Families living at The Hedgerows are spoilt for choice - the variety of local leisure and entertainment opportunities is almost overwhelming! The rolling, verdant hills and valleys of the South Downs National Park offer 1,600km2 of breathtaking English landscapes, including the Seven Sisters Country Park, with its iconic white cliffs and open chalk grasslands. A perfect haven for rambling, bird-watching, horse-riding, cycling, or whatever takes your fancy. Local attractions include a variety of historic monuments, medieval castles such as the spectacular Herstmonceux and Arundel Castles, and the most famous of battle sites where William the Conquerer first landed to meet the Anglo-Saxon army of King Harold. The Eastbourne beaches and sweeping dunes of Camber Sands are a mere ten miles away, or for fishing, cycling, sailing or a spot of canoeing or kayaking, try Bewl Water, the largest expanse of open water in the south east. For a different kind of day out, Knockhatch Adventure Park is a short four mile drive away, providing all kinds of family entertainment, from petting farm animals to quad bikes. Or, for an alpine experience, try out nearby Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre, with its challenging 110m dry ski slope! For rather more cultured pursuits, the Hailsham Pavilion offers an eclectic schedule of film screenings, live music and thestrical performances. And the jewel in the crown of English cultural experiences is on your doorstep – Glyndebourne Opera House, one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world. Hailsham offers plenty of dining options for food-lovers. Along with many of the popular food chains you’d expect, like Prezzo, there are a variety of traditional eateries, such as The Homely Maid, a favourite for afternoon tea, or a cosy, quiet lunch. For a slightly more premium dining experience, try The Olde Forge Hotel, just a few minutes away, or a little further afield the Crossways Hotel at Wilmington, boasting two AA rosettes.
What more could you wish for?
Hellingly itself has a number of local, independent shops, as well as a supermarket. There are plenty more retail opportunities close by in Hailsham, which has been an established market town since 1252, when Henry III granted the town its market charter. Hailsham maintains its ancient traditions, with weekly livestock markets, monthly farmers’ markets, and stall markets offering a variety of high-quality, local produce held regularly in the town centre. The picturesque town centre also offers more contemporary retail options to suit the modern lifestyle, with a wonderful selection of independent retailers. The Quintins Shopping Centre is home to a number of popular high-street retailers, while St Mary’s Walk is an attractive pedestrianised shopping area with a number of interesting independent stores. The town centre also offers a choice of major supermarkets, notably Asda, Tesco and Waitrose.
Ten miles away, in Eastbourne, you’ll find The Waterfront in Sovereign Harbour, northern Europe’s largest marina complex, feuturing four interlinked harbours and the ever-popular Waterfront retail and restaurant development. The Crumbles Retail Park can also be found in Sovereign Harbour, housing a number of major retailers. In addition, The Beacon has undergone a recent £85million extension offering leading high street names, including fashion and accessories brands, health and beauty stores, and leading homeware and electrical specialists.
If that isn’t enough, take a trip to Brighton, with Churchill Square, close to the legendary Brighton seafront, offering a huge variety of stores. And right next to it, you can enjoy the historic alleys of The Lanes district, a colourful treasure trove of cafés and original boutiques offering an enchanting and unique shopping experience. There’s something for everyone!
Families are very well-catered for local facilities and important amenities; Hellingly has its own happy and welcoming primary school, Hellingly Community Primary School, with additional primary and secondary schools in the wider area, plus there are two surgeries in the village, where you’ll be very well taken care of.
The Hedgerows is very well-connected, with major roads easily accessible, including the A27 for Brighton (30 miles away), Bexhill (12 miles), Hastings (20 miles) and the A267 for Tunbridge Wells (just under 25 miles away). The A22 North will take you to Eastbourne (12 miles away), London and the South. Gatwick Airport is less than an hour by car, offering both domestic and international flights to over 150 destinations.
Polegate Railway Station is just 10 minutes away by car. From there, direct trains will transport you to destinations including Brighton (30 minutes), Gatwick Airport (50 minutes), London Victoria (1 hour 22 minutes) and Ashford International (1 hour 31 minutes).
If you’re crossing to the Continent, the Ferry Terminal at Newhaven is just over 16 miles away, and offers two or three timetabled daily crossings to and from Dieppe, depending on the season.