It’s official – a recent survey has named West Sussex as the most desirable place to spend your retirement and over 123,000 over 60s are predicted to head there by 2035.
Residents of Charters Retirement Village in East Grinstead tell us why they love West Sussex.
Top 5 reasons why Charters’ retirees love West Sussex
West Sussex is close enough to the sea to breathe in the sea air but the rest of the UK can easily be reached by the nearby M25. Likewise Gatwick Airport is easily accessible for all the high-flyers.
Retiree Frances El-Housami chose West Sussex as her retirement destination largely down to its location and fantastic transport links.
“My son lives in London and I can reach him from Charters Village in East Grinstead in an hours drive. Likewise a 45-minute taxi from the village and I am at Gatwick airport, perfect for visiting friends abroad.”
2) Things to do
A highly cultural and historical county, there is plenty to do and discover in West Sussex. Arundel Castle and Gardens and Chichester Cathedral are very popular with retirees but for Charter’s resident Jean Burnett, it’s all about the shopping.
“The shopping! I love visiting the many boutique, independent shops in the area but you have the best of both worlds as there are all the established high street brands available in the area too.”
3) Pet friendly
With rolling fields and plenty of walking trials, West Sussex is a dog’s dream!
“The beautiful South Downs of West Sussex creates an abundance of excellent dog walks! The area is so green, both us and our boxer Chloe love it. Myself and my husband spent 24 years travelling the world but this was the only place we wanted to retire!” – Residents Roddy and Sylvia Mackenzie.
4) The climate
West Sussex is the sunniest county in the United Kingdom according to Met Office records with an average 1902 hours of sun each year – it’s no wonder south facing gardens are high on retirees’ property wish lists, as these summer shots of the private retirement village clearly show.
5) Low crime rates
West Sussex Police report a much lower rate of crime than many other forces in the country.
Charters’ resident Frances El-Housami researched this prior to her move to the area.
“After my husband passed away and a distressing incident in which my property in Geneva was broken in to, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my retirement in a secure environment and whilst the village has 24hr security, it was reassuring to know crime rates were low in the local area too.”
Other reasons why the residents of Charters Village love the local area is the extensive local history, the food (Sussex drip pudding!) and the excellent healthcare provision in the area, including three hospitals and many private healthcare facilities too including Charters’ very own care home and daycare centre within the grounds.