Straddling the counties of Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire and encompassing the medieval city of Salisbury, south-west to the historic market town of Shaftsbury and south-east to the New Forest National Park, this diverse and interesting landscape plays host to a plethora of picturesque towns and villages, and evocative countryside ensuring those with a love of nature and the great outdoors cannot fail to be satisfied. Renowned for its wealth of educational, recreational and cultural amenities, good road and rail infrastructure together with regional airports ensure excellent accessibility in helping to achieve a perfect live/work lifestyle.
Reflection on Wiltshire
Surrounded by a landscape so quintessentially English it is hardly surprising Salisbury is not only known as ‘the city in the countryside’ but has previously been named as one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit. With its iconic medieval cathedral rising up from the adjacent water meadows, the surrounding landscape is no less inspiring playing host to a plethora of picturesque towns and villages emanating from the five rivers that converge on the city. Salisbury Plain providing a dramatic backdrop to the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, the most sophisticated stone circle in the world is close by whilst London Waterloo is readily accessible within a 90 minute train journey ensuring those with a need for their capital city fix be it for work and/or play can be easily satisfied.
Reflection on Dorset
With over half the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three-quarters of its coastline part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage site, this stunning landscape offers some of the most alluring countryside in the south-west interspersed with an array of pretty towns and villages. The Saxon market town of Shaftsbury is also home to Gold Hill one of the most romantic sights in England and made famous by Britain’s most favourite advert of all time, Hovis bread. The Gateway to the south-west, breathtaking views over the Blackmore Vale can be enjoyed whilst the Cranborne Chase another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and spanning some 380 square miles lies adjacent overlapping into the neighbouring counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire.
Reflection on Hampshire
The largest county in the south-east with Winchester, England’s ancient capital, taking centre stage and combining cosmopolitan living whilst central London can be accessed within an hour making this easily commutable on a daily basis. Benefitting from stunning countryside whilst also playing host to the National Parks of the South Downs and the New Forest, the latter spanning 150 square miles and once a royal hunting ground, is a rare blend of open heath and ancient woodland which have changed little over the centuries whilst the varied wildlife that have made it their home make this an even more remarkable landscape. Home also to Europe’s two largest ports, the stunning waters of The Solent provide the perfect playground for water enthusiasts alike.