Where to Live in Hampshire

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Where to Live in Hampshire

Where Are The Best Places To Live In Hampshire?

If you’re looking for a new place to call home, it’s about more than just finding a house—you’re also looking for a different way of life and a greater sense of wellbeing. If Hampshire has caught your eye, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, whether you’re looking for village life, a city by the sea, or an historic market town. Wondering where to live in Hampshire? Read on for some of our movers’ recommendations.


Schepens is a local moving company that’s been providing stress-free removals to locations across this beautiful county for over 100 years. We offer local moves, removals to Hampshire from London, overseas moves to the county, small moves, and business moves. We know from experience that our movers don’t tend to move out, once they’ve moved in to Hampshire. So, we asked for their top 6 recommendations of where to live in Hampshire.


1. Winchester – Ancient Seat of King Alfred

If you’re looking for the ultimate gem in Hampshire, Winchester takes the crown, hands down. It’s no surprise that this city consistently tops the charts of “Best Places to Live in the UK.” Winchester is a captivating blend of historic charm, high-quality schools, breathtaking countryside, and a bustling High Street.

Property in Winchester is expensive, and you might occasionally get mowed down by tourists. But, then, everywhere has its trade-offs. Icing on the cake? The commuter links are a dream, with direct trains to London running regularly.

Winchester – Ancient Seat of King Alfred

Commute – Average train journey to London – 60 minutes


2. Lymington – Sea And The New Forest Combined

Places shouldn’t be as beautiful as this! Nestled picturesquely on the edge of the Solent, with the New Forest within walking distance of the High Street, Lymington is a coastal town that offers an idyll. Lymington is also home to the ferry terminal, providing easy access to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. The town’s easy-going charm makes it an exceptional place to call home.

One drawback, the commute isn’t great!

Commute – Average train journey to London – 2 hrs


3. A City With a Naval Heritage

Portsmouth - A City With a Naval Heritage

Portsmouth has a rich naval heritage that makes it unique, with the Royal Navy making its base here and many historic ships finding their final resting place in the historic dockyard. Portsmouth isn’t just about the past though; it’s a vibrant and thriving city for the 21st century.

The Gunwharf Quays is a waterfront haven for superb shopping, and the city has a great selection of galleries, arts, and music venues to explore. Over the past few decades, Portsmouth has truly flourished, attracting countless movers from Bristol, London and Reading.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 90 minutes


4. Alresford – Country Charm, Close to Winchester

If you’re considering a move near Winchester, take a walk through the Water Meadows to Alresford. This market town has secured its place in the top three of the county’s best places to live. Located in the lush Hampshire countryside, Alresford offers a tranquil escape while ensuring convenient access to all the amenities Winchester has to offer.

The town boasts a delightful blend of quaintness and modern comforts. For train enthusiasts, the renowned Mid Hants Railway, affectionately called the Watercress Line, offers nostalgic steam train rides through the scenic countryside. For 21st century commuters, direct trains to London run regularly from nearly Alton Station.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 70 mins


5. Southampton – A City By The Sea

Steeped in history, Southampton has embraced its trading port heritage since Roman times. Today, it continues to welcome cruise and cargo ships, bringing the world to the south coast. With two prestigious universities, Southampton can be relied upon for a lively nightlife with numerous music venues.

Need an island break? There are regular ferries to the Isle of Wight. And just a short car journey away is the stunning New Forest.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 80 minutes

Southampton – A City By The Sea-1

6. Basingstoke – The Gateway to Hampshire

Basingstoke doesn’t have the glamour, the sea, or the New Forest, but it’s close to them all and a cheaper option for families wanting to get out of London. In fact, it has its own attractions; Basingstoke is surrounded by amazing countryside; there are great schools, plenty of shopping and it takes just 50 minutes to commute into London.

Commute – Average train journey to London – 50 minutes


Tailored Removals to Hampshire

Whether you’re relocating within the county, across the UK, or from overseas, Schepens will aim to create the perfect Hampshire removals for you. That’s why we allocate a professional move co-ordinator to each mover. These are removals experts who know your destination well and have assisted numerous individuals moving to locations across Hampshire. They’ll create a personalised removals plan for you that is tailored to your specific requirements.

Once you’ve decided where to live in Hampshire, Schepens’ removals services include:

  • Pre-Removals Survey. We offer a free, no obligation survey, either online or in person. This helps us understand the size and unique aspects of your move. Once we have a clear idea of your move, we’ll provide you with a detailed removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
  • Professional Packing Services. If you’re short on time, our professional packing team can do your packing for you. Using sustainable materials, they can complete the job in hours, saving you valuable time.
  • In-Transit Insurance. Your goods will be insured during transit. Should you require additional Extended Liability or Accidental Damage insurance, we can arrange it for you.
  • Specialist Removals. At Schepens, we manage all your removals needs. Our specialist team offers a customised removals service for fragile items such as pianos, fine art, and antiques.
  • Self Storage. If you find that you need storage included in your move, we have a range of local self storage options available. Schepens’ storage facilities provide a clean and secure environment for your belongings.
  • Transport. Your goods are transported in our state-of-the-art removals vehicles, equipped with air ride suspension and an adjustable bearing system. This ensures minimal movement of the vehicle’s contents.

The Schepens Removals Team Goes The Extra Mile

“They went above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition. Competitive price, professional service, incredibly helpful and not one breakage.”

Charon Williams-Ros


If we’ve helped you decide where to live in Hampshire, why not give Schepens a call to discover the many ways we can support your move – 01202 377220