Bourne End

Bourne End is a bustling village situated on the River Thames with a population of about 5,500. The village grew from a series of hamlets in the nineteenth century with the mills, local farms and wharfs being the main employers. These have now been replaced with offices, shops and housing. The Parade in the village centre became an established focal point of the village and remains so today with its array of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and coffee shops – in fact, shoppers drive from miles around to visit the excellent vegetable shop in the heart of the Parade.

The village was once home to the famous authors Enid Blyton and Edgar Wallace. Enid Blyton’s garden at her once home, Old Thatch, is open in the summer months and is well worth visiting – a perfect place to enjoy tea and homemade cakes. The village has become a popular place for commuters to live, with its regular train service to London Paddington and its local train to Marlow (known affectionately as The Marlow Donkey). The M40 and M4 are a short drive from the village providing easy motorway links.

There are plenty of countryside walks through the surrounding areas of outstanding natural beauty and green belt land. The Thames Path is a moment’s stroll from the village centre, where riverbank paths lead to Marlow in one direction and, via a footbridge, to Cookham and beyond in the other.

Bourne End prides itself on its community spirit and really is a village that has everything: two GP practices, a dentist, primary school, secondary school, library, marina, sailing club and pubs, to name but a few of the facilities available. Excellent private and state secondary schools are within a short drive or bus journey in Marlow, High Wycombe and Beaconsfield.

Two particularly sought after areas of the village for housing are Abbotsbrook and Riversdale. Abbotsbrook is a private streamside estate close to the heart of the village built in the grounds of a former Abbey. The majority of the 100 or so houses there were built between 1898 and 1907. It is entirely different from other areas of the village with properties sitting in spacious grounds alongside the network of streams.

Riversdale lies towards the boundary with Cookham with many of the large gated properties bordering The Thames with views across the river to Winter Hill and Cookham.

Letting property in Bourne End

The Bourne End letting market is a busy one with one and two bedroom apartments or houses attracting single or professional couples looking for easy access to the train station. Larger four to six bedroom homes, located near or on the river, appeal to families looking for a picturesque setting within local school catchment areas.

The village offers an extensive range of attractive properties from apartments to modern terraced houses, from charming character cottages to large detached properties – there really is something for everyone!