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And the Best Place to Live in Dorset is…

The pretty seaside town on the Jurassic Coast has Georgian streets, independent shops and eateries, an ancient harbour (and even more ancient fossils). Know where we mean?

The hanging baskets were primped, the shop windows polished and it was a tooth-and-nail contest among Dorset’s finest towns and villages. But your votes in the inaugural Muddy ‘Best Places to Live’ competition have now been counted and … drumroll … we’re delighted to announce that the worthy winner is lovely LYME REGIS!

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With its Georgian streets and old alleyways, independent shops, some of the county’s most exciting restaurants, bars and cafes, theatre, vibrant community, excellent local schools, ancient harbour, fabulous fossils, all there for the taking on the spectacular Jurassic Coast – we’re not surprised it’s come out on top. Read our full Best Places to Live guide to Lyme Regis to get a 360 on what makes it so special, and check out the final voting results below.

1/ Lyme Regis

2/ Sherborne

3/ Sandbanks

4/ Bridport

5/ Dorchester

6/ Shaftesbury

7/ Beaminster

8/ Blandford Forum

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, Devon or Cornwall? Or maybe plot the location for your next break or dream holiday home? Check out the full list of winners across 25 counties.

Don’t agree with the verdict? Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if it can make the cut for next time.

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2 comments on “And the Best Place to Live in Dorset is…”

  • Susie March 3, 2021

    Not sure how Sandbanks made it to number three. It has a lovely beach and a great harbour but the parking is awful, the few remaining restaurants and cafes horrible, the hotels outdated and during the summer it’s a solid traffic jam with cars trying to get on the ferry or escape.

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    • suetucker March 3, 2021

      It certainly can get very busy (having once been in the ferry queue!) Which places in Dorset do you recommend as a great place to live?

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