Rob Lambie, Sales and Marketing Director, tells us why he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else…
Our relocation brief was ‘rural and connected’, following many happy years of living in Old Bedhampton. So, when Bargate acquired its first development in Bishop’s Waltham, our decision was made for us.
Call me biased, but I know how well our homes are designed and built – and the town has a charm all of its own.
To say things have worked out is an understatement.
From a practical perspective, it is very well connected. Access to the M27, M3, mainline railway at Botley and Southampton airport couldn’t be easier.
The village has everything we need right on the doorstep, with a doctor’s, dentist’s, two banks, a post office, lots of thriving local shops, numerous good restaurants, pubs and coffee shops…
It’s also a very sociable place to live, with frequent events on the high street, a summer music festival in the palace ruins, summer fair and firework display. Indeed, recently retired friends commented how, even if they wanted to, they couldn’t fit in the time to work, given everything that is going on and the many clubs and societies of which they are members.
Lifestyle-wise, it has offered everything we hoped for.
We love walking, and from our home we have a number of favourite routes, all of which – purely by chance – have a super country pub along the way!
The Hampshire Bowman at Dundridge, The Brushmakers Arms at Upham, The White Lion at Soberton and The Robin Hood at Durley… what a choice! Becoming familiar with the surrounding countryside, while seeing the seasons change, gives a real sense of belonging.
What we hadn’t factored in was how friendly the place is. For us, a regular Sunday morning ritual is a leisurely walk into the village, via St. Peter’s Church and St. Peter’s Street, picking up the Sunday papers and popping into Josie’s for a coffee. Invariably we end up chatting to neighbours, friends or passers-by. When you go for a meal, or pop out for a pint, there are always familiar, friendly faces. How nice is that?
In short, as is often the case, it’s the people who make the place – both my wife and I consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to live in a lovely new home, in a lovely village, among lovely people.