Idyllic places to buy property in Cornwall

If you are looking to move house and search for property away from it all then you cannot get more southern and more westerly than Cornwall.

Noted for its beautiful beaches, its isolated countryside and its weather, Cornwall is a wonderful option for people of all ages. Almost solely surrounded by sea, Cornwall borders Devon to the east and the entire county has a population of 536,000 people, with only one city, Truro.

St Ives

In 2014 St Ives was voted as the most sought-after place to live in the UK and it is easy to see why, with magnificent beaches, stunning scenery and four beaches to choose from. St Ives is a larger town with a population of 11,226 and is now primarily a holiday resort. It is also known to be the brightest place to live in the whole country, so if you are looking for bright surroundings then look no further. St Ives is also known as a cultural area, with the opening of the only Tate Gallery outside of London and Liverpool.


Polperro is a beautiful harbour village with narrow streets and beautiful old cottages and the surrounding area is largely unspoilt and full of picturesque beauty with a population of 5,280 from the 2001 census. It is an untouched village, with a quaint harbour and attractive coastline. One of Polperro’s main attractions includes the South West Coastal Path which is a 630 mile established walk from Dorset to Somerset. It is a tourist destination and can be busy throughout the duration of summer months with tourism being Polperro’s main industry and is accessible via road, air, rail and boat. Since the 1970’s no visitors have been able to drive their cars into the village due to the narrow streets which makes driving difficult.


Looe is located in the south east of Cornwall and is a successful working fishing port with a population of 5,280. Surrounded by beautiful greenery and a picturesque coast line, Looe is also defined by its beautiful harbour, where if you arrive early enough you can watch the fishermen bring home their daily catch. The Looe community academy is a great local school with an Ofsted rating of Good.


Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) is a small fishing village on the coast, popular for retaining its character and beauty with a small population of 697 in the 2011 census. Mousehole is steeped in History and has retained much of its old world charm. The area is protected from the force of the sea by two sturdy breakwaters. Mousehole is located just 2.5 miles south of Penzance and lies with in an area of outstanding natural beauty. 

Cornwall has it all, a stunning location, beautiful scenery and warmer weather and it is no wonder people are flocking to buy properties here. Cornwall’s housing market is reasonable compared to its neighbours, with similar prices to the nearby Devon, but slightly cheaper than Dorset and Somerset. Terraced properties in Cornwall on average sell for £189,984 while semi-detached properties found themselves selling for around £203,912. Detached properties, which are the most popular, sold on average for £327,463.