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AlohaMama Thu 02-May-13 01:51:06

We're planning on moving to the Southampton area. Either dh will be working at an office at the quayside, or will be self employed working from home (but would need to get on the train to London fairly regularly for meetings). I'll be not working to start off, but then likely employers for me would be in Southampton, Winchester, or Botley, or working from home. We'd prefer to live somewhere more rural, where we can go on walks, get to the coast, etc. but without being totally isolated. Also we'd prefer a small town/large village that has at least a few shops or a supermarket although I realise we could go to Southampton for shopping. We have 1 ds (2yrs) and 1 dd (due June) so schools will come into play in a few years time. Having done a bit of research online (currently living abroad so I can't really drive round these places yet) I've been looking at places like Dibden Purlieu/Hythe, Romsey, Bursledon, Warsash. Does anyone know anything about these places? Are they nice to live, have a good sense of community etc? And is there anywhere else I should be considering that's similar distance from Southampton? Thanks for any help!

lolalotta Thu 02-May-13 06:03:31

Salusbury is lovely...40 mins from Southampton but is that too far???

SoulTrain Thu 02-May-13 06:24:27

Romsey is lovely, so are parts of the New Forest and all easily commutable to Southampton - both are expensive. Bursledon is not nice. smile

AlohaMama Thu 02-May-13 06:31:05

lolalotta I think maybe Salisbury would be a bit far, plus prefer something closer to the coast. We're currently living 10 mins walk from the water in Hawaii, I know the Solent isn't quite the same but I'm worried about missing being near the sea!

SoulTrain what is it about Bursledon that isn't nice? I think I just assumed with a marina and close to a river it would be! What about Hamble, is that the same?

Pantah630 Thu 02-May-13 06:31:40

Lymington is lovely and has a great market, is in the New Forest and has a quayside.

MinimalistMommi Thu 02-May-13 10:00:35

Lymington has awful traffic through it though, I shudder when I think of those traffic jams....

OP, isn't Southampton going to be a bit of change from Hawaii? Southampton itself is a bit 'grey' ! I guess that's why you're looking to live outside Southampton itself...

claracluck71 Thu 02-May-13 11:57:19

Have a look at Ashurst just on the edge of the New Forest National Park.

It's on the mainline to Waterloo (free parking at the station if you don't fancy the 10 minute walk), and about a 10-15 minute drive to Southampton.

The local schools Foxhills (infant and primary) and Hounsdown are very good, and there is a lovely park with play equipment too.

AlohaMama Thu 02-May-13 16:53:34

Minimalist that is exactly why I don't want to live in Southampton itself! I want to be somewhere pretty to help ease the transition.

Clara, will have a look at Ashurst, thanks.

Will also look at Lymington, if dh ends up working from home maybe traffic won't be such an issue.

Pantah630 Thu 02-May-13 18:59:06

Traffic only really bad in holidays or sunny weekends to be honest. If you go via the forest instead of main roads its not too bad at all. Lots of pretty villages surrounding also depending on your budget.

vj32 Thu 02-May-13 20:17:32

We live in Romsey, lovely with excellent schools, lots to do with little ones, proper town centre and 20mins or so from the edge of the forest and from Southampton.

Hamble is pretty but very certainly a no for me - nightmare to get in and out of as there is only one road and at peak times its a nightmare.

Talkinpeace Thu 02-May-13 22:43:22

Hythe and the waterside etc : unless you can afford private school or are not fussed, probably best avoided.

Romsey, Baddesley are options.
Bishops Waltham is worth a look as the Sainsbury's will open soon.
Emsworth is a bit further east as is Rowlands Castle.
Hamble : yup traffic is dire. Netley and Hound are cheaper options
Bursledon has the river too
Ashurst, up to Cadnam ...

AlohaMama Sat 04-May-13 03:22:58

Thanks for the input. Good to know on the traffic. I'm wondering if north and west of southampton (Ashurst, Romsey etc) are better for traffic then. I'll have a look at some of the other options suggested.

AlohaMama Sat 04-May-13 03:25:12

Talkinpeace; would that comment about schools refer to Dibden Purlieu as well? Is that and Hythe essentially considered to be the same place?

LedaOfSparta Sat 04-May-13 04:19:42

Stubbington or Lee on the Solent? They're right on the coast and about 1/2 hr from.Southampton

PleaseFindAlex Sat 04-May-13 08:18:22

I think Otterbourne is lovely with a village feel. Thorden secondary is very highly rated, the village infants/junior is nice. Its between Southampton and Winchester. 20 ish minute drive to Southampton.

Junction 12 on M3, so no jams. Direct buses to Winchester and Southampton. Can walk along the river Ichen from here right into the centre of Winchester though pretty countywide.

Can walk or cycle off road into Chandlers Ford for supermarkets. 3 pubs in village with a village green area.

I've lived in London, Salisbury, Winchester, Romsey, Southampton and a Lancashire small hill town and this is my favourite.

Talkinpeace Sat 04-May-13 11:39:22

yup - anywhere in the catchment to applemore is .....

agree that Otterbourne is lovely

ChutesTooNarrow Sat 04-May-13 12:20:58

Hedge End/ Botley? Love living in Hedge End. We can walk to Berry theatre, swimming pool and gym at Wildern, library, lots of parks, Manor Farm country park. There are several outstanding primaries and a highly rated secondary school. Not quite a village but lots of community events including yearly carnival. I like most being a two minute drive from the m27 grin

If you want posher then maybe Chandlers Ford, Romsey or Warsash. Or smaller and more rural then def New Forest. I wouldn't suggest too small though - my mother lives in small village in New Forest, it can be quite bleak and isolating over winter, she has been snowed in for the last few years, with frequent power cuts.

I would say not Hamble or Lymmington as the traffic makes me weep.

SoulTrain Sat 04-May-13 18:32:19

There's just not a lot in Bursledon in my opinion. I'd definitely look at Emsworth, Rowlands Castle, Westbourne, Bosham...further East but sooo much nicer.

lougle Sat 04-May-13 18:35:43

4 miles from Botley - Bishops Waltham. Outstanding school in village. Nearest 3 schools outside Bishops Waltham are all outstanding.

6 miles from Botley - Swanmore. Outstanding school in the village, nearest 2 schools outside Swanmore both outstanding.

Tommy Sat 04-May-13 18:36:45

Park Gate, Swanwick way? There are some nice places down there and think the schools are good.
Ashurst is nice and Lyndhurst.
Some friends live in Fordingbridges which is right in the Forest - but maybe a bit isolated?

Littlefish Sat 04-May-13 18:47:16

Bursledon is lovely, but the school is not great.

vj32 Sun 05-May-13 21:04:54

Read up closely on school admissions as well - we were looking at moving to North Baddesley until we discovered that children from large parts of the catchment area didn't get in last year because they had so many siblings. Next closest school was also oversubscribed so loads of children ended up miles down the road in the only school with places.

Also it really depends on your budget. Many of the places suggested are very expensive because they have good links to Southampton, nice community feel etc.

Talkinpeace Sun 05-May-13 22:03:57

are you meaning Halterworth or North Baddesley?
as the latter has not been over subscribed for many years : too many Chilworth children at Stroud for that to happen.

And if OP can afford the forest, Rownhams is a bargain.

At secondary level, Mountbatten has not turned away a catchment kid for many years, nor has Romsey.
Thornden does not accept out of catchment (mostly) but pretty much all the in catchment get in.
Kings in Winchester take kids from Southampton - the bus goes near my house.

preggersbycheggers Sun 05-May-13 22:07:13

Alresford is lovely.
I used to date someone who lived in Romsey and I always thought it was a nice place to live.

fridayfreedom Sun 05-May-13 22:09:35

Lots of lovely villages in the Meon Valley, good schools both primary and secondary. Can use Southampton line or Havant line to London.

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