Happy to live in Oakley
PUBLISHED: 13:54 28 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 20 February 2013
With its pretty duck pond and quaint thatched cottages, no wonder the residents are so pleased to live in Oakley
Most noted for...
Being voted the happiest village in Britain in March 2007. Look back through the archives of The Guardian and The Independent and you will
find a news story all about this
north Hampshire village. The Guardian stated: According to the government, Oakley has the highest quality of life in the nation,
judged on 37 criteria including traffic accidents, household wealth, overcrowding, air quality and potential years of life lost, a measure of premature mortality.
While youre here...
Go clay pigeon shooting. Have a go at Oakley Hall for the day for
just 35. After a safety talk by your instructor, you will be taken around several shooting stands, in groups of no more than six, and be given one on one instruction. You will shoot up to 25 clays using sub sonic
cartridges meaning less noise and less impact, allowing you to concentrate on your aim!
Find out more online at oakleyhall-clays.co.uk
A horse riding lesson at Park Farm Equestrian Centre. Lessons start at 60 for a private adult lesson. They also regularly hold pony days, events and clinics. For more details, tel. 01256 780375.
But try not to...
Feel giddy on the many circular walks. Download a guide to
six walks around Oakley and Deane from the council website.
Varying in length from three to six miles the routes take in woodlands, farmland and part of the Wayfarers Walk. Download
all the walks at hants.gov.uk/rh/walking/oakley1.pdf
Eat at: Oakley Hall on the way out of the village towards Overton is a glorious luxury retreat. Its restaurant, The Winchester Room, is as opulent as the food, with head chef Graham Weston using locally sourced produce and serving dishes such as Pan-Fried Fillet of Bream with Pea & Basil Bonne Femme & Saffron New Potatoes, and Pheasant Breast wrapped in Pancetta with Fondant Potato, Creamed Cabbage and Chestnut Pure. To book a table, tel. 01256 783350. If you are looking to stay in the area, Oakley Hall has also recently become a hotel too, with some fabulous courtyard rooms on offer.
Drink at: The Fox Inn, in Newfound, is a traditional country pub just a mile from Oakley. The garden has lovely views over the surrounding countryside and the Sunday lunches are said to be delicious. Find them at Andover Road, Newfound RG23 7HH.
Tel. 01256 780493