Uncovering Hidden Gems Around Alton And Medstead
Known for its breathtaking views, literary history, and semi-rural location, Hampshire is the perfect place for anyone looking for a good quality of life, according to Miller Homes development sales manager, Sue Perrin.
Living in Hampshire, you really do get the ‘best of both worlds’ – it is country living with good routes to nearby towns and cities. With a relatively easy commute to London, access to the A3, M3 and A331 and close proximity to Farnham, Winchester and Petersfield, you’re never short of things to do and you like getting out and about we are surrounded by great cycle and bridle paths. It really is a great place to live and thrive.
Two of the most popular attractions in Hampshire are the Jane Austen House Museum and Chawton House, home and inspiration to the writer in her final years. These buildings are steeped in history and are a beautiful way to take in the local culture and history of the area, and for classic literature lovers, you will be able to experience the hard work that has been put into restoring the works of one of the country’s best-loved writers.
Following last year’s packed programme of events, held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death and the publication of her final novels, there is still time to catch a performance of Persuasion, see exhibitions or go on a guided walk around Chawton.
For families, or those who are thinking of starting one, schools are always an important factor when moving. Luckily, both Alton and nearby Medstead have plenty of quality schools and pre-schools nearby to choose from, including Crondall Primary School and the Henry Beaufort School secondary school, both rated ‘Outstanding’ in their latest Ofsted inspections.
If you want to really immerse yourself in the welcoming village community, there is no better place than the local pubs and restaurants, and The George in Alton is a home-from-home, offering delicious food, live music and quizzes.
In the heart of Medstead you’ll find The Castle of Comfort, which is a thriving hotspot for ale lovers, thanks to its wide range of bitters and weekly guest ales, hand-picked by the locals.
One of my favourite things to do is to take a walk through the tranquil countryside around Hampshire. From ancient woodlands to beautiful coastlines, you can explore it all easily by foot, bike or even horse.
A guided hike is another great way to discover the picturesque countryside that inspired authors such as Edward Thomas and Flora Thompson, or take in the views from one of Hampshire’s highest villages, Medstead.
When I heard that Miller Homes was launching its new Austen Fields development in the centre of Medstead, alongside its Anstey Gardens development in Alton, I couldn’t wait to share the news with everyone I know. This is a great opportunity for those looking to settle down in such a charming part of the UK.
The developments offer energy efficient, spacious two, three and four bedroom bungalows and houses with generous gardens that are perfectly situated near many local amenities and stunning country views. If you do choose to make Hampshire home, you’ll love both your new home and its surroundings.