The development is adjacent to the Watercress Medical Practice at Mansfield Park Surgery and the local butcher’s, farm shop and greengrocer’s are almost on the doorstep. Four Marks also has a Tesco, Co-op, hardware store, bakery, hairdresser, opticians, florist and a Simply M&S. Four Marks village hall hosts a range of activities and a Sports and Social Club is based in the pavilion on the recreation ground.
Medstead also has a post office, village store, hardware shop, pub and a 12th century church with an adjacent village hall, the venue for yoga, table tennis, martial arts, dance and fitness classes as well as theatrical and music shows. The Village Green plays host to cricket and football clubs and there’s also an archery club, angling club, folk club and folk band as well as clay pigeon shooting, badminton, bowls, sailing and tennis.
There are some excellent local restaurants including The Royal Oak, The Ramblers Retreat, The Bull’s Head Inn and Monty’s Bistro in Alton. In Alresford, about six miles away, try the delightfully-named Tiffin Tea Rooms or the Long Barn Café, with its scenic views, for lunch or afternoon tea.
Hampshire is home to a fine collection of National Trust properties including The Vyne in Sherborne St John, near Basingstoke. Hinton Ampner, near Alresford houses an outstanding collection of furniture and artworks and the gardens are acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th century garden design. Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate the 100-mile South Downs Way which follows ancient droveways and takes in Old Winchester Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and Seven Sisters Country Park.
Within walking distance of Maygate Place is Medstead & Four Marks Station on the Watercress Heritage line, which provides services to Alton mainline station and to New Alresford – and is a delight for rail enthusiasts. With the rail journey from Alton to Waterloo taking just over an hour, it’s just as easy to enjoy an evening out in London’s West End.
Alton Leisure Centre has a pool, gym and a range of exercise classes from aqua fit and body pump to Zumba. For golfers, Four Marks Golf Club has one of the most challenging nine hole courses in Hampshire whilst, further afield, Blacknest Golf and Country Club, has an 18 hole parkland course, a nine hole academy course, chipping green and practice bunker along with a gym, fitness studio and a restaurant.