A Devon childhood


Naturally, finding the right home to bring your children up in is difficult – as we each have a tall order of wants and desires.

The most common desires for the ideal home would be: somewhere spacious, with plenty of room for little people to go exploring. We would naturally want it to be light and airy in summer and warm and cosy in the winter. A modern kitchen would also be favourable – ideally with a wipe-clean floor! A garden for them to play in and nice views are also important – so that we all have something to enjoy with a glass of wine in the evenings.

Currently there are a number of new developments in Devon with a similar specification to ours.

Built with the very best aspects of modern architecture and design, the new developments are now available across Devon; in Plymouth, Exeter, Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbott. With hugely competitive prices and a wealth of different size properties available (from one to five beds), the new builds are fast becoming some of the most desirable in the entire county.

But, what many people forget is the house you bring your children up is just one aspect – we also need to think of the surroundings and the neighbourhood before we commit to buying a house.

First and foremost, we all desire good schools, because nothing is more important than a child’s education. Ideally, we would want somewhere free of pollution, somewhere green and vibrant. It is also important nowadays to have somewhere conducive to an outdoors lifestyle, perhaps with plenty of moorland, coastline and woodland.

With 50 secondary schools, including six grammar schools, Devon boasts excellent standards in education.

There are even three universities: Plymouth, Exeter and the Peninsular College of Medicine and Dentistry (a combination of the two).

The children of Devon are also afforded with many of the opportunities that others around the country are not; access to green fields, fresh air, sea and sand.

Devon is sometimes thought of as a picturesque, ‘postcard’ type place, but there is far, far more to it than that. In fact, in 2011 a national newspaper named a Devon village as the best place in the entire country to raise a family.

This is a collaborative post.


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