Gradwell Park

South Downs, Gradwell Park

Explore countryside and sea…

Gradwell Park is perfectly situated to provide excellent access to some wonderful countryside, with three Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the parish, and transport links to the nearby coast.

The new retirement community is located in South Chailey, a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, located 7 miles north of Lewes and 7 miles south of Haywards Heath. Chailey lies either side of the A272 and is reputedly the very centre of the county of Sussex.

Conveniently, it is also only short drive from Haywards Heath mainline railway station and Lewes station, which has hourly trains direct to London. The East Coastway Line connects to the coastal destinations of Brighton with Eastbourne and Hastings. Gatwick Airport is also easily connected to and from both train stations. If you are keen to become part of the local community, clubs and societies that make up the fabric of the village tend to be eclectic, with everything from astronomy clubs to the Chailey Horticultural Society.

Within the local village itself you will find a doctor’s surgery, dental surgery, as well as three Public Houses: The King’s Head, The Five Bells and The Horns Lodge. The Village Shop and General Stores are also located on the A275, just south of The Horns Lodge.

The lively town of Lewes is also close by, with impressive landmarks including Lewes Castle, the remains of Lewes Priory, Bull House (the former home of Tom Paine), Southover Grange with public gardens, and a 16th century timber-framed Wealden hall house known as Anne of Cleves House. Nearby is Glyndebourne, an English country house and site of an opera house which since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Gradwell Park is a site with interesting existing ecology and careful consideration has gone into relocating protected species, as well as preserving the trees and surrounding woodland.

In the local village, Chailey Windmill, a Grade II listed Smock Mill, stands on a historic site beside the yew tree and is said to mark the very centre of Sussex.  Records show that mills have stood here since at least 1590. The village of Chailey historically takes its name from the Saxon word ‘chag’, which referred to the gorse and broom, which grew in the area.

So, if you are looking for a location that is full of local history, as well as being close to some wonderful coastal towns in the South of Britain then Gradwell Park will be ideal.

Directions to Gradwell Park

Via the A2029 (Travelling North)

From Lewes High Street leave the A277 and head towards the A2029 or signs for Market Street. Now turn left on to Market Lane heading right towards Fisher Street. Turn left on to Mill Lane. Turn left on to an unnamed/private road, you’ll see the local GP surgery and then continue down the private road until you see Gradwell Retirement Village.

Via the A23 (Travelling South)

Leave Crawley station by exiting the A23 and drive through London Road towards Fleming Way Roundabout. Pass through 5 roundabouts, remain on the A23 for the duration.

At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the slip road. To head to towards Haywards Heath, take the slip road heading left. At the next roundabout, take 2nd exit on to the A272, you should see Bolney Road.

Pass through 7 roundabouts, remaining on A272. At roundabout, take 4th exit on to B2112 or signs for Fox Hill. Bear left on to Green Road and wait for the road name to change to North Common Road, turn left on to South Road, turn left on to Honeypot Lane, changes to Mill Lane, from here turn right down a private road/unnamed room where the local GP surgery is, continue down the private road which brings you Gradwell Retirement Village.

If you have any questions about our plans, wish to express an interest in the development or experience any issues with the work outlined, please do not hesitate to contact us at our head office on 01372 383950 or email our regional sales manager Chris Buck: chrisbuck@retirementvillages.co.uk