Farms and estates litter the countryside, whilst the architectural style of the houses is varied. Smaller cottages are built using flint; being readily available in the surrounding fields. While many of the churches are listed in the Domesday book, many of the manor houses and larger period properties are Georgian, a style that influences Guild Anderson bespoke kitchen designs.
Just 17 miles east of Winchester, East Meon is one of Hampshire’s prettiest villages, the highest in the Meon Valley. Its closest town is Petersfield just 4.4miles further east, home to independent boarding school Bedales.
There are a number of ancient buildings in the village, all offering some form of inspiration for our Meon Valley bespoke kitchen designs. The Norman Church of All Saints sits in the shelter of Park Hill, it contains a fine, 12th century black marble Tournai font, one of only four in Hampshire. Opposite the church is the old Court House, with a medieval hall dating from the late 14th century.
The River Meon runs right alongside the village street, with Post Office facilities, a number of Bed and Breakfast establishments, and two pubs. It is home to the annual South Downs Green Fair, showcasing eco-products, local food and drink, and demonstrations of renewable building and technology.
West Meon is a thriving village and has a rich history dating back to the Iron and Bronze Ages, with evidence of the ‘Meonwara’ tribe and remains of a substantial Roman Villa. Despite its modest size, it is a thriving community with a bustling high street and beautiful surroundings. In nearby Lippen Wood, there are the remains of a substantial Roman Villa. This area boasts a number of walks around the village and surrounding countryside along the South Downs Way.
The crystal clear River Meon binds these villages together, it is a hidden gem set within the English countryside. From the chalk downs near the village of East Meon, it flows through nine villages before it reaches the Solent at Titchfield Haven.
Though smaller than the River Test, seen in Stockbridge and Romsey, and also the River Itchen that rises near New Alresford, it is a more ‘natural’ river, less altered by man and with more energy because of its steep journey to the sea.
With our own county of Wiltshire offering similar architectural design inspiration to that of the Meon Valley, we enjoy our bespoke kitchen design projects in the area.