It would be nice to think that there are some sunny days ahead. And if so, here is a pick of some of our favourite places in and around our 17 offices in Sussex and Surrey. Click on any of the places listed to go to its website.

See more recommendations in our areas guides.


Petworth Park

West Wittering beach 

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Devils Dyke

Saltdean Lido

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Bedelands Nature Reserve

St John’s Park

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Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill

Footgolf, Shipley Bridge

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Tilgate Park

Go Ape

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The Ashdown Forest

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The walk from Cuckfield to Balcombe Viaduct

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Standen House & Gardens

Ashdown Forest

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Heaven Farm, Danehill

Sitting outside Java & Jazz having a coffee

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Ditchling Beacon & Common

Washbrook’s Farm

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Beech Hurst Gardens

Victoria Park, Clair Park

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Go Ape Tree Top Adventures

British Wildlife Centre

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Owlbeech Woods

Horsham Park

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Ditchling Beacon walks

Ardingly Reservoir

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Drusilla’s Zoo

Chailey Common Nature Reserve

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Parham House & Gardens

East Beach Café, Littlehampton

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The Lavender Line, Isfield

Visit Nutley Windmill, Nutley

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Analysis from giant property website Rightmove's shows the number of sales agreed in March is the highest since before the financial crisis.

This is even more remarkable when considered in the light of the bumper March last year, when buyers scrambled to buy before the rise in stamp duty that April.

The first-time buyer sector is helping to driving growth, with prices rising by 6.5% annually to new record of £194,881. However, this is tempered by a slower pace of increase further up the market, with an overall annual rate of increase of 2.2%, the lowest recorded since April 2013.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director, said: “High buyer demand in most parts of the country has helped to propel the price of newly marketed property to record highs. There are signs of a strong spring market with the number of sales agreed achieved at this time of year being the highest since 2007.”


Justin Wallden, one of directors, says “I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s an election coming next month. Well… we haven’t had the opportunity to watch the politicians we pay for swap half-truths, for almost a year now, so Mrs May rightly assumed we were getting bored!

What does this mean for the housing market? Although a Conservative win, with an increased Parliamentary majority, is apparently the most likely outcome, there have been no shortage of electoral surprises over the last two years.

As a result, we feel that some sellers may well choose to delay their selling plans, preferring to wait-and-see the outcome of June 8th.

History tell us however that electoral results, even a change of government, have very little effect on housing policy in the short or medium terms.

With an already reduced level of saleable properties on the market, it’s my view that canny sellers will put their property on the market very soon, to capitalise on the remainder of the spring market, before the summer lull. Stock levels are already low and buyers don’t have a great deal of choice – and we all know what that can do for prices…”


February’s data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows that the number of loans to first-time property buyers rose by 11% in February compared to the same month last year.

By contrast, the number of loans to home-movers (ie those moving from one home to another) was down 6% over the same period.

This means that both groups took out 24,000 loans that month, a parity that has not existed for 20 years.

The growth in FTBs means that the total number of mortgages taken out in February was the highest seen in that month since the crash of 2007.


We don’t think so, and here are five reasons why…

As with anything in life, people are often tempted to look at ways to save money, and it’s easy to see why some people might choose to cut the cost of an agent’s selling fee!

But we think it’s important to look at the bigger picture when deciding how to, and who should, sell your property.

First, remember that although you might save something on the fee, if you lose more than this in the final sale price, you’ve lost out overall. A good agent is skilled at negotiating to achieve a sale at the very highest price possible. A good agent knows when to push for more, and when to suggest ‘walking away’ from a buyer. 

This is something that agents do every day, plus they’ll also often have more information about your buyer than you will, such as what their actual maximum price really is!

Second,  an established estate agent will have sold many, many properties over many years, and will have a good grasp on a property’s likely value. Time and time again we have seen sellers, understandably, set an unrealistically high value for their property, only to see it languish on the market unsold (although to be fair, there are some lesser agents who over-value too, with the same effect!).

Third, ‘private sale’ websites almost always charge you upfront, whether you sell or not. An estate agent, on the other hand, will only charge you a selling fee if and when the property is sold.

Fourth, contrary to expectations, agents are still an important link between sellers and buyers. In fact, according to research from Which? 28% of buyers found their property directly through an estate agent.

Fifth, once a buyer is found, a good estate agent will carry out background checks into that buyer’s financial circumstances and verify their ability to actually buy your property. 

A good agent will also aim to verify the strength of each link in a chain – after all, if one of the links breaks, the whole chain might fall apart – and then keep tabs on that chain right up till completion day to ensure you complete on time. Without a good agent, who will do this important, but often unseen, work?

In short, while we can understand the temptation to want to save the agent’s fee, it’s worth bearing in mind the bigger picture that you’re trying to achieve – to find a reliable buyer, in good time, who’ll pay the maximum price, will be solid for the purchase and enable you to move from a home that no longer meets your requirements to a home that makes your dreams come true!

In our experience, selling a house is a bit like tiling a bathroom. Most people could have a go, but not many have the skill, time and patience to do it as well as a professional!

Of course if you want to discuss anything here, we’d be only too pleased. Feel free to call us any time…

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