1. World-class beaches
Water temperature aside, on a sunny day some parts of Cornwall could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean. With 250 miles of coastline and more than 400 stunning coves and inlets, Cornwall has something to offer every dog-walker, kite surfer, picnicker and holidaymaker. From iconic golden sands and outstanding surf on the North Coast to picturesque fishing harbours and sheltered coves in the South, Cornwall has some of the world’s best coastal scenery. Find your ideal Cornish beach here.
2. More relaxed pace of life
In Cornwall, everything is done ‘dreckly’ – that is to say, it will be done when it gets done. Without much of the stress and pressure of city living, locals take the time to get to know everyone in their community and to focus on quality of life over pay rises and promotions. Companies frequently offer flexi-time so their employees can spend more time with their families or leave work early if the surf is looking good.
3. Locally sourced produce
Breakfast tastes a thousand times better when it’s made with eggs that have been freshly laid by hens on the farm around the corner. Cornwall has dozens of local farmers’ markets that sell delicious fresh seasonal produce, making grocery shopping less of a chore and more of a fun day out. Many of the county’s top restaurants use locally sourced produce, and the huge importance placed on sustainability means you can enjoy delicious guilt-free meals out (often at a much more reasonable price than up-country).
4. Beautiful countryside with a fascinating history
From dramatic moorland where smugglers once transported their ill-gotten gains, to sweeping coastal scenery dotted with Bronze Age ruins and remnants of the old mining industries, Cornwall has a diverse landscape full of fascinating history. Locals quickly learn the value of a National Trust membership, which includes parking at most of its locations in addition to entry to nature reserves, historic buildings, coastal walks, and historic mines.
5. Cheaper cost of living
Although by no means the cheapest part of the country, Cornwall is considerably easier to afford than London and its surrounding areas. The average house price in Cornwall is currently £263,693, with London as a region averaging out at £484,173. With superfast broadband available in much of the county, remote work is becoming an increasingly common phenomenon in Cornwall, enabling many to earn London wages while enjoying the advantages of living beachside.
If you’re thinking of moving to Cornwall, Lillicrap Chilcott can help you find your perfect country or coastal home. Contact one of our helpful team members or view our available properties on our website.