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And the Best Place to Live in Cornwall is…

Sitting pretty atop Cornwall's historic mining coast with a fab foodie culture and indie shops, a thriving surf scene and a vibrant community spirit, we have a worthy winner!

The hanging baskets were primped, the shop windows polished and it was a tooth-and-nail contest among Cornwall’s finest towns and villages. But your votes in the inaugural Muddy ‘Best Places to Live’ competition have now been counted and…*drumroll*…. we’re delighted to announce that the worthy winner is:


Gaining a reputation for sustainable and creative community-focused businesses thanks in part to the council-owned Wheal Kitty (once a mine, now a business park) on the cliffs overlooking Trevaunance Cove, this bustling large seaside village offers rural coastal living alongside spectacular historic countryside (its both a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site, was once the centre of Cornwall’s tin and copper mining industry, and a designated dark sky discovery area). Complete with buzzy cafes, a deli, bakery, butchers, greengrocers plus excellent pubs, restaurants and shops, St Agnes is well and truly on the up. Here, read our full Best Places to Live guide to St Agnes to get a 360 on what makes it so special, and check out the final voting results below.

You can also check out our interviews with local St Agnes businesses including Tom Bennetts, head chef at the Driftwood Spars answers ‘What’s Cooking” and Emily Anderson, owner of of Open Surf and Little Pots of Love who opens her secret address book for us.

1/ St Agnes
2/ Wadebridge
3/ Penzance
4/ Truro
5/ Bude
6/ Looe
7/ St Austell
8/ Lelant

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in DevonDorset, Somerset or Gloucestershire or maybe plot the location for your next break or dream holiday home? Check out the full list of winners across 25 counties.

Don’t agree with the verdict? Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if can make the cut for next time.

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3 comments on “And the Best Place to Live in Cornwall is…”

  • dianne March 14, 2021

    Well Im loving living in Bude. Seems to be on the up big time. Fab bakery, new coffee van, wet fish deli, sea pool, several restaurants and indie shops but also the horrible but necessary supermarkets. Not been here other than in lockdown so far really but looking forward to getting to. know more.

  • Maryanne tilbury March 4, 2021

    Not true. There are very few shops in aggie. But yes it has a fabulous community spirit.

    • rachelbuchanan March 5, 2021

      I’ve updated it, but I reckon there are lots for a small village 🙂


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