Moving Out: Dorset and Hardy Country

A good rail network to London; excellent schools in both the independent and state sectors; areas of outstanding natural beauty and a dramatic Jurassic coastline: Candice Raby has the lowdown for those considering the move West. Illustration by Emily Faccini.

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Where to Live

Pretty honey-coloured market towns and a thriving cultural scene that's home to Hauser & Wirth and lots of independent galleries and shops. 

House Prices

The Old Rectory will set you back over £1.5m, rural farmhouses start at £1.2m, village cottages from £500,000. 


An excellent selection of both state and private schools for primary and secondary education.

Things To Do

Sandy beaches, Corfe Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, horse riding and beautiful walks.

Cultural Scene & Festivals

The summer sees the fun of the Wyle Valley Art Trail, and the Chalke Valley History Festival that is growing every year.


Delicious places to eat out like the Pig on the Beach (pictured) as well as pubs, delis and excellent farm shops.