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    My husband and 3 sons (6,5 and 3) are planning to move from Surrey to the South West in about a year’s time. All early days so far!

    We are staying near Exeter over this coming half term to explore the area and view some houses to see what might be suitable for us. I’ve already checked out the posts on this forum and have a few ideas about where we should visit, but we don’t know the area at all, and would be really grateful for any advice.
    My husband is a GP and so we don’t need to be near Exeter necessarily. I am also a doc, but planning to be at home for a year or two. Then- who knows? I suspect like many others on this site, I do enjoy my job, but am on my knees trying to do it all!
    Open to a career change if it is best for my family.

    Any school info also gratefully received- state ideally, primary and secondary. Also things like Beavers/Cubs,Swimming, community life very welcome.

    Thank you- I am hoping that this forum might be just what I need!


    • This topic was modified 7 years, 6 months ago by  emma.


    Morning Emma

    As you say it is early days in your planning so the best thing is to explore and enjoy as much as you can. Exeter i think is a good place to start as it is a good center and will have everything you want. It is a great city, not too big so you feel like an individual not a number and with a buzz with the Princesshay shopping center and of course the university.

    I helped move a couple from Surrey to Devon last year and i know how much they are enjoying it. We really do have everything down here and as doctors you shouldn’t find it difficult to find work in a town or a rural practice.

    Basically i think you need to decide what the most important reasons are for your move and then work out the other parts. It is very difficult to hone in on schools/clubs etc without knowing you a little better.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Christy Bartlett



    Hi Emma

    Devon is a fabulous county and a super place to live.

    I am a homefinder and my clients choose this county for all sorts of reasons. Without much more information from you it is difficult to be specific where to advise to live. Devon is a big county and there is quite a disparity in prices. Knowing the budget/type of property is essential. If you want to be near/in a city then Exeter is great and has most High Street names but like all major cities faces traffic issues at certain times. The villages around are very popular and have the ‘pull’of Exeter prices. I think the key is knowing where your husband will be working. Many people coming to Devon fail to realise that it can take some time to get from place to place, paricularly when you leave the main roads.

    A good place for starters would be the Ottery St Mary area. Close to coast, getting back to London, main road access and some super villages around. Further south then Totnes area could appeal. If you want Dartmoor then the towns off the A38 have variety. If you really wanted Dartmoor then Chagford or Moretonhamstead are well worth a look.

    Most communities have lots going on for families and families enjoy life in them. I am sure others will let you know more from their experiences.

    Happy to chat further and please feel free to contact me direct info@devonhomefinder or my website http://www.devonhomefinder.net has lots of information on all parts of Devon.

    Happy to chat further and advise d



    What an exciting time ahead for you all. The south west is fantastic and an incredible place for children. I moved to Exeter from London 3.5 years ago and now we live in a lovely village, 15mins from Central Exeter in the Exe Valley called Silverton. Silverton, Bickleigh, Thorverton, Brampforde Speake are all lovely villages (schools, pubs, toddler groups, beavers, cubs, churches etc) in the Exe Valley, which has the advantage of a very easy access into the city and you don’t get the traffic or queues like you do from the East side. Our little boy is only 1 so not at school yet, but the village schools around here all have a good reputation, especially Bickleigh Primary and Broadclyst Primary. I ran a private nursery and pre-prep before I had our son, so could also let you know about private schools if you wanted to know about those.
    Depending on where you are staying here is a list if fun places to visit when you are down: Killerton House, Knightshayes (both National Trust), Darts Farm, (amazing farm shop/gifts/food/play area etc) Diggerland (thinking boys) Paignton Zoo, Shaldon Zoo, Dartmoor Zoo, Exmoor Zoo, Pennywell Farm, Haytor (Dartmoor), Plymouth Aquarium, Branscombe Beach, (The Masons Arms pub in village is very good) Lyme Regis, Topsham (lovely for a wander and lots of good eating places), Exeter is very easy for walking about, lovely cathedral, restaurants etc. I hope that helps a bit. I run an educational support business for children aged 2-11 (www.littlelearningseeds.com) and my husband works for Knight Frank if you need any other advice please do not hesitate to contact me.
    Have a lovely trip down and enjoy exploring.

    • This reply was modified 7 years, 6 months ago by  Laura.

    Hi Emma,

    Our team would be happy to help. Our office is on Southernhay in central Exeter, so do pop in for a cup of tea when you are down and we can have a chat about the local area and where might be a good place for you to start your search.

    Hope to see you soon.



    Morning Emma,

    How exciting for you, my wife and I moved from London some 10 years ago as my job took me to Exeter and went for an idyllic Dartmoor village with 2 pubs and a shop. However we found this was a mistake as we felt isolated and being used to London it did feel everyone knew our business. We now very happily live in a town called Totnes some 20 miles from Exeter (only 35 min commute) which is a very friendly community in the South Hams close to beaches, we can take our 7 year old boy to the beach after school with his mates easily. We have 2 sets of doctor parents in our street who between them work at Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay.
    We have not decided on secondary schools yet but our son goes to Berry Pomeroy C of E Primary School and he is very happy there. They currently have spaces in all years as they are expanding http://www.berry-pom.devon.sch.uk/ My son is quite sporty and there are many activities for him to do, in fact he only has one day off after school and now plays for Totnes and Dartington FC on the weekends.
    Let me know if you want any other info. and enjoy your trip.

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