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My Area – Devon & Cornwall

With a property search area covering some of the most picturesque parts of the country, Lee Heywood, is on hand to act as your buying agent in Devon and Cornwall and the surrounding counties and take the hassle out of looking for your next home.


The north and south coasts have both cliffs and sandy shores. However, the north coast is perhaps the more dramatic with wide open beaches and soaring cliffs, whereas the south coast is less rugged with outcrops of sandstone being drained by five rivers.

Inland the area is mostly hilly and rural having a relatively low population with Dartmoor being the largest open space in southern England.

Devon is blessed with many picturesque historic towns and villages as well as the larger cities of Plymouth and Exeter. Barnstaple in the north of the county is the largest town and main business centre with the small towns of Ilfracombe and Bideford nearby. Coastal villages such as Croyde and Saunton offer wide open beaches, whereas Clovelly further down the coast is famous for its steep pedestrian approach and known throughout the world.


Although known for its coastal towns and villages Cornwall has many hidden treasures inland with the wildness of Bodmin Moor and the infamous Jamaica Inn being the best known. Moving further west Penwith beyond Penzance is studded with pre-historic boulders and pretty villages such as St. Buryan which is close to the world famous open air Minack Theatre. Created and carved from solid rock by Dame Edith Cade in the 1930s.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream Cornwall generally enjoys mild weather throughout the year and the quality of light is something that artists first recognized more than one hundred and thirty years ago with the formation of The Newlyn School. At the same time artists were also beginning to settle in St. Ives and today we have Tate St. Ives together with the Barbara Hepworth museum.

Cornwall offers a wide choice of property from contemporary coastal apartments, to charming granite and slate country cottages, together with gracious country houses with acreage. Properties with water views will undoubtedly command a premium. Particularly in villages such as Fowey, St. Mawes and Helford on the south coast together with St. Ives, Padstow and Rock on the north coast.

Clients intending to purchase for retirement will find that many of the small towns and villages offer a warm welcome and encourage newcomers to settle. Some villages even prepare a welcome pack helping people to move more easily.

Cornwall is the UK’s favourite holiday destination. So for those wishing to purchase as a holiday let excellent yields can be achieved. However, those seeking to enjoy their second home for their own recreation can if they wish readily become involved with local activities.

Start your property search the right way – use Lee as your buying agent in Devon and Cornwall and ensure your next house move is straightforward and professionally managed rather than fraught with worries!

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The quality of schools can be a major factor when finding a new home. We can research local schools in your desired area and provide a report of their results and catchment areas.


Transport links can play a key role in helping you find the right place to live. We can filter our results to factor in your daily commute, public transport options, or proximity to international travel options, to find the property to fit your needs.

Local Amenities

Before you move to an area, it is good to know where you can do your grocery shopping or what leisure facilities are close by. We can do the research for you so that you have a clear idea of exactly what is on your doorstep.

Local Professionals

When moving home, there is often a lot more work to do than just pick up the keys. We can source local builders, solicitors, decorators, or just about service you need to help you settle in!

Case Studies

Second home - North Cornwall

Mr & Mrs D an Irish couple were seeking to purchase a second home that had a sea view with crashing waves!

They first became aware of Country Homesearch by picking up a leaflet in their favourite North Cornwall pub. Then after an initial telephone conversation I visited them at their own home in south London.

Their preference was for a period stone property offering four or five bedrooms as they had a large number of relatives.

Case Studies

Ms V - Lifestyle change in Devon

Ms V had studied at Exeter University and was looking to move with her Uruguayan husband back to the UK.

They were seeking an easy to maintain detached four bedroom house to include study, garage and reasonable size gardens. This would allow sufficient space to accommodate relatives and enable them to spend time travelling without the worry of having to maintain an older property.

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