Why you should choose the UK Southwest if you want a permanent summer holiday?
South-Western United Kingdom is home to nature’s most dazzling landscape and a rich tapestry of culture and colour. This peninsula, flanked by the English Channel and the Irish Sea, offers miles of magical coastline and outstanding natural beauty.
Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Cornwall form the seven counties of this magnificent peninsula, and the Isles of Scilly add their blue lagoons and crystal beaches to its appeal. Each hold unique features that attract people wanting a better quality of life, to live in this part of the country.
This region compels not only visitors, but also its residents to savour its artefacts and history, to relax and breathe in the scents of its countryside, marvel at the mysteries of the history (Stonehenge – the Neolithic monuments that have stood there for centuries) and enjoy all of these delights as part of daily life. It is much like a permanent summer holiday!
If you’re looking for the quaint life then Devon is perfect with its picturesque villages and communal feel (in stark contrast to living in London). The pace is much slower than the cities in the southwest and you can truly relax and enjoy your surroundings here. For those who love nature the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are an incredible area to have on the doorstep.
Devon is also renowned for its fishing scene and surfing spots for those who like to dabble in outdoor sports, and the rolling hills are perfect for walking and cycling. After much activity, residents and travellers alike can take a break at one of the tearooms to enjoy the famous Devonshire tea.
Poetically-Inspiring Cotswolds and Forest of Dean
Incredibly beautiful countryside nesting honey-coloured, grand houses and miniature cottages with thatched roofs, rustic charms, gurgling streams and rivers in the lush woodlands fill the landscape of the Cotswolds.
Take a walk through the mystical paths in the forest or steep into the rich heritage of Cheltenham and its imposing architecture and Gloucester with its renowned Cathedral. Find cultural events, shopping, festivals and food galore throughout the year that bring the retro and the vintage together in a unique texture that defines the colourful attractions of this area.
Dip into Bath
Along the river Avon lies one of the architectural gems of England – the city of Bath. A World Heritage Site, named after the 2000-year old Roman Bath House, Bath’s riches extend beyond the bathhouse to its famed hot springs, sprightly nightlife, excellent dining, excellent theatre, shopping and tours. Hometown of Jane Austen, her legacy and life are enshrined in the Jane Austen Centre.
The City is a great place to life for those who want a touch of city life but with all the beauty and character of the southwest. This is also an excellent choice for creative and culture lovers.
Bristol has been reported by the Telegraph as ‘the best city to live in the UK’ in light of its high growth in disposable income and low unemployment rates. Whilst offering great career opportunities, this city also includes the more pleasant and natural touches that will give you the best of both worlds.
Sophisticated contemporary elegance combines with cobblestone streets to give Bristol its character and charm. Museums and art galleries, shopping malls and performing art festivals and theatre provide arts lovers with every possible stimulant! In fact, Bristol is particularly renowned for its creative industries and people head here for this reason and for success.
As far as natural beauty is concerned, the iconic floating harbour offers tours to enlighten people about the intriguing history of Bristol pirates and maritime heritage and Avon River cruises.
Finally, if you like to dine out then you will not be disappointed here with the fabulous food and drink choices.
The Golden Coast of Cornwall
With the longest unbroken coastline in Britain, the beaches of Cornwall offer a multitude of activities and things to do. Naturally, many surfers, windsurfers, people who like to sail, kayak, kite, and row (and the list goes on) choose to live here for this reason.
Quaint old villages reflecting a mining history, fresh seafood in charming market towns, local ales in rustic pubs, glimpses into pre-historic cultures, stunning gardens, rugged moorlands, all come together to create this Cornish heaven.
It is not hard to see why so many people choose to have their holiday home here as the location is a natural paradise and offers people the ultimate summer holiday. In addition, for its residents Cornwall provides an all year feeling of bring somewhere special. Even in the Winter Cornwall is an exciting place, as the moody weather creates the perfect conditions for a spot of storm chasing followed by a great meal in one of many seaside restaurants and cafes.
Perfectly Scilly Isles
With nature’s sparkle at its best, these isles take people to an unspoilt haven away from the drudgery of life. For windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or whatever floats your boat, these isles are among the finest for water enthusiasts or for anyone seeking a sanctuary of peace.
Whichever location you choose to set up your new life you can guarantee that many natural and exciting features will welcome you. What’s more, all other spots are easily accessible and not too far from the next so you can embark on lots of mini adventures.
The treasures of the South West of the United Kingdom are yours to discover and make your own.
Olivia writes for a Cornish hotel and recommends visiting these counties before making your move. She suggests seeing and experiencing as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision about what sort of livestyle you can benefit from in each spot. When visiting Cornwall, she recommends staying at The Alverton Hotel, which is located in the city of Truro, and will give you a central base in order to explore.
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Place: South West of the United Kingdom
Date: 15 Apr-2014
Impression & Feelings: From iconic Stonehenge to picturesque coastal castles, the South West region is packed with fascinating days out for all the family.