Lovely Victorian terrace in Dorchester, Dorset

Lovely Victorian terrace in Dorchester, Dorset


Jan 2019

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Situated just 8 miles from the stunning Jurassic Coast, Dorchester is a lovely historic market town, famous for its association with the author Thomas Hardy. Dorset is a beautiful county, with rolling hills, ancient woodland, historical landscapes all criss-crossed with accessible footpaths. Our coast is the a world heritage site, and within 45 minutes you can access all the coastal features you could dream of - world class sandy beaches like Studland, towering cliffs like St Adhelm's Head, sweeping bays like Wobarrow Bay, fossil hunting at Kimmeridge and Charmouth and fish and chips and donkeys at Weymouth. We also have a one man kayak and inflatable roof rack which you have access to use. Dorchester is a Roman town, situated underneath the iron age hill fort of Maiden Castle and has one of the best preserved Roman town houses in the country.
Dorchester has a great range of cafes, restaurants and pubs within 5-10 minutes walk of the house. Borough Gardens is a beautiful park located in the centre of town with regular events occurring in the summer. Weymouth can also be easily accessed by train and is a bustling seaside town - ideal for a family days out.
Our house is a redeveloped Victorian terraced house with original features. We have 3 bedrooms - 1 with a king size bed, 1 with a double and 1 with bunk beds. Our lovely, spacious family kitchen looks out onto a small but pretty garden - full of flowers in the spring and summer. We have a large family bathroom with shower and a downstairs toilet.
We have lots of friendly neighbours, who will point you in the right direction for whatever you need.


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  1. We are a family of four

  2. We both teach locally. Georgie teaches in a primary school and Paul teaches geography in a secondary school.

  3. We all love the outdoors and have loved making Dorset our home for this reason.

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Where is it?


Our house is a Victorian terrace with shops at the end of the road. Our street is so friendly, everyone knows each other and once a year our road takes an annual camping trip locally. We are just a short five minute walk from Dorchester town centre, where you will find dozens of nice cafes and restaurants, pubs with live music, two cinemas including a lovely independent one, museums and beautiful parks. There is a lively local Arts scene - check Dorchester Arts website for listings. There are two train stations also close by - taking you to Weymouth, Southampton, London, Bath and Bristol. Also within easy visiting distance are the pretty fishing harbours of West Bay and Lyme Regis, with good tourist facilities.
You can do walks out to Maiden Castle (a huge iron age hill fort) from the house, but equally a short drive away you will be in beautiful rolling countryside and stunning coastal locations.

Buzzy restaurants
Pie and Ale House - round the corner, La Caverna - Italian, Myra - Japanese, Turquoise - Turkish, Sienna and Yalbury Cottage both more expensive but amazing food. We also have popular chain restaurants - Pizza Express, Wagamama, Zizzi's, Nando's, Carluccio's
Cool bars
The Brewhouse, Vivo Lounge, Reloved cocktail bar. Traditional pubs - Blue Raddle, Tom Browns
Cozy cafés
Loads of them! Dorchester is full of them
Retail therapy
Lots of nice clothes shops along the high street. A wider range of shops can be found in Bournemouth and Exeter
Bit of culture
Dorchester Arts have an a range of events on throughout the year, which we leave information for. 2 cinemas and live music in pubs
Walks in the park
Borough Gardens is a beautiful park, full of flowers and it is very well kept throughout the year - great play area and fountains for the kids, and tennis courts
Spot of exercise
Hiking - loads of amazing walks either on the coastal footpath or inland countryside. Mountain biking tracks, we are happy to leave our kayak for adventuring along the coast. Swimming pool 10 minute walk.
Day tripping
Thomas Hardy's birthplace - cottage and home (Max Gate), Kingston Lacy - National Trust property and gardens, Monkey World, Tank Museum, The Keep - military museum, Dorset County Museum, Dinosaur Museum, Tutankhamun exhibition, Lyme Regis fossil collection, Charmouth, Kimmeridge (all fossil collections), Swanage - beach and seaside town, Portland Bill - bird watching

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