Winchester named in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021

For those who settled in Winchester, it’s no secret that it’s a lovely place to live.

It has been recognized as one of the best places to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times annual list published today.

The Sunday Times experts behind the guide assess a wide variety of factors, from schools to air quality, transportation and broadband speeds to culture, green spaces and the health of the main street.

They are looking for improved cities, villages or city centers, for attractive, well-designed houses and places full of community spirit – which the pandemic has proven to be the most important quality of all.

Regarding Winchester, the judges said: “Historic and hospitable, the former capital of England is one of our favorite places to raise a family thanks to its 12 excellent schools and excellent train connections.

“They were also impressed with the improving, exotic food scene in the former English capital, from the Michelin-starred Black Rat * to modern British food at the 600-year-old Chesil Rectory, the city’s three Japanese restaurants and the Nepalese Kitchen at Gurkha’s Inn. ”

The list also includes the average house price in Winchester, which this year is £ 650,000, and the average rental price is £ 1,300 per month.

The winner of the best place to live in the Southeast is Surry Hills, with the Isle of Wight also on the list.

Helen Davies, property editor for The Times and the Sunday Times, said, “This guide has never been more important. The pandemic has taught us how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With home work now becoming a common practice, it is no surprise that many of us rethink our priorities and think carefully about where we really want to live.

“Our focus this year was on community, landscape and convenience. It wasn’t a year for big cities or small villages. Instead, small towns have lit up: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.

“With miles of old woodland, panoramic views and timeless, picture-perfect villages like Tilford, Shere and Abinger Hammer, life in the Surrey Hills is a wonderfully romantic rural idyll – and all within a commute from London.”

Please visit www.thetimes.co.uk/best-places-to-live for more information

* Since the judges’ verdict, the black rat has lost its Michelin star

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