Over the last 100 years Ferndown has grown from a small, humble village on the heath into a thriving town with the fifth largest population in Dorset. With a population of 20,000, Ferndown is a picturesque, family friendly area, close to neighbouring coastal towns of Bournemouth and Poole.
Nestled between the market towns of Wimborne and Ringwood, Ferndown has excellent road links to the M27 and M3 towards London, and to the A35 towards Devon. The nearest railway station is Bournemouth, 7 miles (11 km) away, and is just 4miles from Bournemouth International Airport which provides flights to destinations in UK and in Europe.
Renowned for its well-manicured 18-hole championship golf course, golf is a major attraction in the area, with another 18-hole pay and play course at Ferndown Forest Golf club and Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel and Spa located just down the road at West Parley.
About a quarter of a mile from the town centre you’ll find King George V Playing Fields, a recreation area that boasts a large children’s playground, six tennis courts, four football pitches, cricket pitch, bowling green, croquet lawn and skateboard park. Ferndown Leisure Centre is also nearby, situated next to Ferndown Upper School, which has two heated pools, a sports hall, gym, squash courts and a rifle range.
The Barrington Centre is a tourist hot spot in the area, having recently re-opened its doors at the beginning of 2017. Residents flock in their droves to catch the Barrington’s dazzling line-up of live music and theatre performances, including everything from Bon Jovi to Bootleg Beegees.
A variety of shops and large supermarkets are dotted around the main shopping centre at Penny’s Walk, and there are a selection of cosy pubs, restaurants and cafes to relax and unwind in.
Ferndown Common Nature Reserve is a magnificent sprawling space of wild beauty, where protected birds and rare wildlife roam the heather-clad heaths, and dog walkers, cyclists and ramblers alike advance on weekend treks through the towering tree-specked woodland. Other large areas of woodland and heathland include Holt Heath and Slop Bog, both with designated trails that are ideal for dog walking.
Potential buyers can take their pick from one bedroom flats and slick apartment blocks to retirement bungalows, family homes and large detached properties with glorious gardens, in some of the most sought after areas in the county.
With a great selection of schools in and around the area, Ferndown is a popular location for families, and its close location to Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas of West Moors and West Parley & Longham mean that residents can enjoy the sanctuary of the quiet countryside as well as the allure of Bournemouth and Poole’s vibrant night life and extensive shopping areas.