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Top places to live in Devon Kingsbridge

Happiest on the water? If you crave a laid-back boaty lifestyle, you can't beat this vibrant town at the top of the Salcombe estuary, less shishi (and less pricey) than nearby Salcombe but you can still get on the water in super-quick time. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


Here’s an all-year-round boaty community (there are far fewer second-homers here than nearby Salcombe and Dartmouth) and it’s known for a pretty impressive entrepreneurial crowd (fun fact:the creator of the world’s first plastic-free sneaker lives here). Plus, you’re bang in the middle of the the amazing South Hams balmy climate. For beach babes, surfers, and SUP boarders, beautiful Bantham beach is just a few miles away, along with miles of stunning coast path and walks.


Where other high streets have dwindled, Kingsbridge has managed to thrive, with loads of long-standing indies and a few good newbies. Notables include the band-new eatery and meadery, The Old Warehouse, where you can eat a mile with a glass of sparkling craft mead on the premises. For fine dining Jamie Rogers at Twenty Seven is practically next door (breathe in those delicious wafts when you walk by!), or if you want to be waterside, the best (make that only) spot is The Crabshell Inn. Bag a seat on the upstairs deck for the best views! In summer, Muddy rarely makes it past Scoops ice cream parlour at the bottom Fore Street without stopping for a devilishly realistic Devon Cream Tea ice-cream (complete with pieces of scone).

Kingsbridge has an amazing beach count with 17 stunners within 10 miles of the town, including beautiful Bantham where The Gastrobus gang have a pizza oven in summer, and do great coffee and ice-cream, so something for everyone.

Or at nearby Beesands, grab your glass of wine from the South West Tourism’s Pub of the Year 2019 The Cricket Inn and sit outside on the beach with your fish supper of lemon sole or bream from Britannia on the Beach (aka The Shack) – the best local-caught, takeaway fish ever.


A buzzing high street with an indie vibe, Muddy can’t ever walk past the Cocoa boutique without buying something (think slouchy Scandi brands), and Busby & Fox have a store here too, gorgeous clothes and homewares and brilliant staff who are skilled at helping you put a look together.

There’s also a zero-waste store, Green and Wild, selling food and lifestyle goods that are organic, local and The General Store for your homely bits and bobs. Plus Alan’s Apples for really good fruit and veg, and whole carcass butchery, Lidstones.

For arty types, there is the cool Red Propellor Gallery for urban (real art for unreal times) art and Harbour House, where you can buy art, grab a latte and do a spot of yoga. For movie night, there’s the retro-style Kings Cinema, half way up the main shopping street.


Fabulous walks abound, from Hope Cove to Prawle and everything in-between. There are two amazing hotels nearby, the relaxed contemporary beauty, Gara Rock and the Art Deco gem Burgh Island. For days out, we rate the National Trust’s estuary side gem, the palm and curiosity-filled Overbecks, at nearby Salcombe, plus the beautiful golden beaches at Slapton Sands and South West Coast Path walks. Don’t miss the hugely popular gin distillery, Salcombe Gin, with its gin school where you can make your own juniper nectar.


£437k but closer to £750k for a 4-bed detached with good outdoor space if you’re looking in the popular West Charleton and Curlew Drive areas. Want to step straight onto your boat? We’re talking £2-3m for direct access to the estuary.


This 3-bed is just two miles from Kingsbridge in the pretty village of Churchstow. On the market with Harriet George for £600,000


Kingsbridge’s jewel in the crown, the Ofsted-rated outstanding KCC – Kingsbridge Community School – a co-ed state school with a popular sixth form.


Musos love it – both Kate Bush and Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn have lived in coastal properties nearby. The town lays claim to having the World’s Smallest Nightclub, a repurposed 1960s phone box with a £1 dial-a-disc system. Who’s for Hanging on the Telephone?


One for home-workers or less frequent travellers as Exeter St Davids is an hour and a quarter away by car (and we’re talking windy, albeit picturesque roads) then London Paddington is 2 hours 10 from there, or for closer stations go to Ivybridge or Totnes, for a 2hr 36 minute journey.

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Totnes was into sustainable living and eco-chic well before the rest of the UK, and now everyone else has caught on, it's looking VERY on-trend.


Want a waterside location but without the tourists and schlep to the shops? Welcome to Topsham, an oh-so pretty, bijou town on the Exe estuary, less than five miles from the bright lights of Exeter.


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With historic bones and the scent of old farming money in the fresh moor air, Tavistock may not have a train station but it has everything else you could want in a town.


Perfect for anyone who needs all perks of living in a town but wants to be able to make a fast getaway.

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If you're a townie at heart, this traditional Devon market town could be for you.


Happiest on the water? If you crave a laid-back boaty lifestyle, you can't beat this vibrant town at the top of the Salcombe estuary, less shishi (and less pricey) than nearby Salcombe but you can still get on the water in super-quick time.

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