About Bursledon & the Surrounding Area
Brambles office is based in the heart of Bursledon , Southampton, Hampshire. Located on the banks of the River Hamble which is probably one of the most sought after locations for motorboat and yacht owners on the South coast of England and boasts many of the top marinas in the World, these include:
Port Hamble, this is where Edward Heath, the former prime minister, used to berth all his yachts named “Morning Cloud”, set in the heart of the village of Hamble.
Swanwick Premier Marina – Formerly and in many cases still known as Moody’s Marina
Bursledon village was the setting for the television series “Howards Way” from 1985 – 1990 and the storyline centred on Tom Howard, an ex aircraft engineer who was made redundant and decided with his financial redundancy settlement to become a boat builder. The primary locations used for the series were ‘The Elephant Boatyard’ ,this is still owned by the Richardson family since being established in 1952 and the ‘The Jolly Sailor public house’, popular with locals and visitors alike mainly due to its wonderful location on the edge of the Hamble river. The Elephant boatyard also host the famous Bursledon Regatta which takes place annually and normally on the August bank holiday weekend.
There are many areas to walk including; Manor Farm Country Park, The Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey. For those wanting to explore by foot both sides of the Hamble River there is a foot and cycle path that runs parallel to the mouth of the Hamble River from Swanwick Shore all the way to Southampton water, this walk passes through Warsash shore where there is the Pink Ferry (Yes it is Pink!) which gives regular services to foot passengers from Warsash across the river to Hamble Village and visa versa . It is then possible to continue your journey along Satchel Lane and cut back across the fields and woods, which are parallel to Hamble Lane and will bring you to Hungerford Bottom in Bursledon village. Once there you can complete your journey at another popular watering hole The Fox and Hounds, also known locally as The Lone Barn.
The area of Bursledon also boasts having one of the few remaining working windmills in the country and is open at certain times of the year to the public.
Yacht clubs located on the Hamble river and surrounding area includes:-
The Royal Sothern Yacht Club
Warsash Sailing Club
Hamble River Sailing Club
Royal Air Force Yacht Club
Netley Sailing Club
Netley Cliff Sailing Club
Weston sailing Club
Additional public houses in Bursledon include:
The Vine Inn, High Street, Old Bursledon
The Linden Tree, School Road, Bursledon
Both of the above are frequented by the locals and offer traditional beers and food. During the Christmas period on Boxing day there is the annual football match, not taken very seriously, between The Vine Inn and The Jolly Sailor public house, where players of all ages and both sex ‘s compete in their wellington boots and jeans, rounded off by a drink at each teams favourite local!
Brambles estate agents encompasses, in it’s name, the rambling countryside within the local area and the notorious Brambles Bank, which is a sandbar located in the middle of the Solent, between The Isle of Wight and the mainland. This spot is, and continues to be, a navigational hazard to many a negligent mariner, as at low water the bank often becomes exposed or is extremely shallow and numerous watercraft, from the QE2 to daytime pleasure craft including jet-ski’s, have unknowingly (and continue to so), run aground! Many times during the year, especially at spring low tides, a large area of the bank is exposed and there is the annual cricket match between The Royal Southern sailing Club and Island Sailing Club, which is based in Cowes, the latter is particularly renowned for holding the annual ‘Round The Island Yacht Race’ where up to and in excess of 1800 sailing yachts participate in a race around The Isle Of Wight.
For those who are more interested in equestrian sports or hobbies, there are numerous farms, fields, liveries and stables suitable for beginners learning to ride horses for the first time, or for owners whose own property does not have the facilities to house their four legged galloping friends. The Meon Valley also has many wonderful areas to explore in the saddle!
For cricket lovers we have the Hampshire Rose Bowl, situated in West End, adjacent to the clubs ground there is also the Hampshire tennis and health club which boasts fantastic facilities including: indoor and outdoor all weather tennis courts, state of the art gymnasium and internal and external heated swimming pools.
In Bursledon you have local shops situated in Lowford Village or a large Tesco superstore on the Windhover roundabout, there are additional superstores including; Sainsbury’s and Mark’s and Spencer’s in Hedge End which is a short drive away. Bursledon is located on Junction 8 of the M27 giving easy access by car to both Portsmouth and Southampton, which are approximately thirty minutes drive away. There is also the Whiteley Shopping Centre which is located off junction 9 on the M27, this opened in May 2013.
There has always been fierce local rivalry between Southampton Football Club, who are known as ‘The Saints’ with their home ground at St Mary’s and Portsmouth Football club, who are know as ‘Pompey’ and whose home ground is Fratton Park.
The New Forest is around forty minutes in the car which is renowned for its countryside and is the home to the Beaulieu Motor Museum.