A Dorset Property Search Agent’s Guide To Dorset
Why Relocate To Dorset?
Dorset is a somewhat forgotten county in the rush to buy premium property in the South West.
Every county we cover is different. And the primary reason many individuals search for property (with or without buying agents) in Dorset is that it’s more commutable.
Dorset: Commutable, Rural, High Quality Property
Dorset allows you to make the most of the rural lifestyle whilst still being able to retain connections, business or otherwise, with London.
Despite its relatively small, size, most of Dorset is incredibly rural, with around 42% of its total population living in Poole and Bournemouth. This leaves plenty of room for fields, sheep and you.
The quality of property available in Dorset is high. Think of it as an unsung Cotswolds.
Many properties have been built in stone and Dorset has a wealth of rectory houses and manor style property.
Rectory Houses & Manor Property in Dorset: The History
Dorset became wealthy from the middle ages onwards because of the woollen trade. From this wealth, land owners invested in building large manor house properties.
Running a large manor property required workers, and built an economy of its own. Landowners built the villages and had wealthy sons who required professions, hence a wealth of Rectory property.
The result for us, is that there’s a great deal of high quality property, built in stone, form rectory to manor houses in Dorset.
Dorset boasts a large number of very well respected independent schools. Amongst them include Sherborne, Bryanston, Clayesmore and Leweston, to name a few.
Like private schools in Devon, they offer an education with reputations that rival London private schools, but in a more congenial rural landscape, which many families want as their lifestyle and “quality of life” requirements change.
Roads, Railway & Airports
Dorset is well connected by the A303, and A31, with the M3 running from Southampton to the M25. The road networks are generally good, though the A303 is sometimes a slow route during peak tourist season times.
Railways in West Dorset
Though there are railway stations around Bournemouth and Poole, we do not mention them here because we do not work directly in the East Dorset property market. We can however, recommend property search agents who cover this area and we’ll be happy to refer you onwards.
You’ll find railway stations in Wool, Moreston, Weymouth, Upwey, Dorchester West, Dorchester South, Grimstone, Maiden Newton, Evershot, Yetminster, Yeovil Junction, Sherborne.
If commuting is going to be an option, it’s worth ensuring a train station is nearby. After a long commute, perhaps the last thing you’ll want is a lengthy drive.
Coastal Property For Sale in West Dorset
Dorset has, of course an extensive coastline with a great deal of coastal and beach property available. Situated along the Jurassic Coast with Lyme Regis at is Eastern border, and the famous sand banks to the West at Weymouth (an entire world of property in its own right).
There are no national parks as such in Dorset. However, you’ll find the New Forest, Exmoor and Dartmoor in neighbouring counties.
With a long stretch of coast, Dorset benefits from its coastal border. It has slightly higher temperatures in winter along with Devon and Cornwall than the rest of the UK. Dorset enjoys a relatively sheltered position from storms originating from the Atlantic.
This weather map will give you a good idea of average mean temperatures in Dorset:
Using A Property Search Agent
If you are actively looking at fine rural and coastal property for sale in West Dorset, you might want to seek extra help from a property search agents like Recoco.
Every year we help a small list of private clients find property in West Dorset, Devon Cornwall and Somerset.
We can handle your entire purchase from search and shortlisting, through specialist surveys, meeting with architects etc. to price negotiation and completion.
Is it an unfair advantage? We think so. But that’s precisely why our clients choose us.
To find out more, please call us on +44 (0)1392 433 554 and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your next property purchase in Devon.