Some useful, information if you are thinking of moving to Beaminster in Dorset. This beautiful and historic town is nestled between rolling hills, 15 miles from the county town of Dorchester and just 8 miles from the coast. Once a centre for linen and wool production Beaminster is now more famous for tea as popular Fairtrade brand Clipper Teas was founded here in 1984 and is still based in the town.

Transport Links in Beaminster

The nearest railway is 5 miles away in Crewkerne and the M5 motorway is about an hours drive. Because of this slightly out-of-the way location, Beaminster has remained relatively unspoiled and is less ‘touristy’ than some areas of Dorset. It is unpretentious with an interesting mix of architecture from rustic cottages to Georgian properties. The local hills are dotted with ancient trackways and burial mounds, suggesting that it has been a popular place to live for at least 3,000 years.

Where to Eat

Masterchef winner Mat Follas has a restaurant in Beaminster, called The Wild Garlic . Located  in a 16th Century Toll House on the town square, the restaurant is very popular amongst locals and also has rave reviews online. Other recommended local eateries include the Bridge House Hotel and the Bombay Spice.

Beaminster in Arts and Literature

The town features a mixed-bag of artistic and literary connections. It was the boyhood home of author and arctic explorer Samuel Hearne, believed to be the inspiration for Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. Actor and horse-enthusiast Martin Clunes has adopted Beaminster as his home and indie songstress PJ Harvey grew up nearby and went to school here.

Beaminster also inspired Dorset author Thomas Hardy’s ‘fictional ‘Emminster’ in his classic work, Tess of the D’Urbervilles. In 1929 an actress from Beaminster – Gerturde Bugler – played Tess on stage in London having been personally cast by Hardy in the role.

Beaminster also hosts and annual music, theatre, art and literature festival every year in the summer.

Still keen on Moving to Beaminster? Check out some House Prices

The majority of houses sold in Beaminster over the last year were detached properties which sold for an average price of £354,250. Terraced properties averaged around £346,150 and semi-detached houses were around £223,250.

In the past year house prices in Beaminster were up 29% from the previous year and up 7% from 2008 when they averaged around £292,150.

If you’re thinking of renting in Beaminster, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £750 – £800 per month.

(Prices shown as of March 2017).

Useful Links

The Wild Garlic: www.matfollas.com/the-wild-garlic.html
Bridge House: www.bridge-house.co.uk
Things to do in Beaminster: www.visit-dorset.com/explore/towns/beaminster/things-to-do-in-beaminster
Beaminster Festival: www.beaminsterfestival.com

Picture credits:

Beaminster Street by Chris Downer via Geograph
Beaminster Bridleway by Ian Capper via Geograph