Moving to Marlow, Bourne End, Wooburn Green, Flackwell Heath, Beaconsfield?!

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Scottishgirl85 Fri 02-Mar-12 22:48:43


We're planning a move out of London to find a lovely family home where we hope to spend the next 20 years! We want to live near my work in High Wycombe but haven't warmed to High Wycombe itself. So as the title suggests we are considering all the nice areas nearby!

We're looking for an area with a strong sense of community, where we can really feel part of things, enjoy nearby countryside, have parks to take the children, good schools, but also local amenities/shops too (yes, we want it all!). Also, my husband needs to be within 2 miles of a train station to London.

Can anyone tell me about the surrounding areas, such as those in the title. In particular we love Marlow and Bourne End due to their river side location but know so little about them!

Thanks in advance!

compleat Sun 16-Nov-14 14:46:54

Another similar estate to those two is Dedmere Court. Have a look at that too, although the catchment is probably Foxes Piece again.

compleat Sun 16-Nov-14 14:43:04

I know both of those areas. If you have children I would avoid Willowmead as I assume your catchment is Foxes Piece School. Sandygate/Holy Trinity would be the catchment of Heron's Place I assume?

I think both of the estates are pretty much privately owed now with the odd housing association smattered in between. I would just make sure your know who your close neighbours are!

Heron's Place is much better placed for the town.

I grew up on the road next door to Willowmead but went to school further afield. I'm not sure this would be a possibility nowadays.

SJCwithDog Sun 16-Nov-14 09:42:38

There are houses near Willowmead gardens or Herons place. Do you know of these areas?

compleat Sat 15-Nov-14 19:46:43

What bad area near the high street? Give me road names and I'll let you know!

With regards Burford or Danesfield, you can't go wrong with either. Which are you closest to?

SJCwithDog Fri 14-Nov-14 21:19:55


I've just picked up this thread and am seriously considering moving to Marlow. It seems to have a lovely community feel and a great place to start a family. My only query is whether the so called 'bad area' near the high street really is bad? The houses aren't as attractive as some, but I would just like to know if it's still a nice safe area to raise a family????

Yousra86 Thu 13-Nov-14 12:53:42

Hi, I'm so glad I across this conversation . We are applying for schools now for our ds and we are still trying to decide which is our preferred first choice ... Danesfield or burford ... We are really in love with both schools.. Both are very different but definitely have their qualities. The pressure is really on us to make the right decision as my son has a statement of needs which generally means we should get our first choice ... So we just want to make sure we are making the correct one. If anybody can offer any advice . It would be really appreciated xxx (I've been to see both schools twice now and discussed my sons needs... Both very promising ) also just an extra point I have a younger son who will be starting school the following year .. And I would hate to be in a position where he does not get a place at the same school.

Quicklymadeupusername Thu 06-Nov-14 10:49:38

Yes, Foxes Piece is umm.....

Quicklymadeupusername Thu 06-Nov-14 10:49:10

Marlow is beautiful. We've lived here 26 years.

Our eldest child attends Danesfield school, which is just outstanding. Marlow is a nice place to be.

compleat Tue 04-Nov-14 21:55:38

Foxes Piece isn't on a par with other schools in Marlow I'm afraid. The catchment is somewhat different to Burford for example. There are plenty of perfectly happy children there, don't get me wrong, but if I were moving to the area I wouldn't do so under the assumption that Foxes Piece is an equal school to the others.

millsybonce Wed 29-Oct-14 15:41:03

Hi Lisacmk

This thread comes up high on a Google search for Marlow schools so I thought I'd share my recent Marlow school's investigation.

Our daughter starts school next September and we live in the Marlow CofE (Sandygate) catchment area.

If you want to go to Sandygate you would need to live within the catchment area and within about 0.5 miles of the school (as the crow flies) to get in. If you live in the Sandygate catchment area but further than 0.5 miles out then you'll have to go to church for 12 months and get signed off by the vicar to make sure you get in.

Spinfield is also always oversubscribed and you would need to live in the catchment area for that school (although i'm not sure how close to the school).

Danesfield is often oversubscribed (RAF kids get priority) and has a really wide catchment area.

Foxes Piece and Burford (in Marlow Bottom) are your other choices. Both good schools by reputation and you are likely to be able to get in them if you are outside their catchment areas.

We moved to Marlow from London and love it here.

Hope to see you around!


Lisacmk Fri 17-Oct-14 11:47:27

Hi there, I've just picked up this old thread as we are moving back to the UK soon after living abroad. We have chosen Marlow or Henley but just wondering how everyone is getting on who was planning to move there on the original thread? Did you find houses and schools, are you settled now - would love to hear from you!

likeit Sat 22-Feb-14 15:20:42

Lives in Marlow for 23 years and it's just beautiful. Lots of things to do and see, more baby groups and activities than I've had hot dinners. Excellent schools, nice people. On the expensive side but you get what you pay for!

1son1women1hound Fri 22-Nov-13 11:57:23

Not sure if anyone is still checking in here!?! I'm about to move to Marlow with my nearly 10 month old. I don't know anyone in the area apart from my parents and their friends. Does anyone have any info on groups/meets etc? Thanks!

YumMumMarlow Sun 22-Sep-13 19:57:53

Hi all, found this thread randomly and thought i'd pass on my thoughts. We moved to Marlow a couple of years ago from central London and we love it. Initially we missed the abundance of restaurants and clubs but as we had just had a baby we wouldn't have gone to them anyway!

Marlow really is wonderful and it's so easy to get in and out of London. Where we are (Temple, just outside of Marlow) is bliss. We have fields behind us, the river 5 mins walk away, amazing walks and bike rides, marlow high street 5 mins drive away and we can be into London in half an hour.

Really the best thing you can do is come out for the day. Make a trip of it!

Trust me, you'll love it!

Venus05 Fri 09-Aug-13 12:38:38

Hi there, having the same issue you mentioned on your thread, curious to know which town you moved to and your reviews on Marlow over Beaconsfield.

Gandiefantastic Tue 02-Jul-13 19:26:56

I can second Kingfishers preschool, lovely caring environment. And miconachdi I agree - although my children are not school age yet I've only heard negative things about Foxes Piece from people who don't have children there (and I guess don't know much about it?), and the ones I have spoken to who do have children there, seem very happy with it!

Keva267 Wed 12-Jun-13 20:32:57

Hello there
We are also looking to move to the Marlow area and I work in Canary Wharf so I am interested in any opinions on the commute. My initial thoughts are to drive to Maidenhead so I can take the fast train from there as I really want to keep my commute time to a max of 90 mins door to desk each way. I am also trying to research schools in the area as although we don't have any mini me's yet we hope to in e not too distant future and want to buy a property that will work for us for the long term so would love any tips on other useful websites etc.
Thank you

miconachdi Tue 11-Jun-13 00:36:00

I'm not aware of any Montessori's in Marlow itself which is a shame, but there is one in Cookham and one near Frieth I believe. Kingfisher and Stepping Stones are great pre schools. As far as primary's go, there are no bad ones IMO. I chose Foxes Piece as it is a nurturing school and this ethos really shows in the children. My two that are there are thriving and love it. I am aware of the bad hype that surrounds it but I know many parents who were allocated FP last year much to their disappointment and now they wouldn't dream of sending their children anywhere else! They also have a very welcoming PTA which is a great way to get to know people.
Coming from London to Marlow shouldn't be too horrifying! It's a vibrant town with lots to do for all ages tied with the river location and beautiful countryside. Trains to London are not the best but it is 'do able' and only 1.25 hrs. House prices are high but the standard of living is equally high.
Good luck with your move!

maryjoa Tue 05-Mar-13 12:48:04

Can anyone please recommend a lovely preschool for our 3 year old? Moving from a small montesorri in London which she loves so want to find something as lovely and nurturing for her happiness and love for school to continue! Any ideas - we're going to be living in central marlow. Thanks so much :+)

maryjoa Tue 05-Mar-13 12:39:58

Hi Scottishgirl85 - wondering how you are finding Marlow? We are moving there in a few months from London with 2 little children! Pretty nervous making the move having been in London for so long and leaving friends and all life familiar behind us but excited to starting a new adventure out of London :+)

Kimush Mon 14-Jan-13 13:30:19

Hi - we are looking at making the same move out of London and would really love to hear if you are still happy with Marlow and if you are happy that you moved out or miss London.... Did you manage to find a house?

Scottishgirl85 Wed 31-Oct-12 16:07:51

SofieR - No house prices aren't reasonable I'm afraid! In fact they aren't far off prices in the area of London that we have just moved from. I guess it depends what you are looking for and there are different areas in both towns which are more desirable than others (watch catchment areas though), but generally Marlow and Henley are incredibly expensive. But you're paying for the lovely area and to me it really is worth it. You get a lot more for your money in Marlow Bottom so we may end up looking there (bit far from the train station though), but for now we're holding out to see what properties come on to the market in Marlow, and hoping for a miracle!

Scottishgirl85 Wed 31-Oct-12 15:57:24

Thanks for all your responses. I'm pleased to say that we moved to Marlow 3 weeks ago and absolutely love it! We are renting just now as couldn't face buying straight away after the stress of selling our London home. It also puts us in a good position as a chain-free buyer which I guess helps a little.

We spent a long time thinking about Marlow vs Henley, but in the end chose Marlow as it does seem better suited for young families, fab schools, we love Higginson Park (Henley doesn't seem to have an equivalent?), and it's a much better commute for me as work is only 3 miles away. My husband is commuting every day to London and door-to-door it's only 1 hour 15 mins to his office which isn't bad, in fact it's only 15 mins longer than when we lived in London! We're hoping to find a house to buy soon, in fact we viewed a property after being in Marlow for only 2 days as we love it so much!

Thanks again for all your help! :-) xx

SofieR Mon 08-Oct-12 14:37:32

Do you have any updates? we are also thinking of moving to that area. Do you prefer Henly to Marlow? Are the house prices reasonable ?

SJL2311 Sun 15-Jul-12 16:04:34

I am a little late responding to your post but was very interested in everything everyone said about Marlow... it really is so lovely! We are about to move to Marlow Bottom from London - like you we were undecided about where to move to and had many days out before deciding Marlow would be a great place to live - we did vaguely know the area before. My husband works in Acton and will be driving down the M40 every day so initially we felt it was a little too far but we (well he) decided the sacrifice would be worth it. Our plan has now come together.... almost and we complete on our house next week.
We were hoping to get my little girl into Burford School but amazingly have been offered Spinfield instead - which is a double edged sword as I really wanted to live near the school community but we felt we couldn't turn Spinfield down as it has a great reputation and in the grand scheme of things is still only 3 miles drive away (well 1 as the crow flies if we can find a way through the woods somehow?). Just fingers crossed now that my little boy gets in next year - not sure what we will do if he ends up at a different school!?

Good luck with your decision - and you are very wise to make sure you are settled somewhere you want to be before starting a family! It will make life a lot less stressful in the long run believe me!
Best wishes.

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