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best places to live Sherborne Dorset

Top places to live in Dorset Sherborne

Picture postcard market town in north west Dorset with gorgeous medieval and Georgian properties, good schools, a magnificent abbey and not one but two castles. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Picture postcard market town in north west Dorset with gorgeous medieval and Georgian properties, good schools, a magnificent abbey and not one but two castles.

EAT

The Eastbury Hotel & Spa has an excellent fine dining restaurant (and garden spa). Michelin-listed Mediterranean-style modern fare at The Green. An indulgance of tearooms (can you have too many places to eat cake?). Pubs? The Plume of Feathers in town, The King’s Arms in Charlton Horethorne about 4 miles outside.

SHOP

Everything you need, some chains but lots of independents. Check out lifestyle boutique Circus for fashion, interiors, beauty and gifts, Cilla & Camilla cook shop, Winstone’s bookstore. Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Farmers’ market third Friday of the month. Several auction houses.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

12th century ruin, Sherborne Old Castle, was leased to Sir Walter Rayleigh, who then built a new pad in the grounds – the Elizabethan Sherborne Castle. Aforementioned abbey, with concerts and an annual music festival. The annual medieval Pack Monday Fair in the Autumn sounds a hoot.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£343,186. Detached £498,092, terraced £279,479, semis £278,553. Check out estate agents Lodestone Property.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

Two state primaries and The Gryphon School is ‘good’. Independents Sherborne School (all boys, established in the 12th century) in the centre of town and Hazlegrove Prep (200 glorious acres) a few miles away. Also Sherborne Prep, Sherborne Girls and Leweston School.

BEST KEPT SECRET

The UK’s biggest collection of cars and motorbikes is 8 miles up the road at the Haynes International Motor Museum.

COMMUTE

London Waterloo from 2 hours 28 mins; go to Castle Cary for London Paddington in approx 90 mins.

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