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The 8 best places to live in Hampshire & IOW

The results are in! See where you voted as the best place to live in Hampshire & IOW.

From quaint coastal towns to breathtaking New Forest scenery, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are a no-brainer for city dwellers looking for a rural escape. It’s not all chocolate-box villages and Victorian holiday homes, though; the area is full of smart eateries, chic indie boutiques and family-friendly attractions, with cities like Winchester being prime commuter territory.

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Hartley Wintney

The ultimate quintessential country village, Hartley Wintney offers a cricket green, chocolate-box houses, good road links and thatched duck houses.

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Seaview

Homes are selling fast in this Edwardian resort with its panoramic sea views, sandy beaches and a fantastic food scene.

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Petersfield

This thriving, family-friendly market town in the heart of a national park has fantastic schools, ancient heathland and a true community vibe.

Southsea Portsmouth Hampshire
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Southsea

Packed with period property, great schools, a beach on the doorstep and Brighton vibes - life in Southsea's looking good.

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Stockbridge

Mix a mega-foodie high street with indie boutiques and a focus on local produce, and you have mini town Stockbridge on the banks of the Test River.

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Winchester

Within commuting distance of London and home to excellent schools and foodie hotspots, Winchester is stylish and sought-after in equal measure.

Lymington
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Lymington

Perched between the forest and the sea, Lymington is the best of both worlds when it comes to countryside living.

Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Cowes

Cowes and its sister East Cowes are popular Isle of Wight destinations in the summer, but they're much more than a holiday destination.

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Ampthill - Bedfordshire

After a gorgeous market town, where you can't move for independent shops and restaurants? Ampthill may well be the one for you. This pretty riverside town has oodles of character, and great independents. and as they say, it's very much 'on the up' right now.

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Newbury - Berkshire

Soak up the history, river location and period architecture, Newbury is a vibrant market town with a buzzy foodie scene and indie shops aplenty, that's just a stone's throw from open countryside.

Marlow

Marlow - Buckinghamshire

Well-heeled Marlow is a dead cert for city dwellers thanks to the super-speedy London commute, fabulous shopping and Michelin-starred foodie scene (courtesy of local boy Tom Kerridge).

Ely - Cambridgeshire

This fenland town has a lot going for it - direct trains to Cambridge and London, indies aplenty and of course the cathedral. Rolling hills there are not, but the flat, water-logged countryside has a strange kind of beauty you'll come to love.

Falmouth - Cornwall

This laid back, pretty waterside university town has an arty feel and has an attractive town centre, surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside.

Topsham - Devon

Want a waterside location but without the tourists and schlep to the shops? Welcome to Topsham, an oh-so pretty, bijou town on the Exe estuary, less than five miles from the bright lights of Exeter.

best places to live Sherborne Dorset

Sherborne - Dorset

Picture postcard market town in north west Dorset with gorgeous medieval and Georgian properties, good schools, a magnificent abbey and not one but two castles.

best places to live Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden - Essex

Cosy pubs, a medieval market town and more country walks than you can shake a wellie at. Here's how SW serves up a slice of the good life.

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Cheltenham - Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Spa gives you one of the poshest postcodes in Glos, with top-drawer schools, leafy Regency streets and an arts, culture and shopping scene to rival the capital. Worthy of the weighty price-tag? Read on to find out.

Lymington

Lymington - Hampshire & IOW

Perched between the forest and the sea, Lymington is the best of both worlds when it comes to countryside living.

Hitchin - Hertfordshire

I'm just going to come out and and say it - I am in love with Hitchin. This super convenient commuter town has everything you could possibly want, and more.

Sevenoaks - Kent

Craving the rolling hills of rural west Kent but still want an easy commute into London and a busy social scene?. Sevenoaks could be just the ticket although – be warned – it’ll cost!

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Market Harborough - Leicestershire & Rutland

Great shopping, beautiful buildings and a growing arts and culture scene, you'll be hard pushed to find a better place to live than this pretty market town plus, it's easy to head to the city when required..

Earls Barton - Northamptonshire

Looking for loft living but want to ditch the Shoreditch price tag? Welcome to Earls Barton where the legacy of the Northants shoe industry lives on in warehouse conversions and, for the wine lovers, there's even a local vineyard.

Norwich - Norfolk

With its indie shops, buzzy cultural scene and riverside walks Norwich is one of the UK's coolest cities with a radical history and vibrant future-facing energy.

Jericho - Oxfordshire

For those who're not quite ready to ditch city life Jericho is a happy middle ground - its foodie scene punches well above its weight, plus you're a stone's throw from central Oxford.

Langport - Somerset

Thriving laid back indies and a spirit to match on the edge of the Somerset Levels (and with the possible return of the railway it could be a good time to buy).

Godalming - Surrey

A pretty historic market town on the River Wey, with an impressive high street bulging with independents.

Southwold - Suffolk

Want to feel like you’re on holiday every day? Time to move to this scenic seaside town with fabulous architecture, great pubs, hot hotels, sandy bay and colourful beach huts.

Chichester - Sussex

Bright lights, cathedral city. The administrative capital of West Sussex is pastoral and quaint with fine dining galore and indie HQ Draper's Yard.

Henley-in-Arden - Warwickshire

The one-mile long High Street here is a conservation area with more than 150 buildings of historic interest, close to the lush ancient Forest of Arden and Stratford.

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Malmesbury - Wiltshire

A charming market town with plenty of indy shops, cafes and a fabulous newly refurbished hotel.

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Tenbury Wells - Worcestershire

Keen to leave behind the stresses of the city but not willing to compromise on your foodie and arts scene passions? Then get your sat nav firmly pinned on Tenbury Wells.

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