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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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Alresford

All aboard! Catch the Watercress Line to this picture-perfect Georgian town near Winchester to enjoy the foodie scene and smart boutiques.

4

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.

7

Minstead

This chocolate-box village in the heart of the New Forest National Park has 'rural idyll' written all over it - and a surprising number of attractions on its doorstep.

Winchester Cathedral
1

Winchester

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

Lymington
2

Lymington

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

8

Bembridge

This pretty village on the east of the Island punches well above its weight when it comes to gorgeous scenery (families will love the three beaches) and seafood eateries.

Cowes, Isle of Wight
6

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.

The Old House Hotel, Wickham
5

Wickham

With its peaceful location in the Meon Valley, listed buildings and bustling market square, Wickham Village is a slice of British history.