Living in Dorset

Dorset is a county in south-west England, famous for its beautiful and historic coastline, stunning countryside and quaint towns and villages.

It covers more than 2,500 sq km of land on the south coast, bordering Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The county town of Dorset is Dorchester, which is also one of its most historic and culturally rich.

Approximately half of the population of Dorset lives in the south-east of the county, an area that includes Bournemouth, Christchurch and surrounding towns. These were previously part of Hampshire, until a reorganisation of local government boundaries in 1974.

Away from this corner of the county, Dorset is largely rural and relatively sparsely populated. This makes many of its towns extremely desirable, as people know they can live in well-sized settlements just a short distance from magnificent countryside.

Dorset’s history dates back to the Neolithic era, when the Romans conquered the Celtic tribe that were based there. The region was made a shire by the Saxons in the seventh century, and it was later invaded by the Vikings in the eighth century.

It boasts a varied landscape that ranges from elevated chalk downs to low-lying valleys, and is popular with those who love to spend time outdoors. For walking, cycling, climbing, running, swimming and much more, there is nowhere better than Dorset.

Perhaps the jewel in Dorset’s crown is the Jurassic Coast, the name given to the stretch of coastline that features iconic landmarks such as Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and the Isle of Portland.

The area is also popular among watersports enthusiasts, with Weymouth a sailing hotspot and other locations known for attracting sportspeople.

In addition, there is a diverse cultural scene in Dorset, with many theatres, museums and festivals on offer. Indeed, it is even home to one of the largest outdoor shows in Europe, underlining its credentials in this area.

For idyllic family living in peaceful surroundings with excellent access to London and the rest of the south-west, Dorset is a destination that is highly recommended to all Britons.

We have a number of branches in Dorset

Bournemouth
Christchurch
Ferndown
New Milton
Poole
Ringwood