What’s it like to live in Dorchester? Maybe you’re thinking of moving to the area and are interested in removals in Dorchester – or you would just like to know about more about what is available in the local area before you make that move! Sometimes people come to Dorset on holiday and want to stay, but what’s it like living in such a picturesque place during the ‘off’ season?

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, situated between the coastal town of Poole and our very own Northover and Gilbert  headquarters and storage facilities, here in Bridport. A historic market town, Dorchester is home to many listed buildings and areas of historical interest. It was also the home and inspiration of the town’s most famous resident, author Thomas Hardy  and many of his novels were written there.

Two of Hardy’s former homes are now owned by the National Trust and are open to the public. His birthplace, Hardy’s Cottage is a picturesque property with stunning gardens. In contrast, Max Gate is the atmospheric Victorian home which Hardy designed himself – having originally trained as an architect – before following his passion for writing. This quirky house was built by Hardy’s brother and left to the National Trust by his sister. Hardy lived there until his death in 1928.

Steeped in history, Dorchester is a popular destination for summer holidaymakers staying on the coast. There are lots of things for visitors to see and do including some interesting museums. These include the Dorset County Museum and the Keep Military Museum.

Moving to Dorchester

Just a short distance from the coast and surrounded by beautiful countryside, locals say it is a great place to raise a family. Several of the town schools have been rated as outstanding by Ofsted and there are strong collaborations between the schools and local colleges ensuring that youngsters get the best out of their education. The transport links are good, situated on the A35 and with two railway stations you can be in London within two and a half hours.

House Prices in Dorchester – renting or buying?

According to Zoopla, the average house price in Dorchester right now is around £328,600. Terraced properties currently sell for an average value of £342,493 and semi-detached properties for around £519,672.

If you’re thinking of renting then one bedroom properties start at about £750 per calendar month, rising to around £1200 for a three bed property.

House prices as of May 2022

Removals in Dorchester

Are you ready to make your move to Dorchester? Get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote. If you’re thinking of downsizing we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.

Useful links

Thomas Hardy’s Cottage: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage
Max Gate (Thomas Hardy’s House): www.nationaltrust.org.uk/max-gate
Dorchester Visitors Guide: www.visit-dorset.com/explore/towns/dorchester