As Autumn approaches many Londoners will be looking to get out of the city for a weekends break in the country.
As the leaves fall and the nights grow longer, the draw of the countryside with its quaint villages and roaring open pub fires can be hard to resist – and one village in particular stands out from the rest.
The cosy East Sussex idyll of Lurgashall was recently voted as one of the best locations in the south east by The Times and it’s easy to see why, but there’s no surprise in this decision.
Described as a ‘honeysuckle-covered chocolate box village’ by the paper, Lurgashall encapsulates all that is great in a English village, with historic rural architecture, traditional village pubs, and an abundance of nature on the doorstep.
To illustrate its point The Times paints a picture of sitting outside Noah’s Ark Inn on a sunny afternoon watching cricket played on the village green, and honestly, we can’t think of anything better.
Living in a serene location like this, however, comes at a cost reports SussexLive.
The average house price now comes in at more than £1.2 million pounds and only three have been sold in the past 12 months, according to Zoopla.
Don’t let that put you off though because Lurgashall offers itself as a well-situated and serene base to call home.
This quaint village of little more than 600 people is nestled on the fringes of the South Downs and finds itself located equally between the hubs of Chichester and Guildford in Surrey.
As you might expect from a location like this, Lurgashall has a long and storied past.
Its steeped history refers back to the Roman period, while better documentation describes the settlement from the Saxon era onwards.
Notably in this timeline, the church of St Laurence dates back more than 900 years and is still standing today in all of its grandeur following a number of repairs and renovations.
Once an isolated farming community, Lurgashall has managed to bring its characteristic charm to the present day.
The humble village boasts its own Michelin restaurant and has another two within just miles.
The Noah’s Ark Inn is famous throughout the area and holds a prominent position in the corner of Lurgashall’s triangular village green.
The inn dates back to 1557 and offers a quintessential English pub experience complete with a rustic interior, baronial-style room complete with cosy sofas, and an inglenook fireplace.
Just a short distance further out, you can also find the Lickford Inn and the Duke of Cumberland, both offering fantastic menus and pub experiences.
The South Downs is in every direction which makes Lurgashall a haven for walkers and nature enthusiasts.
It is also a great place to get your fix of English heritage both in the village itself and the nearby area thanks to an abundance of historic market towns and listed buildings.
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How to get there
The pretty village is located just an hour and a half from London via the M25 and A3.
Alternatively, you can get a train to nearby Haslemere and walk the rest of the way through the tranquil Sussex countryside.
Regular trains to the station run from Waterloo with a journey time of just 50 minutes.
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