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A move to dorset or not advice please.

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lotti37 Mon 12-May-14 13:08:30


I really need some advice please my head is spinning and can't decide. My husband wants us to move to dorset for a better quality of life . We live in the midlands and I have done all my life. We have 3 children 2 in primary school 7 and 9 and a 2 year old. We go on holidays to dorset and love it but all my family and friends and my husbands job are here in the midlands . Everything is very local here- kids are in the same school and very happy here. The secondary schools are not so great here. There is 1 outstanding schools and some good schools . I know in dorset there are lots of good schools.

I know my husband says he does not want to be here for the next 15 years whilst eldest 2 are at school.

His job is here but he has said he would work from home 2 days a week and then be in the midlands for 2 nights working here.

I am really struggling to decide as dorset is beautiful but more expensive and schools probably further away ( current school is a 5 min walk) . I know they have a 3 tier school system as well so boys would be a different schools probably . I don't know which areas are nice but not too expensive ? Which schools are good . My husband talks about Poole grammer but I know it's very hard to get into .

Really wanted any advice from people that have done it or live down there or anyone who has moved away from their home town . We need to make a quick decision as my eldest is 9 and would want to start before he start secondary schools here .Thank you much

WhatWillSantaBring Mon 12-May-14 13:22:44

Dorset is stunningly gorgeous and I would love to live there again. It has some really good schools (private and state). Thomas Hardye's in Dorchester and the gryphon in Sherborne are two that spring to mind.

However, it has the widest gulf between salaries and property other than Knightsbridge. Ie properties are very expensive and there is a dearth of well paying jobs. Which I know won't affect you now, but what if your DH decides the commute is too much. Speaking of which, Dorset is poorly served by transport, esp getting north to the midlands. You can get to The north and east of the county by fast road, but then it's single carriage way most of the way from Poole/Yeovil.

It's also tough for kids when they grow older- if they are high fliers, they are going to have to fly far from the nest - no returning home after uni.

I think there are better rural areas to live to be honest! Hampshire, South Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire, North Somerset, Worcestershire.

middleagedspread Mon 12-May-14 14:57:38

Dorset is a big county. Are you thinking Dorset coast (?Bridport) or rural inland? Tell us more & we can advise.

Sunnyshores Mon 12-May-14 16:06:53

not all schools in Dorset follow the 3 tier system and house prices vary hugely - which areas are you considering?

Must it be an all or nothing? It sounds as if its going to be harder for you, while hubby still gets to see his friends and family during the week. No way of buying something in Dorset so you can spend more time there? a caravan or lodge on a park?

lotti37 Mon 12-May-14 17:52:40

It's such a hard decision . I am from the midlands so all my friends and family are here. my husband is from the West Country so we would not know anyone in Dorset. I like the idea of a 2nd home down there .i think he misses the coast and wants a speed boat . He was thinking maybe Wimborne area or blandford forum Bournemouth direction seems nice . He talks about Poole grammer school but this is catchment area school I think. Think he just wants a change of scenery . Any advice thank you

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 12-May-14 17:55:41

Hi Lotie I replied on your other thread

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 12-May-14 17:56:52

Poole Grammar is not necessarily catchment, there are a few bits from local villages that catch the train in.

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 12-May-14 17:57:06

Sorry boys

Sunnyshores Mon 12-May-14 19:24:20

If its just a change of scenery, how about coast nearer Birmingham. I love Dorset, but you really will be isolated. What is it, 3 hours from Birmingham? On awful little roads. In all likliehood you wouldnt be back often and if you were ill or there was an emergency DH wouldnt be able to pop back for the night.

Sunflower6 Mon 12-May-14 19:40:55

I live in bournemouth having moved down from the midlands 20 years ago. It is about a 3 hour trip to Birmingham but not on awful little roads.

Bournemouth doesn't have a three tier system but some parts of poole do I believe.

Would your family share the task of visiting? my family are a 5 1/2 hour trip away and don't pull their weight re visiting to say the least and I worry about our parents being so far away as they get older.

I love dorset but it has at times out a lot of pressure on us having no family near by or being prepared to visited. My husband has worked away a lot as well, I have learnt to be very self sufficient.

Does your husband intend to get a job in dorset it will be very tiring commuting to the midlands every week

OnePlanOnHouzz Tue 13-May-14 15:22:32

sounds like an adventure ! I moved to Dorset nearly 20 years ago ! I still see my family - about 3 hours drive ! it's a beautiful place to live ! go rural for smaller schools or coastal for the larger schools, you get more home for your money the further you are from Poole and Bournemouth ! Dorchester is great - fab schools ! and the small village schools (3 tier ) feed into the one large senior school in Dorchester , Thomas Hardy school - it has fantastic reviews !! maybe your husband could find work in Dorset to end the commute ?! good luck to you all with any decisions you make ! :-)

Bridg84 Wed 08-Mar-17 18:57:04

Hi I'm new on hello everybody! We have been debating a long time about moving away from London and we love Dorset- especially Swanage! I have two children one starting secondary school in September & 1 that would be going into year 4 of primary school. We have holidayed many times in swanage and I was just wondering what it is like for children there to grow up & job wise for us. Any help would be much appreciated. I like Wareham but have only been when going to the Sainsbury's there. 😀 thanks.

OVienna Thu 09-Mar-17 00:01:11

DH worked in Dorchester when I first met him. The area was not to my taste although yes Hardye's is a fantastic school. The lack of diversity really got to me. Thinking about it now and DHs 'Christian' landlord is enough to bring out the hives. Later I met some very rich families from west Dorset who seemed to spend most of their week in London. I think it's a marmite sort of place; people who love it really love it but I would want to feel a holiday place could work week in and week out too.

Franklina Wed 02-Aug-17 19:11:08

Hi I'm also thinking of relocating with partner and 4 children aged 8,7,5,5.
Looking for a better quality of life.
Thinking of Southbourne, Christchurch area.
Ideally making the move within the year.
Any advice about schools, employment, pros and cons gratefully received. 😃
Work wise partner electrician and myself paediatric nurse (looking for part time employment) for myself

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