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Finding the Ideal Summer Home in Dorset

Posted on June 16, 2023 by Shaun Vallance
Finding the Ideal Summer Home in Dorset

The Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Purbeck can begin as holiday destinations for some and then become aspirational living locations. However, relocating from a large city to the countryside is not possible for all people, particularly when they have work and school ties in the city.  Many opt for the second home model and then they can test the water with the view to gradually retire into their Dorset home. Over the years Dorset has been a very popular place for people to buy second homes. At Woods Removals we have helped many people move into their getaway place from London and other areas. We understand the perennial appeal of this location and why it continues to become more attractive to people. 

Why move to Dorset? 

Sun, sea, and clean air are primary factors that benefit those living in Dorset.  Plus, the extensive Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty that comprise most of this county. Quality of life, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and transportation systems is a big draw.  Enchanted by beautiful cottages and meandering hedgerows, many find that the location, plus all the water sports and fitness activities that are abundant here, make it an excellent place to live. For families that appreciate downtime in nature, having a Dorset getaway that they can visit regularly is a huge asset to balance the pressures of modern life.  Located on the South Coast, Dorset has warm summers and mild winters, making it a great place all year round. Additionally, it is not super rural, there are many large towns in Dorset offering a variety of historical and commercial centres. 

Beaches in Dorset 

The beaches in Dorset cover a varied array of geological wonders and marvels. The Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch of coastline that runs through Dorset and into Devon. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for all its ancient fossils and geological artifacts. A classic destination for geography field trips, there is so much to learn about minerals and land formation here, just by exploring the beaches.  Visitors come from all over the world to feel the geological, historical and beautiful richness here.  The top ten beaches in Dorset are: 

  1. Studland Bay – Shell Bay and Knoll Beach are the two ends of this vast sandy stretch of gentle bay. The Studland National Nature Reserve, includes this perfect beach complete with sand dunes, beach huts, and easy swimming for all ages. 
  2. Lulworth Cove – A beautifully curved cove, Lulworth is a quintessential Jurassic treasure.  Toilets, parking, and cafés make it accessible to all and its sheltered pebble beach evokes timeless Dorset charm. 
  3. Chesil Bay – A UNESCO World heritage sit, the extensive Chesil Bay has many attributes.  West Bay is good for swimming, while the whole bay is best viewed from Portland Heights on the Isle of Portland. Popular for sunsets, this is an unforgettable stretch of beach spanning 18 miles. 
  4. Swanage – For the classic bite size seaside town with all the trimmings Swanage ticks every box and more.  Punch and Judy shows, crab fishing and fish and chips provide all the entertainment you will need in this beautiful Dorset coastal town. 
  5. Durdle Door– One of the most photographed landmarks in Dorset, the famous arch of Durdle Door needs no introduction. After the Bollywood movie Housefall 3 it has become even more of a pilgrimage site. The iconic geological doorway leads to Man’O War beach, literally next door.  This beach has an excellent rocky island for swimming out to and similarly atmospheric geology.  Extensive stairs make access restricted for some. 
  6. Sandbanks – the deluxe beach on a spit of golden sand.  Sandbanks crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour and continues for Bournemouth over about 5 km.  A great place for watersports and classic family beach time. 
  7. Bournemouth Beach– awarded the 4th best beach in the UK, this sandy beach is a family favourite. Amusements, piers and fish and chips roll out the all-time seaside vibes. Hengistbury Head on the western end of the beach 
  1. Canford Cliffs near Poole is popular local beach that has all the facilities but without the crowds. A firm sandy beach it is great for sand art of the castle variety and ball sports. Beach huts can be rented from Poole harbour if you are going to get serious about beachlife.
  2. Kimmeridge Bay – half a mile southwest of the village of Kimmeridge via a toll road, you can find some of the most important geology anywhere on the Jurassic Coast. While it is not a classic day-at-the-beach destination, it is excellent for rock pooling, surfing and winter sunsets. 

10-Another local treasure that is off the beaten track is Worbarrow Bay. A long walk from the car park will be rewarded by the vista of this sweeping arc of a bay and the privacy of a semi-secret beach. Nestling between Kimmeridge and Lulworth Cove, this is a great walking destination along the coast path. 

Short-term letting your second home in Dorset

With such an abundance of beaches, it is obvious that Dorset is the perfect county for a holiday home.  Plus, with the advent of platforms like Airbnb, there is a lot of flexibility to bring in secondary income from your second property at the same time.  Many people have taken this opportunity on in the last few years.  At Woods removals, we work closely with Airbnb hosts that need transportation and storage of furniture and property when flipping a house into a holiday let. Our Man and Van services are excellent for heavy lifting and transportation, while our inventory system and storage make changing the purpose of a home for hospitality simple and easy to perform. 

Woods – Removals and Storage in Dorset for 165 years 

As a heritage family business in Dorset, Woods has roots in the region that go deep. That is why when it comes to moving to Dorset, we can assist you with our wealth of regional knowledge.  While we have been around for a while, our services are leading edge, and we have top-of-the-range vehicles. As part of the Master Removers Group, we are part of a network of the leading firms nationwide in the removals and storage trade. If you are moving to a second home or would like to set up a holiday let in one of your properties, we are only too happy to share our expertise with you.  Get in touch with our team for a chat and a quote and read our reviews.  We understand why moving to Dorset could be fulfilling one of your lifelong goals and we are on hand to assist you in that process, every step of the way.