All you need to know about Eastleigh
A large town in Hampshire, Eastleigh is situated in between Southampton and Winchester and lies on the picturesque River Itchen.
It's a busy commuter hub and a manufacturing and business hub of its own. Eastleigh's town centre is made up of a mixture of independent and high street stores, as well as hotels, banks, gyms and supermarkets.
Property in Eastleigh is the usual suburban mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes, as well as bungalows, flats and apartments.
They range from pricey four and five bedroom homes in high-end areas like Chandler's Ford to much more affordable homes in and around Eastleigh itself.
You can certainly get plenty of bang for your buck, with sizeable three and four bedroom homes on offer for well under £300,000.
Things to do
Southampton, Portsmouth and historic Winchester are all nearby, with plenty in those great cities to keep all ages and demographics happy.
Marwell Zoo is also a short drive away (kids of all ages will love it there) and the natural beauty and splendour of the New Forest is pretty much on the doorstep, ditto parts of the South Downs.
Certainly, if you're looking to spend time in the wonderful English countryside, you'll be spoilt for choice.
For the young ones, Hensting Alpacas is a great day out, while older children and teenagers will no doubt relish the thrills and spills of TeamSport Indoor Go Karting.
Elsewhere, Eastleigh Lakeside Railway and Eastleigh Museum are both gems, while Itchen Valley Country Park is a delight when the weather is behaving itself.
Culture vultures should check out The Point. A fabulous local venue that puts on a wide and eclectic range of shows and performances.
Food & Drink
Artisan Coffee House & Bar offers great service and even better food, while lovers of Italian cuisine should look no further than La Fenice.
The Dog & Crook (great name!) is arguably the best pub in town, offering up home-cooked grub, a good range of ales and lively quiz nights. The Sunday roasts are particularly good.
If you're after something a bit fancier, East Avenue (modern European) and Special Thai Restaurant are highly recommended.
Masala Lounge and Saffron both offer superb curries, while Peking Phoenix is the place to head for authentic Chinese cuisine in friendly, stylish surroundings.
Those looking for their fish and chips fix on a Friday are also well catered for – Sonny's Traditional Fish & Chips does exactly what it says on the tin!
Eastleigh couldn't be much closer to Southampton Airport, which operates cheap flights across Europe.
It's also equally well-served by rail, bus and road links. Eastleigh railway station can get you to London Waterloo in just over an hour, while services are also provided to Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole.
Eastleigh has a number of local bus services that serve the town and areas in and around it. Again, services are fast and frequent.
Easy road access to Southampton and elsewhere is provided by the M3 and M27 motorways.
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