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best places to live: Dulverton, Somerset

Top places to live in Somerset Dulverton

Get back to nature at the gateway to Exmoor, one of the UK's most spectacular natural landscapes, and close to the North Devon coast. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

best places to live: Dulverton, Somerset
Instagram: Clair Weaver, Three Go Mad on Exmoor

WHY?

To get back to nature by living in one of the UK’s most spectacular natural landscapes – Exmoor National Park – and the North Devon coast. Known as the gateway to the Exmoor, the market town lies between the rivers Barle and Exe, close to the Devon borders.

EAT

Award-winning Woods bar and restaurant, where most of the meat comes from their own farm, is in the centre of town. Four AA rosetted/Top 50 Gastropub The Swan in Bampton is five miles down the road. Michelin starred The Mason’s Arms is 15 miles away in Knowstone, South Molton.

SHOP

Dulverton has all your basic requirements, mostly independents, with an excellent bookshop and gallery Number Seven Dulverton. There’s a farmers’ market on the last Saturday of the month. Gold medal-winning Northmoor Gin is distilled on your doorstep.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Er, the whole of the Exmoor National Park with its undulating moors, farmlands and awesome starry nights (it’s Europe’s first International Dark Skies Reserve). Watersports, walking and other outdoor activities at Wimbleball Lake. Prehistoric Tarr Steps and, of course, the north Devon coastline.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£306,957 in 2019. Detached, £382,944, semi-detached, £312,083, and terraced. £235,167. Estate agents include Seddons.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

Dulverton has a primary school, with secondary schools at South Molton, Wiveliscombe and Minehead. Independents are West Buckland School near Barnstaple (20 miles) and Blundell’s School in Tiverton (14 miles).

BEST KEPT SECRET

Novelist Auberon Waugh was born here. It is also home to the oldest medieval bridge on Exmoor.

COMMUTE

A half-hour drive to Tiverton Parkway, then a two-hour train ride to London Paddington.

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