Dorset

Dorset is a county in the south of England and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Dorset County Museum houses many historic artefacts from before the Iron Age, and it is one of the best museums in Britain for archaeology. For prospective home buyers looking to move to Dorset, this guide covers all you need to know about areas such as Lyme Regis (famous for its fossil beds) and Sherborne (a historical market town).

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Best places to live in Dorset

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Houses in Dorset

Where is Dorset?

Dorset is located in the southwest of England, bordering Devon to the west and Somerset to the north. The coastline is famous for its dramatic cliffs and beaches, such as Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach.

Areas in Dorset

Dorset is a large county, with many different towns and villages. The following are some of the most popular areas for prospective home buyers:

Lyme Regis – This coastal town is famous for its fossils and attractive harbour as well as its great pubs and restaurants and its award-winning Blue Flag beaches.

Sherborne – A historical market town with a Norman abbey, Sherbourne Abbey is known for its Cotswold stone buildings and local honey. With a lively high street and good schools, Sherborne is a popular spot for families.

Poole – This coastal town is known as the largest natural harbour in Europe and offers opportunities for water sports, such as scuba diving and sailing. It’s also home to one of the oldest – and most famous – naval bases in Britain at HMS Osprey, with connections going back to 1650.

Dorchester – The county town of Dorset, Dorchester offers a bustling high street and good connections to the rest of the UK. Dorchester attracts many visitors for its Roman history as it’s home to one of only four remaining Roman theatres in Britain.

Sea view in Dorset

Bournemouth – A major tourist destination, Bournemouth is a large town on the south coast with seven miles of award-winning beaches and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, from its pier and gardens to nightclubs and cinemas.

Weymouth – This traditional seaside resort offers beautiful sandy beaches, a host of attractions, and good shopping facilities. Weymouth is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile World Heritage Site.

Universities in Dorset

Dorset plays host to three universities, all within easy reach of the county’s towns and villages.

University of Bournemouth –The University of Bournemouth (UB) is a public university based on the edge of the historic town of Poole with campuses in Bournemouth and Dorset. UB is well known for its high-quality teaching and research, with nine out of ten graduates finding work or further study within six months.

Arts University College Bournemouth – Formerly known as the Arts University Bournemouth, AUB is a specialist art and design university. The university has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which assesses teaching quality in higher education.

AECC University College – The AECC University College is an independent higher education institution, with the freedom to set its own course and teaching standards. The AECC was established in 1985 by Mr Alan Gill OBE as a provider of quality national training programmes for the health sciences sector.

Jurassic Coast in Dorset

Top Schools in Dorset

There are several top schools located across various locations throughout Dorset, including:

Bournemouth School – The Bournemouth School is a grammar school, with approximately 900 students. It has a reputation for being one of the best schools in the area, due to its high standards and excellent facilities.

Poole Grammar – Poole Grammar has over 1400 students studying at the institution and has a history of academic success. It is known for being one of the best schools in Dorset and has high standards across both its teaching and facilities.

Weymouth College – Weymouth College offers students a wide range of courses to study at various levels from A-levels right through to vocational courses such as beauty therapy or engineering.

Coombe Girls’ School – Coombe Girls’ School is an independent day and boarding school for girls from age 11 to 18. It was founded in 1907 and is one of the most prestigious schools in Dorset.

Population of Dorset

As of 2018, the population of Dorset stands at 426,516, with most of the population concentrated around the coastal areas and along the rivers Frome and Stour.

 

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Fantastic Development with a roof terrace!

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Review Date Nov 2022

No Negatives. All very positive, fantastic beaches nearby, great bars a restaurants a short walk away.

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Fantastic location, roof terrace is brilliant and the finishes in the apartment are superb. The size of the apartments are also very spacious, great amount of windows making the whole flat light and airy. Overall really impressed and really happy it’s my first home.

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Maintenance charges have increased, everything else is perfect.

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No issues, communication is fine. Maintenance charges have increased from what I was first told.

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Thanks for your review, Ollie. We are really pleased you are enjoying your flat!

Great design and location.

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Review Date Oct 2022

The location is excellent. The area is very exciting and trendy and so this was a good choice of location for the building. Transport links are also very good

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The design is very good. Did feel like the buildings were rushed at the end as I had lots of silly issues (many were sorted). Property management has been poor to date with zero confidence in their ability to sort issues in a timely manner from myself. The roof terrace is excellent and the overall look and feel is great.

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Just timescales really – keep the communication to those who have committed to buying. Other than that, I really like the design and style of the company’s buildings

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Some issues resolved slowly. Others still not done such as having a correct service charge that reflects accurate costs and accounts.

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Hi Scott, Thanks for leaving a review. We are pleased you are enjoying your apartment, we love The Lookout and Poole itself so are glad you are happy. We will take your feedback on board and appreciate you taking the time to give feedback as this is very important to us.

Perfect location, stylish design and great quality.

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Review Date Oct 2022

The location is great, only a few minute walk to a nice park with a friendly atmosphere. There are also plenty of cool bars walking distance.

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The layout and design choices of the property are very nice. High quality appliances and fittings are used throughout making the place feel like a solid home.

The big windows give the place a very spacious feel.

The only negative is the sound proofing from other flats isn’t that good.

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Sound proofing isn’t great in the flat, you can hear the neighbouring flats easily.

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Very poorly, many issues have been left outstanding for months.

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Hi Declan, Thanks for your feedback and we are glad you are enjoying your apartment. We will take your feedback onboard and appreciate you taking the time. Please do drop us an email at residential@telerealtrillium.com if you have any questions. Thanks again for taking the time.

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Review Date Sep 2022

We are Right in the centre of the town. Perfect location for night out, dinner, park walks, and beaches

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Kitchen
-counter colour is unique,
– huge amount of cupboard space
– smoke alarms go off with slightly cooked toast, which is very annoying

bathrooms
-spacious
-floating toilets, makes it easier to clean the floor

Bedrooms
-master bedroom is smaller than spare one

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Wish there was visitor parking available for family

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Very bad communication. Lift have been broken since day one

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Hi, Glad to hear the flat is going well and you are enjoying the specification. Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions or issues at residential@telerealtrillium.com.