Area guide

Living in Hampshire provides a perfect balanced environment of a bustling town atmosphere and rural country life.

Odiham Estate Agents

82 High Street
RG29 1LP

+44 1256 702 892

Winchester Estate Agents

6 Jewry Street
SO23 8RZ

+44 1962 869999

Farnham Estate Agents

37 Downing Street

+44 1252 821102

Salisbury Estate Agents

41 Milford Street

01722 328741

Haslemere Estate Agents

6 Charter Walk
GU27 2AD

+44 1428 661 077

Our Hampshire area guide will provide you with all key information you need when considering a move to the county. From things to do through to to property pricing and schooling guides, our guide will give you everything you need to know when visiting.

Surrounded by nature
Nearly half of its area is made up of National Parks (the South Downs and the New Forest combined, the latter of which attracts up to seven and a half million visitors per year) and it boasts a huge amount of exceptional countryside. It is world renowned for its chalk stream rivers; most notably the River Itchen that runs through Winchester and the River Test which runs to the west of Winchester.

Excellent transport links
Yet it is also extremely well connected by road, rail, air and boat; even in its furthest corners, London is readily accessible. It has a number of good-sized towns and cities with all the shopping and amenities that you could need and 35 miles of varied coastline to boot.

Property and towns in Hampshire
The majority of Hampshire is served by Strutt & Parker’s offices in Winchester and Odiham, with offices in Newbury, Farnham, Pangbourne and Salisbury dealing with property in Hampshire’s fringes. Much of Hampshire’s finest property is found in the charming villages and rural areas surrounding its thriving market towns and it certainly has its fair share of delightful cottages as well as spacious barn conversions and impressive country houses. And many come with extensive gardens or a good view thrown in, too.

Things to do in Hampshire

Glorious National Parks
Hampshire has been protected by two National Parks so the countryside remains largely unspoilt and provides extensive outdoor pursuits. The New Forest, in the south western corner of the county, is fantastic for walking, cycling and camping. It has thriving wildlife; locals graze their animals alongside the wild ponies and five species of wild deer. The South Downs, a large section of which is in Hampshire, is home to the South Downs Way; a walk that runs approximately 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, West Sussex.

Water-based activities
Chalk stream fishing is synonymous with Hampshire and catching trout in the gin clear water is a real treat. As well as the rivers Itchen and Test there are other better known but equally exciting rivers, such as the Meon, Dever, Anton and Dun rivers, as well as other tributaries. With a long coastline, opportunities for sailing and other water sports abound; destinations include the Solent, the Isle of Wight and Hayling Island. Lasham Airfield, in Alton, offers gliding opportunities for all levels and is a popular excursion for the nearby communities.

Why we love Hampshire

Our Odiham and Winchester offices' tips for the area:

It would be easy to say that the best restaurant in Winchester is the Hotel du Vin so why not try the Bengal Sage and have venison, goose or Hampshire trout. The Four Seasons is a renowned hotel and restaurant in Dogmersfield and The Grapevine in Odiham is very popular for its excellent local fare.

Pubs and bars
Greens, perfectly located next to Strutt & Parker’s Winchester office, is a very popular wine bar. Next Door, in Odiham, is a friendly, family-run bar and bistro with tables on the High Street, creating a continental atmosphere.

Annual events
The Christmas market, around the ice rink in the grounds of Winchester cathedral and the Odiham extravaganza, a busy Christmas Fair are both very popular annual events. Booze & Blues is a charitable event held each summer by the church in Odiham and is a great day out for all the family. Winchester Festival brings the town to life for 10 days each summer, with music, literature and art and, for one day every September, people gather together to enjoy agricultural festivities at the Alresford Show.

Secrets spots and country walks
Many people would recommend walking from Odiham to the Basingstoke Canal and along the towpath to discover the ruins of Odiham Castle, reputed to be where King John stayed before travelling to sign the Magna Carta. Others would simply advise to wander along the River Itchen, preferably with a fishing rod in hand!

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Key villages & towns in Hampshire

Schools in the area

Schools in Hampshire have an excellent reputation – both state and private – making the area very appealing, particularly for people looking to move out of London.

Hampshire’s villages have many popular primary schools, with good Ofsted reports. In Winchester, there are three excellent state schools which lead into the very highly regarded Peter Symonds sixth form college.

The county has a huge wealth of choice at private preparatory level: Pilgrims School, Princes Mead and Twyford School, all in Winchester, Farleigh School, near Andover, Danes Hill, in Hook, and Cheam, near Newbury, to name a few. At secondary level, Winchester College is internationally regarded intellectually and St Swithun’s for girls has a superb reputation. Both these schools complement the extremely popular Bedales School, located just outside Petersfield. Lord Wandsworth College is a very well regarded school for 11 to 18 year olds, near Hook.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in Hampshire and the wider area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

From Hampshire, there is a very wide choice of services into London Waterloo. The principal stations are Basingstoke and Winchester, taking 45 minutes and just under an hour respectively. The smaller, local stations of Andover, Alton, Petersfield, Micheldever, Overton, Hook and Winchfield all offer additional services and often easier parking.

By train

Key road links to London are via the M3 and the A3, which has become much more accessible from Hampshire since the Hindhead tunnel opened. The M27 and a number of good A-roads, including the A34, A303 and A31, provide easy access within Hampshire and to the rest of the country.

Hampshire has got a bit of everything – beautiful rolling countryside, river valleys, coast, culture and history – and residents enjoy a wonderful rural location. But, when you need to get away, the communications in and out are also excellent.