Focus On Fishbourne Property


West Sussex is a wonderful part of the south of England. It has long been desirable with people looking for a perfect blend of modern conveniences, rural life, and outstanding local amenities.

The pandemic highlighted the draw of our peaceful county, as millions of families looked for homes outside of congested cities and placed a new importance on fresh air and space to play.

Tod Anstee, as the local property experts, publishes regular guides, providing further insights into some of our favourite West Sussex areas. Each unique spot has its own character, with so many dramatic coastal panoramas, postcard-perfect villages, and traditional market towns to choose from.

We hope our glimpse into the village of Fishbourne is helpful and invite you to contact us if you’d like further information about any region of West Sussex that you feel might just be your dream place to live!

Fishbourne as a West Sussex Hotspot

Fishbourne is a port village with a fascinating history and considerable heritage. Once a busy port to the north of Chichester Harbour, the area is now a beautiful village within a few minutes of the cathedral city. The coastal landscape and proximity to the South Downs make Fishbourne a hugely attractive destination for families, retirees and professionals looking for enhanced quality of life outside of London.

Fishbourne Manor is the iconic Tudor country estate, and remarkably, not the most exciting part of the village’s past. The Roman Palace is the most substantial Roman building ever found in the UK and was built in 75 AD, three decades after the Roman conquest.

However, life in Fishbourne is as modern as ever, with some of the top attractions including:

  • Tinwood Estate Vineyard, near the South Downs National Park and producing world-class sparkling wines – tours and lodges are available.
  • The Base Skate Park, for busy kids and adventurous parents!
  • Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth, just 19 miles away and hosting a massive array of sea life (including sharks).
  • Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve, a tranquil spot and mature reserve covering 400 acres of protected land.
  • Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens, a must-visit for new residents, offers incredible gardens and the most extensive collection of mosaics in the country.

There is an excellent range of shops, two village pubs (The Bulls Head and Woolpack Inn) and lots of guesthouses for visitors. Barreg Cycles is also a community focal point and a great place to hire a bike and explore the surrounding countryside.

Fishbourne might be a small, peaceful village – but the travel links are good. You can be in Chichester via a two-minute train journey, or within nine minutes using the local bus service. The train to Waterloo takes about an hour and 50 minutes, and you can be in Portsmouth in 34 minutes, or Southampton Central in just over one hour from Fishbourne Railway Station.

Being so close to Chichester, Fishbourne is only one minute’s drive from the A259 or 18 minutes from the A27.

Schools and Education in Fishbourne

Fishbourne is a fantastic place to access quality education with nearby facilities including small village primaries, exceptional private schools and Chichester University a short drive away.

Early Years and Primary Schools

  • Fishbourne Pre-School Ltd – a non-profit, charity led school rated Outstanding and catering up to age four, is found in the village next to Fishbourne Farm.
  • Fishbourne C of E Primary – the local primary school, offering tuition from age four to eleven, with 209 pupils in total and rated Ofsted Good.
  • Bosham Primary – just 1.5 miles from Fishbourne, Bosham Primary is an alternative village school, catering to ages up to year six and rated Good.
  • Oakwood Prep School has a pre-school, pre-prep and preparatory school, teaching up to age 11. The independent school is rated Excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Secondary Education

  • Bishop Luffa School – around nine minutes drive (1.9 miles) away, Bishop Luffa School offers secondary education from year seven to the sixth form, rated Excellent in 2020 by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).
  • Chichester Free School – six minutes drive away via the Chichester Bypass, this primary, secondary and sixth form provides tuition throughout a child’s education, open to all students from age four and rated Good by Ofsted.

For further education, the university is only ten minutes drive from Fishbourne village. You can also find a vast range of extracurricular activities in and around the village, such as swimming clubs at Chichester Swim School and dance or drama at Stagecoach Performing Arts in Chichester.

The Fishbourne Property Market

Over the last year, properties sold in Fishbourne village reached an average sale price of £412,717. The local market has grown in value by 4% within 12 months and 9% in the last three years, with increased demand causing an increased pace of price rises.

Average Fishbourne property values across different types of homes are:

  • £561,042 for a detached family property, many with generous gardens, private parking and incredible countryside views.
  • Semi-detached properties sell for around £355,429, offering convenient access to village shops and cafes.
  • Terraced homes in the centre of Fishbourne sell for around £317,154.

The historical significance of this West Sussex village gives some context to the range of properties on offer in and around Fishbourne. From traditional farmhouses to more contemporary homes, properties range from 1930s terraced houses to extensive detached residences. Properties close to Fishbourne Station are ideal for commuters, with the waters of Chichester Harbour only half a mile away.

If you would like to view some of the current Tod Anstee Fishbourne property listings or properties close to the village, please contact our sales team for further information. Likewise, if village life appeals and you’re keen to relocate to the heart of the South Downs and enjoy all that is on offer in the Chichester region, please visit our website for further information about our rental properties and associated services.