Top 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. You don't have to be surf mad to live here, but if you (or your kids) are, life centres round the excellent surfing beaches. Top 200 Places to Live series.
A fabulous bustling large seaside village set in both a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site, once the centre of Cornwall’s tin and copper mining industry. Property search agent Jayne Choak at Live By the Sea reports that a recent pretty cottage on Quay Road went to best and final offers – without even having a sea view – so the town is definitely on the up with a good mix of period and modern properties. Quickly gaining a reputation for sustainable and creative community-focused businesses thanks to the council-owned Wheal Kitty (once a mine, now a business park) on the cliffs overlooking Trevaunance Cove.
When not in lockdown, locals love Canteen Cornwall for lunch at Wheal Kitty. Down in the village itself, The Sorting Office is a must for coffee, brunch and lunch, or grab a pasty from the bakery. Fancy a Sunday roast, a quiet drink or dinner with mates? As soon as lockdown is over, don’t miss the newly revamped Peterville Inn. For the time being though, takeaway is on the menu at the pizza place and chippie.
Head to the local sandy beach Trevaunance Cove and you’ll find renowned pub and micro-brewery The Driftwood Spars as well as Schooners right on the beach, for amazing sea views – they serve little plates and drinks, and at high tide the water will literally be lapping at the door. If you’re after a cosy country pub with a big garden, locals rate the Miners Arms in nearby village Mithian.
No big chain shops here but find Surfers Against Sewage, Open Surf, and Finisterre at Wheal Kitty up on the cliffs. In the town you’ll find a lovely mix including a proper greengrocers, butchers, bakery and new deli/ flower shop, Trunk. As with everywhere in Cornwall, if you’re after big name high street brands you’ll need to head inland to a retail park or into Truro itself.
The tin mines on the heritage coast between St Agnes and Chapel Porth make a nice walk. Mount Pleasant Eco Park, just south near Porthtowan, hosts gigs and festivals. Surfing is a big deal here at the nearby beaches of Perranporth, Porthtowan and Chapel Porth.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£360,471. Detached properties are pricier here, costing an average of £470,750. Terraced and semi-detached were a more modest average of £255,991 and £283,889 respectively.
If you’re after private education then it’s into Truro where you’ve got the choice of Polwhele House School, Truro School, Truro High School for Girls and Truro Prep. For primary schools, the local village school is rated ‘Good’ by Oftsed, and for secondary there’s a choice of Redruth School and Truro and Penwith College.
BEST KEPT SECRET
For a small village, it’s unusual to have not one but two excellent places to get coffee – find house plants and coffee among the surf boards at Open Surf up at Wheal Kitty, or at The Sorting Office in the village itself, plus there’s a new deli/flowershop, which is a collaboration between the Sorting Office team and Love & Honor who grow wild Cornish blooms.
In common with a lot of coastal towns, St Agnes is a little way off the A30 but even bearing that in mind, it’s a reasonably easy commute by car to Truro or Falmouth. Truro is the nearest mainline station where it’s a 4 hours 44 minutes journey up to London Paddington, or get the coach to London Victoria Coach Station from Newquay. It’s a 30-minute drive to Newquay Airport, where you can catch a flight to London, Exeter or Dublin.
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