Retire to…Cornwall. Our location guide to properties in the county
09 April 2015
With miles of pretty coastline, dotted with rocky coves, quaint harbours and long stretches of golden sand, it’s little wonder that Cornwall is such a popular holiday destination for Brits.
For many, the thought of retiring to a seaside idyll would be a dream come true and with a slower pace of life, fantastic transport links and one of the mildest and sunniest climates in the UK, what better place is there to spend your retirement than in this lovely corner of the South West?
Cornwall is renowned for its long Celtic roots, dramatic landscape and of course Cornish pasties but the county has much more to keep you occupied. From historical landmarks and clifftop walks, to National Trust sites and pretty spots for afternoon tea – you’ll find plenty to intrigue and inspire you in Cornwall.
Just over the border from Devon, a mile west of the River Tamar and easily accessed from the A30, the historic market town of Launceston is known as the Gateway to Cornwall.
Surrounded by rolling countryside, this small town has a friendly population, which is perfect for welcoming new retirees. However, if you do want to get away there are good rail links which connect with Plymouth and from there you can get direct trains into London. It's also home to our Retirement Living development Manaton Court.
Despite a population of just 20,000, Truro is Cornwall’s ‘capital’ city and is dominated by its gothic-revival 19th Century cathedral. Despite its relatively compact size, you’ll find plenty of amenities here including museums, galleries, a cinema and a good selection of high street chain stores, speciality shops and markets. Also located in the city is our Retirement Living development Lys Lander, a 45 one and two bedroom development.
Cornwall’s other larger towns include Newquay, a coastal area known for its great beaches, such as Fristal, Towan and Crantock - which was voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast in 2013.
Along with its 11 beaches, Newquay is also home to a harbour and one of the best zoos in the country, with 130 species including lions, meerkats, penguins and ring-tailed lemurs.
St Austell is another of Cornwall’s biggest settlements and is a popular draw for visitors thanks to the Eden Project, which is nearby. The iconic ‘dome’ project, which opened in 2003, is the world’s largest rainforest in captivity - there’s even a waterfall inside one of the giant Biodomes.
Surrounded on three sides by sea, it is hardly surprising that freshly caught seafood and fish dishes are at top of the menu in most Cornish restaurants. Along with tourism and agriculture, fishing is still today one of Cornwall’s most important industries and the county has its fair share of old fishing ports, such as Padstow, Fowey, Looe and Port Issac, made famous by Martin Clunes’ drama Doc Martin.
One of Cornwall’s most famous ports is St Ives. Considered the most prestigious area of Cornwall and the ‘the jewel in Cornwall's Crown’, this picturesque seaside town is set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery.
Named ‘Seaside Town of the Year’ by Guardian readers in 2007, the town’s legacy as a 20th-century art colony of world importance lives on – it’s one of the few places in the country with a Tate Gallery.
Lizard Point and Land’s End are close-by and there are strong transport links to surrounding areas making it a good place to settle. You’ll also find our San Lorenzo Court Retirement Living development here, in a prime position a short stroll from Carbis Bay.
You cannot really talk about Cornwall without mentioning Tintagel – the medieval hamlet in the north of the county which is protected by a castle-crowned headland and was once the seat of the legendary King Arthur. The hill up from the castle may well be a bit heavy going but you can always reward yourself with a Cornish pasty afterwards!
If you think this sounds like the ideal place for your retirement why not arrange to visit one of our developments in Cornwall and have a chat with a member of the sales team.
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