Lying between the bustling town of Portsmouth and Southampton, Farnham is a historic market town offering residents a vibrant, lively lifestyle, just an hour and a half from the capital. Favoured by naval officers for it’s ideal location, the area is renowned for its wide highstreet lined with stunning Georgian townhouses and other period properties. It’s no wonder it's an area ever-growing in popularity once again, perfect for those looking to relocate from the hustle and bustle of London.
There's a whole host of things to explore within the picturesque town and it’s even been named the second-best place to live in the UK! You can get lost adventuring throughout the surrounding countryside or take to the water, sailing the shimmering sea. In today's article, our team at Beals estate agents will be showcasing some of our top picks for the area and why you'll want to search houses for sale in Fareham when hunting for your next property.
Whether you are looking to relocate or are visiting the area over a long weekend, this picturesque town has something to offer everyone - from young families wanting to reconnect with nature to single social butterflies looking to discover the best independent bars. It's no wonder houses for sale in Fareham are in high demand, with the stunning, historic properties with an array of options either on the water, in the town centre or countryside only adding to the area's desirability.
We, of course, couldn't begin without one of the most important historical buildings in the south of England. Originally built in the late third century, Portchester Castle is the most impressive and best-preserved of the ‘Saxon shore’ forts. As you may have therefore guessed, the area was of Saxon origin and known as Ferne Ham, meaning village by the ferns. The castle is in a commanding location on the harbour and with wide-open grounds, it’s clear to see why it was so favoured for defensive battles.
It's now managed by English Heritage and costs just under £10 to enter; the castle has fantastic views over the harbour that you certainly won't want to miss and worth scaling the winding staircase atop the keep. Just remember to bring your camera!
Fareham's markets have long been recognised as unlike any other in England, noted as the best traditional open-air market and, therefore, attracting visitors from all over the region and beyond. At heart, the historic, lively spot remains a market town and today hosts an award-winning Farmers' Market boasting nearly forty regular stallholders on the first Saturday of each month. And, a second found in the West Street precinct every Monday - you’ll be spoilt for choice!
This monthly market is a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to buy fresh, seasonal produce directly from the producer - all stallholders are within 100 miles of the market so the freshness is far superior to that you find in the supermarket! Ensure you pay a visit when viewing houses for sale in Fareham and treat yourself to some delicious, locally produced food.
Plus, there are special seasonal markets on Easter Saturday and the Saturday before Christmas, showcasing the area's local produce. Be sure to pop by to pick up the best turkey you’ll ever have!
Did you know Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve is a manmade habitat? The wetland only took shape after the mouth of the River Meon was dammed in the 17th century to build the Titchfield Canal. It’s now an excellent site for birdwatching and attracts many from across the country hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the rare species on offer. From any of the eight easy-access viewing hides, wildlife enthusiasts can spot a variety of animals such as deer and foxes - or one of the 500 species of insect!
The area is a world away from the busy cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, ideal for a weekend escape to reconnect with nature. Wander down the canal in Summer and be sure to stop for a moment to watch the dragonflies dancing across the water, you might even spot a water vole too. There are events held throughout the year for all ages for those wishing to learn more about the natural environment.
One of the most reputable wine labels in the country, Three Choirs has two vineyards, one of which is located just five miles away in Shedfield. The winery is actually based in Gloucestershire and the grapes are shipped over after harvest, but the Hampshire vineyards do organise exquisite wine and dinner experiences. Ideal for a special date night with a difference, you can enjoy a delicious drink - or two, in the sunshine as you learn more about the wine making process.
You could easily be mistaken for thinking you’ve been transported to the south of France! Tuck into tantalising dishes after your wine tasting, and of course, no trip would be complete without a bottle of Three Choirs acclaimed range to take home too.
Set across from the Solent from the Isle of Wight is the length stretch of shingle beach, known as Hill Head. It’s a fantastic starting point for a variety of coastal-path hikes, offering walkers endless miles of breathtaking ocean views. As one of the busiest sea lanes to and from the English Channel, you’ll also be able to watch the ships roll in for hours on end.
There are a number of routes that will suit a variety of walking abilities - fun for all the family, especially on a sunny day with a picnic in tow! Or, try out a little windsurfing or fishing - Hill Head is a renowned spot for both.
Step in the stunning Georgian manor house, formerly home to no less than six admirals of the fleet and explore the area’s rich history. From the borough’s Stone Age settlement origins and infamous workhouse scandal of 1837, to its long traditions of brickmaking and strawberry production.
With interactive elements for all ages to enjoy, it's an interesting day out for all the family - you can even become an amateur archaeologist for the day and handle real artefacts! The museum also hosts an array of events throughout the year so you'll want to visit time and again. After exploring for hours along the corridors, relax in the tranquil gardens, inspired by the Victorian passion for collecting curiosities from across the globe!
Fareham boasts an impressive choice of independent restaurants and cafes. In fact, these delicious spots are some of the town's best-kept secrets, often below the foodie radar. Treat yourself to fantastic Three Joes for the best sourdough pizza in town (and our team’s favourite!) or spice things up for a family meal in Antonio’s Spanish tapas bar. You really will be spoilt for choice!
Fareham is a wonderful area, rich with cultural activities that both local residents and visitors can enjoy. Whether you want to spend the weekend browsing through luxury homeware stores amongst stunning Georgian architecture or prefer exploring some of the breathtaking views across the harbour right on your doorstep, there is something for everyone in the historic market town. And, with enviable transportation links, a long weekend away to Europe or a day trip to London becomes all the more possible should you crave a change of scenery.
There are a variety of different properties available for sale in Fareham, a range that suits anyone from first-time buyers to those looking to take their final step up the property ladder, settling down in the town for retirement. When searching for your dream home, it's essential you work with an estate agent that understands your priorities and builds a relationship with you, catering their services accordingly.
Our team at Beals are dedicated to you, building a relationship based on trust to ensure you walk away with your dream home. Serving the community for nearly three decades, we've grown remarkably over the years thanks to our result-driven methods and are now one of the largest independent estate agents in the county. We pride ourselves in our local knowledge, years of experience and unrivalled professional service - we know each individual and each property is different, so we tailor our approach to guarantee success for you.
We offer an unparalleled experience which is why we have so many repeat customers, we know how to get it right every time. Whether you be a buyer, seller, landlord or tenant, we've got you covered. Contact us here by submitting an enquiry form or call one of our dedicated branches, the individual contact numbers for each can be found here.