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together and also entertain our guests. So the way we design these spaces in order to cater for all these uses and because the kitchen is now on display the design not only has to be more functional but also beautiful.

How big an area do you cover?

‘KVIST Interior Design’

background of and start my studio in 2016 working in the most recently would visit the kitchens and train displays and manage been working with about 5 years at designed the displays updating and Mark I had admired products were standard and his eye customers displays well as installing display concepts. together to make showroom businesses as possible we a showroom of have become so industry? back rooms at purely functional. and entertain in the kitchen from modern living where has increased used for. Now the space often open incorporating flexible for kids to do

We cover all of Hampshire and Surrey (outside of the M25) but we deliver nationally.

How do you see the future in terms of the evolution of kitchens?

Christine

So much has changed and improved in the last 20 years with the most popular renovations has been induction hobs and boiling water taps. From a style point of view handles-less kitchens have improved massively and the most popular colour has shifted from ivory to light grey which makes accessorising your kitchen easier and more forgivable to future trends as you don’t have to accommodate the yellow hue from ivory. I would hazard a guess the future innovations are likely to be along the lines of removing worktop clutter, so maybe integrated toasters or better devises to bring stand mixers up from base units up to worktop height?

Founder

Why should people appoint an interior designer instead of managing their own project?

Because we’re obsessed with the details! We have solid relationships with quality suppliers to get you the best for your budget too, quickly. Personalising your home is an exciting experience and you deserve the satisfaction of seeing it all come together beautifully. We bring structure, experience and enthusiasm to your project so you don’t suffer decision fatigue and can really enjoy the process. From start to finish we will guide you to make well informed decisions that you feel in control of.

What type of clients do you get most excited about working with? People who share my passion for detail and quality who also believe in doing things right the first time. I love to get to know my clients and working together on designs over coffee. You can lean on me to put together a clear plan, graft in the background and to keep decisions focused on what matters most to you. After all, it is your house!

If there’s one piece of advice you could give to a family in the market for a kitchen what would it be?

One of my clients kindly summarised their experience of working together as; “Christine is relentlessly positive, which is her superpower, especially given the stress of construction. She is always solutions focused, and willing to find paths to seemingly impossible problems.”

Exceptional Property Renovation Solutions

Avoid the mistakes of your last kitchen. Really think about the way you use your kitchen and how the things that get in your way now could be eliminated with a new kitchen by addressing and embracing the new technology and layout options that can make your use of the space more ergonomic. Also sites like Instagram and Pinterest can be great resources for getting ideas on what style of kitchen you like. But most importantly visit our showroom, we have 8 full kitchen displays across all popular style options and showcasing all the latest technologies so you can really experience the latest kitchen trends.

www.altonbarnkitchens.com

Are you ready to witness the transformation of your property into something truly extraordinary?

Our renovation services are designed to exceed your expectations and breathe new life into your space. Whether it's a complete overhaul or a specific area you want to revamp, our expertise spans across every aspect of property renovation.

Topfloor has been supplying and installing flooring in Hampshire, Surrey and further afield since 1982, achieving an enviable reputation for exceptional craftsmanship and fair pricing - flooring is our passion!

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The driving force behind the company is owner David Morris and his knowledgeable, friendly team. David has been with Topfloor for over 20 years starting in sales and progressing to business owner.

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Step into a world where beauty and sophistication seamlessly blend to create breathtaking outdoor spaces.

From its inception Topfloor has been guided by three key principles: Value, Choice, and Quality. The selection of manufacturers and products allows an economical choice or a bespoke offering to cater for all budgets, the chosen product will then be expertly installed by our fitters to an exceptionally high standard.

Topfloor has unparalleled experience installing Karndean and other leading brands of LVT floors, carpets, engineered and solid wood, and cushioned vinyl. As a Karndean Select retailer our showroom incorporates the full Karndean range with an expansive display floor, complimented with many industry leading carpet manufacturers, numerous vinyl flooring displays and a leading wood floor supplier. The long established relationships with suppliers ensures Topfloor receives preferential pricing which is always reflected in our prices to customers.

Whether you envision a contemporary rooftop retreat, a classic English garden, or a tropical paradise, our bespoke designs are tailored to your desires

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Welcome

A very warm welcome to Alton and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons. You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in Hampshire. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. Hamptons has been matching people with property, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869.

We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.

Today, over 150 years since we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.

Yours sincerely,

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Alton

Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Alton

Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Alton, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning

and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home.

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A little bit of history

“A big WELCOME and enjoy”

Alton was recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086 and takes its name from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘farmstead at the source of the river’ due its location at the source of the River Wey. It also happens to be the highest town in Hampshire. St. Lawrence Church, dating from the 11th century, was part of the Battle of Alton, a skirmish in the civil war.

The Curtis Museum in Alton has one of the finest local history collections in the county.

Alton offers a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern properties, with a classic Georgian high street. There are a wide variety of properties to buy and rent within the town and surrounding villages, from contemporary town houses and apartments to characterful country cottages to large country and equestrian properties.

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Why move to Alton?

Alton is an historic market town in East Hampshire just over 50 miles south of London and this proximity to the capital makes it a desirable location for city commuters.

long walks to take in the scenery and brisk bike rides. Alton is also well placed for visits to popular seaside spots on the south coast, such as The Witterings.

It is popular with families who flock to the area for its excellent schools and glorious surrounding countryside, perfect for

Alton has a lively high street with an array of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It is well known for its regular Tuesday

market day, as well as other markets and fairs. There is a range of essential shops including pharmacies, opticians, a post office and supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S, together with more specialist shops including health and wellness shops, book shops and outdoor clothing retailers.

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Ideal living

Alton is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with a variety of footpaths and nature walks. Nearby in the pretty village of Selborne you can walk the zigzag pathway to enjoy the views and explore the famous hangers (wooded hills). Alton is located close to the South Downs National Park with its iconic views, natural beauty and wildlife.

There is a wide choice of great restaurants and bars in Alton town, together with popular country pubs and farm shops in the surrounding villages. Attractions in and around the Alton area include the Jane Austen Museum in the village of Chawton, which is set in the author’s 17th Century red brick home, Chawton House, and displays a unique collection of women’s writings. Thomas the Tank Engine himself has been known to make an appearance on the heritage steam train Watercress Line from Alton to Alresford.

Alton and the surrounding villages offer a wide choice of primary schools rated Good and

Outstanding by Ofsted. Alton is home to two highly regarded state secondary schools, Amery Hill and Eggars, and Alton College, which has been consistently rated Outstanding. There are also several private schools in the area, including Alton School in the town itself and Lord Wandsworth College in nearby Long Sutton.

Alton has strong transport links via road and rail, with regular services from Alton Station to London Waterloo in a little over an hour.

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Famous Residents

Alton and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations.

Here are a few notable names...

George Rumbold English Professional Footballer

Percy Andrews English Footballer

James William English football Player

Cecil Andrews English footballer

David Hughes British novelist

John Martin Australian Cricketer

Dave Lawson English keyboardist and Composer

Maggie Holland English Singer and Songwriter

Spike Stent English Record Producer and Mixing Engineer

Russell Howard Comedian

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Miles Davis, Musician Alison Goldfrapp, Singer
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Interview with ‘KVIST Interior Design’

What sets you apart from other interior design studios?

Why should people appoint an interior designer instead of managing their own project?

Because we’re obsessed with the details! We have solid relationships with quality suppliers to get you the best for your budget too, quickly. Personalising your home is an exciting experience and you deserve the satisfaction of seeing it all come together beautifully. We bring structure, experience and enthusiasm to your project so you don’t suffer decision fatigue and can really enjoy the process. From start to finish we will guide you to make well informed decisions that you feel in control of.

What type of clients do you get most excited about working with?

People who share my passion for detail and quality who also believe in doing things right the first time. I love to get to know my clients and working together on designs over coffee. You can lean on me to put together a clear plan, graft in the background and to keep decisions focused on what matters most to you. After all, it is your house!

One of my clients kindly summarised their experience of working together as;

“Christine is relentlessly positive, which is her superpower, especially given the stress of construction. She is always solutions focused, and willing to find paths to seemingly impossible problems.”

My passion is interior design and creating homes that you love to live in. I’m a sucker for clever storage and bespoke joinery. Sometimes getting it ‘just right’ means a layout change, creating new openings or adding some extra space. Often this means hiring an Architect as well as an interior designer which can be costly and involve extra logistics. Sadly, the interiors considerations often take second place because the shell comes first. But, making the necessary plans for the pendants you want and getting the furniture arrangement just right is what makes a house a home. I have a hard-won architectural qualification and the experience to work through all of this with you from the outset without the need for a separate appointment. I can oversee and deliver all aspects of a renovation; whether we are doing up a bathroom, furnishing a living room or stripping back to bare bones. All whilst talking cabinet handles and wine storage.

How can people work with you?

KVIST is a boutique design studio, working with just a couple of clients at a time. We are a small team and I run every project personally. The first step is to get in touch and have a friendly chat over a coffee.

Services we offer include;

- Pre-purchase property assessment and design pack to inspire you.

- Advice for sellers on how to maximise the property’s potential prior to marketing.

- Full or partial property reconfiguration including the design of extensions and loft conversions.

- Detailed kitchen, bathroom and joinery design.

- Interior decoration and furniture procurement.

- Standalone workshops for DIY’ers on layout, colour, furniture, lighting and ironmongery.

www.kvistdesign.co.uk
Christine Skaar, Founder
07795055572 www.kvistdesign.co.uk hello@kvistdesign.co.uk

Pubs & Live Music

The Lounge Bar

An exciting live music venue for predominantly original music. Catering for all genres, we have a gig every Friday and focus on rock, ska, metal, prog and folk music. Under 18s are welcome and encouraged, and we have a very welcoming atmosphere. Regular events for national touring bands and a fantastic local scene that we’re proud to be part of.

Amery St, Alton GU34 1HN. 01420 85057 www.facebook.com/LoungeBarAlton/

The Wheatsheaf

The Wheatsheaf is a family run pub in the heart of Alton town centre. Open 6 days a week serving you delicious pub fayre and a host of selected drinks to choose from. Live music to entertain you is every Saturday night so please see our website for upcoming events and special offers and we will look forward to welcoming you.

7, Market Square, Alton GU34 1HD. 01420 617430

www.thewheatsheafalton.co.uk/

The White Horse

From a great selection of drinks to all the best sporting action, to pub quizzes and live music. Get involved in as little or as much as you’d like in the heart of your local community. 96-98 High St, Alton GU34 1EN. 0121 272 5499

www.whitehorse-alton.craftunionpubs.com/

The Ivy House

The pub is open for breakfast until 12 noon and offers free refills (all day every day) on tea and Lavazza coffee. For lunch and dinner, there are lighter bites, with deli deal options and vegetarian choices, gourmet burgers and freshly made pizzas. Wetherspoon has championed a wide range of drinks, including real ales, craft beers, gins, and soft drinks. Table service is available via the Wetherspoon app, using our unlimited free Wi-Fi. This pub has step-free access.

Draymans Way, Alton GU34 1SS. 01420 549011

www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/ england/hampshire/the-ivy-house-alton?

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“Wet your whistle”

The Swan

With charm and character in abundance, our traditional style British pubs and hotels are a collection that are set in beautiful locations from bustling historic towns to the idyllic countryside. Join us for some traditional pub food and expertly chosen cask ale range and fines wines.

High St, Alton GU34 1AT. 01420 83777

www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/ hampshire/swan-alton/

French Horn

Traditional country pub situated on the outskirts of Alton serving freshly prepared homemade food, real ales, high quality wines and spirits. We have large gardens, undercover terrace and inside bar and restaurant area. We also have accommodation.

Whitedown Ln, Alton GU34 1RT. 01420 83269

www.frenchhorn.co.uk/

Ten Tun Tap House

The Ten Tun Tap House is an independent bar specialising in amazing beer and cider from independent producers. We have 9 keg taps, 4 cask pumps and a can fridge (in addition to quality wines, spirits, and soft drinks). From one week to the next the beers will change, with the idea being to explore new styles and interpretations of beer. Everything a modern craft beer bar should be! Best selection in the town. Great beers, constantly changing selection, with some real discoveries. Lovely atmosphere and decor with knowledgeable staff.

1 Westbrook Walk, Alton GU34 1HZ. 07971 076657

www.tentuntaphouse.beer/

Should you wish to wet your whistle in Alton you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Alton. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.

The Eight Bells

We are a small and intimate ale house with its own unique theme, some may say we are very Ols School. With a great selection of beers, cosy indoor seating and a wonderfully positioned outdoor beer garden. On those colder days and evenings, we have a lovely open fire to keep you warm too.

33 Church St, Alton GU34 2DA. 01420 82417

www.mapde.top/the-eight-bells-2

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Local Hotspots

Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Alton!

Austen’s Café

Serving an extensive menu from Breakfast to Afternoon Tea and everything in between. We are a lovely cosy café offering fantastic home cooked food at reasonable prices. Please see our website for specials and more information. We look forward to waiting on you.

7 Lenten St, Alton GU34 1HG. 01420 767172

www.facebook.com/austenscafe/

Stones

We serve artisan coffee and speciality teas, drinks and milkshakes. Set in our modern café where you can sit and enjoy our drinks. We also offer a wide selection of homecooked dishes to enjoy too so come and visit us.

24 High St, Alton GU34 1BN. 01329 233212

Sugarloaf Coffeehouse Café

The independent and family-friendly Sugarloaf Coffeehouse Cafe is located on Anstey Lane in Alton, Hampshire, within the same premises as Energique Health Club. Run by a local family, originally from Wales, we are delighted to bring a little bit of Welsh charm and humour to the heart of our community. Boasting a selection of light bites, traditional homemade cakes and snacks, we are also proud to serve the wonderful Welsh ground Teifi Coffee, our special White-Hot Chocolate and White Chocolate Mocha, plus a wide selection of Speciality Morgan’s Brew loose leaf tea’s. Offering something for everyone, our desire is to bring the community together through our courses and classes, fun activity groups and events. We welcome all to our coffee shop and hope to become the hub of the community where you can come to relax and meet new people whilst enjoying a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Energique Health Club & Spa, Alton GU34 2NB. 07399 642310

www.sugarloafalton.com/

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Cassandras Cup

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful and quaint village of Chawton, opposite Jane Austen’s House Museum, Cassandra’s Cup is a traditional English tearoom & local village shop. We offer an extensive range of traditional and specialty teas and coffees as well as scones, a wide selection of cakes and tray bakes, light snacks, and hearty home-cooked meals.

The Hollies, Winchester Rd, Chawton, Alton GU34 1SB. 01420 83144

www.cassandrascup.co.uk/

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Unique Chique

Unique Chique is a small independent lifestyle store based in the market town of Alton. Selling high quality and handmade products that are changing weekly to offer you a diverse selection of goods and treats. All our items are beautifully crafted, come and see for yourself.

54 High St, Alton GU34 1AB. 01420 542357

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The Dress Boutique

Our quiet, out of town location takes away the stress of traffic and finding somewhere to park. Every dress is as unique as the wearer, and we are excited to help you find your dream dress. Whether it be princess style fairy tale or slinky, fully sequinned, or classy sophisticated, we have the dress for you. We are so proud of our collections and of the luxurious boutique we have created and would welcome the opportunity to show you.

Unit 2, The Stone Yard, Four Marks, Alton GU34 5AJ. 01420 563000

www.thedressboutique.shop/

Qwirky Women

Come and visit our boutique. Here at Qwirky women, we endeavour to help you be as individual as you want to be and stand out from the crowd! With costume statement pieces to fine sterling silver jewellery, scarves, handbags and clothes, our boutique aims to please.

11 Market St, Alton GU34 1HA. 01420 88999

www.qwirkywomen.com/

Sparkly & Co

Handmade, sustainable, and fun are the three core values at Sparkly & Co. Fun, funky and eco-friendly. From design and sourcing to client use everything is low impact, sustainable and long lasting. Stunning Children’s Clothes, carefully curated range of jersey and French terry are used to create beautiful made to measure and off the peg garments for all the family.

1 Bolle Rd, Alton GU34 1PW. 07427 651992

www.sparklyandco.co.uk/

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Interview with ‘Alton Barn Kitchens’

homework while their parents prepare dinner. So the way we use our kitchens has gone from being just a food storage and preparation area to being a space where our families get together and also entertain our guests. So the way we design these spaces in order to cater for all these uses and because the kitchen is now on display the design not only has to be more functional but also beautiful.

How big an area do you cover?

Please tell us a little about the background of your firm?

I decided to take the leap and start my own kitchen and bathroom studio in 2016 when I had already been working in the kitchen industry for 15 years, most recently for a manufacturer where I would visit the showrooms selling their kitchens and train their staff, design their displays and manage their trade accounts. I had been working with our display installer Mark for about 5 years at this point where I had designed the displays the showrooms needed updating and Mark and his team would install them. I had admired his commitment to ensuring the products were installed to a very high standard and his eye for details that made our customers displays look as good as they could as well as installing some fantastic , challenging display concepts. After 5 years of working together to make other peoples kitchen showroom businesses look and operate as well as possible we decided to team up and open a showroom of our own.

Why do you think Kitchens have become so important to the renovation industry?

Traditionally kitchens were small back rooms at the back of a house that were purely functional. Over the years the way we live and entertain in our homes have transformed the kitchen from a necessity to the hub of modern living where the space given to the kitchen has increased but so has the functions it is used for. Now the kitchen is a much more social space often open to the dining room and incorporating flexible seating areas for quick meals, for kids to do

We cover all of Hampshire and Surrey (outside of the M25) but we deliver nationally.

How do you see the future in terms of the evolution of kitchens?

So much has changed and improved in the last 20 years with the most popular renovations has been induction hobs and boiling water taps. From a style point of view handles-less kitchens have improved massively and the most popular colour has shifted from ivory to light grey which makes accessorising your kitchen easier and more forgivable to future trends as you don’t have to accommodate the yellow hue from ivory. I would hazard a guess the future innovations are likely to be along the lines of removing worktop clutter, so maybe integrated toasters or better devises to bring stand mixers up from base units up to worktop height?

If there’s one piece of advice you could give to a family in the market for a kitchen what would it be?

Avoid the mistakes of your last kitchen. Really think about the way you use your kitchen and how the things that get in your way now could be eliminated with a new kitchen by addressing and embracing the new technology and layout options that can make your use of the space more ergonomic. Also sites like Instagram and Pinterest can be great resources for getting ideas on what style of kitchen you like. But most importantly visit our showroom, we have 8 full kitchen displays across all popular style options and showcasing all the latest technologies so you can really experience the latest kitchen trends.

www.altonbarnkitchens.com

Alton Arts

Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Alton!

Alton Fringe Theatre

Alton Fringe Theatre formed in 1988 when a diverse and talented group found themselves working together for an Alton Arts Week ‘all-comerswelcome’ production of Murder in the Cathedral, under the inspiring direction of Patrick Sandford. Since then, The Fringe has produced one or two plays each year, occasionally in conjunction with other groups. It has also put together programmes of readings and songs. The productions are small scale, low budget and performed to small audiences, but always aspiring to high artistic standards. As a result, the performances have a character of intimacy and privilege which makes them very special.

37 Curtis Rd, Alton GU34 2SD. 01420 83416

www.altonfringe.com/

Wessex Arts

Wessex Arts is a new centre for the arts and entertainment community in and around Hampshire and Surrey, located in the midst of Jane Austen country and situated between the idyllic Surrey Hills and the South Downs National Park. Old Odiham Rd, Alton GU34 2LX. 01420 592221

www.altonevents.co.uk/locations/thewessex-arts-centre/

Vue Cinema

Book your film tickets, watch film trailers, and upgrade your seats for 2D and 3D films as well as big screen events. All in premium Dolby Digital surround sound. Sit back, relax, and get lost in luxury. It’s always cheaper online and every seat is the Recliner at Vue Basingstoke, from just £8.99 when booked online, or £9.99 in venue.

Festival Place New Market Square, Basingstoke RG21 7BB. 0345 308 4620

www.myvue.com/cinema/basingstokefestival-place/

Allen Gallery

Situated in the historic market town of Alton, the Allen Gallery is an intimate setting for one of the south’s most outstanding collections of ceramics. The gallery hosts an impressive and varied selection of pottery, porcelain and tiles dating from 1250 to the present day. 10-12, Church St, Alton GU34 2BW. 01420 82802

www.hampshireculture.org.uk/allengallery

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Family days out

Alton is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park & Family Farm

Family fun, adventure, farming & nature

there’s something for everyone at 4 kingdoms farm park. With over twenty play zones, a petting zoo, laser tag, giant slides, and our favourites the pedal boats! 4 Kingdoms work on a unique and value for money principle that once you pay, you play all day. No hidden add-ons for rides.

Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY. 01635 269678

www.4-kingdoms.co.uk/

Jane Austen’s House

The Hampshire cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote her novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice. See Jane Austen’s writing table, jewellery, letter and first editions of her novels. Regular events programme. Exhibitions. Gift Shop. Family activities. Free parking.

Winchester Rd, Chawton, Alton GU34 1SD. 01420 83262

www.janeaustens.house/

Anstey Park

The largest of Alton Town Council’s areas comprising 32 acres and is used for a variety of functions, as well as the recognised sports fixtures. These include fetes, the annual Bus Rally, fun runs, rounders and more. The park also hosts a large children’s playground including equipment for children with special needs, in addition to modern public conveniences.

Alton GU34 2NB

www.altonevents.co.uk/locations/ anstey-park/

Allen Gallery

Situated in the historic market town of Alton, the Allen Gallery is an intimate setting for one of the south’s most outstanding collections of ceramics. The gallery hosts an impressive and varied selection of pottery, porcelain and tiles dating from 1250 to the present day. The front section of the gallery was originally a stable and coachman’s house. William Hugh Curtis, the final owner of the building, left the premises in his will to be used as a public museum. On the ground floor of the gallery are the main exhibition areas, shop, café and toilets, and on the first floor you will find our children’s activity area as well as more displays showcasing our excellent ceramics collection.

10-12, Church St, Alton GU34 2BW. 01420 82802

www.hampshireculture.org.uk/allengallery

Chawton House

Charming 400-year-old manor house, once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward, and now surrounded by beautiful parklands and gardens. Discover the ‘Great House’ referred to in Jane Austen’s letters, now sensitively restored, relax in the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, and find inspiration in the lives and works of our women writers.

Chawton, Alton GU34 1SJ. 01420 541010

www.chawtonhouse.org/

Gilbert White’s House & Gardens

If you fancy a day out and want to visit somewhere a bit different, then why not try the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White. Then travel the natural world through the collections of Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist and Lawrence Oates who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. We have a museum, fascinating historic collections and educational activities for the whole family. The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH. 01420 511275

www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/

Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park is an awardwinning destination for a family day out or overnight stay in the country. Beautifully rural yet easily accessible. Each season brings a different experience where your children’s imagination can run free. Perfect for children up to 8 years old, spend family time together and make unforgettable memories. There are a whole host of outdoor attractions and exciting events to enjoy. There is lots of choice for group visits too. Attend a School Trip and become a Nature Detective. Eat lots of Birthday cake and play in our Party room. Book an openair space for a corporate day or celebrate an event in a special way.

Odiham Rd, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP. 0118 932 6444

www.wellingtoncountrypark.co.uk/

Curtis Museum

The Curtis Museum in Alton is home to one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of the region’s past. Permanent exhibitions include a rare Roman enamel cup, ancient Saxon burials, hop picking and brewing, Cranford author Elizabeth Gaskell, the 1643 Battle of Alton - with a Civil War era helmet, breastplate, and sword - and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams. There’s also a regular programme of events, complete with family-friendly and educational activities.

High St, Alton GU34 1BA. 01420 82802

www.hampshireculture.org.uk/curtismuseum

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WELCOME TO TOPFLOOR CARPETS & FLOORING

Topfloor has been supplying and installing flooring in Hampshire, Surrey and further afield since 1982, achieving an enviable reputation for exceptional craftsmanship and fair pricing - flooring is our passion! The driving force behind the company is owner David Morris and his knowledgeable, friendly team. David has been with Topfloor for over 20 years starting in sales and progressing to business owner.

From its inception Topfloor has been guided by three key principles: Value, Choice, and Quality. The selection of manufacturers and products allows an economical choice or a bespoke offering to cater for all budgets, the chosen product will then be expertly installed by our fitters to an exceptionally high standard.

Topfloor has unparalleled experience installing Karndean and other leading brands of LVT floors, carpets, engineered and solid wood, and cushioned vinyl. As a Karndean Select retailer our showroom incorporates the full Karndean range with an expansive display floor, complimented with many industry leading carpet manufacturers, numerous vinyl flooring displays and a leading wood floor supplier. The long established relationships with suppliers ensures Topfloor receives preferential pricing which is always reflected in our prices to customers.

Karndean is an ever-popular choice, featuring the style and character of natural wood and stone flooring but with all the advantages of luxury vinyl flooring, a Karndean floor is durable enough to stand up to the daily demands of busy modern life.

Inspired by nature, Karndean’s luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) combine cutting edge technology with an authentic look and feel of a wood or stone floor. An ideal choice for any room in the house, including kitchens and bathrooms, luxury vinyl flooring comes with many practical benefits:

With a textured yet robust wear layer, vinyl floor tiles are extremely hard wearing and won’t chip or crack.

A special K-Guard surface protection gives our vinyl tiles a hygienic, stain resistant and waterproof surface that is easy to keep clean.

Surprisingly quiet and warm underfoot, a Karndean floor is also compatible for use with underfloor heating and Designed to last, Karndean has a 35-year residential guarantee. Available in a huge range of wood, stone, concrete, geometric tile or abstract designs, it’s possible to create a floor that reflects your unique style. Why not combine complementary wood or stone designs or select different laying patterns for a subtle transition from room to room. For a truly bespoke floor, you can even create a custom design with a mix of contrasting planks and tiles. A new floor is a key investment for your home.

At Topfloor we have great confidence in the work we produce and underpin this with our industry beating 3-year installation guarantee. All our estimates are provided free of charge and with no obligation, they are then followed up with a friendly email or telephone call only.

All at Topfloor look forward to meeting you in our showroom in Bordon to start your flooring journey.

Topfloor Carpets, Wilan House, Chalet Hill, Bordon.GU35 0BQ

01420 477898

info@topfloorcarpets.co.uk

www.topfloorcarpets.co.uk

Local Schools

Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.

Amery Hill School

A very warm welcome to Amery Hill School – a thriving and welcoming learning community which is proud to serve the town of Alton and its surrounding villages. Pupils are proud to attend Amery Hill and are successful here. Amery Hill is a very popular 11-16 fully inclusive secondary school where excellence and high aspirations permeate every aspect of school life. Every student is valued as an individual and whatever their goals, staff are there to support, nurture and assist them along their journey to success.

Amery Hill School, Alton GU34 2BY. 01420 84545

www.ameryhill.hants.sch.uk/

Eggar’s School

Eggar’s is a thriving Academy and firmly established as one of the best state schools in Hampshire. Set in a magnificent 38-acre site, the school is an inspiring environment with superb facilities including a bespoke Refectory and a state-of-the-art Astroturf pitch. With a strong, supportive, and established Leadership Team we firmly believe in the relentless pursuit of exceptional teaching and learning. We focus on each and every student as an individual, and we are really proud of the strong sense of community which enhances our students experience at the school.

London Road, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4EQ. 01420 541194

www.eggars.net/

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Alton Infant School

Alton Infant School is a very special place. The school has a family feel and everything that we do is underpinned by excellent teaching and learning, high levels of care and compassion and our strong vision and values. At Alton Infant School we are committed to helping your child be the best they can be, both personally and academically. We believe that all children are born with potential and that every child is unique and talented within their own individual gifts, skills and interests.

Normandy St, Alton GU34 1DH. 01420 83857

www.alton-inf.hants.sch.uk/

Alton School and Nursery

We are a successful Independent Catholic Day School for girls and boys from 6 months to Sixth Form located in Alton, Hampshire. We attract pupils from many parts of Surrey and Hampshire including Winchester, Basingstoke, Farnham, and Petersfield. Whether you are looking for a Reception place or somewhere where your child can continue their Nursery, Primary School, Prep School or Senior School education, we warmly welcome you.

Anstey Ln, Alton GU34 2NG. 01420 82070

www.altonschool.co.uk/

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Anstey Junior School

Everyone at Anstey Junior School is very proud of our school. We are a fully inclusive school where we believe in meeting the needs of all the children, whether that involves challenging a child because they have shown advanced skills in a particular area or supporting a child because they are finding an area of learning difficult. We are ambitious for all the children at the school, and this is reflected in our vision, which uses the phrase ‘Aim High, No Limits’. Everyone at the school works hard to ensure that all children have the skills needed to read, write, calculate with numbers and use current technology, as these are seen as the core skills needed to further the journey through education to become adults who can function well in an ever changing world.

Eastbrooke Rd, Alton GU34 2DR. 01420 84486

www.anstey-jun.hants.sch.uk/

Andrews Endowed Primary School

Our dedicated, skilled team of professionals is committed to providing each child with every opportunity to fulfil their aspirations. We are very aware of the needs of individuals and strive for the highest possible standards.

92 London Rd, Holybourne, Alton GU34 4EL. 01420 83094

www.andrewsendowed.co.uk/

Alton College Nursery

Our aim at Alton College Nursery is to make your child’s time at Nursery fun and enjoyable. Your child will learn through play in a relaxed environment allowing them to explore and grow. We aim to work with you to ensure your child loves their Nursery experience and enables us to nurture and support them in the early stages of their life. Alton College Nursery provides day-care for all children whether you are studying/working at the College or from the Community. Children aged between six months and five years of age attend and there is space for 28 children at a time. If you’re interested in using the Alton College Nursery, you are welcome to come and see it for yourself and talk to the staff who can provide you with all the information you need.

College, Old Odiham Rd, Alton GU34 2LX. 01420 592234

www.hsdc.ac.uk/study-with-us/altoncampus/facilities/alton-college-nursery/

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Exceptional Property Renovation Solutions

Are you ready to witness the transformation of your property into something truly extraordinary?

Our renovation services are designed to exceed your expectations and breathe new life into your space. Whether it's a complete overhaul or a specific area you want to revamp, our expertise spans across every aspect of property renovation.

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LUXURY GARDEN DESIGN & STYLING

Indulge in the epitome of outdoor luxury with our premium garden design and installation services.

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Step into a world where beauty and sophistication seamlessly blend to create breathtaking outdoor spaces.

Whether you envision a contemporary rooftop retreat, a classic English garden, or a tropical paradise, our bespoke designs are tailored to your desires.

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Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

Energique Fitness and Wellness Centre

We Inspire Improvement. Our mission is to empower you and create self-belief. Let us unlock the potential that is always there. Alton’s premier Fitness and Wellness Centre ‘Energique’, has been a mainstay in providing fitness and health benefits for many in Alton over several years. During the last year we have upgraded our gym equipment as well as totally transforming our offering, that includes over 35 live classes per week, a personal fitness room, new studio and gym equipment and a lovely warm pool. We also now have a lovely café facility.

Anstey Ln, Alton GU34 2NB. 01420 86022

www.energiquefitness.co.uk/

Alton Sports Centre

Just about whatever your leisure requirements, Alton Sports Centre will be able to cater to your needs. With its large, wellequipped gym, 25 metre main pool, teaching pool and diving pool, as well as a huge range of group exercise classes to choose from, we’ve got all the traditional bases covered. You can also take advantage of our astroturf football pitches, while the climbers among you can also have a go on our indoor wall, while parents can also make use of our creche, or let your kids ruin wild in our soft play area.

Chawton Park Rd, Alton GU34 1ST: 01420 540040

www.everyoneactive.com/centre/altonsports-centre/

Esprit de Corps CrossFit

Come down meet the team, see the facility, ask questions, and learn a little bit about what we do here. Or you can jump straight into a Free Trial. This is a chance for you to try CrossFit, learn some basic movements and get a feel for our sessions, learn a little bit about what we do, and why. A further 2 sessions, to teach you the basics of CrossFit before you join the regular classes, each lasting approx 1 Hr 20 Mins. Then you will be able to book onto any of our classes.

3/4, Coombers Buildings, Mill Ln, Alton GU34 2QG. 07920 046415

www.edccrossfit.com/

Results Health Clubs Alton

Motivating and Inspiring Members to Feel and Look Better, Be More Confident and Achieve Fitness Goals in a Fun Friendly Environment. Feel intimidated by the usual gym environment? Unsure of what to do? Don’t worry, we understand. There’s no need to be nervous, with us you’re not just left alone. We pride ourselves on supporting you on your fitness journey every step of the way. Any concern, negative thought, or un-certainty - we’re here to help. There’s no judgement here. The Results community involves anyone & everyone. No matter your age, ability, experience, or goals, we’re the gym for you.

80a High St, Alton GU34 1EN. 01420 542323

www.resultshealthclubs.co.uk/

Zoe Stone Yoga + Reiki ~ Breathe for Life

Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner in Alton Hampshire. Breathwork, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, meditation, Yoga Nidra calming and resetting our nervous system with movement and conscious breathing exercises. Yoga for everyone, In person Yoga classes are held at the Joneses Studio, Alton during Autumn and Winter practice. Spring and Summer classes are held in the Rose Gardens at Chawton House. Reiki treatments are available from Pure in Alton.

131 Victoria Rd, Alton GU34 2DD. 07788 417622

www.zoestoneyoga.com

One Element Outdoor Fitness Alton

In the heart of the market town of Alton and just a short walk from the High Street, The Butts Green provides the perfect spot for outdoor fitness fans to meet. We run sessions on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and each session has the added benefit of some post-session refreshments! Choose from the South African Bring & Braai on Monday evening or Sylvie’s Coffee Van on Thursday and Saturday mornings for a post-training snack. Our outdoor HIIT sessions across East Hampshire are challenging, fast-paced, inclusive and supportive. We ensure you make consistent improvements whilst pursuing your aims all within an ever-expanding community of like-minded members.

11 Albert Rd, Alton GU34 1LP.

www.one-element.co.uk/the-butts-green/

Seasons Yoga

Our studio is a beautiful, air-conditioned space, located in Four Marks, just outside Alton. Fully equipped with mats, blocks, meditation cushions, blankets, and bolsters. A calm, tranquil space. We offer classes to suit all ability levels but particularly welcome complete beginners to yoga. Our ethos is to provide a safe, inclusive environment in which everyone feels welcome.

Pyramid House, Winchester Rd, Four Marks, Alton GU34 5HR. 07790 373487

www.seasonsyoga.co.uk/

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Local Restaurants

Cucina Dei Sapori

Cucina Dei Sapori in Alton is a charming Italian eatery that serves up authentic Italian cuisine with a smile. The ambiance is relaxed and welcoming, making it the perfect spot for a casual lunch or intimate dinner. The interior design is simple yet elegant, with rustic touches that transport diners straight to Italy. Prices are reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food. Cucina Dei Sapori is located on the High Street, making it easily accessible to locals and tourists alike.

8 High St, Alton GU34 1BN. 01420 88988

www.cucinadeisapori.co.uk/

Thai

Thai Boutique offers you the true flavours of Thailand with ingredients flown in directly from Bangkok weekly! Discover the pinnacle of Thai Cuisine for yourselves. If in doubt, please check our outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor where we have received the Travellers Choice award for 2020 & 2021. This is awarded to the top 10% of UK restaurants based on your reviews.

7 Normandy St, Alton GU34 1DD. 01420 542953

www.thai-boutique.business.site/

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Mifta’s

At Mifta’s Indian Restaurant we pride ourselves on quality food freshly prepared to order. Mifta Chowdhury is a Bangladeshiborn British Chef & Restaurateur who has lived and worked in Surrey for all of his professional life. All his recipes and dishes are authentic and specially curated using fresh ingredients and a carefully selection of herbs.

1 Market St, Alton GU34 1HD. 01420 571666

www.miftas.com/

Frango Grill

Frango Grill is a Restaurant & Takeaway based on 5 Cross and Pillory House in Alton. We serve a wide range of delicious Fresh and succulent chicken, flame grilled to perfection after marinating them in our specially prepared sauces and marinades. Come and visit our Grill house and dine in or you can order online too.

5 Cross and Pillory Ln, Alton GU34 1HL. 01420 768100

www.frangoalton.com/

Curry Palace

We would like you to experience the finest Indian Cuisine, which is as diverse as its culture, languages, regions, and its climate. Every region of India brings its own unique and Subtle variations to our dishes to make it different. The cooking skills lie in the subtle blending of a variety of spices to enhance the distinctive flavours of a particular dish. The result is a powerful balance of modern and engaging food which maintains those distinctive authentic Indian flavours. Skilfully and passionately created by our executive Chef Raj and Vikram Gupta and his team using traditional Tandoor, Tawa, Sigri and Dum cooking and the best seasonal produce. Whether you want traditional Indian cooking or the ‘nouveau’ style that is becoming very popular with our customers, you can be sure that two things will never change - the excellence of our food and the standard of our unrivalled service.

78E High St, Alton GU34 1EN. 01420 82233

www.currypalacealton.co.uk/

River Kwai

Serving a large selection of authentic traditional dishes made with the finest ingredients we take pride in the taste and presentation of our dishes and offer a fine dining experience in our ambient restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you.

3A Cross and Pillory Ln, Alton GU34 1HL. 01420 87796

www.riverkwai.co.uk/

French Horn

Traditional country pub situated on the outskirts of Alton serving freshly prepared homemade food, real ales, high quality wines and spirits. We have large gardens, undercover terrace and inside bar and restaurant area. We also have accommodation.

Whitedown Ln, Alton GU34 1RT. 01420 83269

www.frenchhorn.co.uk/

Hermanos Mexican Street Food

Since 2018 we’ve been known as the ‘Taco brothers’ and the ‘taco boys’. With our trusty 1968 Citroen H truck and our 1961 converted horsebox by our side, we’ve been serving London and the south of England with as many tacos as they can handle. ‘The Shed’ is the next step in our evolution as a business. It’s everything you loved about the taco trucks, but now with an expanded menu and a place to sit and enjoy your food. Best of all, we can keep serving come rain or shine. This is just the beginning of something even bigger.

8 Westbrook Walk, Alton GU34 1HZ.

www.hermanostacotruck.com/

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‘Virtually’ all you need

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.

Alton Local Family Events

www.facebook.com/groups/altonlocalfamilyevents

Alton News

www.facebook.com/groups/ALTONNEWS

Alton People

www.facebook.com/groups/402893223228882

Alton

www.facebook.com/groups/342392989137186

Alton Community Events Group

www.facebook.com/AltonCommunityEvents

Alton Hampshire

www.twitter.com/altonhampshire?lang=en

The Alton Society

www.twitter.com/TheAltonSociety

Active Alton

www.twitter.com/active_alton

Alton News

www.twitter.com/altonnewsgu34?lang=en

Help and support from your local Council

You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm

You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.

Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about East Hampshire District Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link.

www.easthants.gov.uk

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Planning & Building Control

Unsure which services you need?

If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.

Please note that many developments will require both.

What is planning?

Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).

You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:

• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building

• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties

• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes

• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access

• change the density of development in an area

• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties

• have an effect on existing trees

www.easthants.gov.uk/planning-services

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.

www.easthants.gov.uk/building-control

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