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The quiet life of Tom Bradbury in the charming Hampshire village where houses are priced at £1million

Born in Malta, Tom Bradby is a 55-year-old British journalist and novelist. He is most widely recognized as the presenter of ITV’s News At Ten and was previously a political editor. Tom is married to Claudia Bradbury who is the daughter of Vice Admiral Hon. Sir Nicholas John Hill-Norton. She is a jewelery designer and married Tom in 1994 – they have three children – Jack, Louisa and Sam. But where in Hampshire do they live?

Tom Bradbury and his family live in a charming £1million country house in the rural village of Houghton in Hampshire.

Just under two hours from central London, Houghton in Hampshire is a small, mostly linear rural village that largely follows the north-south flowing chalk stream of the River Test and is in the Test Valley district.

The River Test is internationally renowned for its fly fishing and most banks in and around the village are owned by one of the above estates or the Houghton Fishing Club. Earlier this year, Test Valley was named the Sunday Times Best places to live.

Houghton doesn’t really have a lot of properties, but the surrounding villages are postcard perfect of thatch, cob, flint and timber frame.

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There are nearly 50 listed buildings in the village, including North Houghton Manor, Houghton Lodge, Houghton Manor House, All Saints Church, The Old Rectory, Bossington Mill and Bossington House, as well as many smaller houses, including the oldest dates back to the 15th century.

Almost a fifth of the houses in the village are listed and most of the village is within a conservation area, designated in 1990.

The village has a pub, The Boot Inn, with a garden that slopes down to the banks of the River Test. However, there is no store or school in the village.

For those wishing to purchase property here, house prices are relatively expensive.

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According to Rightmove, properties in Houghton had an overall average price of £1,060,000 over the past year.

The majority of sales at Houghton over the past year have been for individual properties, selling for an average price of £1,350,000. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £480,000.

Overall, selling prices at Houghton over the past year were 2% lower than a year earlier and 1% higher than the 2019 high of £1,045,500.

For those living in Houghton, the nearest town is Stockbridge, just under two miles to the northeast. This town has seen buyers flock to the area’s million pound homes.

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From the colorful thatched-roof houses to the stream running through the center of the main street, it’s easy to see why it attracts visitors. But there is more to the city than a pretty facade.

As a small town with a population of only 562 according to the 2011 census, it will hardly be a shopper’s paradise filled with chain stores. But that’s part of the attraction of Stockbridge.

The high street is lined with shops selling women’s clothing and delicate jewellery, and as the seat of England’s oldest fishing club, the town has plenty of fishing gear for sale.

Most of the town is occupied by independent shops, with prices generally higher than average. But the boutiques also offer a unique take on fashion with original designs that you won’t find in department stores.

The town is also full of cafes and restaurants, serving Italian cuisine, freshly baked pastries and English pub fare.

With the mix of old and modern shops, it is also a nod to the literary history of the village with a journey of 10 poems through the city center which tell the story of the authors inspired by the district.

It’s not just what’s sold in Stockbridge, but also how the area looks. The colorful shops and homes along Main Street are a far cry from the modern housing estates that have been built in many parts of the county.

A short drive from the center will take you to Stockbridge Downs where you can explore wildlife and history on foot. With views over Andover and Salisbury Plain to Wiltshire, Stockbridge’s surrounding countryside is certainly why it is so popular.