There is a misconception about our town of Christchurch, Dorset. Despite the assumption of being a favourite among older people, Christchurch is an incredibly enjoyable and dynamic place to live, whilst being small enough to preserve a strong community spirit and a truly local feel.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Christchurch became synonymous with smuggling, mainly due to the fact it was so easy to access from neighbouring towns. In 1847, the railways came to the town and a new station was built in 1862, close to where the station stands today. This made it accessible to visitors and tourism began to increase at a steady rate.
Location wise you really are spoilt, as it is just three miles or so to the New Forest National Park boundary and this area is hugely popular with locals. The New Forest’s notably flat countryside makes it the ideal place for walking and cycling, while it is also renowned for its New Forest horses. Equally, Southbourne and Mudeford are amid the most beautiful in the surrounding areas and are well worth visiting. Both destinations boast wonderful unspoilt beaches and picturesque settings that are ideal for a day at the beach or a pleasant walk.
If History is what you are after Highcliffe Castle, the Red House Museum and the Christchurch Priory are just some of the places people should visit when visiting the town.
Christchurch has seen many changes in eating, drinking and shopping, now moving with the times and becoming more contemporary but keeping its traditional feel, and depending if you just want the coffee and catch up, a relaxing luxurious stay over a good traditional pub Christchurch offers it. Using locally produced food and drinks, the town is home to everything from AA rosette winning restaurants to fish and chip shops. The Harbour Restaurant and Terrace, The Jetty, the distinguished Chewton Glen Hotel and Captain’s Club Hotel are just a few of the places to look out for.
Getting into Christchurch is also very straightforward, trains taking less than two hours to reach London Waterloo, ensuring there is a good connection between the Dorset coast and the capital. For driving, the A35 is the main route through the town and connects Christchurch with nearby Bournemouth and provides a slightly more scenic route, while the A338 leading to inland Dorset and the New Forest is also an alternative route in. We cannot forget that it is also only ten minutes in the car to Bournemouth Airport, which is located in the borough of Christchurch. The airport’s position is incredibly handy for all tourists and business people looking to travel out of the country.
If you speak to locals that have relocated to Christchurch, Dorset and its surrounding areas they will often say it was the best move they’ve made and wouldn’t regret the decision. As one of the most prominent and knowledgeable Estate Agents Christchurch we have sold many properties from cosy family homes, second homes and beautiful dwellings to name a few and the variety of properties continues to come to the market.
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