Visit Bourne End and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, population 5500, straddles the parishes of Wooburn and Little Marlow close to the border with Berkshire. It's near where the River Wye meets the River Thames.
The village's name means "the end of the river" ('bourne' being an Old English term for 'river') in this case the River Wye. Bourne End had four mills on the final stretch of the River Wye - Princes Mill, Jacksons (or Gunpowder) Mill, Hedsor Mill and Lower Mill - that were the main employers of the area, together with the local farms and two wharfs on the Thames. (The mills have since been demolished and replaced by houses, office parks and industrial estates.)
In the early 1800s, Bourne End, Heavens Lea, Eghams Green, Spring Gardens, Cores End and Upper Bourne End were all hamlets of Wooburn parish. Then Wycombe Railway Company arrived in 1846 and changed this: by 1854, Isambard Kingdom Brunel had designed and constructed a railway linking Maidenhead to High Wycombe thereby bringing prosperity. So it was that Bourne End grew and swallowed up the other local hamlets.
In the 1920s two distinguished literary figures lived in Bourne End: Enid Blyton, a children's writer, and Edgar Wallace, an author and dramatist.
Today, Bourne End conveniently lies between the M4 and M40 motorways, and retains its railway station on the Maidenhead to Marlow branch line. Since it is situated within close proximity to London, it has become a popular commuter town.
Bourne End maintains a distinct village character surrounded by Green Belt and by farmland. Cliveden and Hedsor overlook the village from higher ground to the south east.
Bourne End is twinned with Octeville-sur-Mer, France.
There are a number of pubs: The Firefly, The Black Lion, The Bounty, The Garibaldi, Spade Oak and The Walnut Tree. Nearby, Cock Marsh, a beauty spot of note, is a nature reserve owned by the National Trust.
Bourne End has a marina on the Thames and the long-established Upper Thames Sailing Club. A week-long regatta is hosted every year in June.
Nearby villages: Wooburn, Loudwater, Flackwell Heath, Little Marlow, Cookham, Cookham Dean, Cookham Rise, Hedsor, Taplow
Nearby towns: Marlow, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Beaconsfield, Slough.
Have you decided to visit Bourne End or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bourne End bed and breakfast (a Bourne End B&B or Bourne End b and b)
- a Bourne End guesthouse
- a Bourne End hotel (or motel)
- a Bourne End self-catering establishment, or
- other Bourne End accommodation