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The best places to live in Cornwall

The most south-westerly county in the UK, Cornwall has more than 400 miles of beautiful coastline with a multitude of places to live, from tiny quirky fishing villages right the way through to large towns with period properties. Jam-packed with interesting businesses, entrepreneurial types and a thriving art and theatre community, Cornwall offers a year-round cultural and foodie lifestyle. 

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Bude Sea Tide Pool Cornwall

Bude

Bude was Cornwall’s first proper tourist destination, the "Brighton of the West" until the railway line closed in the 1960s.

lelant west cornwall golf course viewed from north quay hayle

Lelant

This upmarket village offers well connected beachside living in a quiet and exclusive seaside enclave - perfectly positioned to offer the best of Cornish life.

Truro

If you're after a stylish and relaxed lifestyle with plenty of shops but favour an urban location over coastal, Truro is the place for you.

Looe coastal town on the south coast of cornwall

Looe

A historic fishing village with serious charm, Looe is perfectly positioned for a commute to Plymouth whilst offering the benefits of a small community.

St Austell Clay country

St Austell

Often overlooked, what St Austell lacks in chocolate box cuteness it makes up for in good schools, reasonably priced property and urban essentials including a hospital - that said, the surrounding villages are beautiful, with prices to match.

Trevaunance Cove St Agnes viewed from Wheal Kitty Best Places to live in Cornwall

St Agnes

St Agnes (or Aggie to the locals) is a close knit but welcoming coastal community in the heart of Poldark country.

Penzance

A bustling quirky harbourside town with a vibrant arts culture, Penzance offers seaside living at (relatively) affordable prices.

Wadebridge

This old market town offers the best of all worlds - on the doorstep are some of Cornwall's most beautiful beaches, the town is full of thriving independent shops and property is still affordable - as well as being handy for the airport.

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