Living in Devon
Packed with diverse natural beauty and rich with culture
From the bustle of Exeter and Plymouth to the natural serenity of Dartmoor National Park, the county of Devon is a top spot for anyone looking for a well-placed retirement property. Rich in history and culture, Devon is a great location if you’re looking for an active retirement. There’s lots to see and do here, and our retirement properties in Devon leave you within walking distance of all these great sights and attractions.
Lifestyle in Devon
Whether you're looking for intriguing history or intricate architecture, there's plenty to keep you busy around Devon. You can see the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral, take in panoramic views from the top of Smeaton's Tower in Plymouth, or visit the youngest castle in the country, Castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton.
If you’re a fan of wildlife, then you’ll also have Lundy and the National Marine Aquarium close to home. The aquarium is the largest in the UK and has now entertained visitors for over 20 years. Here, you’ll find living stingrays, barracudas and sharks in a 2.5 million-litre tank. Alternatively, you can take a boat over to Lundy where you can spot razorbills, skylarks and even a small population of puffins and peregrine falcons.
With rolling green hills, dramatic cliffs and high moorland, you’ll find a huge range of scenic backdrops to admire around the county. As well as sharing Exmoor with Somerset, Devon also holds the entirety of Dartmoor National Park, a protected area of countryside that's so huge that it takes up nearly 15% of the entire county!
Further out from the hills and moorland, there are two massive and separate Devon coastlines to explore, which together make up more than 400 miles of sandy beaches, rugged clifftops and busy harbours. Along the coast, you'll find the UK's first World Biosphere Reserve, as well as the largest sand-dune system in the country at Braunton Burrows. Elsewhere, you can see the popular bay-side towns of the English Riviera, or discover 185 million years of geological history while walking along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
From relaxing seaside walks to scuba diving adventures, you're sure to find lots of ways to keep fit around Devon. You can cycle through the hills of Exmoor National Park, hike along the South West Coast Path, set sail from Dartmouth, or bring your younger relatives to the English Riviera Geopark. If you don’t fancy the walk, then you can also see the geopark on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
If you'd rather savour the scenic views, you can fish on the River Dart, take a leisurely bike ride along the county's canals, or enjoy a round at any of the 50 golf courses dotted around the area.
If you like the sound of green hills, diverse natural beauty and a high-quality retirement property by the sea, take a look at some of our retirement properties in Devon and find the right fit for you.
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