If you are moving house, looking to start a new life in Abbotsbury or retiring to Abbotsbury, we can help you.
The picture postcard perfect village of Abbotsbury is notable for many things – not least its extraordinary microclimate.
It is no accident that sub-tropical gardens were established here – an astonishing array of plants and trees grow vigorously in this warm place, in a valley just yards away from the coast. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens were first created in 1765 by the Countess of Ilchester, as a kitchen garden for the nearby castle.
Since then, the gardens have developed into a 20-acre site filled with exotic plants, many of which were newly discovered species when they were first introduced. There are formal and informal gardens, with woodland walks and walled gardens.
The attraction is run alongside two others in the small village – the popular Children’s Farm and the Swannery – all on land owned by the Ilchester Estates. Ilchester’s owner Charlotte Townshend is the richest person in Dorset and one of only a handful of people in the UK, apart from the Queen, allowed to keep swans. Originally the swans were kept for meat!
People have flocked to the attractions for years, often stopping for a bite to eat or a wander round the gorgeous village, with its yellow stone buildings. Unless you have a fairly sizeable budget though, that’s as much as you’ll be able to do. Properties in Abbotsbury had an overall average price of £890,750 over the last year. The majority of sales in Abbotsbury during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £1,384,000. Terraced properties sold for an average of £397,500. Overall, sold prices in Abbotsbury over the last year were 104% up on the previous year and 96% up on the 2016 peak of £454,000.
Abbotsbury village sits in a secluded valley sheltered by the Ridgeway hills. Several films of Thomas Hardy’s books have included Abbotsbury, the most recent Far from the Madding Crowd.
Although small, the number of visitors means facilities are plentiful. There is a village shop with post office and ATM, a farm shop selling local produce, a fishing tackle & bait shop, a range of interesting independent shops and galleries, tearooms, two pubs and accommodation, both bed and breakfast and self catering. The village is served by the X53 Jurassic Coast bus and also, during summer months, the ‘Slow Coaster’ Bus, should you want to travel onwards.
However, there is so much to see and do here.
You can climb up to the exquisite 14th-century St Catherine’s Chapel, a pilgrimage chapel used by the monks of the abbey as a place for private prayer, and visit the very well appointed children’s play area on the way up.
You can visit the 14th century St Nicholas Church or the Abbotsbury Abbey tithe barn, which was built around 1400 – the world’s largest thatched tithe barn. All three buildings are Grade I listed
The village sits beside the Jurassic Coast Path, The Hardy Way, the Ridgeway Path (ancient trackway described as Britain’s oldest road), the MacMillan Way (Abbotsbury to Boston), Chesil Beach and the old railway track linking Abbotsbury and Portesham, meaning that any direction you walk in leads to stunning views.
The village comprises a long street of stone houses, many of which are thatched, with some dating from the 16th century. Nearly a hundred structures within the parish are listed by English Heritage for their historic or architectural interest. These include six Grade I and six Grade II*. The street broadens at one point into an old market square. It sits between Bridport and Weymouth and it is a beautiful drive to either town.
All of Abbotsbury parish is within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and next to the Unesco World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast.
A high proportion of its residents are also knocking on a bit, with nearly a quarter aged over 65.
But can you think of a nicer place to retire? Quite.
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