Why Choose Hampshire

Hampshire offers both countryside and beautiful coastal making it a highly desirable place to live.
Much of the county is located within what you might term commuting distance but other areas would be a challenge every day.
The Cathedral City of Winchester has proved very popular for those looking to move out of London in the past.
There are great schools in the county and they are above average overall.
Hampshire is a beautiful county with coastal areas and stunning countryside. The lovely Test and Meon Valleys dissect the South Downs that rise from the Cathedral city of Winchester and head eastwards. England’s largest intact area of ancient woodland, the New Forest is tucked in the western corner of the county and is a wild and special place.

Admittedly, the deepest parts of the forest and the downs would prove challenging for a daily commute, but there are many smashing villages and places in the central and northern parts of the county where you can travel with ease and have fantastic country areas within easy reach. As well as picture book villages, there are some super small towns and the large coastal cities of Southampton and Portsmouth provide the annual ‘Boat Show’ and ferry crossings to the continent or nearby Isle of Wight.



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Hampshire-- Things to Watch Out For

Traffic can be tricky around some of the major towns such as Winchester.  If you’re planning to commute there for work check out your route in.

Areas that tick a lot of boxes including having great schools and good commute routes do cost significantly more.

The Commute

Lines run into Waterloo, on the Portsmouth (via Petersfield) line or from Salisbury or Southampton via Basingstoke.  

It’s important to check out the different lines and line speeds.  Many people make use of Southampton airport as well as the easy Ferry Crossing.  The New Forest trains are generally slower so less likely to appeal to those doing a daily commute.


Things to Do in Hampshire

Hampshire has masses to do and huge amount of wildlife attractions including Marwell Wildlife, the New Forest Reptile Centre and Wildlife Park, the Hawk Conservatory Trust as well as Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary.

It’s also a county full of museums including the Museum of Naval Firepower and Submarine Museum, Milestone which is a ‘living village’ museum and the Winchester Science Centre.

Winchester Cathedral is of course worth a visit but also Beaulieu is a wonderful family day out.

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