Hoathly Hill is a well established Community in West Sussex UK, and has all the benefits of community living. It comprises 27 homes with some 60 residents of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Hoathly Hill Association Ltd, a private residents association, was established in 1986, when it granted 999 year leases to each of the residences.
The Hoathly Hill estate extends to over 22 acres of gardens and fields in a secluded, picturesque rural setting within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is on the outskirts of the historic village of West Hoathly, located between the Sussex market towns of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath, which are 10 and 15 minute drives away.
The residents of the Community seek to create a supportive home environment for themselves and each other and it has a closeknit, protective, safe feel to it, particularly beneficial to young families and the elderly. This engenders a sense of belonging, however the residents are careful to respect each other's privacy, and each household is physically and financially independent. "You can be as private or as sociable as you like". Hoathly Hill tends to attract people who are environmentally aware and philosophically enquiring.
All the homes have their own private gardens, and there are also communal gardens and fields for the use of the residents, which are particularly beneficial for 'free range' children. Together with the children's playground, basketball court and the adjoining countryside, a real outdoor 'swallows and amazons' childhood can be experienced.
Parking for the residents and visitors is on the edge of the estate and so Hoathly Hill is a traffic free environment.
There are frequent social gatherings and regular meetings to organise the running of the estate, but attendance at events is at one's own free will.
People interested in living at Hoathly Hill are invited to get to know residents and participate in social events, such as the Saturday Cafe. There is a process for joining the Community, but there are no restrictions on membership or a selection criteria.
Hoathly Hill properties are bought and sold on the open market and mortgaged in the usual way.
Hoathly Hill Trust, an educational charity, owns five non-residential properties at Hoathly Hill, including a kindergarten and sculpture and pottery studios, that serve the wider local community as well as the residents, and additionally, it owns a herb garden and biodynamic vegetable allotments which the residents may use.
London is within commuting distance, with London Bridge and Victoria 50-60 minutes away, and 35 minutes to Brighton. It has easy access to Gatwick Airport, the M23 and M25. It is close to Forest Row, a Transition Village with its alternative culture, and Michael Hall Steiner School and Emerson College.
There is a good selection of state and independent schools in the area including the local village Primary School and the kindergarten at Hoathly Hill.
Being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the walking in the local countryside is excellent, and Ashdown Forest is nearby. There are two Biodynamic/Organic farm shops in the area selling locally produced meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.