Possessing a perfect blend of coastal delights, urban intrigue and country charm, Hampshire is one of most endearing counties in the UK which serves as the central point dividing the south east and south west of England.
While its two most prominent cities reside directly on the south coast, with The Solent crossing over to the Isle of Wight on its doorstep, Hampshire still has plenty of appeal away from the coast with around 45% of it covered by natural woodland like South Downs and New Forest National Park.
Hampshire has also played host to some of the most recognisable literary giants in the world, most notably the novelist Jane Austen and Victorian author Charles Dickens. Both of these sensational writers left their permanent mark on Hampshire's cultural landscape, with many people travelling to the county to pay homage to these figures.
Found at the centre of the county, nestled against the edge of South Downs, the city of Winchester is recognised as the county town of Hampshire. There are pockets of history to be found all over the city, from the Great Hall of Winchester said to be linked to King Arthur, to the 17th-century Morley Library housing all manner of rare books, to the streets themselves lined with homes and structures spanning the spectrum from quaint cottages to state-of-the-art new builds.
You'll find Portsmouth and Southampton to the south side of Hampshire, both of which have a long-running, maritime history owing to their coastal locale. Because of this, they have featured heavily in both UK and world events, such as the final, fated voyage of the RMS Titanic which started its journey from the Port of Southampton, as well as being two of the ports which helped to launch the D-Day landings. There's a whole host of historical buildings to be found across both Southampton and Portsmouth, making them fascinating places to get acquainted with along with their bustling energy.
Hampshire is home to myriad examples of gorgeous architecture which builds on the county's rich history and heritage, such as the Jacobethan Highclere Castle and Winchester Cathedral first constructed back in the 11th century. If you're interested in vintage and legacy cars from across decades of motoring history then a visit to Palace House in Beaulieu which houses the British National Motor Museum makes for an excellent day trip.
Having both New Forest National Park and South Downs nearby means that there's plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature and explore the great outdoors with walks and mountain biking trails close at hand. Some highlights of walking routes in Hampshire include the Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst route and the Avon Valley Path which wanders over to Wiltshire as well.
If you're considering purchasing a property in Hampshire then our property developments are the perfect thing to help you find your ideal Hampshire property. With developments in both Fleet and Winchester, both roughly an hour and a half from Central London and close to other major cities like Reading and Southampton, you're bound to find the right property for you.
Our Edenbrook Village and Hartland Village developments give you the opportunity to experience countryside life while enjoying the benefits of modern properties with all the bells and whistles. If you're looking toward more of an urban setting then Knight's Quarter is in the heart of Winchester with an array of apartments and townhouses to choose from.