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Britain's Top Country Hotspots and the benefits of moving from the city

Winkworth takes you on a tour around some of Britain's top country hotspots as we look at the benefits of moving from the big smoke.

Winkworth takes you on a tour around some of Britain's top country hotspots as we look at the benefits of moving from the big smoke.

As families grow or circumstances change, many decide to take the plunge and move away from the city in search of a new home. The benefits of moving away from a bustling metropolis are numerous; more green space, peace and quiet, a strong sense of community and a wider choice of properties available to suit different budgets. We've found a few areas boasting attractive countryside views and stunning properties, all within commuting distance of London.


Buckinghamshire is a scenic location made up of several countryside districts. It is within easy reach of London, so remains a popular choice for those wanting to work in the city. The county offers a wide range of Georgian and Victorian properties, many of which are built from local flint.

The Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, runs south of Buckinghamshire. It frequently attracts many long distance walkers, runners and cyclists, while the River Thames flows through the villages creating picturesque views.

A recent survey discovered that Beaconsfield is the most expensive UK market town, with an average house costing £1,049,659. Capability Brown created the landscaped gardens at Stowe, and Beaconsfield itself is the home of Bekonscot model village, the first model village in the world.

Brockhurst Park, Rickmans Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2

Expansive country home set in stunning grounds

£6,500,000 Freehold

An expansive country home of 12,500 sq ft presented in immaculate condition with pool complex and set in stunning, peaceful and very secure grounds.

Please contact Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978 for more information.


Almost half of Hampshire is made up of its two impressive National Parks; The South Downs and The New Forest, add to that the coast that hugs the county and it is clear to see how Hampshire offers a great quality of outdoor life. It remains a popular choice for those looking to relocate, even when living in a town, the countryside is right on your doorstep.

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As one of the South's largest counties, Hampshire caters for those seeking seaside relaxation or to relish hill top views. Perched on the South Downs is the historic city of Winchester, which has seen a whopping 53% growth in house prices over the last 5 years and is just under an hour from London via train.

Shepherds Lane, Compton, Winchester, SO21

£1,650,000 Freehold

This striking, brand new architect-designed house combines effortless style with practical substance in equal degree, and is positioned in the very popular village of Compton.

Please contact Winkworth Winchester on 01962 866777 for more information.


Surrey is a large county made up of 11 districts, it is perfect for those seeking the best of both the urban and rural spheres. Frequent trains take just over half an hour to run straight into Waterloo Station from Woking Station, or you can drive in 35 minutes via the M25 or A3.

Much of Surrey is in the Metropolitan Green Belt. It holds prized woodland grounds, among other beauty spots such as Newlands Corner, Crookmans Corner and Leith Hill. There are many outdoor activities for locals to discover such as horse racing, golf and scenic long distance walking paths, including the famous North Downs Way.

Littleworth Common Road, Esher, Surrey KT10

£5,000,000 Freehold

One of Elmbridge's premier properties with over 10,000 sq ft, this is a magnificent and substantial mansion built by Octagon in the year 2000, winning an award for best luxury house with indoor pool, ten seater cinema and garaging for six vehicles.

Please contact Winkworth Guildford on 01483 339977 for more information.


Boarding the River Thames, hosting the iconic The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent is the perfect location to enjoy countryside living whilst being able to commute into London within a hour. Popular towns include Canterbury, Maidstone, Dover and Medway.

Those who live in Dover can enjoy panoramic sea views and beautiful coastline walking paths, in which on clear days allow you to distinguish France from across the ocean. Canterbury is a historical town with plenty of rural areas and green places, in which the River Stour flows through, it is home to many broken up quaint seaside towns such as Whitstable.

Clifton Gardens, Canterbury, Kent, CT2


Little Manor was built by the current owner in the late 1980's and occupies approximately 0.33 acres, which includes private gardens and a driveway to the front.

Please contact Winkworth Canterbury on 01227 456645 for more information.

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