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life in South West ENGLAND

Lush countryside, magical legends, dramatic coasts and lashings of local cider.

South West England, also known as the West Country, is made up of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall,Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It also includes parts of the gorgeous Cotswolds. With a mild climate, as well as lush green rolling countryside, truly unique and globally renown historic attractions, innovative and artistic cities, ancient towns, quaint villages, mythical tales, fantastic local produce and a jaw-droppingly stunning coastline, the region is a magnet for holidaymakers and retirees alike.


Location guide

Retirement living in South West England

Things to do in the South West
The Roman Baths, Somerset

Looking for days out in the South West? You’ll be spoilt for choice. Perhaps you’ll head to glorious Bath, famous for its Georgian architecture, thermal spa water and Roman Baths? Or bohemian Bristol, renowned for its suspension bridge, hot air balloons, Banksy and Aardman Animations? Or free-spirited Glastonbury with its global festival (actually held in the nearby village of Pilton) mystical shops and ancient tor?

For legendary attractions you don’t get more famous than the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, one of the seven wonders of the world. Wiltshire is also famous for its chalk horses – including Cherhill White Horse near Calne. Dorset, meanwhile is home to another famous chalk image, the Cerne Abbas giant, as well as the stunning Jurassic coast and Durdle Door rock formations. These form part of the South West coastal path that takes you from Somerset through to Dorset via gorgeous Devon and the rugged charm of Cornwall.

Retiring in South West England - Frequently asked questions

McCarthy Stone Developments in South West England

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“My son wanted me to move a bit closer to where he lives, and Atherstone is very pretty, so I was easily persuaded. I was a little bit worried about some parts of the move, but McCarthy Stone’s Smooth Move service made it so easy for me, I had signed within a fortnight!”