Bordering Berkshire and Surrey, Hampshire is another home county offering buyers countryside living within easy reach of the capital. Hampshire is known for its stunning countryside and offers many areas of outstanding natural beauty including the North Wessex Downs and Watership Down. There are two National Parks with The South Downs National Park stretching into Hampshire from West Sussex and The New Forest. The county is famed as the home of such writers as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. One of its regions, Hart, has recently been voted the best place in the UK to live for the third consecutive year (according to Halifax). Top rated Hampshire schools include Winchester College and Bedales near Petersfield.
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