Hampshire is a county located in the south of England, Hampshire is truly a beautiful county which can offer something to everyone, from those looking for a vibrant city life, to those on the other end of the spectrum who desire a little peace and quiet. Cities such as Southampton, Portsmouth and Basingstoke are bustling and dynamic, they all feature a range of independent and high-street shops, whilst foodies can delight in the Michelin-starred restaurants and food markets in the county. The incredible scenery of the South Downs and New Forest, in addition to Hampshire's many coastal resorts, provide a more tranquil setting. The historic county was home to numerous literary figures, including the great Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, those interested can soak up the county's maritime past, as well as the medieval streets and spectacular cathedral 'that Winchester has to offer. Those with young families can take advantage of the range of wonderful public and state-run schools. Families will also be delighted with the range of activities in the county, including aquariums, theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries and dozens of fascinating museums. Properties for rent in Hampshire range from modern and airy apartments in the likes of Southampton, to bungalows with sea views, as well as large country estates with vast gardens.