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Whether you live in the area or are moving from afar, you may have questions about the area you are looking to move to. Our team members pride themselves on being local experts, ready to answer any questions you may have.


Located just off junction 10 of the M23 with straightforward access to the M25 northbound and Brighton southbound, Crawley appeals in equal measure to commuters, city lovers and those of us who love a sunset fish & chip supper on the seafront. There is something for everyone with great recreational facilities including the K2 leisure centre, Hawth Arts Theatre, two golf courses, Cineworld cinema, Hollywood Bowl, an array of bars, restaurants and cafes, and beautiful green space including at Buchan park, Goffs park and Tilgate park with forest, lake and nature centre.

Our diverse population approaching 115,000 residents, enjoy a range of shopping facilities at the County Mall shopping centre, Queens Square and County Oak Retail Park. Supermarkets to suit all budgets are dotted in and around town and educational establishments include several primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. Gatwick Airport is on our doorstep, a mere 11 minutes by car to Crawley town centre, and we just love that after a long-haul flight you can be home within minutes and have the kettle on for a nice cuppa tea & a slice of toast (hoping a kind friend got the bread and milk in for you).

Public transport includes the Fastway bus service and train stations in Ifield, Crawley town centre and Three Bridges, giving ease of access to neighbouring towns and beyond. Each of our 14 residential neighbourhoods has something different to offer, including local amenities, places of worship and plenty of health and well-being facilities. We truly believe Crawley is a fantastic choice for a variety of different lifestyles and we look forward to helping you find your dream home here.

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Copthorne is a village located northeast of Crawley with easy access to road and rail links to London, Brighton, and Gatwick Airport.

It has a parade of shops, three schools including the prestigious Copthorne Preparatory School, three pubs, and Copthorne Jubilee Pavilion and field. Bus routes connect Copthorne to nearby towns including Crawley, Horley, and East Grinstead with mainline rail connections, and junction 10 of the M23 is on the doorstep.

Copthorne enjoys a range of leisure facilities nearby including Tulleys Farm, sports teams, horse riding, and plenty of places to walk and relax. Copthorne offers something for everyone! 

Crawley Down

Crawley Down is a great village location roughly equidistant between Crawley and East Grinstead.

The village has a school, a church, a number of social groups and a parade of shops catering to most daily requirements. Crawley Down lies on the old track connecting Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells and this has been revitalised as a linear Country Park called the Worth Way which is a haven for wildlife and a valued trail for walkers, runners, cyclists, and horse riders and runs from Crawley to East Grinstead.

Crawley Down is conveniently located for access to the M23 / A23 yet benefits from its rural position within the Sussex countryside.

East Grinstead

East Grinstead is a pleasant Sussex market town located approximately halfway between London and the south coast with Crawley and Horley to the west, Tunbridge Wells to the east and Redhill and Reigate to the northwest.

The town contains one of the longest continuous runs of 14th-century timber framed buildings in England and Standen, a country house belonging to the National Trust, is on the outskirts of the town. There is an unusually diverse range of religious and spiritual organisations for a town of its size.

East Grinstead offers a range of schooling through both state and independent schools, along with plentiful shops, restaurants, pubs and sports and social clubs. Transport includes East Grinstead railway station, the A22 and A264 roads and several Metrobus routes to neighbouring towns and villages. 


Felbridge is a village within Surrey, on the Surrey / Sussex border, approximately 8 miles from Crawley.  At the time of the 2011 Census, it had 829 homes! 

Served by a village store, a primary school, The Star Inn, and a parish church, this is a beautiful spot surrounded by rolling countryside.  Felbridge has easy access to the A22 which links London to the Eastbourne area of the East Sussex Coast and connects to the village to East Grinstead, the nearest town less than two miles away, with a more extensive range of shops, restaurants, pubs, medical establishments, and schools.

East Grinsted is the nearest train station.  Further afield, yet still within easy reach is Effingham Park Hotel and Golf Course, Wire Mill lake and inn, Doves Barn Nursery, and Felbridge Show Ground.

Pease Pottage​

Pease Pottage is a small village on the southern edge of Crawley just of junction 11 of the A23 and M23 and where the A264 to Horsham joins.

It is in the civil parish of Slaugham and has a florist’s shop, pub, car breakers yard, playing fields and some small industrial units and offices. Pease Pottage is served by Metrobus bus routes which connects to Crawley town centre and surrounding towns yet it retains its village like atmosphere.

Other facilities nearby include K2 sports and leisure complex which includes an Olympic size leisure pool, indoor bowls, gym, 12 metre climbing wall, squash courts and much more! In our opinion one of the overriding benefits of Pease Pottage as a great place to live has to be the ease of access to the M23 and beyond. 


Handcross village lies on the A23 road, 4.2 miles south of Crawley.

The High Street has a range of shops catering to most daily requirements. There is a primary school and Handcross Park School, an independent prep school. There are two pubs and a social club. Nymans Gardens, run by the National Trust is just off the High Street and offers 30 acres of parklands and High Beeches is close by offering 27 acres of woodland, water gardens and rare, exotic and award-winning plants.

Handcross enjoys the rural, village feel yet nearby towns are easily accessible via the A23 and bus routes.  


Horley is located in the county of Surrey, south of the towns of Reigate and Redhill, however, it lies virtually on the West Sussex county border and Crawley and Gatwick Airport are close by.

Horley mainline railway station provides round-the-clock links to London and the town qualifies as a commuter town and it has a significant economy of its own. There is plenty of schooling with one secondary school, three primary schools, two junior schools, and two infant schools.

The town has its own football club, Horley Town FC, and plenty of other sports clubs including cricket, hockey, tennis, bowls, and rugby.

There is a relatively long high street and the town has plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs, and supermarkets. Served by Metrobus bus routes connecting with Redhill, Crawley, East Grinstead, and Gatwick Airport, Horley is a great town to live in and caters to all needs.  


The village of Charlwood is situated north of Crawley and west of Horley.

The village has a primary school, a small number of shops, two pubs and a restaurant. The village is centred around the recreation grounds which comprise a redeveloped children’s playground and the sports pitches of both Charlwood FC and Ifield Cricket Club. Glover’s Wood is a Site of Scientific Interest and is noted for its bluebell display in springtime.

Bus routes connect the village to nearby towns and although access to the A23 / M23 is straightforward, this is a lovely rural location.  


Hookwood is a small village located approximately 1.5 miles from Horley town centre with its shopping and leisure facilities and two miles from the village of Charlwood.

Its position provides quick access to other nearby towns including Crawley and Reigate, yet it is able to enjoy the Surrey countryside.

There is a Tesco superstore close by and a recreation area. Commuter services to London Victoria are available from nearby Horley and Gatwick Airport train stations. Access to the M23 is straightforward. 

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