With Devon officially the best place to live in England [Country Life Magazine] and its population set to rise by two million over the course of the next 10 years, more people than ever are escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a life in the country.
But with so many great places in Devon, the big question is where should you settle? We’ve taken a look at five popular places for people wanting to relocate to Devon with their family.
Dartmoor and southern Devon
Searching for a secluded smallholding that can still boast easy access to civilisation? Look no further than the rugged and rolling hills of Dartmoor. The national park is at the heart of Devon and boasts some of the most spectacular views and walks in the county.
Quaint towns like Chagford and Moretonhampstead on the northern edge of the park have direct access to the A30 whilst if you look further South, the market town of Buckfastleigh sits beside the A30.
The English Riviera, Torbay
Wanting to escape city life for a farm or smallholding by the sea? The English Riviera includes the coastal towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
With beautiful bays and long stretches of sand it’s a popular place with tourists, but patches of land and smallholdings for sale are often popping up in the surrounding villages.
Education plays a huge part of any move with children, so you’ll also be pleased to know the area boasts a strong education system, with nine secondary schools in Torbay and good road and rail links to the university cities of Plymouth and Exeter.
Tamar Valley, West Devon
Not sure whether to plump for Devon or Cornwall? Why not settle somewhere near the border? The Tamar Valley offers the best of both sides, stretching across 24 parishes from Bodmin Moor to Dartmoor along the Devon/Cornwall border.
The valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so no clues why people love this part of Devon! No matter how tucked away you are, farms and smallholdings have great access to main trunk roads and larger towns such as Tavistock and Plymouth; ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ is only a short drive away.
Barnstaple, North Devon
Further north is the market town of Barnstaple, a stones throw from some of the region’s finest beaches. You’ll also find Exmoor National Park just a 30-minute journey to the east; giving you plenty of options for things to do with the family!
Alongside the tourist hotspots, farming is a main contributor to the North Devon economy, with smallholdings and farms for sale in many of the surrounding villages.
Okehampton, West Devon
Always wanted to exchange that city home for a place where your children can roam safely outdoors? Known as the ‘walking centre of Devon’, Okehampton is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and also boasts cycle trails and bridleways. It’s even got its own castle!
Planning to commute to work everyday? The town adjoins the A30, providing direct access to the city of Exeter, which is a convenient 30-minute journey by car, as are most other places from Okehampton!
If you’re looking at moving to Devon, whether to find the perfect family home or to buy property with land, get in touch with West Country Dream at www.westcountrydream.com