“The town is populous, tho’ not large, the streets broad, but the buildings old, and low; however, there is good company and a good deal of it; and a man that coveted a retreat in this world might as agreeably spend his time, and as well in Dorchester, as in any town I know in England.”
– Daniel Defoe, ‘A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain’ (1724–1726)
Following research by Prudential highlighting Dorset as the second best place to retire in the UK, the county town of Dorchester can be a popular choice, having previously been listed in Royal Mail’s top ten most desirable postcodes in England.
The home of Thomas Hardy has benefitted from a series of development works over the past 25 years, from Poundbury on the outskirts, to Brewery Square in the heart of the town centre.
The £100 million development of Brewery Square, on the site of the former Eldridge Pope Brewery, has been inspired by Dorchester’s rich history and created a new offering perfect for families, professionals and those looking to invest or relocate.
With a selection of popular restaurants right on your doorstep, and a blend of high street and independent stores, the lively Square compliments the old town centre and appeals to all walks of life.
There are two train stations with direct links to London Waterloo, Bath and Bristol. Popular Jurassic coast destinations Lyme Regis and Lulworth, as well as blue flag beaches Weymouth and Bournemouth are within a short drive.
Robert Ackland, director at Brewery Square, commented: “Dorchester has many unique selling points to attract buyers. Our development has convenient proximity to shops, restaurants and an ODEON cinema, as well as the unparalleled position of being within striking distance of two railway stations, all factors which are very appealing to buyers.”
Education is strong in the area, with many schools receiving ‘outstanding’ rankings in Ofsted reports and often collaborating with one another to boost their offering to pupils. Dorchester and the surrounding countryside are both steeped in history and offer wonderful walking routes. The Dorset coast offers first class sailing with Portland having hosted the sailing for the 2012 Olympics, and Poole hosting European Maritime Day 2017.
Apartments at Brewery Square start from £260,000 and prices for penthouses start from £650,000. Those interested in finding out more about the Brewery Square offering, can visit www.brewerysquare.com or call 01305 757000 to speak to the sales team.