Most people will recognise Oakley from the pictures of the village pond. For those looking to combine rural living but still within easy reach of a large town, Oakley is sure to be an attractive option. Located about five miles from Basingstoke, the village has sports facilities, a church, village hall and its own infant and junior school. There is a good network of paths and bridleways perfect for those who like to explore the local area or take the dog for a walk.
Oakley is a village with an active community. Annual community events include a village fair, carols at the pond and fireworks. There are clubs and societies for all the family including a camera club, football club, cycling club, cricket club, scout group and a Men’s Shed.
You’ll find plenty of family homes in this area of varying sizes and there are brand new properties for those looking for modern village living.
This beautiful village is located to the west of Basingstoke, close to Watership Down country and the clear waters of the River Test. The high street is home to an independent wine merchant, an interior design shop and gift shop along with coffee shops, pubs and takeaways. At the heart of the village sits Overton Community Centre which is home to a library and playgroup as well as plenty of other groups to join. There is a club or society for everyone depending on your interests, whether it be art, drama, bell ringing, singing, gardening, history or line dancing. For sports lovers, Overton Recreation Centre will have something to offer.
The village is surrounded by plenty of countryside and is perfect for those that love the great outdoors. It plays host to a four-yearly sheep fair that was first known to have taken place in 1246 and reprised in 2000. Carfest South takes place annually at nearby Laverstoke Farm.
You’ll find most of the housing to the south of the river in this area and to the north of the river is a train station. Much of the centre of the village is in a conservation area. There are plenty of options for those looking for a home with character with lots of listed properties and quaint cottages. On the edge of the village you will find larger properties with plenty of outside space. The village has its own primary school whilst secondary schooling is available in nearby Whitchurch.
Tadley lies approximately seven miles to the north of Basingstoke town bordering West Berkshire. It’s location means its also well situated for reaching Newbury or Reading, both less than 13 miles away. The town benefits from a variety of shops including a Sainsburys, restaurants, takeaways, pubs and a library. Families will enjoy the number of outdoor play areas available, including a skateboard park. Tadley Health and Fitness Centre has a swimming pool, health suite, workout classes and a gym. For those that enjoy sport Tadley Tigers RFC and Tadley Runners are local clubs.
For those looking to explore the outdoors locally, options include Tadley Common, Pamber Forest and Silchester Roman City Walls.
The town has a number of primary and junior schools with a secondary school located in nearby Baughurst.
This charming town is situated on the River Test and is home to a working silk mill. Located about half an hour from Basingstoke, it is also within easy reach of the town of Andover. Facilities within the centre include a library, three public halls/community centres, a primary and secondary school and a variety of shops, coffee shops and pubs.
The town is on the southern edge of the North Wessex Downs, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty allowing you to explore this beautiful area while staying close to home. The town was the first ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town in north Hampshire and there are plenty of walks to explore from gentle strolls to those that will require a bit of effort! One of the most popular walks is The Mill Trail which takes in five historic mills.
The town has its own station with parking facilities and somewhere to store your bicycle. The train links to London East and Salisbury Southwest.
If you are moving to the area and are keen to get involved and meet people, there are a number of clubs and societies to join. These include the Whitchurch branch of the Royal British Legion, the Historic Society, Whitchurch Walking Groups, WI, cricket and tennis. Younger residents may enjoy beavers, cubs or scouts.
You’ll find lots more information about the area on the Whitchurch website.