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Spotlight on Winchester

Get the lowdown on Winchester with our guide on where to eat and shop, the community, the outstanding schools and excellent transport inks.

Location

Located at the heart of Hampshire, the city and county town of Winchester is situated 61 miles south east of London.

Where to go

Winchester was once the capital of England, and its impressive architecture pays testament to this. Visit Winchester Cathedral, the Great Hall and Wolvesey Castle and Palace to learn more about the history of the area. There are also plenty of independent stores along the high street, as well as well-known chain and designer stores for those looking for some retail therapy.

The Queen Inn and St James Tavern both offer rustic charm, while the Hyde Tavern hosts an array of events including pie competitions, story telling nights and live music acts. Foodies can visit Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant, as well as No 5, which offers delicious meals using local Hampshire produce.

What’s On

Catering to a wide range of tastes, a number of festivals take place throughout the year. These include the Festival of Flowers, the Cheese and Chilli Festival and the Winchester Comedy Festival. Due to Winchester’s fascinating history, there are also plenty of guided tours around the medieval city.

The bi-monthly farmer’s market is one of the biggest in the UK, with over eighty producers selling everything from veal and mulled wine, to buffalo burgers and ice cream.

Transport

With direct hour-long trains into London Waterloo, Winchester is popular with commuters. Its close proximity to Southampton and Portsmouth also makes travel abroad convenient. The Southampton cruise terminals are only twenty minutes away, Southampton airport only a fifteen-minute drive, and Portsmouth’s ferry port is a forty-minute drive.

Education

Private school options include Winchester College, the oldest public school in the UK that is still housed in its original buildings, St Swithuns’s, a day, weekly and full boarding school for girls, and The Pilgrim’s School, a day and boarding school for boys.

State options include The St Bede Church of England Primary School, Harestock Primary School, rated Good by Ofsted, and Peter Symonds College, the only UK state school that offers boarding.

Fun Fact

In 2016, The Sunday Times named Winchester the best place to live in Britain.

Property

The average price of property in Winchester is £574,447. Prices rose by 5% from 2016 to 2017, with an overall price growth of 20% from 2015. Detached properties, which sold for an average of £797,185, accounted for most property sales during 2017.

Station Road, Chilbolton, Stockbridge

Station Road, Chilbolton, Stockbridge

£1,500,000 Freehold

The property has been very recently constructed and has been finished to an extremely high standard with great attention to detail and top-notch fixtures and fittings. The well-planned, individual design maximises light and space while the use of porcelain tiled flooring creates clean lines and an uninterrupted feel throughout the ground floor.

Holm Oak Close, Littleton, Winchester

Holm Oak Close, Littleton, Winchester

£875,000 Freehold

A wonderful house lovingly maintained and with a superb balance to the accommodation, positioned in a small, private road in the heart of this very popular village. Presented in smart neutral tones, and with an absolutely beautiful landscaped garden, this is a superb house for a wide variety of buyers.

Arthur Road, Winchester

Arthur Road, Winchester, Hampshire

£1,200,000 Freehold

This is one of those scarce properties which has it all; the most desirable of addresses tucked away in Hyde, super period detail and a breathtaking modern extension combining to make a home of rare quality.

For more information please contact Winkworth Winchester or call 01962 86677.

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