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  • in reply to: Commute Winchester to London #11568

    Hi Sarah

    As the others say, the service from Winchester is such that plenty of people do it and don’t have too many issues, although I know that many try to do 1-2 days from home, especially those that work in North London. Commuting-wise you may also want to consider some of the villages to the north of Winchester, such as Micheldever Station, which provides a very good commuter link into Waterloo and is a fraction quicker.

    At the risk of sounding mildly flippant, a decision to relocate to a new area often tends to outlast any ties to a job or company, so perhaps it is worth taking on a few years of pain keeping in mind the longer term goal – and possible work-relocation to closer to Waterloo or even Winchester/Basingstoke/Southampton…? This is of course entirely dependent on factors I cannot presume to know!

    in reply to: Winchester – what can you tell me #7069

    Hi Guest

    Gosh, what’s NOT to say about Winchester…?

    I ended up here by pure chance (work as an agent and living – although we are a few miles outside in a village on the River Test). I love the fact that Winchester has literally everything you could wish for within a 10 minute walk of the town centre: high street shops, independent retailers, a theatre, more quality restaurants than you can try out in a year, 20 minutes to the coast, an hour to London, it’s close to Southampton Airport and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton (where I’m going to see the WNO perform La Traviata this weekend) is only 25 minutes away – closer than Covent Garden for most Londoners! You can live in Winchester and enjoy a pocket-sized cathedral city, or on the outskirts and enjoy true rural living. And as we moved here from Sussex, I can also say that we find people take themselves less seriously and are more relaxed than they are in our eastern neighbour!

    Do get in touch if you’d like to talk more about Winchester (Smiths Gore 01962 857 429 – although the above views are obviously mine, not endorsed by the firm and people in West Sussex are also lovely!).

    in reply to: Best oil boiler #6109

    Hi Kirsty

    I agree with John – look at other alternatives, such as air or ground source heat pumps if you are installing a system from new… but it really depends so much on what type of building you’re buying and where.

    With regards to oil fired boilers, the single thing I have learnt most in professional and personal life since leaving Cla’ham 10 years ago is to leave whatever ageing boiler is in an older property rather than replacing it. Moving to darkest Sussex first of all, we ripped out a 30 year old boiler which was working fine and replaced it with one which died a month after its warranty expired. And then the same happened again! Most surveyors will condemn an old boiler, but most heating engineers I have come across love them, as they are beautifully simple!

    If you do replace or install a new oil fired boiler, most developers and builders I come across install Worcester Bosch ones, so I suspect they can’t be bad. I currently have Grant boiler and it hasn’t gone wrong yet – although, again, it is only 3 years old.

    Hope this is useful – feel free to find us on or message me via @hampshireagent.

    in reply to: Moving to Winchester #5875

    Hi Victoria

    I can echo what has been said about Hyde, as it appears to suit what you are looking for. Depending on your budget, you may also want to look at St Cross, or if you want to move to the edge of town (to get closer to open countryside whilst still a short cycle to the station) look at Littleton or even Sparsholt.

    Good luck with the move!


    in reply to: Moving to Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire/Wiltshire area #5812

    Hi Alex

    You could do worse than throwing West Hampshire into the mix. Schooling is generally very good (especially if you include Winchester in your search), you have beautiful countryside and you are not far from the coast or London if you need to head back occasionally. And, the Telegraph wrote on Sunday that Chilbolton and Wherwell (in the Test Valley, not far from the Wiltshire border) are amongst the prettiest villages in the county!

    Good luck.


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