Testimonials: Living in Devon

Thinking of moving to Devon?

For many people living in other parts of the UK, the prospect of moving down to us here in Devon seems like an attractive prospect.

The weather is warmer down here, the population density is amongst the lowest of all the counties in Britain and there are two golden lines of coast to enjoy. If the only thing stopping you seriously considering making the move down to Devon is a lack of first-hand opinions, then look no further!

We’ve had a chat with some of our friendly locals here to give us their honest opinion of what it’s like to live and work in Devon:

Jed Burnhop – Oven Cleaning Technician

“I work on the road as an oven cleaning technician – which is a fancy word for professional oven cleaner. I’m based just outside of Dartmoor in a village called Cheriton Bishop. The great thing about living here is my proximity to both the wild expanse of Dartmoor and main road connections to the rest of Devon.

After a day of driving all over the county, I always feel so relieved to get back off the busy roads and onto the country lanes that take me back to my home in Cheriton. It’s quiet and peaceful here, which is just what I need after a long day on the road!”

Alice Barnett – Primary School Teacher

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remind myself that I’m living in the 21st century – it’s that antiquated here in Lower Lovacott. My colleagues at the school often sympathise with me for living so close to the school, but I really don’t mind.

It takes me 5 minutes to walk to work and I’m within easy driving distance of the North Devon coast which suits me fine. I might be living a quiet, rural teacher’s existence during the week, but on the weekends I’m off in my camper van, catching surf on the beaches! I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Matthew Forbes – Student/Customer Service Assistant

“When I first moved to Exeter it was a bit of a shock. I moved from London to study here and naively expected one Southern city to be the same as any other – I was so wrong. Initially I thought I’d get bored, it’s so small down here that you can walk round in just a couple of hours.

After meeting some new friends and getting a job in the local supermarket, things started to change. I cycle everywhere here, which means I can get anywhere I want in 10-15 minutes, that’s a lot quicker than London – trust me!”

Sarah Jacobs – B&B Manager

“Whenever I have guests visiting, the first thing they mention is how hard it is to get to us here in Exford. But that’s why they come and stay with us really: for the isolation.

We’re literally bang in the middle of Exmoor National Park and whilst the quiet might take a bit of getting used to, it’s something that I’ve really grown to appreciate, especially when I make trips into Minehead to pick up the shopping. There’s really room to breathe here, plenty of pubs to walk to and the beach is only a short drive away – why would I go anywhere else?”

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