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The village of Highcliffe sits on the border of the New Forest National Park and enjoys a picturesque stretch of the Solent coastline.
It has its own Grade 1 listed Castle, which was built in the early 1800’s and was leased out by retail magnate Harry Selfridge between 1916 and 1922 as his family home. Harry is buried in the local graveyard at St. Marks Church, together with his wife Rose and his Mother. Highcliffe Castle is often mistaken for the magnificent country house of Highclere Castle, where the popular TV series of Downton Abbey was filmed.
It’s nature reserve at Steamer Point is a popular area, as well as a scenic walk from Chewton Bunny that leads to the sea.
In 2019, a new community group called HAT (Highcliffe Action Team) are launching a hand-drawn area map, taking in a 4 mile route to include tourist hotspots like the Castle and the prestigious Chewton Glen Hotel. Local illustrator Wendy Brown has created the map, which will serve as a wonderful keepsake piece and will help identify some delightful unspoilt areas of Highcliffe.
Highcliffe’s stunning coastline has won the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award and enjoys views of the Isle of Wight.
The local community are most passionate about ensuring their high street (aka Lymington Road) stays vibrant and relevant. It has a wealth of local shopkeepers, to include beauty salons to an award-winning butcher, a watchmaker, plus its very own recording studios. In 2018, an ‘In Bloom’ group formulated to address issues on the high street and immediately set to work to remove rubbish and weeds. In 2019 they will be planting up green perennials and grasses to enhance Highcliffe’s shopping experience.
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