South East England

South East England is the third-largest of the official regions of England by area, and has the highest population of all the regions. Stretching to the west as far as the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, right across to the tip of Kent and curling around London up to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, the South East benefits from its close connection with the capital and the national transport network. It also offers residents close proximity to the continent and swift international connections via the Channel Tunnel, Gatwick and Heathrow on its border with Greater London.

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The coast of the Isle of Wight in South East England

Where is South East England?

South East England stretches from Kent – the south-easterly tip of the UK – and curls around London and up into Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It stretches south west along the south coast as far as the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

South East England counties

Buckinghamshire

Home County Buckinghamshire shares a border with London to the south east, making it a prime commuter location for the capital with easy access to the rest of the UK. The Chiltern Hills attract many tourists to Buckinghamshire, while the Prime Minister’s retreat house at Chequers attracts a more select group of visitors to the county.

East Sussex

Well known for its beautiful white cliffs along the south coast and the verdant plains of the South Downs, East Sussex is also a county with a rich history. Herstmonceux, Pevensey and Lewes castles convey the strategic importance of this strip of land along the south coast – also the location of the Battle of Hastings.

The port town of Dover, South East England

Hampshire

Hampshire, along with the Isle of Wight and the unitary authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton, make up the south-westerly tip of the South East of England. One of the wealthiest counties in the UK, Hampshire also boasts beautiful scenery in the form of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Isle of Wight

Sitting just off the south coast opposite Southampton and Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight is England’s largest island. Perhaps best known as a ‘staycation’ destination for Brits and for its annual music and sailing festivals.

Kent

Known as ‘the garden of England’ for its abundant fruit and hop produce, Kent now lays claim to a highly diversified economy. Its easy connections to both London and the Continent make this county a relatively affluent area with plenty of attractive towns and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.

Oxfordshire

Right on the western edge of the South East England region sits Oxfordshire. The city of Oxford is the county’s chief urban centre, with its world-famous university, publishing house and associated biotechnology industry. Also includes three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Chilterns, the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs.

The city of Oxford in the South East of England

Berkshire

A Home County and a Royal County thanks to the presence of Windsor Castle. Berskshire borders Greater London to the east, offering residents swift access to the capital, as well as beautiful stretches of countryside that include Windsor Great Park, Swinley Forest and the Berkshire Downs.

Surrey

Sitting below Greater London to the south west, Surrey is another prime commuter county. Train links into London are swift and regular, and parts of the county sit within the capital’s travel zones. Surrey has the most woodland of all English counties and is split in two by the chalk ridge that forms the North Downs.

West Sussex

Directly below Surrey and stretching down to the south coast lies West Sussex. Much of the county consists of protected green areas, offering residents and visitors a wealth of countryside areas for outdoor pursuits.

South East England cities

The cities of South East England are: Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove, Reading and Oxford. Larger towns include Milton Keynes, Slough, Reading, Maidstone and Eastbourne.

Reviews in South East England

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Review Date Sep 2022

There’s a lot of anti-social behaviour on this street, bin area smells, the flies come into my living room I can’t open the windows as I live in ground floor is absolutely disgusting. I hate it.

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The property looks nice the design is not the best, as everything is falling apart. The finishing aspect of this property is not the best.

Communication from A2 is not the best.

It would be nice if A2 could communicate with the tenant.
Also the gas in this building is too expensive even I don’t use gas that much I pay way too much.

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There’s no Communication between the building managers and Tenant. Repairs never get repaired. My packages are forever stolen. Neighbourhoods loud.

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Never, I don’t receive no communication from anyone

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Very very poor customer service.

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Review Date Sep 2022

Town centre location

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I have lived here for a couple of years and the quality of service and support and customer service has quite frankly collapsed. Platform do not seem to grasp the notion of customer service at all. My digital aerial has not been working in my apartment for over 4 months now and nothing is being done . The concierge are just as useless as they cannot tell me when it will be fixed. To add insult to injury we have sporadic days of having no hot water and when maintenance was being done outside my window at 7 YES 7am they didn’t even inform me about it. Now they have just increased my rent by £80!!!They are providing a terrible service and want me to pay more. If you are thinking of moving here DO NOT. Once again DO NOT live here.

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I just wish I had never moved in.

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The management gave me a fire stick but it’s completely useless as anything decent on it you have to pay extra for..

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Low rents due to issues

Review Date Aug 2022

The development is very central to Basingstoke with bus station and train station and shops nearby. Basingstoke is a thriving town and on a direct line to London. Excellent place to live

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This property is a fantastic deal for the renter. It was originally a bank and converted to what were advertised as luxury flats. The work however was unsatisfactory and Seven Capital failed to put right snagging issues. There are leaking windows, the lifts regularly fail and in general the finish is poor. This is greatly to the advantage of the renter because rents have been held down far lower than predicted.

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I wish I had known that the value of the property would fall on purchase and would not have recovered years later, that no one can get a mortgage so it can only be sold by auction and at a loss

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The after sales staff are lovely and are very reassuring that issues will be resolved but they no nothing so to be blunt they unwittingly lie. In the end there is help for small easily resolved matters but for major issues there is no help

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I really like the design it makes the building look attractive compared to my old place

Review Date Aug 2022

Very great community with local stores and friendly neighbours

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I really like the design it makes the building look attractive compared to my old place, I now don’t mind inviting family and friends over. Building and property management is also wonderful and so helpful i am not afraid to ask when I need something.

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The lovely business management

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I had a small problem with my door I let the building management know and within 12 hours it was fixed and sorted.

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