Shopping in the community or in chic malls, it’s all conveniently close
Broadleaf Park’s setting of Rownhams is part of a cluster of villages which offer a breadth of amenities. The nearby village of Nursling is where you will a find Cooperative, hair and beauty salon, as well as Chinese take-away, all just a mile away. Lordshill is a larger settlement with a Sainsbury’s superstore, and also just a mile from home. Enjoy the monthly Farmers’ Market in Southampton which brings fresh, seasonal and locally sourced Hampshire produce from hand-made pies to honey and much more to its stalls – make sure to catch the Farmers’ Markets at the Summer Vintage Festival where live entertainment, lindy hopper dancers, and tasty street food add to the atmosphere.
Southampton’s West Quay Centre offers three storeys of style with almost 100 stores from H&M to M&S, a branch of John Lewis and leading fashion chains like Coast, Zara, and River Island. West Quay offers true destination shopping where you can also dine at popular chains such as Nando’s and Wagamama, take a break in one of the many cafés, and combine browsing the shops with a film afterwards at the Showcase Cinema de Lux. Just twenty minutes’ drive is the county town of Winchester with its relaxed ambiance and streets of historic character for a different backdrop for your relaxed shopping expeditions.
The foundations for a great future
Local schooling in Rownhams is built on solid foundations. Rownhams St John’s CofE primary has a strong reputation and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Set on a spacious site, it aims to help youngsters achieve to the best of their ability and be life-long learners. On the same site, Horns Drove Community Pre-School and Rascals provides quality childcare and education for the Early Years Foundation stage, with After-school Club and Holiday Club for 4 to 11s. There is a regular toddler group for Nursling and Rownhams little ones, while nearby Lordshill’s Tiny Toes Day Nursery for babies to pre-schoolers offers Breakfast and After-school Clubs, and the Oasis Academy for senior years, also in Lordshill, has an excellent examination record and ‘Good’ Osted rating.
Out of school you will find activities shared by Rownhams and Nursling, including two Brownie packs and Scout groups. The feeling of community - for all ages - is important to Rownhams and surrounding areas, and the arrival of Broadleaf Park bringing not just new homes but also funding for new community facilities. There are already groups for Ladies Night, a Seniors’ friendship club, Badminton Club and Writers Club. The Amateur Astronomers Club explores outer space at an observatory at Toothill, while there are more universes to discover at the Solent Sky Museum of planes and the SeaCity Museum. Budding young talent can also develop skills and confidence at the Mayflower Theatre’s youth programme, from film and media to ZooNation Academy of hip-hop.
Make the most of a lifestyle that promotes well-being
From medical facilities in accessible reach to opportunities to share the fun of getting fit, to being able to connect with all the colours and sounds of nature, at Broadleaf Park you are ideally placed. Amenities include a large Health Centre as well as NHS Dental Partnership in Lordshill, while Southampton General is two miles away. Oaklands Community swimming pool is under a mile away, whether you want to join an Aquafit session or learn to swim, while the Jane Mackinnon School of Dance promotes dancing as a great way to keep healthy whilst learning something new. You can take a free taster, from a stretching class to Jazzercise that promote fitness, or ballet, tap, modern dance or and musical theatre, with classes for under-5s to adults held in the Community Centre, Village Hall and Church Hall.
Being near greenery and green space is key to our well-being, and Broadleaf Park’s setting is one of lush tree-lined roads, while a new livery of horse stables and ménage is planned at Broadleaf Park. Southampton offers wonderful green space, like Palmerston Park, the perfect place to stroll amongst its renowned spring displays of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons as well as summer’s hydrangeas in full bloom. The Common offers a duck lake, plenty of spots for a traditional picnic in the park, as well as swings, slides and a paddling pool. Unique and stunning places surround you, from world-famous Hillier Gardens and Arboretum set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside to the stunning New Forest National Park landscape with its butterflies and flora, birds and wildlife together with a wealth of ancient trees to walk, unwind and enjoy the restorative power of nature.
Well-placed for commuting, coast, and capital
Whether for work or to enjoy days out across the region, at Broadleaf Park you have all the benefits of being at the heart of superb connections. Road links are excellent with Rownhams close to a network of routes that include the M27 running to the New Forest National Park as well as connecting to the A31 to the east, and with an interchange with the M3 to the west. Salisbury, Basingstoke and Bournemouth are all 40 minutes’ drive away for commuting routes that are well within the golden hour.
Southampton City Airport with UK and European city destinations from Dublin to Amsterdam and Paris is just 8 miles away, while Southampton railway station has services to London Gatwick, as well as trains for Bournemouth and Portsmouth, Bristol, Brighton, and Birmingham and beyond. Trains run direct into London Waterloo with fast routes taking just 1h 20, from where it is a five minute hop on the London & Waterloo line direct to the heart of the City. There are also trains into London Victoria to arrive in the capital ideally located for days out from Kensington’s world-class museums to the iconic Magical Ice Kingdom and Winter Wonderland of Hyde Park.