A west Dorset town has been named one of the best places to live in the South West.

The list, compiled for the Sunday Times, names Lyme Regis as one of the top ten towns in the region.

It is the first time the resort has made the list.

Topsham, near Exeter, took the top spot.

The report notes that a starter home in Lyme Regis will cost buyers £315,101, while a mid-market home is around £286,790 and a top-of-the-range home will set you back £587,477.

The methodology uses robust statistics, including exclusive, up to date house prices provided by Habito and TwentyCi, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times’s expert panel. The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said: “Finding our very own best place to live now feels more important than ever, for our wellbeing and wealth, happiness and health. Wherever you are on the property ladder The Sunday Times has championed 101 locations across the UK, and crowned one lucky winner, that we think is a great place to make a home.”