About This Area

In the striking landscape of the Test Valley in West Hampshire, the River Test meanders through ancient woodland, tranquil water meadows and rolling chalk hills. Internationally renowned for its fly fishing, the clear chalk streams of the River Test and its tributaries yield up brown trout, grayling and salmon.

Thatched cottages and welcoming pubs contribute to the areas charm and there are attractions for all ages including the Hawk Conservancy Trust, the Rose Gardens at Mottisfont and Whitchurch Silk Mill. Opportunities for walking, riding and cycling are abundant in the test Valley with highlights including the 44 mile Test Way and the annual Test Valley tour. There are many beautiful churches which can be explored on a countryside walk or in its boutique market towns such as the magnificent Norman Abbey in the centre of Romsey. Stockbridge has become a magnet for lovers of good food and its high street was voted ‘Best Foodie Street’. Many of Test Valleys tea rooms, inns and restaurants serve locally sourced produce and the many independent shops and delicatessens sell speciality and gourmet food.

Excellent schooling for all ages in both the state and private sector coupled with fast commuter routes are also major factors in why so many prospective purchasers settle in this beautiful part of the country.


The highly desirable village of Broughton has valued amenities including a village store, public houses, primary school, doctor’s surgery, church and active village hall. The boutique town of Stockbridge with more extensive amenities is just 3 miles to the east. The area is renowned for its leisure pursuits with an abundance of adjacent footpaths leading directly onto the protected chalk downland.

East Dean

East Dean is almost equidistant from Salisbury, Romsey and Stockbridge. Amenities are available in neighbouring West Dean including a village hall, sports and social club and recreation ground. Dean rail station is a short distance away whilst other neighbouring villages of Lockerley and West Tytherley host village shops and Post Offices. Schooling in the area is excellent, both in private and state sectors and commuter links are within a short drive including the A303, M3 and M27.

East Tytherley

East Tytherley is a highly regarded village with a small but active community enjoying many traditional amenities including village shops in neighbouring West Tytherley and Lockerley. The village itself is host to wonderful open countryside, a village pub, cricket pitch, childrens playground, a thousand year old church and a well attended annual country fayre.

This location is wonderfully peaceful and picturesque. The cathedral cities of both Winchester (approx. 18miles) and Salisbury (14 miles) provide excellent shopping, restaurants and supermarkets. Stockbridge (9.5 miles) and Romsey (7 miles), both with the River Test running through, are attractive market towns with a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, both state and independent. Road and rail links from Aberdeen Cottage are excellent, with a regular service to London Waterloo from nearby Grateley Station (approximately 9 miles) and Winchester. Access to the M3 and A303 provide fast links to London, the M25, Heathrow and the West Country. Southampton airport is approximately 18 miles.

King's Somborne

King’s Somborne is a delightful rural village, shrouded in countryside yet enjoying easy accessibility to Romsey, Winchester and its neighbouring boutique town of Stockbridge. Lying in the valley of the edge of the River Test, the village is perfect for picturesque walks and cycle rides. Village amenities include a post office, reputable local schooling, church, public house and village shop. The village hall is central to the vast array of activities within this strong local community.

Over Wallop

The Wallops are a trio of picturesque villages set in the pretty Test Valley countryside, an area of outstanding natural beauty with open countryside, footpaths and bridleways offering the recreational opportunities of fishing, shooting, riding and cycling. Over Wallop has its own village shop and post office with a welcoming inn, whilst The Wallops host primary school and choice of public houses. Commuter links are excellent, with only a two mile journey to Grateley station and direct London Waterloo link and the M3 just a reasonable drive away. The boutique town of Stockbridge provides a further excellent selection of shops and restaurants. Andover and Salisbury are a fifteen minute drive away and provide an extensive range of amenities.


Shawford is a wonderful, social village hosting a traditional pub with further facilities in the neighbouring villages of Twyford which enjoys two public houses, a general store/Post Office and coffee shop/restaurant and Otterbourne which also enjoys two public houses, village and recreation facilities. It is incredibly well place for commuting to London with the village mainline railway station provides a regular service to London Waterloo (approximately 67 minutes). The parish of Compton and Shawford enjoys excellent sporting and recreational facilities with a club house, floodlit tennis courts, football and cricket pitches. There is an excellent local community within the parish.

Up Somborne

Up Somborne is a hamlet some two miles from Kings Somborne. The 57 properties, eight of them Grade 2 listed, include cottages built for agricultural workers and elegant eighteenth century farmhouses as well as modern homes. The local plan restricts any further development to infill only.

The land is used for arable crops with wide borders of wild flowers in the fields. There are delightful walks on the signed footpaths and the Farley Mount Country Park is nearby. There is a four acre recreation ground donated in perpetuity to the community in 1935 with a well equipped playground.

Up Somborne Down at the top of Strawberry Lane is a Countryside Heritage Site with 88 species of chalk land flowers recorded including pyramid, fragrant and spotted orchids, cowslips and milkwort. Many butterflies and birds can be seen there.

Residents enjoy an annual village event often including a barbecue or barn dance, carol singing and a newspaper delivery scheme.

West Dean

West Dean is an ancient rural village in the Dunn Valley almost equidistant from Salisbury, Stockbridge and Romsey.   An outstanding feature of the village and its beautiful surrounding countryside is the wide variety of wildlife, quantities of wildflowers and many hectares of woodland.  Amenities in the village include the active village hall, a sports and social club and recreation ground.  Dean rail station is a 4 minute walk away with trains leaving hourly (13mins to Salisbury, 11mins to Romsey and 25mins to Southampton central).

The neighbouring villages of Lockerley and West Tytherley both have village shops and post offices whilst the delightful boutique town of Stockbridge offers a good range of shops, public houses and restaurants.   Schooling in the area is excellent, both in private and state sectors with Chafyn Grove, The Cathedral School, Godolphin, Bishops Wordsworth and South Wilts in Salisbury.  Commuter links are also good with access to the A303, M3 and M27 all within a short drive and the village railway station taking approximately 2 hours to Waterloo via Salisbury.

West Tytherley

West Tytherley is a most popular Test Valley village, nestled in stunning rolling countryside and scenic backdrops boasting ideal village amenities including a shop/post office, primary school, public house and recreation ground. Renowned schools in the area include Farleigh, Godolphin and Stroud and there are school bus routes serving many of these. Stockbridge, Romsey and the cathedral city of Salisbury are just a short drive away and there are good commuter links with Grateley Station some 10 miles away which is approximately 77 minutes to London Waterloo. The neighbouring village of West Dean also has a station with regular links to Salisbury and Romsey