trust country house, the Bluebell Railway, country parks, the Weir Wood reservoir and nature reserve, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A masterplan to redevelop the town centre has been adopted in line with a wider scheme to redevelop neighbouring Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill town centres and will continue to transform the area over the coming years.


Horley sits between Reigate and Redhill in Surrey and is a popular commuter town for travellers to London and south coast destinations as it straddles the main railway line and A23 and is very close to Gatwick Airport. Like East Grinstead, Horley’s history is particularly colourful, notably with its connections to Henry VIII who took ownership of Horley Manor in 1539 after the dissolution of the monasteries. A small, yet bustling town of just over 20,000 people, Horley is a delightful residential area with a vibrant communityand a wide range of leisure activities, sporting facilities, associations and clubs to suit every interest.


The market town of Horsham is set in the heart of the Weald in West Sussex. In recent years, its reaches have grown to include many beautiful outlying hamlets and villages that have become popular with buyers looking for a location that’s close to the coast and the South’s most appealing towns and cities and has great transport links. Just over 30 miles south-west of London and less than 20 miles from the delights of Brighton and its shoreline, Horsham is a draw for commuters and families who value a great quality of life, excellent educational facilities and a remarkable mix of sporting and leisure pursuits. The town itself boasts a thriving business community and a wealth of independent and national retail stores, all of which are conveniently served by a superb local transport system.

Schools and colleges

East Grinstead, Horley and Horsham all have a great selection of schools; state schools are all co-educational and comprehensive, while independent education is provided by day and boarding schools in our towns and neighbouring Kent and Sussex districts. East Grinstead has seven primary schools, including two Church of England and Roman Catholic schools for pupils of religious denominations, two secondary schools and two private schools. Horley has three infant schools, one primary, two junior and one secondary school. Horsham is home to co-educational, boys’ and girls’ comprehensive schools, a sixth form college and the renowned Christ’s Hospital and Farlington School for Girls private institutions. Most sixth form students attend colleges in Redhill, Crawley or Reigate.

If access to good schools is key to your decision to move to Horley, East Grinstead or Horsham, please use our property map search to show our available properties with schools and colleges nearby.

Getting around Horsham, East Grinstead, Horley and beyond

One of the most appealing features of our area is its accessibility to some of the country’s best road, rail and air links. Gatwick Airport is a short drive from East Grinstead, Horley and Horsham (which has its own small airport) and other London airports are all within easy reach. The rail network serves East Grinstead from its new station with access to London Victoria and London Bridge and from Horley, which sits on the Brighton main line and provides easy transport to all stops between London and Brighton. Horsham’s mainline station serves Gatwick, London Victoria and many other popular destinations. Road links for commuters are excellent, with the M25 and M23 motorways and numerous A-roads providing fast journey times across Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and beyond.

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