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Living in Barcombe

On 5 Mar 2014 at 10:21am Long tall Sally wrote:
Could anyone give any info on what Barcombe is like as a village? We are struggling to find an affordable house in Lewes and are searching further afield. Is there a nursery? Is it reasonable distance to Cooksbridge station? Nice local pubs?
On 5 Mar 2014 at 11:48am Old Cynic wrote:
Why not go and have a look?
On 5 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm MrsMack wrote:
What do you think is affordable? What specifically are you looking for? There is a good school and a playgroup and a shop and a post office. There's also the Royal Oak in the village and The Anchor not far out of the village. Depending on your requirements I might know of a house for sale.
On 5 Mar 2014 at 3:48pm Long tall Sally wrote:
Hi Old Cynic, we will of course go and have a look but just thought we would ask the friendly community on here for their thoughts as well, silly of me I know!
Looking for a 3 bed with garden between 250-300k, just trying to get a gauge of how much there is going on there compared to Lewes.
On 5 Mar 2014 at 5:19pm Deelite 2 wrote:
I'm from Barcombe and I think it's wonderful. School, play group, shop/post office, pub with good food, friendly church (not that I'm of that bent) and a *very* friendly and helpful community.

The central pub the Royal Oak is good enough (although it can be a little daunting when people turn round to see you come in!). You can cycle to Cooksbridge station in easily or drive there in four minutes, with good parking.

The village benefits from a distinct centre and is not greatly on the way to anywhere so not a lot of traffic whizzing by.

I do think the uniquely good thing about the village is the community, the way people from all backgrounds just muck in a get on. There are no snobs. It's not a chocolate box thatched type village by any means... but that's all to the good as far as I am concerned.

Houses are not the cheapest but if you get a house here and want to raise kids it's hard to imagine you'll ever regret it.
On 5 Mar 2014 at 5:26pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Barcombe is fairly high on my list of villages I'd like to live in. It's not far to drive to Cooksbridge, but those lanes were awful wet this winter!
Chailey is cheaper for houses, also has good schools and a nice pub and is nearer the station.
On 5 Mar 2014 at 5:31pm T wrote:
Have to agree with Deelite 2
I have been living here for 30yrs + and apart from the services already mentioned there are many sporting activities for the young and old? There is a part time fire station which is always looking for new recruits (18 yrs) the only slight downside is the bus service into Lewes.
Good Luck.
Old Cynic how about some positive feedback or do u live alone and have nobody to talk to ?
On 5 Mar 2014 at 7:24pm Extra wrote:
Have a look at the Parish Council website for an overview, and don't forget there are three Barcombe communities: Barcombe, Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills, plus other semi attached hamlets. Also, grab a Parish Mag for a flavour, but remember, all
villages expect a bit of give as well as take. You'll be very happy here. Be a pleasure to give you the Barcombe tour!
On 6 Mar 2014 at 9:34am Long tall Sally wrote:
Oh thank you all for such good feedback that really is very helpful indeed. I think we will take a look around this weekend. We were just trying to work out the best logistics of a London and Brighton commute but it's definitely looking doable!
Thanks again, really appreciate it.
On 7 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm Earl of De Montfort wrote:
I believe some of the councillors are a little odd of thought though.
On 7 Mar 2014 at 7:15pm Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Don't worry she won't be in Barcombe for long.... as a UKIP candidate and with her reputation she'll get less then twenty votes at the next local election.

Commuting is a weak point but a good number of people do it. Often the main problem is getting a train back from London to Cooksbridge at the time you want it. I've got stuck at Haywards Heath a couple of times.

Extra got a thumbs down. Why?
On 9 Mar 2014 at 9:17am Ooo-arr-Ooo-ar wrote:
It's peaceful and surrounded by beautiful countryside and loads of footpaths. It has a good community feel and the pub is great , as long as you can ignore the handful of foul-mouthed idiots who practically live there, think they own the place and dominate the bar.
Bus service is crap......

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