Why move to Winchester?
Famous for its cathedral and steeped in history, the city is now a thriving cultural hub with excellent road and rail links to London making the area very popular with all kinds of home seekers, from young families to commuters as well as those seeking a slower pace of life in the country. For those who have lived in Winchester all their lives it's easy to take for granted all the city has to offer and our daily conversations with those looking to move into the area make us realise just how fortunate we are. There are so many reasons to make Winchester your home and once discovered, we find people tend to stay.
A little bit of history
As the former capital of England during King Alfred's reign, this is a city steeped in history as evidenced by the landmark cathedral, 13th century Great Hall, various ancient gateways and the numerous other ancient buildings which attract visitors from far and wide.
Architecture and property
Winchester offers quality properties for sale and to rent of all prices and sizes within the city itself, its satellite villages and surrounding countryside.
Shopping and amenities
The mostly pedestrianised High Street offers a mix of independent and national brands with a further choice of specialist shops and cafes in The Square and side streets. The high street also hosts one of the country’s largest farmers markets twice a month as well as a regular arts and antiques fair.
The pedestrianised High Street and quieter side streets offer a range of restaurants and bars and a vibrant café culture. In addition we are lucky to have cultural assets such as a the Theatre Royal Winchester, an independent cinema plus a year round calendar of events such as the famous Hat Fair.
Living in Winchester also means access to excellent countryside on the doorstep, from walks on the South Downs and St Catherine’s Hill or on the water meadows that run alongside the River Itchen, to cycling and hiking in the New Forest National Park. There is also world-renowned fishing on the Test and Itchen as well as sailing on the Solent and beautiful sandy beaches at Bournemouth and West Wittering.
The quality of independent and state schools in Winchester is first class, with Winchester College (boys), St Swithun’s (girls), Prince’s Mead and Twyford School (both co-ed prep), as well as The Westgate School (Secondary), and Kings School (Secondary) and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College. Along with multiple state primary schools across Winchester too.
Winchester is a very well-connected city, with its mainline station providing services to London Waterloo with journey times from just under one hour. The M3 provides access to the London and the South Coast via the M27 and the wider national road network is accessed via the A34, A31 and A303. Southampton Airport is within 20 minutes’ drive and offers domestic and European flights whilst cross channel ferries sail from Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth.