Guide to Exeter, Devon

What is Devon like?

We cover the whole of Devon, plus West Dorset and West Somerset, from Lyme Regis up to Minehead, and across to the River Tamar. Our Rural team also includes Cornwall in its area, and extends east into Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Property in Devon

Although naturally we deal in the best that Exeter has to offer — especially period houses in coveted St Leonard’s — the mainstay of the market here is country and waterside property. The great range of type and location means that there is something for everyone, be they after a weekend bolthole, a family residence or a trophy estate. From quaint cottages to manor houses, from coast to moor to market town, Devon has it all.

Waterside properties are, understandably, in high demand and always command a premium: the estuaries of the Dart and the Yealm, and the Salcombe Estuary, are picturesque and a magnet for sailing enthusiasts. A wealth of seaside resorts on the south coast and the beaches and surfing centres of North Devon offer a huge range of seaside locations.

Inland, Dartmoor and Exmoor boast some of the most beautiful landscapes in England. The eastern side of Dartmoor is coveted as a good base for commuting into Exeter; Exmoor is particularly sought-after as a base for field sports.

For yachting and estuary views, head to Dartmouth, Kingswear and Dittisham on the River Dart; Salcombe and Kingsbridge on the Salcombe Estuary; and Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers on the Yealm Estuary. If you’re looking for surf beaches try Croyde, Putsborough and Saunton Sands.

For pretty coastal towns, look at Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Shaldon and Porlock

For ideal market towns, try Tavistock, Chagford, Moretonhampstead and Totnes.

The local scene

For many, Devon, Dorset and Somerset are synonymous with the seaside, and the area’s variety of coastal locations is an intrinsic part of its charm. From superb surfing beaches such as Croyde Bay to tiny fishing villages like Clovelly and the popular sailing bases of the South Hams and Plymouth, the coast is one of the glories of the area.

The other is the fabulous landscapes of Dartmoor and Exmoor, which support thriving rural communities and a huge range of outdoor activities. Devon is widely regarded as the closest genuinely rural county to London, preserving its timeless appeal and diverse social mix.

The area’s hub is Exeter, with its glorious cathedral at its centre. Exeter University, set on a stunning hillside campus, is one of the country’s finest and ensures a lively social scene, while the city’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery has recently been acclaimed for its stylish regeneration.

Getting about

Trains to London Paddington from Exeter St David’s take two hours; mainline services may also be picked up at Plymouth, Totnes and Tiverton Parkway.

The M5 leads from London and the Midlands, linking with the A38 Expressway to Plymouth and South Cornwall, and the A30 to mid- and North Cornwall and Exeter.

Exeter Airport is the hub for Flybe, offering numerous domestic and international flights.

Schools in Devon

There is a range of excellent schools throughout Devon, Somerset and Dorset, including Mount House and Kelly College in Tavistock; Blundells in Tiverton; Exeter Cathedral School; West Buckland School, South Molton; King’s College, Taunton; Wellington School; and the Sherborne schools.