Devon is rich in beautiful villages and towns, surrounded by lush countryside and wonderful scenery, but where are the most idyllic locations to look if you are looking to purchase property in the county?
With a beautiful coastline to the south in the English Riviera, and an equally stunning coast to the north, Devon has it all; beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and beautiful countryside, all the while having a number of great towns too. A favourite for tourists in the summer months, you might want to position yourself out of the hustle and bustle of the beach towns. There are many beautiful quaint villages which will have your heart the minute you see them.
If countryside living in a coastal setting is what you are after, then look no further than Lynmouth Bay, which is located on the coast within the Exmoor National Park. Lynmouth Bay can become quite busy, particularly in summer months, so if you are happy with the tourists visiting this might be the perfect location for you to set up your home. The town also boasts both the South West Coastal Path and the Tarka Trail passing through the area, with the two moors way, finishing in Lynmouth as well. With a breath taking coast line surrounded by incredible countryside, Lynmouth provides countryside living with coastal life.
A beautiful village in the heart of Dartmoor, this stunning location can be popular with visitors due to its castle and national trust owned gorge and waterfall. A beautiful but small village, with a population of just 458, Lydford is on the river Lyd. Although a sleepy village today, Lydford’s history is fascinating and is often what draws tourists to the area, stemming back to Anglo Saxon times.
Sandford is just outside of Crediton in Devon and is a small village in the district of mid Devon with a population of just over 3000. With a community-owned shop and post office community spirit is high in Sandford and is a wonderful place to settle if you are looking for a countryside setting while still in fairly short distance to a town. Crediton is a short distance away and linked to Sandford by a foot path/cycle path.
It does not get much smaller or more beautiful than the picturesque village of Zeal Monachorum, which is situated in the middle of the county. A small village with a population of around 1,600 and is around 3,400 acres. It is a village steeped in history and is noted as early as the Domesday Book in 1086. You will also find a great community spirit in Zeal Monachorum, with a whole host of community events held in the busy village hall. Surrounded by dense countryside, Zeal Monachorum is the perfect location if you want to really immerse yourself in countryside life.
Devon, albeit slightly cheaper than the cost of living in a more urbanised setting, has many of its prices pushed up by the cost of tourism in the area, but if you stay away from the main tourism centres you will be able to grab yourself a deal. The average cost for a flat in Devon costs around £135,329. If you want to purchase a house within the beautiful setting the latest figures show the cost of a terrace costing approximately £158,524 while a semi-detached property will sell for around £192,877. If it is a detached property you are after you can expect to pay in the region of £314,137.