The South West of England, or the West Country as it is sometimes affectionately known, is often overlooked as a ‘hot spot’ to move to, but those who don’t consider the area an option could be missing out on one of the most stunning, historical, mystical and peaceful parts of the UK.
When you visit many parts of the South West of England it can feel charming, as if you are stepping back in time, untainted by commercialisation.
The coastline is one of the longest and most dramatic in England and is proudly home to some of the finest beaches in the UK. It really is easy to see why people would consider moving to the South West of England just for the space, countryside, coast and the growing and lucrative job market, however if you still need more convincing the following should make you want to visit very soon.
Historically the South West has been home to many rural communities where farming has been a key industry for the area. However, the area has seen a revival and is now the centre of a major tech boom. Bristol, already one of the most affluent areas in the UK, has firmly put its Maritime past behind it as thousands of tech jobs continue to be created within the city and surrounding areas, helped by its position at the western end of the M4 corridor with its excellent links to London. Aerospace is another industry fully at home in the area with Airbus UK, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems all having manufacturing operations in the area. Indeed, the South West is home to the largest aerospace cluster in the UK and second biggest in Europe. The area also offers higher salaries to the national average.
The South West of England is home to some of the most beautiful and enchanting sights in the UK, including UNESCO world heritage site Stonehenge.
It offers miles and miles of coastline, valleys, forests and bygone villages including the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), that is so picturesque and quaint it attracts visitors from all over the world.
The area also boasts another AONB, the Quantock Hills which comprise heathland, rivers, lakes, oak woodlands and ancient parklands, as well as agricultural land offering extensive views over much of Somerset and across to the Welsh coast; perfect for activities such as walking, cycling and horse-riding.
Stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, the Jurassic Coast was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2001 and presents one of the most important, interesting and visually stunning coastlines in the world. If that wasn’t enough the area is also home to Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks and all they give in terms of outdoor activities including walking and cycling.
Eating and drinking
The South West is an area built on farming and still to this day you are able to source locally farmed, delicious fresh produce including fresh meat, organic fruit and vegetables and sumptuous seafood all over the region. There are some world-famous local delicacies including the Cornish pasty, cream tea and of course the infamous unfiltered cider called “scrumpy”. If your tastes are more sophisticated the South West has many major towns where you can get your culture fix as well as dining at some truly trendsetting restaurants.
Although the average property in the South West will set you back a little more than the national average, when you factor in the community feel, endless choice of family activities and low crime rate it is easy to see why. Prices do vary considerably as does the style of housing available, however you can be sure that there will not be a lack of choice and compared to London and the Home Counties your money will go a long way in the South West.
Throughout the South West there are many great schools to choose from, both independent and state school, that will suit students of all ages and abilities.
Now it’s not often we get to talk about the UK weather being a plus point, but you will be pleased to know that the South West has better weather than most of the rest of the UK.
The westerly position of the area ensures milder winters and warmer summers and Devon and Cornwall actually boast some of the longest hours of sunshine in the UK of any mainland location.
If you are looking for domestic staff for your home or estate in the South West, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have an extensive database of available candidates who are looking for jobs locally, or we can even undertake a proactive search for your ideal candidate according to your specific requirements.
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