Winchester has topped a number of polls as the best place to live, work and visit in the UK over the years – but what makes it so special?
Surveys say that Winchester residents have a high quality of life – being healthier, better paid and better educated, enjoying plenty of luscious green surroundings.
This small city is certainly big on atmosphere, with cultural venues and events crammed into every historic corner. Permanent fixtures such as theatres, literary trails, King Arthur’s Round Table, the famous Winchester Cathedral, gardens and a science centre sit alongside colourful annual events like The Winchester Festival, Cocktail Week, The Hat Fair, Comedy Festival and Christmas markets. It also offers a gateway to the South Downs National Park - with rolling hills, woodlands and rivers.
The ancient capital of England has a growing reputation for local produce and fine fare; home to the very first Hotel Du Vin and full of tasty local treats such as Hampshire watercress, chalk stream trout and local ales. Independent boutique stores and local craft sellers sit comfortably alongside high street favourites, making shopping a dream.
The schools in the area are excellent, having been rated highly by Ofsted across the board. It’s also incredibly well connected. London Waterloo is a mere hour away, with regular trains also heading to Southampton, Oxford and Birmingham. Or hop on the M3 and the UK’s motorway network is your oyster.
Find your ideal Winchester home. Take a look at The Old Fire Station, traditionally built homes in the heart of Winchester; St James Mews, an elegant scheme reflecting the very best of Winchester's architectural vernacula; or The Limes coming soon to the outskirts of the city.