Hampshire

Hampshire is a county in the south of England that borders Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. It has some beautiful towns such as Winchester, Basingstoke and Romsey which are perfect for those who want to live near London but without all the hustle and bustle. Hampshire’s largest city is Southampton with over 200,000 people living there. With lots of green space, outdoor activities and cultural events, Hampshire offers a vibrant lifestyle for families with young children.

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Best places to live in Hampshire

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Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

Where is Hampshire?

Hampshire is located in the South East of England. It borders Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire in the south with Dorset to its west.

Areas in Hampshire

Hampshire is divided into 12 districts including the Test Valley, Basingstoke and Deane, Hart, Rushmoor, City of Winchester, East Hampshire, City of Southampton, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, City of Portsmouth, and Havant.

Some standout areas include New Forest which has beautiful forests for walking or cycling through, and seaside resorts such as Lymington, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. With many museums covering history, culture, art and transport you can find something for everyone here!

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Hampshire universities

When it comes to universities, Hampshire offers the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, the University of Portsmouth, and the University of Winchester.

The University of Southampton

With a strong reputation for academic excellence and world-class facilities, the University of Southampton is ranked within the top one hundred best global universities.

Southampton Solent University

Ranked in Times Higher Education’s list as being one of the UK’s most dynamic universities, Southampton Solent University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has an excellent student satisfaction rating.

The University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth has a strong reputation for high-quality teaching, employability success and excellent facilities. Highly ranked in a number of national league tables, it offers innovative courses and is also home to one of the top business schools in the UK.

The University of Winchester

Ranked fifth for research impact in England by Research Excellence Framework 2014, the University of Winchester is an established institution with a long history and strong links to industry and business.

New Forest National Park

Top schools in Hampshire

Hampshire is home to some great state-funded schools as well as independent schools. 

Coming top of many league tables within England, The Westgate School and Winchester College both feature regularly among the best performing secondary schools across Britain.

Some of the top schools in Hampshire include:

The Westgate School

The Westgate School is a mixed all-through school, which means it caters for children from the age of three all the way through to 18 years old.  The school was rated ‘outstanding’ in every category when it underwent its most recent OFSTED inspection and has been improving steadily year on year since opening back in 2012.

Thornden School

A secondary school with academy status located in Chandler’s Ford, Thornden School offers a wide range of academic, creative and leisure opportunities for students. The school has had an excellent record of pupil progress since it became an academy in 2010.

Winchester College

As one of the oldest independent schools in England, Winchester College was founded in 1382. The school is also one of the largest, with around 1300 students currently enrolled. Winchester  College has an outstanding academic record and ranks very highly when it comes to exam results, both at GCSE level and A-level.

Population of Hampshire

Hampshire has a population of around 760,000 which makes it the 12th largest county in England and Wales combined. This number is set to increase by 2022 as many people move into the area because it’s such an appealing place for families and professionals alike!

Reviews in Hampshire

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Crest Nicholson – never again. Avoid!

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Review Date May 2022

No facilities built yet; awaiting parks, shops, bins, some visitor parking spaces incomplete/missed/fenced off. After 6months have just got a road sign. Took many weeks before had door number. Made deliveries very hard to organise/recieve. Still awaiting street lights, temporary solar ones were put in place after a month or so. New plot plan not given to council or utilities, so they did not have our door number registered. Has been long winded manual process to register for garden bin, council tax, and other utilities. After 6months still don’t have gas/electric bill, because incorrect meter no. and door no. registered by Crest. Energy Ombudsman says not handling error, point of reg issue. So no compensation. So we suffer, for their mistake. Will get 6+ month bill in one go at some point, in current cost of living, very hard to allow for that.

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Some houses built in incorrect orientation. Roadworks/pavement signs don’t make sense i.e. 2 arrows pointing to different sides, construction lorries delivering into driving lane, blocking while main road. Often construction done blocking street/drive with no notice, no signs. Only find out when arrive in dead end in car/go to leave in car and can’t. H&S fencing often not out back around building sites in evening. Houses or rubbish areas, left open to access, hazard to children/teenagers. Lampost was put directly Infront, within touching distance of neighbours main bay window. We pointed out incorrect location to plan which showed it on corner, that every other one in corner of plots, that it was clearly in way, non-sensical, and directly opposite our window too. Was finally relocated, but only after owner then pushed for it to move too.

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Check house a week before move in. All should be finished and checked. Ask to see check / sign off list from site manager. Check they done their own any check. Check floor stuck down, left 24hrs to dry, then selaant added. Check paint, and sealant dry 24hra before you move in. Check Driveway etc built with drainage in design. Check plot number & design correct on plan in legal paperwork. If it’s changed, then ensure developer then re-notifies all those authorities it sent original plan/plot numbers to. Ensure developer registers you’re correct elec/gas/solar meter numbers to your address.

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I really don’t know. The experience with Crest has left me sour/numb about whole thing, so I have no positive feelings about house yet still. It’s still un-finished, 6months later. The point of buying new build was to avoid disruption of fixing/building works in an existing house, to avoid disruption and upset to our children who have additional needs. And we have had 6months of on and off trades in and out. Caused a lot of unrest in first few months when moved in, we wanted to avoid, and moving house was change enough for kids.

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Lovely development

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Review Date Apr 2022

Bishops Waltham is a lovely place to live. Our site is less than 5 minutes walk to the corner shop and children’s playground/football field. Our street is very quiet with lots of parking available.

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The design of the houses and site is very attractive. These do not look like traditionally flat, boring new build houses but have a bit of character which I like.

We had an issue with one of our radiators not working when we first moved in but the plumbers came the same day to fix it.

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We are on clay soil which doesn’t drain very well, meaning the bottom of the garden was quite boggy before we added drainage.

What is the best feature of your home:

We have a large, south facing garden which I wouldn’t have expected in a new build.

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An estate with lots of character that has the best of both worlds, close to amenities as well as the countryside

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Review Date Apr 2022

Great country walks from Tangier Gardens. Easy walk into town. On bus routes. Sainsburys Local, Garage, wonderful coffee shops and Post Office nearby. Quiet Estate with friendly people.

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Design of the home works for our families needs. The positioning of the garage could have been better as it has been built in such a way that it takes up a large chunk of our garden. We did not have a good experience with the sales office and we have not had much dealings with the property management although the premises are well maintained. Great schools in the area and on bus route.

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I did not know there was Priory Park right next door for our children. This was a lovely surprise for our kids once we had moved in.

What is the best feature of your home:

It’s position, close to everything although still feels remote.

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There could be worst places

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Review Date Apr 2022

The school is excellent! And the village itself is lovely, and there is some lovely walks but you have to fight with a main road before you can get to any countryside, with having kids and only 1 pedestrian crossing it’s not ideal. They’ve built the Estste with to make money, no real thought has gone into well who would buy these houses aka FAMILIES! There is no infrastructure been put in place to make it safe for children to walk to and from school. In terms of the neighbours well if you enjoy having an neighbour who is constantly calling out ambulances then it’s definitely the place to live.

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No infrastructure for children to play, no green spaces for them to run around or kick a ball. The “design” of the houses look nice but that’s as far as it goes, they haven’t been built with any practical thought, they’ve been thrown up just to make the developers money. In terms of properly management well if you like being look down on from middle age men, then again this is the place for you, they talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, and so so so JUDGEMENTAL!

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That we where going to be housed next to someone who is incredibly rude, abuses alcohol, and is incredibly inconsiderate for those around her.
The gardens look “like the perfect space” for children to play in, yet there is no proper drainage it floods, and then dies. I have asked for some help with regards to this but like everything else it’s goes over everyone’s head. If I was in a finical position to buy one of the houses on the estate I would avoid like the plague the gardens are shocking and the lack of love care and attention that should go into building a house, well they have missed the calling card for that one.

What is the best feature of your home:

The bedroom sizes and that there are 2 toilets, oh and the insulation!

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