7 Reasons The Coast Is The Place To Live
Have you been playing around with the idea of moving to the coast? Be it Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch or beyond?
Look no further as this Lovett guide to our Dorset Coast will certainly help you make up your mind!
Here’s 7 reasons The Dorset Coast is the best place to live in the UK.
1. Big Beautiful Skies
Being able to see for miles and miles is great in its own right but when you experience a big, dramatic Bournemouth sky, it’s a real pleasure.
Whether it be the sun rising over the sea or storm clouds gathering over the horizon, an abundance of sky makes for beautiful vistas.
2. Some Of the Best Food in the UK
Obviously we’re biased but when you are spoilt with more and more up and coming independent restaurants and cafés than it’s possible to choose from, you get somewhere that ranks very highly among the best places to eat in the UK. There really is something for everyone, if you prefer somewhere with amazing views and top notch Fish dishes, you may like Rick Stein’s restaurant in Sandbanks. If you prefer a more chilled vibe directly on the beach with friends you might prefer Boscombe’s Urban Reef. Or how about a fantastic evening out with food and entertainment? You might choose The Boathouse at Christchurch Quay…notice one thing? You are never too far away from a gorgeous water view! Check out
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3. Coastal Walks
Of all of the counties of England Dorset is better served than most for walking. Whether you are looking for a challenging hike or a simple stroll the variety of Dorset walks available is astonishing. The star attraction is obviously the Jurassic Coast, which encompasses the South West Coast Path and the beach to beach walks.
Whichever part of Dorset’s coast you choose to walk along, you’ll be treated to fantastic scenery, a taste of rural Dorset life and plenty of wildlife.
4. Bournemouth Town Centre the Hub Of Dorset
Bournemouth being the biggest city within Dorset is renowned for its seven miles of sandy beaches for you to enjoy. If you’re checking it out for the first time, we suggest staying and eating here while exploring the rest of Dorset’s history, heritage and picture-postcard scenery. Bournemouth is always changing, and in the past year major works have been done to the town centre to bring it more modern than ever, with a brand new retail and restaurant complex called BH2 – Bournemouth really is ahead. There are always events that amaze and inspire in Bournemouth all year round and it can only get better. Just some of the highlights so far include the Wheels Festival, Bournemouth Marathon, the extremely popular Bournemouth Air Festival and many more.
Night life is Bournemouth is also very varied, catch up with friends over a glass of whiskey at Smokin’ Aces, take in the view at the Sky Bar at the brand new Hilton Hotel, party into the early hours at the trendy Lost Gardens, keep it themed at fresh and spicy at Caribbean Turtle Bay or keep the vibe strictly cocktails at Bar 1812. You are guaranteed a good night. ** Don’t forget! Every Friday night through the Summer, Bournemouth Pier has its very own firework display! **
5. The New Forest Are Our Neighbours!
If you didn’t know already, Dorset is surrounded by natural beauty spots. East of Bournemouth is home to the New Forest. National Park status was awarded to the New Forest and immediate surrounding area in recognition of the many qualities that the Forest holds. The status now ensures the exciting and secure future that the area deserves. The New Forest pony represents a major part of the Forest’s heritage, but it’s important to note that these are not wild animals, despite them being allowed to roam freely throughout much of the Open Forest. The deer of the New Forest are the very reason why the area was designated as a royal hunting ground back in 1079 by King William I. You will be very lucky if you see one though! Other thriving wildlife include badgers, foxes, grey squirrels and rabbits all which can all be seen throughout the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is brimming with camp sites and it’s our recommendation that you opt for the Camping In The Forest sites to experience the unique New Forest atmosphere!
6. Dorset Has Starred In Many Feature Films and TV Shows
If need more proof this truly is the place to live, Dorset has starred on the big screen too! West Dorset’s stunning coastline plays a starring role in ITV1 drama, Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman and written and created by Chris Chibnall. Sites which feature in the series include a number of locations in and around the seaside resort of West Bay including East Cliff, West Bay Harbour and the Quay West development as well as other locations nearby at Eype and Freshwater. Dorset locations are also featured in a number of scenes in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 wartime epic action thriller, Dunkirk, with both Weymouth Harbour and Swanage Railway making an appearance. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, and James D’Arcy (also known for his Broadchurch appearance), tell the story of Operation Dynamo, on land, sea and by air. A second 8 part series of ITV1’s Harbour Lives with Ben Fogle was filmed in Dorset during 2014. By land, sea and air, Ben explored all aspects of the place where he grew up – he met the people who live and work in this stunning part of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline and discovered the unique stories they have to tell. From the generations-old fishing families, newcomers escaping the rat-race, and the high-flyers of millionaires row on Sandbanks, there’s nowhere quite like this part of Britain.
7. Thriving Work Life, Business and Wellbeing
Dorset is home to international and national businesses in tourism, environmental technologies, advanced engineering and defence. Magellan Aerospace, Sunseeker, Siemens, Farrow and Ball and Dorset Cereals to name a few. Want to know the secret of a long and happy life? It’s official – live in Dorset. According to the Office for National Statistics, Dorset has the highest life expectancy in Britain. On average boys born in the county can expect to live to 82.9 years.
It’s even better for girls at 86.6 years – almost four years longer than the national average. After the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy hosts international events and offers world class facilities for training the sailing stars for the future.
The legacy has led to improvements in transport, jobs, roads, infrastructure, arts, sports, sailing and tourism. We are always growing!
If you are thinking of moving down to this beautiful part of the world, why not call Lovett Estate Agents today, for an impartial chat and see what we can offer you.
Take it from us…it will be the best move you ever make!
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