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

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.

WHY? 

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, and voted best place to live in Cornwall in the Muddy Best Places to Live Guide 2020. The town is definitely on the up with a good mix of period and modern properties, although as it has gained a reputation for nurturing 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, house prices are on the up.

EAT

Locals love Canteen Cornwall for lunch at Wheal Kitty before heading to Open for coffee. Down in the village itself, The Sorting Office is a must for coffee, brunch and lunch, or grab a pasty from the Muddy Award winning St Agnes Bakery

Fancy a Sunday roast, a quiet drink or dinner with mates? Don’t miss the newly revamped Peterville Inn. Takeaway more your scene? There’s a handily placed 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.

SHOP

No big chain shops here but find Surfers Against Sewage, Open Surf – which also includes funky barbershop Fades and Waves, 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 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.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

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, and you’ll also find Otter Surfboards. 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.

HOT PROPERTY

This Grade-II listed 7-bed terraced house with 2 bed annexe in the centre of St Agnes is on the market for £1m with Goundrys.

SCHOOLS

If you’re after private education then it’s into Truro where Truro School, and Truro High School for Girls are well rated, as are Truro Prep and Polwhele House School, (also a prep, up to year 9). 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 don’t miss Love & Honor‘s wild Cornish blooms on sale at Trunk Deli.

COMMUTE

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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