Best Places to Live in Hampshire

Best Places to Live in Hampshire

5 Best Places to Live in Hampshire

For Londoners looking to escape the overcrowded capital, Hampshire often tops the list of potential locations. First off, it offers a ‘doable’ commute, although there’s quite a spectrum of journey times across the county. Second, Hampshire has large cities and a good infrastructure, leaving London doesn’t mean dropping off the map. Third, it’s got stunning countryside, and the south coast! So, where are the best places to live in Hampshire?

Hampshire is an eye-watering blend of beautiful villages, bustling market towns, and port cities. The county is bisected by two lovely rivers – the Test and the Meon, and the hidden gem at the eastern reaches is the New Forest woodland. At Schepens we’ve been moving families to our stunning home county for over 100 years. We thought we’d talk about the 5 locations that our clients consider the best places to live in Hampshire.

1. Winchester – Ancient Capital of England

Winchester is, without a doubt, the superstar city of the county. It regularly leads the field in ‘Best Places to Live in the UK’ lists, and offers movers a seductive blend of historic architecture, great schools, glorious countryside, High St shops and glorious countryside on the doorstep. On the downside, it’s an expensive place to live and it does get swamped by tourists, especially during the summer.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 60 minutes

2. Basingstoke – A Hub for Shoppers and Digital Technology

Not the most glamorous of the Hampshire locations, but Basingstoke is certainly a great place for families to put down roots. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, this is a hub for digital technology, and in 2019 was named one of the top 5 UK locations for investment in the sector. There’s a great music venue at the heart of the town, plus theatre, arts and an impressive range of shops.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 50 minutes

3. Portsmouth – A Historic Port City

Portsmouth is home to the Royal Navy, final resting place of some of our most famous historic ships, and a hugely vibrant 21st century city. The Gunwharf Quays offers superb shopping right on the waterfront, and there’s a great range of galleries, arts and music venues across the city. This is a location that has really come into its own over the past couple of decades and its a really popular spot for movers.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 90 minutes

4. Petersfield – A Traditional Market Town

The bustling town of Petersfield, just 20 miles north of Portsmouth, is starting to attract a good deal of attention thanks to its inclusion in the Muddy Stilettos list of best places to live in Hampshire. It’s known as the gateway to the South Downs National Park, which means that there’s glorious countryside on the doorstep. The market square is full of high-quality independent and High Street stores, and there are plenty of coffee shops to enjoy. Plus, it’s a lovely little town with a great community feel.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 75 minutes

5. Southampton – a University City

Southampton has been a trading port since Roman times and it still serves that purpose today, with cruise and cargo ships bringing the world to the city. It’s also home to 2 major universities, which lends the city its energy and dynamism. Ferries leave for the Isle of Wight regularly, and the New Forest is literally on the doorstep.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 80 minutes

Schepens Provides Removals to Hampshire

We’re a 4th generation, family run removals company in Hampshire. For over a century now we’ve been moving families to all the best places to live in Hampshire. Our aim is constant; to provide families with stress-free removals to their new home. How do we do it? Our removals are tailored to each client – we don’t do standard – and every single employee is a professional, trained to industry standards.


Here are the questions we get asked regularly by Hampshire movers:

All your items in the Schepens removals vehicle will be covered throughout the journey to your new home, whether we are travelling locally, or from further afield. If you would like the peace of mind that comes with additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability insurance, your move co-ordinator can arrange cover for you.

  1. We start with a survey (online or in-person) of everything that you want included in your Hampshire removals. Then we provide a free, detailed, and accurate removals quote to help with your budgeting.
  2. A tailored removals plan is prepared based on your requirements, and your move to Hampshire is scheduled. If anything changes in your plans, simply let your move co-ordinator know, and they will be able to make the necessary adjustments.
  3. If you’re using Schepens professional packing service, the team will arrive on the day of your move to pack up your home, using sturdy, eco-friendly packing materials.
  4. We’ll pack up the removals vehicle and everything is transported to your new home.
  5. Your goods are carefully unloaded and placed where you want them.

We have a team of BAR trained professionals who can pack up your home in just a few hours. We use professional, eco-friendly packing materials to ensure the safety of all items during the journey to Hampshire.

Your goods are shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system. This ensures that there is little or no movement of vehicle content. If we are moving a specialist item for you such as fine art, antiques, or a piano, the team will arrange bespoke packing, handling, and shipping in advance.

Schepens has a number of local, self storage facilities across Hampshire. Our aim is to make the storage process as simple and flexible as possible.

  • A storage container is delivered.
  • Help with packing and loading is available on request.
  • A detailed inventory of storage items is provided.
  • The storage container is sealed and securely stored.
  • All storage facilities have 24-hour CCTV coverage.
  • Storage units are only accessed by the owner.

“So happy with the service provided! Was worth every penny. We packed our own boxes but paid for dismantling and reassembling of furniture, and removal and delivery of most of our belongings. The guys were very efficient and friendly. We definitely could not have moved in 1 day without them. Will certainly recommend Schepens and use again if we ever need removal services.”


Want to know the 5 best places to live in Hampshire? Schepens is the leading UK removals company in the county. Call us today on 01962 690009