Ever wondered what life might be like living on one of Britain’s most picturesque chalk streams, famed for its crystal-clear waters thick with wildlife?

Then look no further than Nightingale Lodge, an exclusive new community for over 55s in Romsey, Hampshire. Sitting beside the lovely River Test and nestled between the New Forest and the South Downs, this idyllic market town is adorned by natural beauty.

Local life

Once home to pioneering nurse, writer and statistician Florence Nightingale, there is a wealth of history to be explored in the area and the town has strong transport links including two major motorways, national rail network, well-connected bus routes, and Southampton Airport and Docks close-by.

In just a short drive you can find yourself at one of the many nearby beaches or at Southampton Harbour - why not a day trip to the Isle of Wight? Enjoying the local area has never been so easy.

The market town

Three times a week, a traditional farmer’s market occupies the market square, where you can buy plants, flowers, antiques and haberdashery. Many of the residents’ praise Long’s the greengrocer for its friendliness and to-die-for warm beetroot.

The town also has many local high street shops, cafés, restaurants and supermarkets, including a Waitrose, so there is plenty to enjoy in your spare time.

Romsey still feels like a small market town with independent shopkeepers, local events and friendly faces. Much of the community spirit takes the form of street events and performances by the town’s talented choirs and ensembles - there’s plenty of community to get involved in.

If keeping active and well is more your thing, then you can visit the Romsey Rapids, a Places Leisure sports complex, where you can enjoy either a 3-month membership or session passes for free if you complete a sale at Nightingale Lodge, or even follow the popular Romsey Heritage Trail which showcases the buildings, streets and waterways that were vital in creating today’s thriving town.


Charming country living

The town makes for a great base to explore many of the other stunning villages along the Test Way walking and cycling trail and other nearly attractions such as Broadlands House.

You only need to venture slightly outside of Romsey to experience charming country living. From the beautiful Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the fascinating Army Flying Museum, to Mottisfont Abbey, home to the National Rose Collection, there really is an abundance of activities to enjoy around Romsey.

With so much to do in local outdoors, it’s no surprise that over 81% of Romsey’s residents claimed their health to be good or very good!

The idyllic market town of Romsey; close to everything but away from it all.

Find out how you could join the Nightingale Lodge community.

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