With its peaceful countryside surroundings, accessibility to the coast and brilliant local food and drink culture, it’s no wonder Devon was ranked number three in Rightmove’s most searched for areas in 2021. Home to our new coming soon developments, St. Leonards Quarter in Exeter and Rolle Gardens in Exmouth, if you’re interested in making your move to Devon, find out what makes these popular South West destinations great places to live.
Located in Devon’s capital, St. Leonards Quarter will feature a stunning collection of 1 to 5 bedroom new build homes in Exeter, located in the prime residential St Leonards area. Designed to a high specification a number of energy efficient features including underfloor heating, high performance triple glazing and electric vehicle charging points, the homes will offer the best in contemporary living with access to open green space, parking and direct transport links. Perfectly placed to enjoy all that this bustling city has to offer, the homes are situated within walking distance of Exeter city centre and the picturesque River Exe.
When it comes to history and heritage, Exeter is in no short supply. Telling stories of the past, Exeter’s famous landmarks are dotted across the city including the impressive Exeter Cathedral. Boasting over 900 years of history, this majestic building attracts plenty of attention and hosts a wonderful calendar of events throughout the year. If you’re looking to make a visit, artistic collaboration Luxmuralis brings Life to Exeter Cathedral, an immersive installation of light and sound art celebrating the beauty of the earth. Exhibiting from Tuesday 22nd March to Saturday 26th March.
Alternatively, you can take a walk down to Tudor Street where you will see the aptly named Tudor House, one of Exeter’s most renowned properties and the oldest surviving house in an area known as Exe Island in the city’s historic West Quarter. If sport is more your thing, the Exeter Chiefs might spring to mind, a world-class rugby squad based in Exeter. Initially formed in 1871, the club has a longstanding history, with the first recorded match taking place in 1873. Sandy Park has been the club’s home since 2006, a purpose-built rugby stadium and award-winning conference centre located on the outskirts of the city. Having claimed the Premiership Title twice over the past four seasons, watching an Exeter Chiefs game live is sure to be an exciting event and great day out for the whole family.
Food & Drink
Exeter is a great place for eating out, offering a variety of restaurants from both well known names to independent eateries. If you’re looking to dine in the heart of the city, Harry’s Restaurant is a long-established family-run restaurant which has been serving food for almost 25 years in a sophisticated yet friendly setting. If you’d prefer a lighter bite to eat, head over to Eat on the Green to enjoy all day breakfast and dining with fantastic views of Exeter Cathedral.
For a taste of Spain, Calvo Loco Tapas Bar is a short walk from the city centre on Magdalen Road boasting flavours from Saville, Cadiz and Spain’s southern coast. The River Exe is another great foodie spot with scenic views over the water – if you’re a pizza fan you’ll want to visit On the Waterfront or for classic pub food, wander down the river to the popular Double Locks which features a large pub garden on a stunning canal-side location.
When searching for new build homes, it’s reassuring to know that great amenities are in close reach of your ideal property, with our St. Leonards Quarter scheme being no exception. Just a short stroll from the development, Exeter High Street is a great stop for all your shopping needs. With the iconic cathedral as its backdrop, Princesshay is home to over 70 of the best high street names and a number of coffee shops and restaurants to keep you fuelled during your spree.
For all things independent, head to Exeter’s famous Gandy Street, a haven for colourful boutiques, bars, restaurants, and salons. Renowned for its cobbles, this street has a whole lot of history, dating back to the Saxon era, retaining its medieval charm to this day. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, venture down to Exeter Quayside, a brilliant spot for independent shops and cellars from local craftspeople. With an array of great restaurants and pubs in the area too, you can stop for a bite to eat while enjoying peaceful views of the River Exe.
Situated less than a 10-minute walk from the beach, Rolle Gardens, is a fantastic new development of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom new homes in Exmouth. Offering the very best in modern living, these stunning properties will be finished to a high specification with a focus on sustainable features including green roofs, concrete bricks and Grasscrete parking courts. Additionally, each home will benefit from private outside space and allocated parking. Located on the picturesque east coast of Devon, Exmouth is at the start of the majestic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, boasting the longest seafront in Devon and Cornwall, making the ideal coastal destination.
With two miles of golden sand and a south west facing shoreline to take advantage of, Exmouth Beach is the perfect place to try your hand at a variety of water sports. Offering lessons in windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and Mega sups, Exmouth Watersports is great for adults, junior clubs and school groups. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Side Shore is another great watersports venue in Exmouth with a café, patisserie and restaurant by local award-winning chef, Michael Caines.
Food & Drink
From classic pub grub to fancier food, Exmouth offers a variety of great eating out options. For a cosy atmosphere and great food and beer, visit The Grapevine, a family owned brewhouse with its very own microbrewery. Boasting some of the best sea views in Exmouth and a stunning dining room, The Grove is the place to be for a top-notch Sunday roast or special occasion. For a one-of-a-kind experience on the water, River Exe Café ticks all the boxes. Open from April to September, this floating restaurant can only be accessed by boat or water taxi, with a regular water taxi service from Exmouth Marina. Specialising in local seafood, including whole Brixham crab, this unique restaurant is sure to wow you with its wonderful fresh dishes and amazing sea views.
The Great Outdoors
As one of the oldest and most picturesque coastal towns in Devon, Exmouth is a great place to get outside and explore its unique environment. Why not start at the scenic Exmouth Marina, ideally placed to allow boat owners and keen sailors superb access to the beautiful cruising waters of the Exe Estuary with an on-site chandlery, café and small shop for essentials. A great one for the summer months, Exmouth’s ‘Pirate Cove’ offers a cosy, sheltered nook that looks out towards the Exe Estuary, the ideal spot for spotting sunsets or an evening BBQ.
If you’re looking to stretch your legs, why not complete the Orcombe Point circular walk. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Orcombe Point is the most westerly point of the Jurassic Coast, offering stunning views over the Exe Estuary and out to sea. One distinctive feature you won’t miss on the Jurassic Coast is the incredible orange cliffs which can be found in Exmouth. Full of fossil-rich rocks, these incredible features symbolise a fascinating history where dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roamed millions of years ago!