Relocation, relocation: 6 village properties we’d love to buy
Homes in leafy villages and coastal idylls are literally hot property – here’s a few of our favourites in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Leafy lanes, idyllic country cottages and, importantly, fewer people: village living is officially on people’s wish list, with recent Rightmove research showing that properties in villages and towns with populations under 11,000 are in high demand. Add to that nurturing primary schools, caring communities, talented local artisans and a dash of indie shopping and you can really see the appeal. Ever the property flirts, we’ve been tinkering around on the local sites (how else do you fill the advert breaks during Bake Off?) to bring you small selection of our current favourites.
Greyfriar Cottage, Chawton
We’re totally in love with this cosy two-bedroom cottage with views over the Jane Austen museum. Slap bang in the centre of the historic village of Chawton, it’s full of charming character features like its feature fireplace with space to work in the open plan kitchen-dining room and a pretty courtyard garden to enjoy a morning cuppa in before striking out for a walk in the South Downs National Park.
The White House, Hartney Wintney
The White House in Washington might be getting a new resident but there’s still a vacancy at this gorgeous Grade II-listed four bedroom in the of the gorgeous village of Hartley Wintney. Strolls and shopping are literally on the doorstep, as its just two minutes’ walk from the High Street (where there’s loads of indie boutiques), the Cricket Green and the duck pond. Originally the schoolmaster’s house, it’s been extended well, keeping the original character and adding all-important living space.
Rose Cottage, Bembridge, Isle of Wight
Truly a home and location you could fall head over heels for, the pretty pink Rose Cottage in Bembridge is, in actual fact, a Grade II-listed five-bedroom Regency residence overlooking the picture-perfect church and village green. Bembridge itself is a fantastic place to lay your hat and become an islander, with a butcher, florist, bakery, deli, fishmonger, farm shop plus plenty of cafes and restaurants, as well as its own harbour with marina, mooring facilities and two sailing clubs.
Chapel Cottage, Buriton
There’s loads to love about Buriton, with its village pond, 12th century church, school, pubs and green space and this smart, three-bedroom townhouse with modern interiors is right in the middle of it. At the foot of Head Down hill, one of the highest points of the South Downs, Buriton has footpaths connecting to the South Downs Way and Queen Elizabeth Country Park, making it fantastic for walking, horse riding and pelting through woodland on mountain bikes. A great best-of-both-worlds, it’s also really close to the market town of Petersfield and its fantastic indie shops and boutiques.
Beaulieu Road, Lymington
Like the sound of an idyllic village spot with room for a pony? This two-bedroom cottage-style bungalow converted from an 1865 stables block is set in almost an acre with a paddock, orchard and stables. The gorgeous village of Lyndhurst – the unofficial New Forest capital and teashop heaven – is just a stroll away. If you don’t have your own pony, don’t worry as there’s plenty of wild ones roaming around and, even better, the potential to create even more living space and really revamp the place.
Whitby Road, Milford on Sea
Just a block from the seafront and miles of fantastic coastal walks, moving here would be a breeze as the house is all up together with modern interiors, plenty of space for the family, a work from home shed and a hot tub to soak in after a long day of Zoom calls. Milford on Sea itself has loads of great shops and cafés and it’s just 10 minutes’ drive from the indie shopping paradise of Lymington.