Residents will delight in Broadleaf’s covetable location at the heart of The National Forest, an idyllic landscape of over 200 square miles which provides an ideal site for walking, cycling, picnicking and wild-life spotting. Hicks Lodge, just a six minute drive from Broadleaf, presents 16k of off-road trails which are perfect for cyclists of all abilities. This impressive cycle centre is popular with families and hosts a range of seasonal events throughout the year, including BBQs, Halloween parties and a Santa’s Grotto.
The picturesque Ashby Canal provides another attractive site for walking, with routes along the towpath leading through the beautiful countryside of Leicestershire. Popular picnic areas are located at Gopsall Wharf and Basin Bridge, with excellent views overlooking the water.
The award-winning Conkers Discovery Centre is a short drive from the development, and encompasses 120 acres of attractive woodlands, lakes and play areas, along with an Enchanted Forest attraction and over 100 interactive indoor exhibits.
Ashby de la Zouch’s distinguished heritage is reflected in the plentiful historic sites throughout the town. The famous Ashby Castle features in Walter Scott’s celebrated novel, Ivanhoe, and is one of the region’s most iconic attractions. Visitors can explore the castle ruins accompanied by an entertaining audio tour, or enjoy breath-taking views from the top of the 78 foot Hastings Tower.
Creative minds will enjoy a visit to the award-winning Ferrers gallery which celebrates British arts and crafts with regular exhibitions, displays and workshops. The gallery is also popular amongst shoppers looking for unique gifts such as jewellery, ceramics and textiles, while a charming deli and tea room provides delicious freshly-baked treats.
Everyday fitness is covered by the Hood Park Leisure Centre, within one mile of the development. Here, visitors can enjoy the impressive swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite and gym, or take to the outdoors with floodlight AstroTurf pitches and even an outdoor pool.
Residents of Broadleaf will delight in the area’s growing restaurant circuit which covers a range of international cuisines.
Within walking distance of the development there is a well-regarded Italian restaurant which specialises in rustic, authentic dining and the freshest produce of the area. Zamanis, under one mile from home, prides itself on sourcing many of its ingredients from within a five mile radius and offers a tempting a la carte menu which features excellent venison, duck and seafood, to name a few.
Casual dining and light refreshments are also catered for within one mile of Broadleaf, with popular eateries such as the Courtyard Café which benefits from a peaceful, secluded location and a quaint outdoor seating area. The café offers a wide range of hot beverages and home-made treats, along with nutritious light lunches and even an impressive high tea selection. Lizzie’s Vintage Tearoom also offers a charming dining experience, set in a characterful, historic building and serving traditional afternoon tea, along with light lunches which proudly cater for special diets and those with food allergies.
For evening meals, residents will not have to venture far from home, with the notable Beeches restaurant and bar just over a 10 minute walk from the development. This elegant venue specialises in traditional and modern English continental cuisine, complete with a speciality cocktail menu and extensive wine list. The Vine Bar and Restaurant is another esteemed venue, which serves an enticing evening menu within stylish and tranquil surrounds. Guests can also book to attend the ever-popular Champagne Breakfast or Afternoon Tea sittings, while an exquisite selection of tapas is available throughout the day.
There are a number of convenient shopping facilities close to home, with a selection of high-street stores and specialist retailers all within a few minutes drive of Broadleaf.
Market Street and Nottingham Road are two popular shopping destinations, along with Mill Lane Mews and The Green, where residents will find a pleasing blend of famous brands and family-owned businesses. Belvoir Shopping Centre is a centralised shopping hub just over a 10 minute drive from the development, while nearby Tamworth Ventura Retail Park is the largest out of town retail destination in Tamworth, boasting two phases of well-known stores and two large supermarkets.
Burton-Upon-Trent offers extensive shopping opportunities with Octagon Shopping Centre and Coopers Square housing an impressive range of stores. Residents may also take a trip to neighbouring Leicester or Derby which promise to deliver some serious retail therapy.
Ideally located for growing families, Broadleaf benefits from an excellent selection of local schools within the close surrounding area.
The highly-regarded Ashby Hill Top Primary School is just a short walk from the development, while residents will find Moira Primary School, Ashby de la Zouch Church of England Primary School and Ashby Willesley Primary School within five minutes by car.
Children over 11 are served by the popular Ashby School and Manor House School (independent), both of which are located within a five minute drive of home.
Those pursuing further education may consider the range of award-winning universities in the area, including Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Leicester, all of which can be reached within a 40 minute drive.
Transport connections in and around Broadleaf are excellent, with Junction 24 of the M1 just 15 minutes away, and Junction 23 of the M1 just 22 minutes away.
Local roads provide links to popular areas such as Tamworth in 20 minutes (via the B5493), Leicester in 40 minutes (via the A50) and Derby in 35 minutes (via the A514).
The nearest railway station is East Midlands Parkway, at a 20-minute drive away. From here regular services run to numerous destinations, among them London St. Pancreas, Nottingham, Sheffield, Lincoln and Leicester.
International travel is covered by the popular East Midlands airport, at just 18 minutes away by car.
Local area information, including retail, leisure or other amenities is intended as general guidance only. References to schools and other educational establishments are included to illustrate their proximity to the development and should not be regarded as a guarantee of eligibility or admission. Travel times are approximate and by car unless otherwise stated.