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Top places to live in Cornwall Nansledan, Newquay

This brand-new village on the edge of Newquay is perfectly placed for families, surfers and those looking to spend a hybrid week between London and Cornwall. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


A pastel-hued vision on the outskirts of Newquay, Nansledan is a purpose built extension of the surfing town that “embodies the principles of architecture and urban planning championed by HRH The Prince of Wales”. Attracting a community of creatives and families, businesses and shops, Nansledan is home to a host of Muddy Award winners, and has housing options at reasonable prices. It is also conveniently located for both surfing beaches and the airport. The next phase of work, which will see 122 new homes and four new commercial units built, has begun with the houses expected to be on the market in Spring 2022.


Designed so that everything in Nansledan itself is in walking distance, you’ll find Little Cornish Pantry and Ladyvale Bakery, as well as Shiva (the Muddy Award winning yoga studio and café owned by Chloe Stock and Jimmy Blick) and Cornwall’s second branch of the wine shop and deli The Old Garage.

Further afield but still close by you can head to Watergate Bay for fancier dining at Emily Scott‘s eponymous beachside restaurant, or head into Newquay itself where you’ll find Muddy LBB faves Tom Thumb, Cove 24 and the harbour food truck complex at The Boathouse.

Also in Newquay there’s cafes and restaurants including Canteen at the Orchard, Pavilion (other branches are in London Fields), Box and Barber, Jam Jar, Sushea, Gilmores (tacos and mini golf), Great Western Beach Cafe, The Fish House and various chef-led pop-ups including MMW Kitchen and ex-Fifteen head chef, Adam Banks.

If it’s pubs you’re after, Newquay and it’s surrounds has its share of more traditional pubs, but you’ll have to travel a little further afield to find a gastro-pub / restaurant (Lewinnick Lodge and the Plume of Feathers at Mitchell are all favourites), as well as other more traditional village pubs offering Sunday roasts.


Nansledan is full of independents including Muddy Award winning interiors store Teylu Trading, as well as finalists Home Nansledan and Bliss Bridal Gowns. Other shops include Annanotherthing and the soon-to-open bricks and mortar version of &Kin selling laid back clothes, as well as hairdressers, a beauty salon and more B2B businesses.

If you’re after the larger supermarkets you’ll need to head into Newquay itself, (where you’ll also find a Muddy fave independent MMW Revolver) or you could head to nearby Fraddon at the A30 where there’s the nearest thing to a Cornish shopping centre (Boots, M&S, TK Maxx, Next and Mountain Warehouse). It’s only a short hop to Truro with its the larger shops such as Waitrose, The White Company, M&S etc as well as more independent brands. 


Newquay is most famous for it’s surfing beaches, of which Fistral is the star, hosting annual surfing competitions including the Boardmasters Festival. Nearest of the beaches to Nansledan is Lusty Glaze, home to events such as Silent Disco Beach Yoga as well as being a Muddy Award winning wedding venue. Just up the road the other way is Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Spaceport Cornwall (site of the UK’s first satellite launch coming in 2022).

Just down the road is Kestle Mill and one of Cornwall’s lesser known but still lovely National Trust properties Trerice (an Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and a beautiful walled garden) and the Lappa Valley steam railway. Other activities for kids include Newquay Zoo, the Leisure Centre and the Blue Reef Aquarium as well as the usual leisure facilities and mini golf. If gardens are your thing, there’s also the Japanese Garden at St Mawgan.


The average house price in Nansledan is £383,295, which is up 4% on last year. A detached four bed property will set you back more in the region of £500,000 – but part of the plan for the village is that it contains affordable housing.


This 3 bed semi is on the market for £381k through David Ball Agencies.


The village primary Skol Nansledan and local secondary Treviglas Academy both opened in 2019 and are so new that there are no Oftsed reports yet. Nearby, Newquay Junior Academy and St Columb Minor Academy are rated ‘Good’ as is local state secondary Newquay Tretherras.

Sadly if you’re after independents, you’re going to have to travel – the nearest are in Hayle, Truro or Launceston.


The excellent wood-fired gourmet Wild Bake pizza trailer can be found outside Home Nansledan on Friday nights.


Extremely handy for flying as the airport is a 10 minute drive away (and is set to be recruiting for nearly 100 jobs once the Spaceport is up and running at full capacity next year). The nearest railway station is in Newquay itself, where you can take the Atlantic Coast Line to Par to pick up the Cornish mainline through to London Paddington. The 1 hour 30 minute drive to Exeter is probably the quickest non-flying route to London, as you can pick up a fast train to London taking just over 2 hours (the train from Newquay to Par takes 45 minutes and then the journey onto Paddington via more scenic coastal route up to Plymouth first another 4 or more hours). Truro is a thirty minute drive away and the A30 just ten minutes drive, making Nansledan well connected for commuting elsewhere in Cornwall.

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