If you’re thinking of moving house, Winchester provides the perfect balance of country and city living. Whether you want to escape the bustling life of the capital or looking for a vibrant small-city lifestyle, Winchester is the perfect place to buy a house.

With a lifestyle set amongst picture-perfect streets with access to excellent schools, shops, the outdoors, the city, and other major centres, it’s easy to see why buyers are snapping up properties for sale in Winchester.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider a move to Winchester and why our Kings Barton development could be your perfect future home.

Top of the Class

With several universities in Winchester, it’s no surprise that families with children at school age race to find a new home in Winchester, as the education on offer is excellent, not only for young adults but also  children.

Residents of Kings Barton can benefit from the newly-built Barton Farm Primary Academy school on the development alongside their new home. Sponsored by the University of Winchester, parents can feel confident that their children are at a school that is ambitious and close-by.

Further afield, St Faith’s Primary School, Western CE Primary School and St Bede CE Primary Academy are all popular state schools that can lead to strong secondary choices in Kings’ School, The Westgate School, Henry Beaufort, and Peter Symonds sixth-form college.

There are excellent private schools in Winchester , with co-educational Prince’s Mead School, The Pilgrims’ School boys’ prep, St Swithun’s for girls and Winchester College all in reach.


Shop (and eat!) till you drop

Whether you want some midweek excitement or some plans for the weekend, there’s something for shopaholics and foodies too with a huge variety of restaurants and shops in Winchester.

Winchester Bakery, Coffee Lab and Academy are only a few of the bakeries and coffee spots in Winchester to get your caffeine and sourdough fix on the weekend.

For refined palates and special occasions, make a reservation at the Chesil Rectory or Rick Stein in Winchester’s city centre for a more indulgent experience.

As one of England's most historic cities, it is rumoured that pubs in Winchester are some of the oldest in the country. We’d recommend visiting The Royal Oak which has parts of the building dating back as early as the 10th century.

Alternatively The Queen Inn is simultaneously a pub and a micro-brewery, with the equipment of the latter on full display so that beer aficionados can see the method behind the magic of brewing a beer.

Shoppers in need of some new clothes or something to do with the children on the weekend can also pop to Brooks Shopping or wander the little alleyways and squares where independent shops are hidden. Or make your English dream a reality by heading to Winchester Farmers' Market on the second and final Sundays of each month - it is officially one of largest Farmers' Market in the UK and has been voted best in the country by the Guardian Food Magazine.


Things to do in Winchester

From world class attractions and architecture, there is a lot that Winchester has to offer. Start the day visiting historical landmarks, such as the world-famous Winchester Cathedral and The Great Hall, or visit Winchester College, which is believed to be the oldest running school in the country.

If you’re looking for activities to take little ones, book a visit to Marwell Zoo or the Winchester Science Centre or Planetarium, which allow children to discover animal kingdoms and the world of science – providing hours of entertainment for all the family to enjoy over the weekend and school holidays.

For those who love to drink gin, visit the Bombay Sapphire Distillery which is based at Laverstoke Mill, just 15 miles from Winchester. The state-of-the-art distillery is located in a conservation area with over 1,000 years of history.

Every Discovery Experience or Gin Cocktail masterclass starts with a trip to the Turbine Bar to choose a Bombay gin as part of your gin and tonic tasting before heading to the cinema room to be immersed in all things Bombay Sapphire ahead of a tour round Laverstoke Mill.

Finally, for those who love the art and theatre, there is plenty on offer without heading into the capital. Visit the Theatre Royal Winchester where you can watch a diverse range of programmes, from drama, dance, family theatre, music and talks throughout the year, plus a hugely popular traditional family pantomime each December.

Royal Winchester Golf Club is only 2.2 miles away from our Cala Kings Barton development and for those who love to exercise there are a range of nearby gyms and sports clubs including Winchester Racquets and Fitness, Farrant Fitness and many others alongside pools such as Wessex Swim School and various running clubs.

The outdoors

It’s not a secret, but it’s too good to not mention. A short drive from Winchester is the South Downs National Park, where you can escape to rolling chalk hills and panoramic views with the family, the dogs, or just yourself.

Or, if you’re in need of some vitamin sea, then plan a trip down to the South Coast and let your hair down in the sea breeze. Southampton is only 15 miles away or take your pick of a number of English coastal spots near Winchester.


Easy to reach

Winchester is extremely well located. It’s an hour on the train from Winchester to London Waterloo and only 19 minutes by train if you want to head to Southampton or Basingstoke., The M3 and M27 are also nearby,  allowing easy access across the south of England.


Kings Barton

You’re thinking: where can I find a house for sale in Winchester?

Introducing Kings Barton, located only a short walk away from Winchester city centre and set amongst all your family’s must-haves.

Not only does buying a new build in Winchester mean a high-quality home that is built to maximise natural light and provide plenty of space and flexibility throughout, it also means homes have been built to be more environmentally friendly to help homeowners tackle their energy consumption. Read more about the benefits of buying a new build home with Cala.

We have also collaborated with local wildlife groups, the Hampshire Swifts and Hampshire Ornithological Society, to create a framework of habitats and nesting opportunities within the fabric of each home at our Kings Barton development as part of our Urban Wildlife Strategy.

Take a look at a range of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3 & 4 bedroom family homes for sale in Winchester.

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