Dorset has seen 10 places in the county named among the best places to live in England for 2024, according to Muddy Stilettos.

The women's lifestyle website creates a list of the 'best places to live' every year, and it has expanded its number of entrants from 250 to 260 on this occasion.

It draws upon its insight into the 28 most sought-after counties in England, guiding potential buyers to the local hot spots and up-and-coming areas.

In a statement on their social media, they shared: "Come on in! We're thrilled to launch our brand new Best Places To Live 2024 in association with @struttandparker.

"We’ve shortlisted 260 gorgeous villages, towns and cities across our 28 ‘Muddy’ counties and beyond using our insider local knowledge."

The full list of the 260 places can be found at the Muddy Stilettos website here, but here are the Dorset locations that were included.

Dorset's 10 best places to live 2024


Swanage is recommended as an "unpretentious, super family-friendly little seaside town" which is ideal if you love "outdoors, music and the good life".


Wimborne is described as a "bustling" market town with "pretty streets and courtyards, period buildings, independent shops and whopping weekend markets".


Muddy Stilettos describes Westborne as a "golden triangle of hip independent shops, restaurants and cafes" which is complemented by being close to the beach.


Muddy Stilettos says it's like being on "holiday all year round" in this suburb of Christchurch as there are plenty of "brilliant beaches " nearby as well as quality restaurant options.

Great British Life: A view over Mudeford QuayA view over Mudeford Quay (Image: Gary Elison/Bournemouth Helicopters)


Sherborne is described as a "picture postcard market town" with "gorgeous medieval and Georgian properties" alongside a variety of great shops.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis was praised by Muddy Stilettos for its "Georgian streets and old alleyways", "excellent local schools", its selection of independent shops and its harbour.

Great British Life: A view out to sea from Lyme RegisA view out to sea from Lyme Regis (Image: Jan Wayman)


Bridport is said by Muddy Stilettos to have a "rich cultural scene" alongside a "vibrant community" as well as plenty of "stunning countryside".


Beaminster is described as a "laid-back" town with an "arty feel and an attractive conservation area".

Great British Life: St Mary's Church in BeaminsterSt Mary's Church in Beaminster (Image: Google Streetview)


Poundbury is recommended for its combination of "trad design and sustainable ethos, green spaces and community feel".


Studland is described as having plenty of "large and lovely houses", "glorious white sand beaches" and many superb options to eat at.

Speaking about Dorset as a whole Muddy Stilettos said: "Picture postcard villages and towns in the lush rolling hills (over half the county is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and on the iconic Jurassic coast, with a thriving cultural scene and a plethora of local food and drink producers (prepare to let out your waistband)."