Being located here in Bridport, Dorset positions us close to the borders of several counties – Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset. In fact it’s a great place to run a removals firm as we often find ourselves crossing the border helping people to move out of Dorset or into Somerset – with removals in Ilminster being one of our most popular moves in recent years. So why are more people choosing to move to this elegant Somerset town and what can you expect to find in this picturesque part of South Somerset? Read on to find out.

Local History

Ilminster was first documented as a settlement in 725 AD and is listed in the Doomsday book (1086) as being Ileminstre – aka the church on the river Ile. The town is steeped in history, with its honey-coloured stone buildings typical of this area. The weekly market here every Thursday has been running for at least nine hundred years as this was also documented in the Doomsday book.

The town is dotted with lots of independent shops and cafes, as listed here in the Ilminster business directory. Our favourite of these is ‘Buy the Sea‘ a coastal-themed shop selling all kinds of gifts and hand-made arty things, despite the fact that the town is almost 20 miles from the coast. And there are great transport links as the town lies close to the A358 to Taunton and the M5 and the A303 to London.

With great local amenities, Ilminster is becoming a popular place to retire and we have helped quite a few people downsize and move to new homes in this area over the last couple of years. There are lots of great days out to be had in the local area, such as a trip to the jurassic coast at Lyme Regis or visits to local National Trust properties such as Barrington Court (used as a location for popular BBC drama, Wolf Hall).

House Prices in Ilminster

The majority of houses sold in Ilminster over the last year were semi-detached properties, which sold for an average price of £237,050. Terraced properties averaged around £199,235 and detached properties went for around £373,985.

Properties in Ilminster are currently more expensive to buy than those in nearby Chard, but cheaper than other local towns, Hinton St George and South Petherton. In the past year house prices in Ilminster were up 16% on the year before and around 25% overall since 2015, so it’s a good place to invest and the near-coastal location makes it a great place for a second home or property investment too.

If you’re thinking of renting in Ilminster, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £700 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £500.

(Prices shown as of October 2019).

Ready to move? Get in touch with us today for a detailed quote. We can help you downsize (or right-size), Pack it, store it, move it… whatever you need. We also have some really useful free moving resources on our website to help you plan ahead and make sure that your move to Ilminster (or anywhere else) goes as smoothly as possible.