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The ever-so-slightly hipster city of Winchester in Hampshire is a fine choice if you want to be surrounded by countryside yet keep those urban comforts. A short drive from the New Forest and the south coast, this pretty city is often voted among the best places to live in the UK. Once the capital of England, the cathedral city has treats for history buffs at every turn. Add cool shops, brilliant pubs, lush rural vistas and trendy bakeries and you'll never want to leave.