Look at any glossy magazine feature on Hampshire, and they will conjure up idyllic images of chocolate box cottages, rolling green countryside and sleepy villages. And yes, there are plenty of these. But let’s not be fooled into thinking Hampshire is just somewhere to head when you want to slow down the pace of life.
Winchester, at the heart of Hampshire is buzzing with culture and life with access to a host of facilities and amenities within a 15-mile radius of the city:
- Southampton Airport – an international airport offering regular flights to a variety of European destinations is a great alternative to Heathrow or Gatwick. Parking is easy, check-in is straightforward and there’s no nasty M25 to contend with!
- Some of the best theatre, comedy and dance shows can be found at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre, Winchester’s Theatre Royal and the Salisbury Playhouse, just a little bit further away.
- If you want boutique shops and individual stores, Winchester is the place to head, or for some of the best mainstream shopping centres in the south, Southampton is hard to beat. John Lewis, Next, Ikea, Marks and Spencer all have major stores within the city, and the outlet experience at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays is also worth a visit.
- When it comes to eating out, you couldn’t ask for more choice: The latest high-street chains such as Jamie’s Italian and Wagamamas are all easy to find in the local area. Winchester itself boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as celebrity chefs, Rick Stein and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who have recently joined the city.
- For family entertainment, there are activities like ‘Rock-up’ in Whiteley, Oxygen Free-Jumping in Southampton, a fantastic educational experience at Winchester Science Centre, as well as first class cinemas and leisure facilities. Alternatively, the various country parks are great places to let off steam. There’s even a Premiership Football Team in the area!
- Proximity to the international cruise port of Southampton is also a bonus, giving you luxury access to the rest of the world! Or if you prefer to take the helm yourself, the Solent (Hamble or Lymington) is home to the best sailing schools in the country.
- Then of course, there’s the beautiful beaches of the south coast just a short journey away, or the New Forest that is waiting to be explored.
We could go on, but you probably get the idea! We believe Hampshire, as it really does offer the best of both worlds. Yes the area is beautiful, but it’s by no means backward or sleepy. There is easy access to everything you could possibly need – as well as being only just over an hour from London. And there’s also a huge variety of property to choose from too, whatever your budget!