A wealth of attractions on the doorstep
Residents at Somerleigh Court are able to keep themselves busy in Dorchester with its deeply interesting history that dates back even before pre-Roman Britain, and there are still some remaining Roman features – it’s a great place for walking and exploring the many historical sites and amazing views. Within the town itself, there are close to 300 structures that are listed by Historic England for their historic or architectural interest. Often described as the ‘Small Town with a Big Story’, Dorchester offers town walks and several types of tours to explore its rich past. St Catherine’s Chapel is a 14th century building with stunning views, and a stroll up Eggardon Hillfort offers one of the best vantage points in the county. The nearby Cerne Abbas Giant is something of a wonderful historical oddity at a whopping 180-feet. Close by is the Maumbury Rings monument which is a wonderful mix of history that is regularly used now for open-air concerts, festivals and historical re-enactments. In addition, Dorchester is steeped in literary tradition – residents are able to visit T.E. Lawrence’s Cloud Hills which still contains original furniture and photographs, and there is also Thomas Hardy’s cottage to visit which is now an atmospheric National Trust property open to the public and host to special events throughout the year. For retirees’ keen on their military history, Dorchester is home to the Tank and the Keep Military Museums. Those with visiting grandchildren can pop along to the Teddy Bear Museum or even head over to the Dorset Country Museum and the Dinosaur Museum. Dorchester and Dorset have a fascinating Jurassic past that appeals to all.
Residents at Somerleigh Court are also able to enjoy the delights of Dorchester’s weekly market – one of Dorset’s biggest and best markets! With a large indoor market and an outside covered section regularly selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, local produce, bread, quality meats, clothes, plants and hot food every Wednesday.
As well as its historic heritage and quaint streets, Dorchester also blends the old with the new with the buzzing Brewery Square, which is a stylish regeneration in the heart of town with a variety of shops, eateries and leisure facilities, including an Odeon Cinema. Dorchester successfully blends all the advantages of town living, with beautiful countryside just on your doorstep.
Additionally, Dorchester has good transport links and is served by two railway stations; Dorchester South to Weymouth, Bournemouth to London (getting you to Central London in under three hours), and Dorchester West to Bath and Bristol. Residents are only a short 15-minute drive away from the infamous Jurassic Coast and the town is also about two and a half hours from London by car, via the M3. There is plenty to do in Dorchester itself of course, making the town an enduringly popular location.
Award-winning Somerleigh Court truly is a very special place – not just for its excellent location, 68 generously sized apartments and a nursing home accommodating 40 beds, but also for its sense of community where residents are able to enjoy a fully independent lifestyle and take advantage of everything Dorchester has to offer.
If you would like to learn more about living at Somerleigh Court, please call Angela Roberts on 013 0521 1836. For further details about LifeCare Residences, our offering and how we can enhance the ‘every day’ please call T. 0800 009 6950.
For those who are unable to visit in person, we are also able to offer virtual tours of our communities at your convenience.