Many of our recent bespoke kitchen design projects can be seen in and around Winchester, a market city located in Hampshire.
With a population of around 45,000 it is best known for its magnificent medieval cathedral and its magnificent Morley library, created in the 1600s.
The city sits on the edge of the South Down National park and sits on the Itchen, a river well known for trout fishing, similar to Stockbridge which sits on the River Test, also in Hampshire. Winchester houses the headquarters of Hampshire County Council and is considered the county town of Hampshire.
Before the Norman conquest it was considered one of the most important towns in England, and it is now considered an affluent place to live; supporting well known private schools such as Twyford School, St Swithun’s School and Winchester College which is the oldest private school in the UK still on the buildings it was founded in. The University of Winchester is also located here.
The Guild Anderson team are often in the city, visiting our clients and their kitchen design projects or meeting with several well known classical country house architects, the best known of which is ADAM Architecture with whom we often collaborate.
There are several excellent markets in Winchester, notably the Winchester Farmers’ Market which takes place on the second and last Sunday of the month, and the Winchester Weekly Market which takes place on Friday and Saturday.
Being local to Winchester, we rarely need to stay there, but several excellent options are open to visitors staying the night, including Lainston House at the luxury end, or The Brick House Bed and Breakfast in nearby Cheriton. There is also a Holiday Inn for visitors preferring their accommodation more formulaic.
Winchester is a wonderful city to visit. The architecture is magnificent (it is worth exploring the back streets), and the city is busy and thriving. We hope to be designing handmade kitchens in the area for many years to come!