Ever wanted to be Far From the Madding Crowd?
It seems Thomas Hardy, a native of Dorset, knew all about it back in 1874 when he wrote the book of the same name.
Dorset has changed little since Hardy’s day and is one of the few English counties not concreted over to accommodate a motorway within its boundaries and remains an unspoilt and beautiful place in which to live and work, to raise a family or in which to retire. Glorious undulating countryside, small market towns and villages, safe sandy beaches and a fabulous coastline which has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site: the Jurassic Coast.
From the Abbey town of Sherborne in the north of the County, famed for its schools and independent little shops, via the thriving market town and old rope making area of Bridport with its lively Arts scene and welcoming restaurants in the West, to the County town of Dorchester offering varying amenities for all ages and famed for its longstanding Wednesday market, Dorset has something for everyone. Imagine, Corfe Castle in the early morning light, a stroll along Weymouth’s bustling harbour on a warm summer’s evening or a day spent windsurfing in the 2012 Olympic’s waters of choice in Portland Harbour – just three activities all achievable on the same day, the locations being within easy reach of each other. And did we mention Swanage and the Purbecks, Lulworth Cove, Shaftesbury, Beaminster, Cerne Abbas, the Isle of Portland, Lyme Regis, Maiden Castle? Thomas Hardye country truly has something for everyone!