Exeter is an historic Cathedral city with a modern and visionary outlook which has made it a popular destination for those wanting to relocate to the South West for all manner of reasons. It is truly the educational, social and focal hub of Devon. The River Exe winds its way gently through the city, before making its way out to sea via the beautiful Exe Estuary, a haven for wildlife and boasting charming riverside communities.
Home to a first class University and an innovative and popular Science Park on the edge of the city, Exeter has a deserved reputation for learning and research. A number of key businesses have relocated to the city, choosing to take advantage of Exeter’s mix of excellent travel links, bright and modern office premises and the fabulous ‘off duty’ lifestyle available in the city and beyond. The opening of a brand new IKEA store in 2018 only added to the city’s magnetism, following on as it did from The Met Office’s move there in 2003.
A wide range of eateries and bars, together with a strong retail offering seemingly unaffected by out of town threats, means Exeter just about has it all. It is little wonder it is consistently named as one of the most popular places to live in the UK.
What a property buying agent can purchase
· £1m: seven to ten bedroom period villa.
· £3m: seven to ten bedroom country house with land.
· £5m: ten to 12-bedroom period manor house with land.
Best hotels in Exeter
The Southernhay House Hotel (www.southernhayhouse.com) is a chic, classically appointed spot just off the city centre. Hotel du Vin (www.hotelduvin.com) is located in a beautiful building which used to be the city’s eye hospital, has a grand entrance and superb dining and drinking options inside. Just outside the city is the magnificent Lympstone Manor (www.lympstonemanor.co.uk) a classic Georgian country house hotel recently opened by legendary Devon-born Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.
Best restaurants in Exeter
Forn (www.fornexeter.co.uk) offers tasty tapas in a funky setting where the emphasis is on authentic cuisine. Rendezvous (www.winebar10.co.uk) is a wonderful restaurant located in an atmospheric subterranean brick-walled room. For more choice than you will know what to do with from a variety of chain eateries with a difference then try Queen Street Dining (www.queenst-exeter.com),
Best school in Exeter
Exeter School (www.exeterschool.org.uk) is a mixed independent school which was named as South West Independent Secondary School of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2018. The Maynard School (www.maynard.co.uk) is an all girls school set on a leafy campus just off the centre of the city.
Buying agent fact
Exeter Cathedral (www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk) is a truly magnificent place to visit. Dominating the city from its central site on the beautiful Cathedral Green, once inside you will be wowed by its mediaeval splendour, especially the 14th Century stone vault which forms the nave and quire ceiling – the longest unsupported mediaeval stone vault in the world. Powderham Castle (www.powderham.co.uk) on the Exe Estuary is the historic family seat of the Earl of Devon. Visit it to drink in the Courtenay family’s centuries old links with the county of Devon or to enjoy one of the many events staged there.
How to get to Exeter from London
Train: Two hours, 30 mins.
Car: Four hours, 15 mins.
Plane: One hour, London City to Exeter Airport
Helicopter: 90 minutes from Battersea Heliport