Property in Cornwall is always highly sought after and our buying agent in Cornwall, Lee Heywood, is in no doubt as to why. The county offers crystal blue sea, sun-drenched summers and spectacular countrysides, and is characterised by its history and welcoming locals. It is an ideal location for a holiday home to make the most of the British summer, or for a permanent house.
History and Geography
Cornwall is a land of myth and legend. It also has its own language and flag which makes it feel separate to England. In fact, film producers from all over the world are drawn to Cornwall because of the magical atmosphere it inspires.
With the longest stretch of coastline of any county in the UK, the north coast has dramatic cliffs tops and sweeping golden sands, whereas the south coast is softer in character with numerous river estuaries that are ideal for sailing.
However, although best known for its coastal towns and villages Cornwall has many hidden treasures particularly Bodmin Moor and the area beyond Penzance which has numerous ancient pre-historic sites.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream the county generally enjoys mild weather throughout the year and the quality of light is something that artists first recognised more than one hundred and fifty years ago.
Over the past few years, improvements in communication have helped make Cornwall a more desirable place to live. Although some might prefer the relative isolation that distance provides…
Even so, Newquay airport not only provides domestic flights throughout the UK but thrice daily flights to London and then worldwide. New direct international routes are being created to Frankfurt and Dublin in 2016.
Fast regular intercity services operate from Penzance to London Paddington. Stopping at intermediate stations including Plymouth and Exeter, from where connecting services cover the whole of the UK.
Road transport has improved and the A30 is currently being duelled south of Launceston, which means that the main arterial route into the county will be dual carriageway for almost the whole length from the M5 at Exeter to Penzance.
The county offers a diversity of education within the state system from small village primary schools to large academies, many having been inspected and judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted.
For more information visit Cornwall County Council website –
Private independent education is available in different parts of the county with Truro having the best performing schools.
Cornwall is essentially a county of outdoor pursuits with cliff top walks and sweeping golden beaches which are perfect for surfing, particularly on the north coast.
The sunken estuaries on the south coast make for a sailing paradise and many of the villages look so picturesque with colourful yachts moored alongside traditional fishing boats.
Numerous cycle trails exist with the best known being The Camel Trail which runs from Padstow to Wadebridge and then inland to the lower slopes of Bodmin Moor, a distance of almost twenty miles.
With excellent links courses, Cornwall has become a destination for enthusiastic golfers with St. Enodoc voted one of the top One Hundred Golf Courses in the world.
Another popular activity is gardening and there are many large county houses owned by the National Trust that are open to the public. The mild temperate climate produces almost sub-tropical conditions with many trees and shrubs able to be grown only within Cornwall.
Property in Cornwall
Property in Cornwall varies from contemporary coastal apartments to charming granite and slate country cottages, and gracious country houses with acreage. Although properties situated in an estuary position with water views will undoubtedly command a premium. Particularly in villages such as Fowey, St. Mawes and Helford on the south coast together with St. Ives, Padstow and Rock on the north coast.
Clients intending to purchase for retirement will find that many of the small towns and villages offer a warm welcome and encourage incomers to settle. Some villages even prepare a welcome pack helping people to move more easily.
Cornwall is the UK’s favourite holiday destination. So for those wishing to purchase as a holiday let excellent yields can be achieved. However, those seeking to enjoy their second property in Cornwall for their own recreation can if they wish readily become involved with local activities.
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