The ideal blend of coast, country and city, the county of Hampshire offers everything you could ask for in a location. On the south coast, Portsmouth and Southampton provide a distinctly maritime ambience, with lively nightlife, tempting restaurants and escapes to the Isle of Wight or the continent. Inland, you’ll find meandering chalk streams, forest walks and spectacular views from the South Downs.
Country pursuits are well catered for, with the Test Valley home to some of the UK’s best fly fishing and the New Forest providing many beautiful spots for walking or riding. Lymington is a haven for sailing, while further north the county capital of Winchester is home to charming independent shops, a beautiful cathedral and lively farmers’ market.