What is Winchester like?
Winchester is one of England’s most ancient cities; it was the old Saxon capital of Wessex and the city centre retains numerous Medieval streets clustered around the vast cathedral.
Our area covers a radius of about 20 miles from Winchester, extending east to Petersfield, north to the Berkshire border, west to the Wiltshire border and south to the coast. Encompassing the New Forest and the Isle of Wight, it is a delightful blend of stunning landscapes, smart towns and timelessly picturesque villages.
Property in Winchester
From Queen Anne rectories and thatched cottages to elegant townhouses and the most modern country houses, property in the Winchester area is as diverse as it is desirable. The market in Winchester itself has three key areas: Fulflood, where houses range from cottagey Victorian near the station to postwar family homes close to Westgate School; Hyde, comprising the roads around Hyde Street; and around the station and down to the recreation centre, where there is a great choice of period cottages and terraces only a short walk from the town centre. For larger family houses, head to the elegant and highly regarded areas of St Cross, St Giles Hill or Oram’s Arbour, a pretty enclave in the heart of the city.
The surrounding countryside is among the finest in southern England, with a plethora of enchanting villages such as Cheriton, Sparsholt, the Wallops, Crawley, St Mary Bourne and Easton. For perfect small towns, try Alresford and Stockbridge.
The local scene
Today, Winchester is a vibrant and beautiful location for family life, with varied sporting and cultural scenes and glorious scenery on the doorstep.
The nearby New Forest is a paradise for walking, riding and cycling, while Lymington, Southampton and, of course, Cowes are major sailing centres. The Theatre Royal in Winchester and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton provide varied programmes of drama, musicals and opera, and there is a celebrated opera festival at Grange Park, Northington.
Trains from Winchester to London Waterloo take 59 minutes.
For road access the city is adjacent to the M3, which provides fast access to the M25. The A34 runs north to Oxford, the M4 motorway and also provides quick access to the A303 linking the West Country.
Southampton International Airport serves many international destinations including Amsterdam, Paris, Düsseldorf, Malaga and Dublin, as well as cities in the UK.
Schools in Winchester
Schooling is one of the principal reasons for buying in Winchester. Winchester College is one of the worlds most recognised schools; however there are many other highly regarded private schools including St Swithin’s School for Girls, Twyford School, Farleigh School near Stockbridge, and Bedales near Petersfield.
State schooling is superb, with Peter Simmons Sixth Form College often first choice even for parents who have educated their children privately. Perins School at Alresford and The Westgate School, Winchester, are also highly sought-after as are many other reputable secondary and primary schools in Winchester’s catchment.