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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Great property in prime location

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Review Date May 2022

Excellent location in great town. Loads of amenities and close to Dartmoor. The street I live on is small, quiet and no traffic passing through. Parking is ok, 2 spaces provided unfortunately not by the house and no visitors area. No street lights- extremely dark and vulnerable street.

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The development is large but spread out. Different styles and designs of properties. The design of my property is great. I think my property would benefit from bigger windows. I have good facilities although not enough storage space built into the house, slim cupboard downstairs and we one small cupboard above the stairs. The garden is large although not level and the patio layout is poor and not well designed. My kitchen is of poor taste. Property management needed more attention before signing off and work not up to standard.

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Parking is not outside house when it could have been planned better. Rent went up quite abit in first year.

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The best feature of my new home is the downstairs living area.

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Very pleased just a little more care needed for the gardens.

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Review Date May 2022

The development it self is set in a lovely area , it is a 10 minute walk to the local school and shops so is an ideal shop for our family of 2 adults and 2 kids , the parking is absolutely brilliant plenty of space. As for the bad points I all I can really say is there is a lot of traffic congestion.

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As for the development itself the homes are well built the external finish to these houses and very hard wearing and withstand the harsh weather perfectly, as for the gardens they are not so great as they soon become a mud pit , I think a bit more care is needed in this area , overall I am very pleased with my purchase.

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The only thing I am disappointed in was the quality of the garden, the turf became mud very quickly.

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For me the best feature of our home is the parking and the internal design of the property.

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Great build quality, wonderful service from Cavanna and a lovely town too!

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Review Date May 2022

Tavistock is a lovely market town and the Cavanna development is located within a 15 minute walk of the town centre. There is a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a well maintained park in the town. The Cavanna development is configured relatively well for parking, with all properties having their own parking spaces. However, homes with multiple vehicles and visitors means cars are parked on the kerb most of the time. Traffic noise is minimal. My only complaint is that the roads within phase 1 of the development have still not been completed, even though phase 1 finished many months ago.

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Since first enquiring about the Broadleigh Park development, to exchanging on my property and moving in to my new home I have been impressed with Cavanna. The quality of the build is very good, well thought out layout and additional features which other home builders do not always include as standard – for example the outside tap and outside electric socket. The inevitable minor snags that have occurred since moving in have been dealt with promptly and efficiently by Cavanna. In regards to the estate management fees, I’m not entirely sure what these funds are spent on but there does appear to be a gardener who tidied up all the shared green areas every couple of weeks. If I was looking to purchase a new build again in the future Cavanna would definitely be my first choice.

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As I was able to chose the kitchen/bathroom/flooring I would advise others not to make any decisions immediately but to take time to review all the options available. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to chose but then did a complete U-turn on my choices.

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Great quality build with good fixtures and fittings which has meant I haven’t had to do any DIY or decorating. Cavanna have provided me with a fantastic quality easily maintainable home.

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Feeling rural but in the town!

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Review Date May 2022

Tavistock is a great area with an array of independent shops and a thriving market. It has all the facilities a family needs including lovely open space, a river, a canal, great parks and all the essential amenities. The town has low crime and is lovely and peaceful. The Cavanna development has a growing sense of community and is respected and treated well by those living there.

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Broadleigh Park is 1 of 3 new developments currently being built in Tavistock but is definitely the most attractive in terms of design, quality and location. The estate is well laid out and feels spacious and takes advantage of being on the edge of the town, when walking the estate you know you are part surrounded by fields and on the edge of the countryside.

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That you meed to treat leather jackets in the Autumn to prevent lawn damage in the spring!

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A lovely open plan kitchen diner leading to a good sized garden!

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