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Top places to live in Devon Teignmouth

Two beaches and a direct train to London, you say? No wonder Teignmouth is one of Devon's most-Googled towns, right now. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Teignmouth has been on Muddy’s radar for a while and it’s definitely on the up. Lots to like for beach babes – not one but two beaches, a main one with a pier and the Back Beach (the locals’ fave), plus some good pubs and takeaways. The vibe is younger than nearby Dawlish thanks to its preserved Victorian architecture, and the fact its train station doesn’t impede access to the beach, it’s looking increasingly upmarket.

There’s the option to take a five minute ferry across the Teign estuary to nearby Shaldon (one of last year’s Top 200 Best Places to Live). And all this with the cool cathedral and university city of Exeter just half an hour away down the coast road and direct trains to London from the town’s station.

EAT

It’s mostly cafes and fish and chips, rather than fine dining, but you won’t be disappointed by the coffee and brownies from Finley Browns, or the authentic pad Thai noodles and lassi served up from the Back Beach takeaway huts. For something posher, there’s the Owl and the Pussycat, or if you’re after local seafood straight off the beach, The Crab Shack, or just over the bridge at Shaldon, good gastro pub grub at The Ness, and the ethical award-winning Cafe Ode, which has awesome views over sea and the Teign estuary.

For coffee and cocktails, hotfoot it to the cool Halulu Bar on the sea front with its surfer vibe, the upstairs bar at the Pavilions or the more dramatic Lobster Lounge on Northumberland Place, with over 150 gins and 80 wines by the glass to tempt you.

SHOP

The Triangle is the place to go for art galleries, coastal-oriented boutiques and a cool patisserie, Luders. For gifts, interiors and a cool range of Thought clothing, we rate Shop Dead Gorgeous and the bespoke presents and homeware at Roam by The Drifting Bear; for local art there’s Words and Pictures and the multi Muddy award-winning Laura Wall Gallery.

The town briefly had a Waitrose but the new Lidl is doing well to fill the gap, plus there’s a Morrisons, and a new refill shop, The Refillery, on Somerset Place where you can fill up your wicker basket with local honey, coffee, spices and frozen goods.

The cobbled back streets are a riot of quirky indie stores, selling vintage and retro furniture, vinyl and eco stuff. If rootling through old records and retro is your thing, don’t miss SPS Records and Hello Retro on Fore Street.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Teignmouth is home to an award-winning tipple, Exeter Gin, inspired by the city’s Roman heritage, hand-crafted and family-run with its own distillery, and a new Gin School where you can create your own bespoke botanical-flavoured gin.

For culture, there is the theatre and cinema at Pavilions Teignmouth and Exeter is just half an hour away down the A379 with its Gothic cathedral, university theatre, cafes and bars. There’s a little zoo at nearby Shaldon and an annual regatta. Powderham Castle at nearby Kenton regularly hosts music concerts, children’s events and festivals, including the inaugural Gone Wild Festival from adventurer Bear Grylls and retro 80s music fest, Let’s Rock.

You’re positively revelling in outdoorsy stuff – walks on Dartmoor (visible up the estuary) half an hour by car, Haldon woods and Go Ape, plus the whole coastline of Torbay for swimming, boating and paddle-boarding. The town has two sailing clubs, deep water moorings and a diving school with several good golf courses. Over at Shaldon, the outdoor experience crew at Mocoast offer paddle-boarding lessons and tours, plus fitness and yoga on the beach.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Detached properties go for an average price of £398,712, flats £188,566, with terraced properties fetching £216,609, noting that prices are up 11% on last year. The best postcodes are around the Woodway Road area, close to Trinity School.

HOT PROPERTY

Keats House (the poet is reputed to have lived here) is a five-bed Victorian home a stone’s throw from the town’s main beach and is on with Dart & Partners for £600,000

SCHOOLS

Trinity School is easy access right in the town or send them to Exeter School, an academically superb selective independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 7 to 18. The nearby Shaldon Primary has long been a fave with local parents for its ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. For clever clogs, Torquay has both a single-sex Boys and Girls school with sixth forms just six miles away.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Okay, not such a big secret – the rock band, Muse, come from the town but you might not know, there’s a mural of the Matt, Chris and Dom by street artist Mos Shaw on Somerset Place. Drummer Dom told Q Magazine he was “surprised no-one’s drawn a penis on it”, and Muddy can faithfully report at the time of writing no-one has (yet).

COMMUTE

Trains from Teignmouth train station take 56 minutes to Plymouth or 20 minutes to Exeter St Davids for links to London Paddington 2 hours 10 minutes away. Exeter is half an hour along the A379 coast road or ‘over the top’ via the A380. The A38 and M5 at Junction 30 is 20 minutes by car away for Bristol, Taunton and Plymouth.

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