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19 Southernhay East
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Living in the Exeter and the West Country

Situated on the River Exe in the county of Devon, Exeter is a unique city packed with exciting history and magnificent architecture. Exeter Cathedral is one of England's most beautiful Mediaeval cathedrals, famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world.

Shopping in Exeter is a unique experience; full of contrasts and variety. The new multi-million pound development at Princesshay, housing major high street stores, is combined with the quirky areas and cobbled streets which are home to designer boutiques and local independents.

However Exeter is only a small part of the story in relation to what the wider areas of Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset have to offer:

Devon is the third largest county in England and has a population of 1.1 million. It has two superb coastlines. The north is famous for its sandy beaches and wonderful surfing, while the south is for sailing, with its deep water estuaries. Dartmouth, Salcombe, Newton Ferrers and Plymouth, are all ideal as bases for coastal cruising or longer voyages.

Dartmoor National Park is the wonderful open area between the two coast lines and west of Exeter. Exmoor is to the north on the Devon/Somerset borders and both combine to provide almost unlimited opportunities for riding, walking, fishing and hunting and some of the finest shooting in the UK.

Cornwall has over 400 miles of coastline and is world renowned as a holiday destination. The main centre is Truro which is one of the smallest cathedral cities in the UK.

The rugged cliffs of the north and west coasts are home to some of the best surfing in Europe, while the Fal, Helford, Fowey and Camel estuaries are havens for sailing and boating.

The small unspoilt villages and coves of the south add another dimension to this diverse county, and much of the coastline is owned by the National Trust, and is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

West Somerset incorporates the fantastic Quantock and Brendon Hills and the majority of Exmoor National Park, all to the west of Taunton, the county town of Somerset. The rolling green valleys and steep combes provide dramatic scenery and tranquillity, all within easy reach of the major transport links to the rest of the UK.

Food is a major part of the experience in the West Country, with fresh, locally produced food prepared with flair and imagination; it is no wonder the area is famous for its award-winning restaurants, food festivals, markets and vineyards. The mild climate, long seasons and fertile soil provide perfect conditions for growing grapes and there are several vineyards in the area where you can taste and buy the local wine.

There is an outstanding selection of high quality private and state schools in the West Country with most villages throughout the region having excellent primary schools.

Places of interest


  • The only English county to have two separate coastlines – both a northern one and southern one.
  • The World Heritage Jurassic Coast in East Devon
  • Dartmoor National Park – one of the last great wildernesses of Southern England
  • Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust properties at Castle Drogo, Knightshayes Court, Buckland Abbey, Saltram House and Coleton Fishacre amongst many more


  • Lands End – the most southerly point of the United Kingdom
  • Bodmin Moor – home of the famous Jamaica Inn and the ruins of numerous tin and copper mines
  • The Eden Project
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • The internationally famous surfing beaches of North Cornwall and the deep estuaries on the south coast

West Somerset

  • Exmoor & The Quantocks
  • Dunster Castle – an ancient castle with sub-tropical gardens
  • Wimberball Lake – a majestic lake on Exmoor offering sailing, walking and fishing

Property available in the Exeter office area – Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset

Whether you are looking for a chocolate box thatched cottage, historic manor house, productive farm or estate, a magnificent beach or waterfront house, or a striking city centre town house, Knight Frank can find your dream property.

Getting to Exeter


  • A30 from M5 motorway at Exeter to Okehampton, Truro and Penzance
  • A38 Devon Expressway from Exeter to Plymouth from the bottom of the M5 motorway at Exeter
  • A303 dual carriageway (joining M3 motorway) from A358 at Taunton
  • A361 North Devon link road to Barnstaple from the M5 motorway at Junction 27


  • Devon and Cornwall are served by First Great Western, Cross Country Trains and South West Trains
  • Cross Country Trains provide services from Scotland and The Midlands, all via Birmingham and Bristol
  • South West trains provide services from London Waterloo to Axminster, Honiton and Exeter
  • First Great Western provides services from London Paddington to Taunton, Tiverton Parkway,Exeter, Totnes, Plymouth and all stations to Truro
  • Exeter St. David’s to London Paddington about 2 hours
  • Tiverton Parkway to London Paddington about 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Taunton to London Paddington about 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Plymouth to London Paddington fastest train about 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Truro to London Paddington about 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Exeter to London Waterloo about 3 hours 20 minutes


  • Exeter International Airport - Served by Flybe
  • Newquay Airport


  • Brittany Ferries from Plymouth to France and Northern Spain

Taxi/chauffeur services

  • Exeter
    01392 666666
  • Truro
    Truro Taxicabs
    01872 321321
  • Taunton
    Taunton Taxis
    01823 335588


The whole of the West Country (in particular Exeter, Taunton and Truro) are well serviced by private and state schools with a number in each area.


  • King's Hall
    Kingston Road, Taunton
    TA2 8AA
    Tel: 01823 285920
  • King's College & Queen's College
    Trull Road, Taunton
    TA1 4QS
    01823 272559
  • Taunton School
    Staplegrove Road, Taunton
    TA2 6AD
    01823 703703
  • Wellington School
    South Street, Wellington
    TA21 8NT
    01823 668800


  • Exeter Cathedral School
    The Chantry, Palace Gate
    EX1 1HX
    01392 255298
  • The Maynard School
    Denmark Road, Exeter
    EX1 1SJ
    01392 273417
  • Exeter School
    Victoria Park Road, Exeter
    EX2 4NS
    01392 258712
  • St Peter's
    Harefield, Lympstone
    EX8 5AU
    01395 272148
  • Blundells School
    Blundells Road, Tiverton
    EX16 4NA
    01884 252393
  • Colyton Grammar School
    Colyford, Colyton
    EX24 6HN
  • Stover School
    Newton Abbot, Devon
    TQ12 6QG
    01626 354505
  • West Buckland School
    West Buckland, Barnstaple
    EX32 0SX
    01598 760281
  • Kingsley School
    Northdown Road, Bideford
    EX39 3LY
    01237 426200
  • Mount House
    Tavistock Dbr>Devon
    PL19 9JL
    01822 312244
  • Kelly College
    Parkwood Road, Tavistock
    PL19 0HZ
    01822 813100


  • Truro School
    Trennick Lane, Truro
    TR1 1TH
    01872 272763
  • The Bolitho School
    Polwithen, Penzance
    TR18 4JR
    01736 363271

Hotels and restaurants

  • Castle Hotel
    Taunton, Castle Green
    TA1 NF
    01823 272671
  • Mount Somerset Hotel
    Lower Henlade, Taunton
    TA3 5NB
    01823 442500
  • Abode Hotel (Michael Caine’s)
    Cathedral Yard, Exeter
    01392 281000
  • Oliva Restaurant (Italian)
    6-7 Fore Street, Topsham
    EX3 0HF
    01392 877878
  • Jack in the Green Inn (Modern British)
    Rockbeare, Exeter
    EX5 2EE
    01404 822240
  • The Mason's Arms (One Michelin Star)
    Knowstone, Devon
    EX36 4RY
    01398 341231
  • Gidleigh Park Hotel (Michael Caine’s) (Two Michelin Star)
    Chagford, Devon
    TQ13 8HH
    01647 432367
  • Bovey Castle Hotel
    North Bovey, Moretonhampstead
    TQ13 8RE
    01647 445000
  • Combe House Hotel
    Gittisham, Honiton
    EX14 3AD
    01404 540400
  • Rick Stein’s Restaurant (Fish)
    10 Middle Street
    PL28 8AP
    01841 532700
  • St Enodoc Hotel (Nathan Outlaw)
    Rock, Cornwall
    PL27 6LA
    01208 863394
  • The Scarlet Hotel
    Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth
    TR8 4DQ
    01637 861800
  • Fifteen Cornwall on the Beach Restaurant (Jamie Oliver)
    Modern British & European
    Watergate Bay, Newquay
    TR8 4AA
    01637 861000
  • Hotel Tresanton
    St Mawes
    TR2 5DR
    01326 270055