Idyllic places to buy property in Dorset

Dorset is a beautiful county in southern England, with all the beauty of the West Country but with slightly more closeness to London, making it a great place to get away for the weekend without having to endure a long car journey.

Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas is a beautiful little village situated between Dorchester and Sherborne with an estimated population of just 820 in 2013 and in 2008 was voted as Britain’s most desirable village by estate agent Savills. It contains just three pubs, a village shop, a tea room, church and a school but it finds its most famous feature from the Cerne Abbas Giant, which is a chalk figure of a naked man on a hillside, and it is for this reason that Cerne Abbas attracts many tourists who want to get a peek at this tourist attraction, which is owned by the National Trust. Cerne Abbas is also popular for its river, stone houses and the abbey, all of which draw in the tourists year after year.


Wareham is a small but fascinating town, around 2000 years old and is a picturesque town located on the river Frome and surrounded by lush countryside. This quaint little market town, which still holds a market on Thursdays and Saturdays, also holds an annual carnival in July with bands and entertainment at locations throughout the town. A grid of Roman roads, Saxon walls and Georgian cottages, Wareham is steeped in history and it is this which attracts the tourists to the area. Due to its location slightly off the beaten track, Wareham can find itself slightly more affordable than some other places in the area. For those with an interest in the local schooling system, many of the local schools range from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in their Ofsted reports.


Shaftesbury is a town, located right on the border between Dorset and Wiltshire, and notably is the only significant hilltop settlement in Dorset, with stunning views that on a clear day can enable you to see all the way to Glastonbury Tor. Surrounded by beautiful greenery and landscape makes Shaftesbury a wonderful location to both live and work. Historically the settlement is recorded as early as the 8th century and in the 2011 census it was noted that the town’s population was 7,314. Shaftesbury’s most important employment sectors are agriculture, public administration, education and health. As opposed to some of the smaller locations, in Shaftesbury you will find a community hospital and a library.


Dorset is a wonderful county, full of history, greenery and a mixture between town and village life. Popular with the tourists and those with second homes can drive up the prices a little, but if you shop around you should be able to find yourself a bargain. If you are looking for a flat or maisonette you will be looking at paying an average of £155,299. For terraced houses you can expect to pay £200,580, while semi-detached properties go for around £242,934. If it is a detached property you are after you can expect to purchase a property in the region of £369,705.


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