Regional Information

Here is a synopsis of what Dorset has to offer: the  Jurassic Coast, Villages, Market towns, Communications, Properties, Economy, Schools and Leisure. For more details on all these subjects try clicking the links.

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast stretches from Christchurch to the Exe estuary. There are sandy and pebbly beaches, cliffs, stacks, coves, rocks. All wonderfully dramatic. From the East, Christchurch is the first town in Dorset, with a harbour, sailing, beach huts and a river winding through a busy town with a good range of shops.

Next, in Bournemouth , Poole and Christchurch, live half the county’s total population of 775,000. This area is divided into more than a dozen localities, of which the most desirable are Boscombe, Westbourne, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park,  Parkstone, and of course, the famously swish millionaire’s row which is Sandbanks, owner of the blue flag award for 26 years running.  Bournemouth has 7 miles of sandy beaches, and Poole has one of the biggest and most interesting harbours in the world.

Sailing out of Poole and turning South across Studland Bay brings you to the quiet charm of Swanage and its Bay. From there the coast sweeps West past the Purbeck Hills and delightful Lulworth Cove to the  holiday heaven that is Weymouth (another long sandy beach, but also a safe harbour with a good marina and plenty of visitors moorings).

South again past Portland harbour to the “Isle” of Portland itself, jutting into the Channel.

North West from Portland Bill along the 18 miles of Chesil Beach to the large village of Abbotsbury and thence to Bridport, a bustling energetic, foody town and Lyme Regis, the Western bookend of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Scattered across the county like dew on a web are a host of towns with regular markets, interesting shops, quiet alleys, old houses. They range from Sherborne, possibly the prettiest, to Bridport, arguably the busiest. In between are Wareham, Blandford Forum, Wimborne, Beaminster, Shaftesbury and our county capital Dorchester. As you can see from this far from comprehensive list, you would struggle to find a house 10 miles from a market town.

To my mind, these, and the open countryside between are Dorset’s crown jewels. The famous ones are Cerne Abbas for the giant, Abbotsbury for the swans, Askerswell for the song and Tolpuddle for the martyrs. However there are many that have no fame, which are chocolate box pretty, wonderfully named or both. Bradpole, Long Bredy, Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Minster, Powerstock, Ryme Intrinseca, Sydling St. Nicholas and Piddletrenthide to name but a few.

Many have the three things that all decent villages should have – old stone houses, a church and a pub. Some have a shop and an active community, and almost all are within easy reach of a town.

Dorset’s countryside provides lovely walks almost everywhere and there are good bridle paths in some areas. Many villages have websites, so it is always worth Googling the name.

The A31 and A35 link Dorset with Hampshire and Devon. The A354 heads North East towards Salisbury, the A350 due North, and the A37 North West, all providing links to the M27, A303 and M5 trunk roads connecting us with the rest of the country.

The county is surprisingly well served by the railways, with two lines to Waterloo. From Weymouth via Bournemouth in the South and from Gillingham in the North.  There is a third line that heads North from Weymouth, via Dorchester to Bristol.

Bournemouth, Bristol and Exeter all have international airports with a growing choice of routes. Between them they service most European countries and UK destinations.

The Ferry port in Poole serves Cherbourg, St Malo, Guernsey and Jersey. Weymouth’s newly refurbished terminal has fast ferries to France and the Channel Islands.

All you need to know about transport in Dorset – airport, ferries, trains, coaches – can be found on the excellent Dorset Transport website.

Throughout the county, there are interesting houses of every sort, from ancient manors and rectories to fashionable 20th and 21st century houses and apartment buildings. Many properties have wonderful views – the modern ones by design, the older ones by default. Click on a link to discover more.

Tourism, farming and food are the most widespread industries in such a pretty county. However, there is every sort of business large and small. The surprises on the list range from a good selection of engineering and metal bashing, to our very own oil field at Wytch Farm. An interesting list of Dorset industries can be found by clicking here.

Schools. There are some really good schools in and around Dorset. A full and searchable list, can be found at the Good Schools Guide who also provide advice.

The major independent senior schools can be found in two geographical groups. The Blandford Forum group has Clayesmore, Bryanston and Milton Abbey. The Sherborne cluster includes Leweston School (for girls) Sherborne School, Sherborne Girls and The International College at Sherborne School (which eases non English speaking children into the British education system).

Winchester, King’s Bruton and Blundells can be found in neighbouring Counties, whereas it is scarcely possible to be more than 15 miles from a prep. school once you live here.

Good state secondary schools are to be found near all the larger towns – also listed with the Guide.

Sailing, walking, riding are the obvious activities. But there are interesting niche sports to be found – such as a real tennis, gliding, eventing, polo and fencing, with clubs and venues scattered about the county. There is even a surf reef off Bournemouth.

The county is also a haven for foodies, with award winning restaurants, farmers markets, delicatessens, wine merchants and vineyards to suit all tastes.

Call James Law to discuss what you are looking for.
Tel: 01300 348100 / 07990 880 164

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2018-11-21T13:10:27+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:54:09+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:21:23+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:30:52+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:19:57+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:22:31+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:17:15+00:00
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2020-01-13T11:52:24+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:51:23+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:22:38+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:53:20+00:00
"Stacks has been an invaluable source of experience and wisdom on the successful landing of just the right house"
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2018-11-21T13:19:40+00:00
"You saved me many miles of driving and were very professional"
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"
2018-11-21T12:37:14+00:00
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"
"Many thanks for your hard work and patience in assisting in buying our property. You made the whole process infinitely less stressful than it might have been"
2020-01-13T11:50:30+00:00
"Many thanks for your hard work and patience in assisting in buying our property. You made the whole process infinitely less stressful than it might have been"
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
2018-11-21T13:09:36+00:00
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
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2018-11-21T12:41:04+00:00
"helped our parents downsize from the family home, in what was a traumatic move for them"
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2018-11-21T12:58:19+00:00
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
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2018-11-21T12:33:22+00:00
"extremely helpful, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts to assist us"
"a calming, guiding presence where nothing was too much trouble"
2018-11-21T12:13:26+00:00
"a calming, guiding presence where nothing was too much trouble"
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
2018-11-21T12:44:59+00:00
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
"The house is ideal ... and it is nothing like our first (unsuitable) ideas!"
2018-11-21T12:56:37+00:00
"The house is ideal ... and it is nothing like our first (unsuitable) ideas!"
"We are delighted with our choice and so are the children."
2018-11-21T13:08:49+00:00
"We are delighted with our choice and so are the children."
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
2018-11-21T12:45:49+00:00
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
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2018-11-21T12:28:29+00:00
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2019-05-02T11:00:08+00:00
"You made a huge difference to our search as I am sure you do for all your clients."
“We really enjoyed working with Sara and Stacks and would highly recommend having them on your side in the home buying process”
2019-06-19T13:54:55+00:00
“We really enjoyed working with Sara and Stacks and would highly recommend having them on your side in the home buying process”
"I completely underestimated how much of a difference you would make"
2018-11-21T12:43:03+00:00
"I completely underestimated how much of a difference you would make"
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2018-11-21T12:50:28+00:00
"Relentlessly provided us with the context and facts we needed to make an informed decision "
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
2018-11-21T13:16:29+00:00
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"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
2018-11-21T13:12:00+00:00
"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
2018-11-21T13:21:20+00:00
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
"Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification."
2020-02-27T09:48:25+00:00
"Finding a plot not yet on the market and persuading the developer to enter into an exclusive contract with me to build to my specification."
"was fantastic at explaining and helping us with everything that was happening"
2018-11-21T13:07:43+00:00
"was fantastic at explaining and helping us with everything that was happening"
"It made a potentially very stressful process very straightforward"
2018-11-21T12:48:37+00:00
"It made a potentially very stressful process very straightforward"
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2018-11-21T13:18:01+00:00
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
"The best decision we could have made!"
2018-11-21T12:55:52+00:00
"The best decision we could have made!"
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2018-11-21T13:14:45+00:00
"Well done in taking us to a house we didn’t know we wanted … and then fell in love with!"
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
2018-11-21T12:52:31+00:00
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
2018-11-21T12:32:12+00:00
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
"utterly tenacious..."
2018-11-21T13:06:52+00:00
"utterly tenacious..."
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2018-11-21T12:49:38+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:46:40+00:00
"I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is."
"Without somebody on the ground asking the right questions on our behalf, finding a home would have been truly impossible."
2018-11-21T13:15:37+00:00
"Without somebody on the ground asking the right questions on our behalf, finding a home would have been truly impossible."
"You we able to give us confidence that we were doing the right thing"
2018-11-21T13:20:39+00:00
"You we able to give us confidence that we were doing the right thing"
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
2018-11-21T12:35:46+00:00
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"

Sunday Telegraph

2018-11-06T13:59:47+00:00

Sunday Telegraph

"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
2018-11-21T13:12:46+00:00
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
“Thank you very much.  We are very excited on the purchase of the flat as well.  Sara has been instrumental in every aspect, we are blessed to have her on our side.
2019-12-06T09:48:50+00:00
“Thank you very much.  We are very excited on the purchase of the flat as well.  Sara has been instrumental in every aspect, we are blessed to have her on our side.”
"I gained a house, setting and location which are right for me"
2018-11-21T12:43:48+00:00
"I gained a house, setting and location which are right for me"
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
2018-11-21T13:18:39+00:00
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
“We want to thank you so much for the very professional and sensitive support you have given us in navigating through the various properties we have considered for investment of our small inheritance.”
2018-11-05T22:55:02+00:00
“We want to thank you so much for the very professional and sensitive support you have given us in navigating through the various properties we have considered for investment of our small inheritance.”
"We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times"
2020-01-13T11:51:31+00:00
"We found the service extremely helpful and professional at all times"
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
2018-11-21T13:11:13+00:00
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
"a fantastic job in impossible circumstances"
2018-11-21T12:17:11+00:00
"a fantastic job in impossible circumstances"
"...negotiate on anything"

Financial Times

2018-11-06T14:00:36+00:00

Financial Times

"...negotiate on anything"
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
2018-11-21T12:47:38+00:00
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
"You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset"
2020-01-13T11:52:01+00:00
"You gave a much-valued ‘younger’ perspective on our situation, which was a real asset"
"I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future.

It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting.

Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before"
2020-01-13T11:51:03+00:00
"I have been delighted with the service I have received from Stacks and will not hesitate to recommend Stacks in the future. It is not often that one is pleased to part with money but I can truthfully say that I am on this occasion. You have earned every penny of this cheque and what is more, you have done it with great courtesy and good humour. It has been very pleasant working with you. You really did take most of the stress out of our house hunting. Stacks’ performance on this assignment has been absolutely outstanding and more than met my expectations. Her understanding of the brief and the ‘after-find’ service set a standard of professionalism that I have not met before"
"We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking of using such a service"
2018-11-21T13:13:46+00:00
"We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking of using such a service"
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
2018-11-21T12:38:34+00:00
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
"Thank you very much for the professionalism, patience and understanding"
2018-11-21T12:55:04+00:00
"Thank you very much for the professionalism, patience and understanding"
"I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks"
2020-01-13T11:52:49+00:00
"I was impressed by the efficient, kind and courteous service provided by Stacks"
"Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me."
2020-02-27T09:49:08+00:00
"Encouraging me to think creatively about what could work for me."
"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
2018-11-21T12:39:48+00:00
"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
"How extraordinary to have found what we were looking for"
2018-11-21T12:42:07+00:00
"How extraordinary to have found what we were looking for"
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."
2018-11-21T12:57:31+00:00
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."

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