Popular with Londoners heading out of the city, the village of Itchen Abbas holds great appeal. Nestled in beautiful countryside alongside the River Itchen, with pretty cottages, lovely big houses and just a 10-minute drive from the M3 and Winchester’s city centre, it’s no wonder it’s seen as the ‘best of both worlds’ that so many commuters are falling in love with!
Itchen Abbas is the largest of four villages that make up the Itchen Valley Parish to the east of Winchester, the others being Easton, Martyr Worthy and Avington, which are all conservation areas and therefore beautifully preserved. As with any conservation area, it’s worth bearing in mind any planning restrictions before you commit to a purchase, especially if you’re considering taking on a project.
Itchen Abbas itself is big enough to retain a certain degree of anonymity, but small enough to benefit from village lifestyle. If you prefer a more tight-knit community, the smaller villages may be a good choice for you. All four villages work together to promote a great sense of community amongst the locals with plenty of events at the village halls and even the odd inter-village cricket match!
The local primary school (Itchen Abbas Primary), which serves all four villages is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and you’re in catchment here for the Henry Beaufort Secondary School, which is also ‘good’ and highly regarded.
As well as being close to the city of Winchester, the Itchen Valley villages are only 10 minutes away from the charming market town of Alresford, which is full of character and great for quirky, independent shops.
Whilst both Easton and Martyr Worthy are closer to the M3 and Winchester itself, it’s worth being mindful of road noise, which can sometimes affect properties, which otherwise look idyllic on paper.
The properties in Itchen Valley villages do tend to be in high demand – and when they do come on the market they can get snapped up pretty quickly.