Living in Cornwall
A dramatic coastline and iconic attractions
With its dramatic coastline, magnificent beaches and storied heritage, Cornwall could be an ideal location to find a new home. With gorgeous gardens and iconic attractions such as St Michael’s Mount and Land’s End, Cornwall will continue to surprise you with new and different things to do. Our retirement properties in Cornwall leave you within touching distance of all Cornwall’s great attractions, allowing you to enjoy a full and active retirement.
Lifestyle in Cornwall
Renowned for its historic ports and mining roots, there's plenty to learn and discover all over Cornwall. You can visit the Gothic-revival cathedral in Truro, Cornwall's only city, or explore the 15th century parish of Lanhydrock, near Bodmin. There's the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, where you can see first-hand the history of Cornwall's shipping and trade industry, or you can take a tour of the preserved Geevor Tin Mine in Pendeen.
If you'd rather soak up some culture, you'll find seasonal drama at the famous open-air Minack Theatre by Porthcurno Bay. Overlooking the English Channel and the Celtic Sea, here you’ll find stunning views as well as outstanding plays produced by companies from all over the world.
Whether you're looking for music, sports, art or food, there are a huge number of festivals all through the year around Cornwall. You can see livestock and flowers at the 200-year-old Royal Cornwall Show, watch live performances in music and theatre at the Golowan Festival in Penzance, or see the city of Truro lit up in the spectacular City of Lights festival and parade.
The county of Cornwall also has a strong community spirit, led by the Cornwall Community Foundation. When you purchase one of our retirement properties in Cornwall, you’ll find it easy to make friends thanks to the vast amount of local community groups, such as the Cornwall Social Group.
From the 300 miles of surrounding coastline to the moors, farmland and wooded valleys spread around the region, Cornwall is full of scenic views and rural countryside. You can look out over the Atlantic Ocean from High Cliff, the highest sheer drop in Cornwall, trek across the 80 square miles of Bodmin Moor, or just relax and watch the surfers along the sandy beaches of Fistral Beach.
Cornwall's also home to one of the UK's largest designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, made up of twelve different areas covering 370 square miles. In fact, there's so much outstanding beauty that the designated area represents more than a quarter of the entire county!
As the tip of the south western peninsula of England, Cornwall's almost completely surrounded by coastline, which means there are plenty of places to get out into the water. You can learn to sail at the Loe Beach Watersports Centre, try scuba diving around the clear waters of the Lizard peninsula, or observe the wildlife near the white beaches of Tresco Island. Just off the coast, you’ll also find St Michael’s Mount. Although this can be easily accessed by boat, if you visit at low tide, you can walk there across the ancient cobble causeway.
Should you not fancy taking to the sea, you’ll also find more than 30 golf courses around the area, as well as plenty of places for horse riding, orienteering and cycling.
If you like the idea of retiring to a close community in a rural, seaside setting, take a look at some of our impressive retirement properties in Cornwall.
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