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best places to live Blandford Forum, Dorset

Top places to live in Dorset Blandford Forum

Reputedly the most complete Georgian town in England, Blandford Forum lies on the banks of the river Stour in North Dorset and close to the glorious Cranborne Chase. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Said to be the most complete Georgian town in England, the market town of Blandford Forum lies on the banks of the river Stour in North Dorset and on the edge of the 380 square miles of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Loads of independent schools.

EAT

Three great foodie pubs nearby: The Museum Inn in Farnham, The King John Inn in Tollard Royal and The Langton Arms in Tarrant Monkton.

SHOP

Array of shops, with some indies including the gorgeous lifestyle store the Hambledon Gallery. Twice weekly (Thurs & Sat) street market, fortnightly indoor market and monthly farmers’ markets ( the word ‘forum’ means market).

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The five-day annual, incredible Great Dorset Steam Fair (600 acres of steam-powered traction engines, farm machinery and fairground rides) is held in Tarrant Hinton. Hambledon Hill iron age hillfort. The North Dorset Trailway. The National Trust’s Italianate mansion Kingston Lacey. Cranborne Chase.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£232,784 in 2019. Terraced £222,391, detached £329,722, and flats £127,939. Estate agents include Jackson Stops,

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

State primary Blandford St Mary C of E is ‘good’. Masses of independents: Hanford, Bryanstan, Clayesmore Senior, Clayesmore Prep, Knighton House (girls), Hanford and Milton Abbey.

BEST KEPT SECRET

The town was built by Bastards. Architect brothers John and William Bastard, that is, who redesigned the entire place after the Great Fire of June 4 1781 destroyed most of the medieval town. The Georgian buildings and streets seen today remain much as they were.

COMMUTE

Half an hour’s drive to Salisbury and to London Waterloo from 1 hour 28 mins.

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