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Seafront at south-facing Ventnor

If you’re looking for value for money and a gentler pace of life, then the Isle of Wight calls, says Emma Caulton

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Best things about living in Hook

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Hook is surrounded by pretty villages - such as Rotherwick with its pubs, ponies and landrovers.

Hook always feels as though it’s on the way to somewhere else, Emma Caulton wonders about the pleasures of staying put

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Cross Lane Barn Farm is a lovely old, weatherboarded barn nestled into the landscape

Opting for maximum glamour over paired back minimalism – Julie Rodilosso wanted a barn conversion with stacks of character, as Emma Caulton found on her recent visit

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View across the River Hamble from the bridge at Swanwick

From sailing along the strawberry coast to shopping on cobbled streets, the Hamble Valley offers an idyllic lifestyle as Emma Caulton discovered on a recent visit

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Quay Hill

From stories of smuggling and sea salt to summer sailing and superb shopping, Emma Caulton celebrates living the high life in the seaside town of Lymington

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Best things about living in Wickham

Monday, April 20, 2015
There is a rich architectural mix down Bridge Street

Wickham is a picturesque village that offers great places to eat, drink and be entertained, but what is it like to live there? Emma Caulton finds out on a recent trip

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Carlton Villa is a handsome Victorian villa in walled gardens in the heart of Winchester

Emma Caulton visits an elegant Victorian villa updated for 21st century living, but influenced by Prague and the past

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Many of the houses are in smart rows of terraced or semi-detached

What’s so special about the Uplands Estate - a quiet cul-de-sac near Southampton Common? Resident Gordon Cooper shares the story

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Moving to Emsworth - what you need to know

Monday, February 16, 2015
Looking across Slipper Mill Pond, east of Emsworth's town centre

Emsworth appears to drift, a waterside town, poised somewhere between the past and an imagined idyll of what a market town should be, Emma Caulton took a wander

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The original 18th century frontage

A welcoming committee of prettily speckled guinea fowl rush forwards to greet me, fussing excitedly. They’re followed by a beaming Caitlin Russell, who gathers me into her home.

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Between them, Fareham and Whiteley encompass Hampshire’s past and future; Emma Caulton pays the area a visit

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Best things about living in Basingstoke

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Silchester's parish church sits within the old Roman walls

Ignore the old Boringstoke nickname, this is a town which is grasping opportunity, taking its chances, investing and growing, says Emma Caulton

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Best things about living in Romsey

Monday, November 17, 2014
Market Place, Romsey

Emma Caulton tells why low-key Romsey should be on your property-buying radar

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View of The Dial House from the gardens

The Dial House is the perfect place to escape to after a day in the Big Smoke as Emma Caulton discovered on her recent visit

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Best things about living in Andover

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Patches, Amport, £525,000 - Pretty Grade II listed thatched cottage with three bedrooms overlooking village green - Evans & Partridge, Stockbridge, 01264 810702

Emma Caulton explores a hidden corner of Hampshire... the pretty villages in the valleys surrounding Andover

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Best things about living in Petersfield

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Market Square is the hub of Petersfield

A picturesque market town surrounded by beautiful countryside and a reasonable commute to London... Too good to be true? Emma Caulton finds out

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Birds Cottage - Part period cottage, part new extension, and presented, shabby chic, country-style, with galvanised water troughs as flower pots

There’s something romantic about a derelict country cottage; renovating one can certainly be a labour of love as Emma Caulton discovered on a trip to Upham

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Best things about living in the New Forest

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
New Forest - where the ponies and donkeys roam

It has open countryside and seclusion but also an array of buzzing towns and villages. And if you know where to look in the Forest, you can still buy well says Emma Caulton

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Pat Jones (left) with Kate Pelling, sales manager from Linden Homes Guildford, looking through plans for Pat's new home

You know you’re not moving far when your friends offer to form a human chain to carry your crockery from your old property down the road to your new home.

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Hill Head beach is popular for watersports

From marinas and ports to harboursides and cobbled streets, there’s so much to enjoy about living on Hampshire’s coastline says Emma Caulton

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