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New blockbuster set in Dorset looks set to add to the county's appeal

It was as recent as January 2015 that Dorset estate agents were fighting off home buyers who had turned to the county in light of TV show Broadchurch. The drama had shown off Dorset's brooding charms to such an effect that many estate agents claim the airtime has had a positive effect on house prices. Now a new wave of Dorset fans is set to be created with the release of Far From The Madding Crowd- a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's famous book starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen, and filmed almost exclusively in Dorset. While the actors turn in stellar performances, it is Charlotte Bruus Christensen's cinematography that steals the screen. The Telegraph's film review claims: 'As soon as you leave the cinema, you want to pack a suitcase'.Christensen herself takes the adulation a step further: 'The English countryside and beaches are stunning. When we went to Dorset, I thought 'I want to live here'." High praise indeed but residents and holidaymakers have long fallen under the spell that Dorset casts. In an interview with the Radio Times, Christensen talks about her favourite Dorset locations, which Winkworth has detailed below and suggests options for those looking at houses for sale in Dorset. Mapperton, Beaminster - Mapperton is a magnificent sandstone manor house and valley garden in Beaminster, providing one of the most visually stunning backdrops for the film. Winkworth has a number of houses for sale in Dorset around the location, including in Westbourne. West Bay - this small harbour resort, also known as Bridport Harbour, is located at the mouth of the River Brit. Framed by towering cliffs, the location is nothing short of stunning. Properties for sale in Highcliffe and Poole offer similar surroundings. Durdle Door - the unmistakable limestone arch is one of Dorset's most recognisable facets and this section of the Jurassic coastline is picture postcard perfect. To make the most of the setting, search for properties for sale in West Lulworth, Preston and Wareham. Eype Cliffs - another beach location popular with fossil hunters. The areas around the cliffs - Eype, Bridport, Bradpole and Coneygar Park - are home to some of the most stunning stone-built character houses for sale in Dorset. Perfect if you're looking for your own mini manor house.

It was as recent as January 2015 that Dorset estate agents were fighting off home buyers who had turned to the county in light of TV show Broadchurch. The drama had shown off Dorset's brooding charms to such an effect that many estate agents claim the airtime has had a positive effect on house prices.

Now a new wave of Dorset fans is set to be created with the release of Far From The Madding Crowd- a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's famous book starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen, and filmed almost exclusively in Dorset.

While the actors turn in stellar performances, it is Charlotte Bruus Christensen's cinematography that steals the screen. The Telegraph's film review claims: 'As soon as you leave the cinema, you want to pack a suitcase'.Christensen herself takes the adulation a step further: 'The English countryside and beaches are stunning. When we went to Dorset, I thought 'I want to live here'."

High praise indeed but residents and holidaymakers have long fallen under the spell that Dorset casts. In an interview with the Radio Times, Christensen talks about her favourite Dorset locations, which Winkworth has detailed below and suggests options for those looking at houses for sale in Dorset.

Mapperton, Beaminster - Mapperton is a magnificent sandstone manor house and valley garden in Beaminster, providing one of the most visually stunning backdrops for the film. Winkworth has a number of houses for sale in Dorset around the location, including in Westbourne.

West Bay - this small harbour resort, also known as Bridport Harbour, is located at the mouth of the River Brit. Framed by towering cliffs, the location is nothing short of stunning. Properties for sale in Highcliffe and Poole offer similar surroundings.

Durdle Door - the unmistakable limestone arch is one of Dorset's most recognisable facets and this section of the Jurassic coastline is picture postcard perfect. To make the most of the setting, search for properties for sale in West Lulworth, Preston and Wareham.

Eype Cliffs - another beach location popular with fossil hunters. The areas around the cliffs - Eype, Bridport, Bradpole and Coneygar Park - are home to some of the most stunning stone-built character houses for sale in Dorset. Perfect if you're looking for your own mini manor house.

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