Verwood is a bustling and thriving town that has the charm of a smaller village community. The area has grown dramatically over the last 15 years and at one time was the fastest growing town in Europe.
Ferretts Green in the centre creates the ‘heart’ of the town with the parade of shops including the local butchers, Costa Coffe and The Old Pottery. Once a month, a busy farmers market pitches up and creates a hive of atmosphere.
A large Morrisons Store is within half a mile of the centre and the town lies just a few miles from Ringwood and Ferndown with a choice of Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury.
Verwood borders Ringwood Forest which stretches north to Alderholt and west to Ringwood. Potterne park provides fantastic outdoor activity with 24 acres of playing field and tennis courts that then continue onto Moors Valley Country park and Golf Course.
There is a choice of three superb First schools which includes Emmanuel Middle School which is also the location of the local Youth Centre. The town is served by two Upper Schools in Wimborne and Ferndown to both of which is a school bus service.
The housing stock varies from one bedroom apartments to family homes and larger executive properties. There is a great choice of bungalows in a variety of locations.
Verwood offers fantastic commuter links to Bournemouth and Poole and via the A31 to Southampton and London.
The residential area of Ashley Heath is on the western edge of the New Forest between the thriving market town of Ringwood and Ferndown and is within 10 miles of the main town centre of Bournemouth and 16 miles from the cruise port of Southampton. A regular National Coach service operates via Ringwood with London under two hours away or via main line railway stations at Southampton or Bournemouth.
Within the confines of Ashley Heath there is an attractive country park known as Moors Valley Country Park with an eighteen hole golf course, miniature railway line, Go Ape and woodland walks throughout the adjoining Ringwood forest. In addition to this the Castleman Trailway runs through Ashley Heath providing a beautiful and practical route for recreation or commuting to work.
Ashley Heath is famous for having Britain’s shortest High Street, it measures about 40m, currently comprising day nursery, pharmacy and hair salon. Just around the corner on the Horton Road you can find a useful local convenience store.
Adjoining Ashley Heath to the southern side you can also find the parish of St Leonards and St Ives along with Avon Heath Country Park, Dorset’s largest country park.
Generally this attractive residential area boasts a good variety of quality detached properties, some with substantial plots enjoying a sylvan setting which along with easy access to major road links combines to make this a very desirable and popular location to live!
Avon Castle is an exclusive area which borders Ringwood. The area enjoys a sylvan surrounding and offers a choice of stunning, architecturally designed residences and character properties. The majority of these properties are set on large plots.
The River Avon meanders past the historic castle building and some of these amazing properties enjoy direct river frontage.
Avon Castle was built in 1875 as the seat of the Earls of Egmont. It was the house of a sporting and agricultural estate of about 1300 acres.
The estate was sold in the 1930’s, a considerable proportion of it becoming a stock farm. Twice during subsequent years, the Castle and its grounds were part owned by a hotel company until the 1950’s when building plans were adopted for private residential development.
The area enjoys superb transport links to the A31 and the market town of Ringwood is a short drive away.
St Leonards & St Ives
The residential areas of St Leonards & St Ives are on the south side of Ashley Heath located on the western edge of the New Forest between the thriving market town of Ringwood and Ferndown and is within 10 miles of the main town centre of Bournemouth and 16 miles from the cruise port of Southampton. A regular National Coach service operates via Ringwood with London under two hours away or via main line railway stations at Southampton or Bournemouth.
The parish of St Leonards and St Ives is divided by Woolsbridge Road and directly opposite on the south side of the A31 you can find Avon Heath Country Park, Dorset’s largest country park.