A Countryside Commute

London is essentially three C’s; A Cosmopolitan Cocktail of Conveniences.

Work is just a tube journey away, coffee shops and bakeries around the corner, along with elite restaurants, great parks, museums and striking architecture.


This ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle is initially what drew you to the city, where you are always at the pulse of activity. But, when the lingering smell of coffee and daily shuffle for the tube starts to grate on you, and not to mention the fact that you miss the fresh air and open spaces out of London, you know you have choices to make.

So, where to next?

You are probably accustomed to the conveniences of city life, which you would still like to savour, just maybe at a slower pace, amidst fresher air and quieter surroundings. Could a modern new home, set in one of the best places to live in the UK, be the answer?

From the wise words of zen Monk, Haemin Sunim, "living life in the slow lane is the answer to happiness". These reassuring words of wisdom should come as a comfort to you amidst your dilemma, but where would be slow enough? The London commuter belt stretches far and wide, where you have a mix of metropolitan cities, seaside towns and many rural villages.

Best of Both Worlds?

If a village is too isolated for you, and a city too much of a rush, then Fleet could be your answer. This reputable town has been honoured with the accolade of being the happiest place to live, the best place to live, and is also popular with commuters. The train journey, operated by South West Trains, into London is just 44 minutes, giving plenty of time to leisurely manage your emails before getting into work.Elvetham Heath



In addition to the convenient train line, Fleet also benefits from good road links with the M3 nearby in addition to close proximity to business communities within Farnborough, Farnham, Basingstoke, Camberley and much more. The surrounding communities offer lots of choice with shopping centres, employment opportunities and a broad range of leisure facilities.

Fleet for Families and Future

Fleet is popular for family life. The local schools are highly reputable and offer a good calibre of teaching; many are within walking distance of popular cul-de-sac locations, parks and high street amenities, creating an easy lifestyle and removing the need to drive everywhere. Once families settle in Fleet, they often stay within the area, and it's easy to understand why. The town and surrounding pockets of communities offer a real diverse selection of properties; suitable for First Time Buyers, families and indeed retirement. With a wide variety of architecture styles, and affordability, buyers are able to invest in their first home, or first in this area and stay within the town rather than forced out to "cheaper" areas. This creates a really strong community spirit.

There are lots of active community groups offering a range of activities and support networks, the town also hosts lots of events throughout the year; from food markets, carnivals, Christmas fairs and much more. A highlight of the calendar is the Fleet Half Marathon, one of the most reputable races dubbed the "pre-London Marathon", each year the race is completely full months in advance with the streets lined with local supporters on the day.


Fleet Pond nature reserve, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire, also forms a notable beauty spot for the town, in addition to the canal and a huge selection of parks and walking areas.

Commutable yet in the countryside, but with the convenience of the town, Fleet is proving a popular choice for those looking to leave London. A few new properties have recently been built in the surrounding communities of Church Crookham and Elvetham Heath, providing versatile homes with access to everything Fleet has to offer.

New Build in Fleet

One such development, Ewshot Gardens is particularly worth mentioning. Built by local developer Redfield Homes, this unique collection of homes has been created to an exceptionally high standard with particular care and attention, the developer is part of the neighbouring Garden Centre and has a keen interest for gardens and outdoor appearances.

This new development is set within the favoured vicinity of Church Crookham, which is extremely popular with families due to its good schools, mature surroundings and leisure facilities. Whilst the wider surroundings give you plenty to enjoy with the family, the landscaped grounds of Ewshot Gardens enclose a selection of modern new homes that aim to streamline your lifestyle.

The locality has proved favourable with residents, who enjoy being able to take everything in their stride, also noting "…an added bonus is being next to Redfield’s Garden Centre, as they offer delicious breakfasts and gorgeous home and garden accessories for our new house.” Elizabeth and Mark were one of the first to move into the development, “we are truly in love with our new home. The house has been built to an extremely high standard and has exceeded all our expectations, we both feel very house proud. It feels like home already, the local community has a welcoming feel to it and we are very much looking forward to meeting our new neighbours.” (Ms E Dyer & Mr M Nash, Residents of Ewshot Garden).

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Ewshot Gardens offers a selection of homes with only a few five bedroom homes remaining. The five bedrooms offer a great versatility with the option of studies, guest rooms or secondary lounges/play rooms for children. These homes all offer three storeys of living space with high-quality finishing throughout. The kitchens have all been finished with top of the range appliances integrated within, whilst the bathrooms and en suites offer contemporary white suites with luxury fittings and tiling. The finest of details down to the flooring, door furniture and lighting have all been thoughtfully considered to create modern, yet classic homes.

With just a few properties remaining, viewings of Ewshot Gardens are highly recommended; full details of the development can be found online, here. However, if you'd like to learn a little more about the variety of homes available within the Fleet area, contact local and experienced agents Mackenzie Smith for friendly and no-obligation advice and support.

To book a viewing, or for more information on Ewshot Gardens or the properties within the area, please visit Mackenzie Smith's website, or call them on 01252 812121. Alternatively, they can be contacted by e-mail for your convenience at fleet@mackenziesmith.co.uk.

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