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Dorset

Somerset & Dorset offer a wonderful mixture of beautiful countryside, dramatic coastlines, ancient moorlands and market towns making it one of the most popular areas to move to in the country. Our guide of Somerset and Dorset will provide you with an insight into the opportunities to be gained from a move to the area, exploring stunning countryside, historic towns and the practicalities of transport links and schooling. From very rural villages to town modern houses, taking in on the way, pretty hamlets with thatched country cottages, small investment holiday cottages, Georgian houses with sea views, equestrian smallholdings with beautiful out riding, magnificent 17th century farmhouses with uninterrupted views and farms with outbuildings and land, Dorset and Somerset provide a wealth of openings to every prospective buyer from young families through to retiring couples.

Fox Grant estate agents cover the whole region from Sherborne to Dorchester and the coast beyond and bought Peter Radice Country Properties in 2014 to add to their portfolio. We sell many fantastic country houses, cottages, equestrian properties and farms throughout Somerset and Dorset and can offer plenty of information on the area and property prices. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Leisure – Dorset

A mix of glorious countryside and beautiful coast makes Dorset a wonderful place to live and work. There are plenty of walking, cycling and riding opportunities in the beautiful rolling countryside and on the coast. Sailing, fishing and water sports are available in abundance and numerous golf courses for all abilities.

Local farmers markets, Beer and Cider Festivals, Arts Festivals and Agricultural show can be found in Dorset, notably the Melplash Agricultural Show just outside Bridport.
Events

Fox Grant Estate Agents support many local events including Point-to-Points, the Blackmore Vale Hunt Hedge laying competition ever February and local ploughing matches held in the Autumn.

Fox Grant handles many country property sales in the Sherborne & Taunton area including smallholdings, equestrian and country properties of all shapes and sizes. Fox Grant also holds regular auctions in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the Dorset or Somerset area and wish to have a complimentary market appraisal on your property, or to discuss any other property matters, please do call us on 0800 988 2332.

Schools in Dorset

Sherborne has a number of excellent independent schools, including Sherborne Boys and Girls, Sherborne Prep and just out of town St Antonys Leweston.  State schools include the well known Gryphon School.

Shaftesbury junior education is offered by the independent Port Regis and Shaftesbury Church of England Primary and secondary by St Mary’s Shaftebury and the Shaftesbury School.

Dorchester has several first schools, two middle schools and an upper school, the Thomas Hardye School. Kingston Maurward College is a land based studies college on the outskirts of town.

Bridport primary schools are St Catherines RC, St Mary’s CE VC Primary, Symondsbury CE VC Primary and Bridport Primary, secondary education is offered by the Sir John Colfox Academy.

For futher information on schools in Dorset please visit Dorset County Council and the Good Schools Guide .

Dorset Key Towns

Sherborne

The market town of Sherborne is one of the most beautiful towns in England. With its abundance of medieval buildings, stunning Abbey and two castles it has much to offer everyone. Art and Antique dealers flourish in town as do boutique goods and fashion. With a regular weekly market and ad hoc farmers markets, there is always a plentiful supply of home grown and hand made goods available.  For shopping essentials there are 2 supermarkets and a filling station. Eateries abound from small cafes to larger restaurants and good eating and drinking pubs.

Dorchester

Dorchester is the County town of Dorset, situated between Poole and Bridport on the A35 trunk route. An historic market town it was the inspiration of Thomas Hardy and the base of his novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. Recent regeneration of the town includes many new retail outlets, bars, restaurants, a hotel and a leisure centre. There is also a hospital and a railway station which is set to be the first UK solar powered station. There are also 6 museums and the Corn Exchange hosts Dorchester Arts.

Bridport

Bridport is a market town on the coast and includes West Bay most recently famous as the location for the filming of the popular TV series Broadchurch. It is well known for its arts scene and has an arts centre, theatre, library, cinema and museum. It also hosts several festivals for art and food. An excellent golf club is situated atop of the east cliff at West Bay and there are plenty of beautiful cliff top walks and beach activities for everyone.

Shaftesbury

Famous for the location of the Hovis Bread Advertisements on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury is steeped in history as the site of the former Shaftesbury Abbey, founded in 888 by King Alfred. The town overlooks the stunning Blackmore Vale set well above sea level. It has a large supermarket and a high street full of cafes and boutiques.  It is host to the annual Snowdrop Festival which encourages tourists to see the snowdrops planted by the Diamond Jubilee funded Shaftebury Snowdrops.

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