The thriving market town of Barnstaple is North Devon’s administrative and shopping centre. It is reputed to be the country’s oldest borough and with its original charm and modern facilities offers a delightful mix of old and new. It features the 13th century long bridge that spans the river Taw and there is the famous pannier market as well asmodern shopping centres with many major chain stores as well as locally run businesses. Along with cafes, bistros and restaurants, there is a local cinema and theatre, inns and hostelries.
The town has an approximate population of 28,000 and has its own hospital, well equipped leisure centre, museum, library, theatre and cinema. There is the scenic Tarka Trail for incredibly beautiful estuary walks and cycling and Barnstaple also stands with just a few miles of North Devon’s coast with the sandy surfing beaches of Saunton , Croyde , Woolacombe and Putsborough all being easily accessible. The rugged coastline atIlfracombe and Combe Martin is an easy drive whilst the Exmoor National Park is also nearby.
For those thinking of moving into the area, Barnstaple offers an excellent mix of Georgian, Victorian and modern-day housing and as well as the town itself there are a number peripheral residential areas at Pilton with its schools, park and village street, neighbouringBradiford, Newport with local shops and schools for all ages and Sticklepath. On the outskirts are areas like Whiddon Valley Westacott and Roundswell provide modern housing for all price ranges.
Barnstaple is surrounded by a number of villages many with good local facilities including shops/post offices and primary schools and names to look out for are Goodleigh , Landkey, Swimbridge, Bishops Tawton Bickington, Fremington. And Yelland.
We at Chequers have been looking after the property needs of local residents for over 22 years and are pleased to offer help and advice to buyers and sellers alike.