What is Cornwall like?
Cornwall has over 400 miles of spectacular coastline, and it is this that defines the lifestyle here. The north and west coasts provide some of the best surfing in Europe, with a trendy scene focusing on Rock, while the south coast around Falmouth Harbour, the Fowey Estuary and the Helford River is prime sailing territory.
We cover the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is an area synonymous with watersports and a laid-back lifestyle, making it a huge draw for second-home owers and retirees.
Property in Cornwall
Cottages in the coastal hotspots are always in demand. The fashionable locations include Rock, Padstow and St Ives; quieter, but just as high-value, are Fowey, St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula, Helford and the Lizard Peninsula, and Falmouth and the Fal Estuary. Sought-after seaside villages include Mousehole, Flushing and Polperro.
Although Cornwall boasts some ancient and substantial estates, they are rarely offered for sale; smaller country houses represent the prime market, with the countryside surrounding the Camel Estuary and the villages fringing Bodmin Moor good places to look.
The local scene
Cornwall has a flourishing arts scene. Numerous galleries include Tate St Ives and the Penlee Gallery in Penzance, while a plethora of annual arts festivals includes the St Ives September Festival, the Port Eliot Festival and the Fowey Festival of Words and Music.
Cornwall is a garden-lover’s paradise. As well as the major attractions of The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, there are such famous gardens as Trelissick, Glendurgan, Lanhydrock and, over on the Isles of Scilly, Tresco Abbey Garden.
Communications to Cornwall have improved dramatically in recent years, with the upgraded A30 dual carriageway providing fast access to the M5 at Exeter.
Newquay Airport provides daily flights to London Gatwick and Manchester.
The Penzance to Paddington mainline also offers a sleeper service.
Schools in Cornwall
Truro is the main focus of families moving to Cornwall; the major schools are Truro School, Truro High School and Polwhele House School. The Bolitho School in Penzance is also popular.