Own a Second Home in the South West: Our Top 15 Picks

Own a Second Home in the South West: Our Top 15 Picks

The great British staycation is here to stay and owning a second home is the best way to guarantee to beat the crowds when it comes to booking a break away. The South West offers an abundance of charming features to attract any potential buyer, from the unbeatable Devonshire countryside scenery to the undeniably beautiful Cornish beaches. Discover the historic Jurassic Coast, perfect for exploring coves and hunting for fossils, with its dramatic cliffs and beautiful shorelines or if sitting back and taking the weight off your feet is more your thing, enjoy a boat ride from one of the many harbours and marinas in the area and simply watch the world go by from the comfort of the deck.


Create the perfect base for you and your family to begin your journey in the South West by purchasing a property with Fine & Country in Devon or Cornwall. We have started the search for you by putting together a list of properties currently on the market that we know will fit your requirements…


1. Exeter, Devon, 9 Bedrooms

Wheatley Grange is an extravagant detached residence set in approximately 1.6 acres with landscaped gardens and adjoining woodland. The main house has seven bedrooms including a fabulous boutique master suite with a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom. There is a contemporary fitted kitchen with a large island and an open plan bay-fronted dining room and sitting room with an open fireplace. The ground floor accommodation also includes a study, a gym, an indoor swimming pool and a large entertainment room. The property is accessed via a gated driveway with extensive paved parking and there is also a detached coach house, which has a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, two bedrooms, six garages and two further open double garages.


2. Dartmouth, Devon, 7 Bedrooms

Frenchman's Creek is located in the heart of the village and sits in a spectacular south-east facing position with glorious coastal and sea views. The property offers generous bedrooms, spacious living accommodation, and a swimming pool complex complete with sauna and steam room and is set on a generous and private 1.78 acre plot with wonderful gardens.


3. Launceston, Cornwall, 4 Bedrooms

Located in a quiet rural setting with far-reaching views is this most attractive Grade II Listed four-bedroom character home that has been extensively improved and has the benefit of planning consent in the grounds to erect a separate residential three-bedroom dwelling. This country residence has a wealth of character throughout and offers high-quality accommodation that is substantial, flexible and would suit a wide range of buyers. 


4. Torquay, Devon, 5 Bedrooms

Lisburne House is truly stunning home in Torquay on the South Devon Coast. This archetypal Victorian residence was built in the era when Torquay was favoured by the upper classes as a retreat for fresh air, mild climate and clear bathing waters, which remains the case today. The house has been lovingly restored over recent years at considerable expense and great attention to detail. Lisburne House provides spacious living accommodation with exceptional versatility to accommodate home working, extended family or the potential to generate a healthy income from letting of the beautiful garden level apartment, currently connected to the main residence yet could easily be separated.


5. Bideford, Devon, 14 Bedrooms

This is an extremely rare opportunity for investment in a complex of five superb individual holiday letting properties with an abundance of attractive character features, all presented in immaculate order throughout with stunning far-reaching countryside views. The site is located approximately three miles from Bideford Town.


6. Dittisham, Devon, 5 Bedrooms

A stunning detached character cottage with five bedrooms, three reception rooms and views towards the River Dart. This delightful family home has been extensively renovated throughout to provide light and spacious rooms with quality fixtures and fittings. There is a small area of garden to the front and rear of the property and a decked terrace abutting the Church grounds.


7. Helston, Cornwall, 6 Bedrooms

This handsome Grade II Listed property with its dressed serpentine and granite facade could suit either those discerning purchasers who wish to own a fine family home in a lovely setting or to continue in the same way as the current vendors and commercially let part of the property for up to five guests in self-catering holiday accommodation. A real feature of this fine property is its fabulous grounds with gardens, including a superb mature formal garden planted with an array of specimen plants, trees and shrubs from where fantastic views can be enjoyed over rolling countryside to the south and west and onwards to the sea over Mounts Bay.


8. Bideford, Devon, 6 Bedrooms

Woodend house is a beautifully presented six-bedroom family home located in an elevated position on a quiet residential road close to the shops and facilities in the pretty port and market town of Bideford. Extensively renovated and extended by the present owners, the property provides spacious accommodation with original character including stripped wood flooring and attractive fireplaces combined with more modern fixtures and fittings. It may also be possible to create an annexe for dual family occupation, subject to planning permission and some alterations.


9. South Molton, Devon, 6 Bedrooms

Standing adjacent to the very impressive parish church and enjoying open southerly views over the town and the countryside beyond, this elegant period house can be traced back to a more humble dwelling, which was gifted to the community in 1466. Substantially altered and extended over the years the current house was remodelled in the early 1800s and it now affords the architectural features, size and high ceilings associated with the Georgian era. Tastefully restored, the house has a wealth of original features including a mosaic-tiled reception hall, deep moulded skirting, coved ceilings, sash windows with working shutters to many of the principal rooms, ornate marble and cast iron fireplaces and a magnificent staircase with an expansive quarter landing.


10. Launceston, Cornwall, 7 Bedrooms

This very fine Grade II* Listed manor features a range of listed stone barns, further outbuildings, 4 acres of gardens and 52 acres of land with south-facing pasture, river frontage and views towards Bodmin Moor. This important landmark home dates to around 1350. Originally a three-roomed medieval hall house, consisting of a kitchen, a central passageway, a great hall and a parlour, it has been much added to and extended over the centuries. Steeped in history, it has many unique features including impressive fireplaces, 18th-century panelling, original shutters, a cloam oven, a medieval bread oven and a wig cupboard.


11. Bude, Cornwall, 5 Bedrooms

Enjoying a superb coastal position, with stunning 180-degree views over the sea, cliffs and miles of countryside towards Dartmoor in the east, Gwin Haven is a fantastic coastal home with some of the best views North Cornwall has to offer,with views as far down as Trevose Head to the south-west and inland to Dartmoor, on a clear day. This five-bedroom detached contemporary house has a large open plan kitchen/family/dining room covering the majority of the first floor.


12. Bideford, Devon, 4 Bedrooms

Completed in 2008, the house was built for the present owners’ occupation to a very exacting specification. Design features include the extensive use of limestone, marble and oak giving a balanced feel of a barn conversion and sumptuous ski lodge. The house has character throughout and the accommodation flows naturally into the gardens so that the best of indoor and outdoor living can be enjoyed. The house is very well located within its generous plot of almost one acre (0.89) and is approached over its sweeping driveway, which terminates to the front of the house, where there is ample car parking space and access to the sizeable garage.


13. Brithem Bottom, Devon, 4 Bedrooms

Higher Coombe Farm is a fabulous country home. This stunning and distinctive period Grade II residence is located in a much sought-after part of the Devon countryside, having the warmth and feel of an inviting family home filled with character and charm throughout. Offering ample scope to create extra accommodation for a growing family, it stands surrounded by beautiful mature gardens and grounds with an array of traditional outbuildings, a separate 5-acre paddock and many other features that make this such an interesting and varied property.


14. Liskeard, Cornwall, 3 Bedrooms

This pristine three-bedroom detached residence is situated in a central village location at the foot of Bodmin Moor, a few steps from the picturesque village green. The property has been vastly improved and is presented in impeccable condition with neutral modern colouring throughout not dissimilar to a brand new home. The three-bedroom spacious accommodation is light and airy and with the south-easterly facing rear garden being mature and well enclosed. The home enjoys good access to the rugged terrain and open countryside of Bodmin Moor, which helps to provide an idyllic lifestyle.


15. Porthleven, Cornwall, 2 Bedrooms

Situated within one of Porthleven's most sought-after address of Loe Bar Road is this two-bedroom, Grade II Listed terraced cottage of immense charm and character. Currently run as a holiday let, the residence boasts many character features including beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls, whilst being just moments from Porthleven beach. In brief, the accommodation comprises a kitchen/diner, a lounge and, completing the ground floor, a rear porch. On the first floor are two bedrooms and a shower room. To the front of the property is a wall-enclosed, gated, courtyard whilst at the rear of the residence is a pleasant raised decked area.


Contact us

To discover your next dream home in the South West or elsewhere in the UK or overseas, contact your local Fine & Country agent today to start your search. 


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