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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Gorgeous home – site management needs improvement

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Review Date Jan 2022

Local to the area so knew what it was like prior to buying. Brilliant transport links to bigger towns and beaches. Street is nice and quiet.

Have been some anti social issues partially due to the sales staff not informing us we’d be near social housing, and the social housing company don’t seem to vet any tenants.

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Ever since we walked into the show homes we loved the houses. Whether it a bungalow, 4 bed or 3 bed they all feel so spacious. We went for a 3 bed being a first home and couldn’t really ask for more as it’s very generously sized. Have a decent driveway for at least two cars with easy access to park on street. Very large garden which isn’t quite so common on new builds these days.

The road conditions though on the estate however has at times been near on un drivable however the site team deem it adequate. The road is full of potholes and bumps which even at 2 mph feel horrendous. The site team keep promising the road will be finished however every time they don’t deliver or do as they say. Then when you chase you get ‘selective responses’. Driving through the conditions just quite frankly frustrate us so much as you have a lovely home however at times have had to park on the road due to not being to able to get through, and then the groundworkers make you feel like you’re getting on their way.

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House has a lot of extras as standard where other developers would need to pay additional. Would be nice to see the options list prior as the sales lady we seen when buying told us there wasn’t a list we could see…

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Within the first 8 weeks when you have meetings with the site manager excellent. However site manager has left now and when you go via customer service you have to be prepared to chase and chase and chase as they don’t seem to pickup emails or follow up on anything.

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Nice place to live

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Review Date Jan 2022

Nice development the properties are nice. Moved in Feb and roads in estate only just now finished. Shops about 20 min walk bins have been good and it’s quiet

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Really nice property and quiet area to live in. I haven’t had any problems with the property. The builders were all nice people they have only just now finished we moved in during Feb 2021 and only just finished outside now but can’t complain its nice

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Sometimes the mix of social housing and private tenants can often cause problems. I would make sure private buyers know which plots are social and which plots are private so they understand as it doesn’t seem like they are made aware before they buy

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Good development

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Review Date Jan 2022

It’s a lovely development to love on although it is very far from and shops everything else, there’s one bud that stood outside on the road all the other you have to get from town which is approx 20 mins away

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The design is lovely although could do with improvements, there’s small issues that just seems like poor care or laziness. And repairs ect have taken a while. Communication with the developers had also been difficult. Overall the development is lovely there are just some small issues that can be resolved.

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It’s not very neighbourly unfortunately, although I feel this is due to me being housing association tenant in the middle off loads off private homes

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Review Date Jan 2022

First of all I must say the development is in a very nice location any the property design is pleasing on the eye. We are close to shops and amenities including a new leisure centre. The area is mostly quiet we the occasional noisy outbursts from the social housing tenants who also cause parking problems. Bin collections are regular and effective.

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First of all I must say the development is in a very nice location any the property design is pleasing on the eye, but that is where the positives end. We have been here 8 months now and still have numerous snags. The kitchen units are falling apart, we have been promised a visit from Symphony to look into it but so far no show! Insufficient drainage means our garage floods every time it rains, the front door does not fit the frame and the garden fences are so loose they are dangerous. We are consistently promised visits to resolve the issues but no one ever comes!

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Snags do not get dealt with effectively, not very good at answering emails

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So many snags, a few dealt with but many outstanding

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