Church Heights is located in a commanding position, in ‘Old Bishopstoke’ – a peaceful rural retreat minutes from the bustle of Eastleigh and beyond.
Recorded in the Domesday Book, the village is characterised by its woodland, Stoke Park Woods, originally owned by the Bishop of Winchester. King John of England hunted in the woods – and King Henry VIII used them as a fenced deer hunt. Now, Stoke Park Woods is a playground for energetic young families and also a site of special scientific interest. Take a walk along Water Vole Way beside the beautiful River Itchen as it flows gently through the village, with its thatched cottages.
Bishopstoke is a wonderful place to raise a family: the village offers an infant school, junior school, Girl Guides and Scout group, as well as the Y-Zone Youth Centre.
The village also has a pub, post office, a range of local shops – including a butcher’s producing award-winning sausages – two doctor’s surgeries, a veterinary surgery, a dentist’s and two pharmacies. It’s a self-contained village with a real sense of community, illustrated by its May fête and September carnival.
VOTED TOP 10 PLACES FOR FAMILIES IN THE UK.
Nearby Eastleigh is undergoing a rapid transformation from its roots as a Victorian railway town and has been voted both one of the top 20 places to live in the UK* and one of the top 10 places for families to live in the UK**, alongside such places as Winchester, Esher, St Albans and Brentwood.
On your doorstep is an excellent range of secondary education options, with Barton Peveril Sixth Form College (attended by Colin Firth)
Ofsted rated ‘good’ and Eastleigh College, a further education college specialising in vocational education, deemed by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’.
A short drive in the car is all it takes to travel from Bishopstoke to the vibrant cathedral city of Winchester. This Wessex city is beloved for its cultural significance, contemporary conveniences and scenic, rural surroundings.