South West England

South West England is the largest of the country’s nine official regions. It stretches from the Isles of Scilly at the south-westerly tip of the UK up through Cornwall and Devon to Gloucestershire and Wilshire at its easterly border. The largest cities in the region include Bristol, Bournemouth and Exeter. The National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor sit within South West England, with other key visitor attractions being Cornwall, with its beautiful beaches and fishing villages, Stonehenge, and the historic city of Bath.

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A harbour with colourful boats in Cornwall, South West England

Where is South West England?

South West England constitutes the region from the south-westerly tip of England (the Scilly Isles and Cornwall) up to Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Bournemouth in the east. It has the longest coastline of any English region (700+ miles), which overlooks the Bristol Channel, English Channel and Celtic Sea.

Population of South West England

The population of South West England was estimated at 5.6 million in 2019. Despite being the largest of England’s nine regions at 9,200 square miles, its population is one of the smallest.

South West England regions

South West England is made up of seven counties: Bristol, Cornwall (and the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. We take a look at these below.

Clifton Suspension bridge in Bristol, South West England

Bristol

Bristol is the largest city in South West England and is also one of the seven counties that make up the region. Bristol University and the University of the South West of England bring many students to the city, while media, electronics and aerospace industries are the main economic drivers in the city and surrounding areas.

Cornwall (incl. Isles of Scilly)

With its rich history of mining and fishing, Cornwall attracts thousands of visitors each year. It’s a favourite destination for many Brits holidaying in the UK, thanks to its mild climate and outstanding beaches and countryside. The only city in Cornwall is Truro and the region boasts its own language, which has seen a major revival since interest grew during the early 20th century.

Devon

Neighbour to Cornwall and great rival when it comes to cream teas (scones with jam and clotted cream), Devon is also a tourism hotspot. It boasts a similar landscape of moorlands, rugged coastlines and pretty fishing villages, with Exeter as its principal city. The collection of resort towns along its south coast have become known as the ‘English Riviera’.

Dorset

The ceremonial county of Dorset includes Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and Dorset. Dorchester is the county town but much of the region has a low population density, with more than half of its area designated an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bath in South West England

Gloucestershire

Named after its historic principal town Gloucester, Gloucestershire also includes the popular towns of Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud. It boasts large areas of outstanding natural beauty, including a large area of The Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale.

Somerset

A largely rural county, Somerset includes a wealth of beautiful landscapes, including those of the Mendip Hills, Quantocks and the Exmoor National Park. Somerset’s two cities are Wells and Bath – both of which boast historic cathedrals and the latter of which was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a landlocked county bordered by Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset. Trowbridge is the county town but the region is probably best-known for the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South West England Cities

Bristol is the largest city in South West England, with a population of around 430,000 people. Other principal cities include Exeter, Bath, Gloucester, Bournemouth, Wells and Plymouth.

Reviews in South West England

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Excellent Matthew homes

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Review Date Sep 2022

Matthew homes were excellent from the get go right from the sales team, Harriet and Linda were fantastic and very informative, they were professional and very proactive in supporting myself and my partner through out our purchase, also would like to say a massive thank you to the site management Andy and Guy for there 1st class customer service.

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Locate was good and very spacious, designed well and value was good, Matthew homes were excellent from the get go right from the sales team, Harriet and Linda were fantastic and very informative, they were professional and very proactive in supporting myself and my partner through out our purchase, also would like to say a massive thank you to the site management Andy and Guy for there 1st class customer service

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Very good and it was designed with customersbin mind

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The property itself is well designed and uses the best of quality for the good build

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Average – decent location, many flaws

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Review Date Sep 2022

Good aspect is the location, very centrally located and close to everything in Bristol. However, that also has its cons – can get rowdy, especially when it’s sunny. The range and quality of local shops, restaurants, bars & open spaces is decent. The transport links are convenient and seem available. Bin collection seems reliable, there’s plenty of anti-social behaviour and often you get wafts of people smoking weed in the apartment and the common areas. Never had any issues with traffic noise from vehicles, but the noise from pedestrians is annoying. Also a big issue with theft of parcels from the lobby area!

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Design has flaws, and I was recently almost hit by a cyclist whizzing past the entrance to Block B – could have ended really badly. Also, currently there’s scaffolding going up around Block A of Invicta and there has been no correspondence about this from the property management – I was actually barricaded in today because they blocked off pedestrian access in and out the building.

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Decent location, convenient to everything. Beware of noise, especially if you are looking at a flat with a balcony on the promenade or by the harbour.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

It really can be hit and miss – they often respond right away, but sometimes it has taken ages.

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Nothing special here.

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Review Date Sep 2022

It’s pretty cheap for how central it is. There is no parking available and there is pretty constant construction nearby. It’s close to Cabot Circus, but there aren’t a large number of good restaurants or grocery stores around.

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The building is fine, though the design is poor. A single building with separated access doors is inconvenient, and packages are regularly returned to sender because the delivery people don’t know which side of the building to go to. The elevator breaks about once a month, though the elevator company usually fixes it the next day.

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I wish I had known that there are significantly better places to live around Bristol.

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When I had a package stolen from directly under a security camera, the property management company did not work with the police to get the security footage required for insurance claims in a timely manner, and this meant that by the time the police were able to review security footage, the property management company had already deleted the relevant footage.

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Living in Redcliffe Quarter

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Review Date Sep 2022

the property is located conveniently at the skirts of city centre with thorough accesses to all kind of transports without sacrificing the quietness and privacy. Communal areas are well taken care of by the hard working and friendly staff. However, it is a shame that there is not enough, or say, “no” parking facility for private tenants

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However, the management is a bit non responsive in the facilities maintenance. We have experienced the broken off of lift services for more than 3 weeks as well as stopping of heat for twice in less than 2 months. The management is just far remote that nobody can actually know who they are.

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we would like to refer to people who are looking for renting in here but there is limited channels or information about the availabilities.

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Yes, they did but no follow up on unsolved issues, be them and just let them be

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