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Relocating to Cornwall

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rotters, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Spook187


    Joined: Jan 16, 2010

    Posts: 8,125

    Location: Cumbria

    Are you some city dweeb from London or something, wearing headphones with your suit my guess:rolleyes:
  2. moon man


    Joined: Nov 17, 2003

    Posts: 2,759

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    when we bought 3 years ago ours was totally ignored by local buyers , overgrown garden ,doors jammed in the outbuildings and a bit of paint needed .
    biggest regret is not doing it earlier in life cornwall does feel like a permanent holiday that feeling dosnt go
  3. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,554

    My entire close family has moved to Devon in the last 5 years, which is like Cornwall but with electric. I have to say I love the area, always have and am currently looking at buying a 2nd property down there this year.
  4. Uther


    Joined: Jun 16, 2005

    Posts: 11,226

  5. dowie


    Joined: Jan 29, 2008

    Posts: 46,038

    ^^^ this is why we need a like button :D :D

    careful with that second home chat though - you'll 'trigger' certain posters on here
  6. subbytna


    Joined: Oct 22, 2008

    Posts: 9,280

    Location: Belfast

    @rotters Come on, tell all, did you have fun for a week then sat alone for months on end :p
  7. Rabbit64


    Joined: Nov 13, 2019

    Posts: 1

    Made a huge mistake moving to Cornwall in 1990, managed to escape back to civilisation in 2002, I now live in Hertfordshire. PROS: warmer winters, people think you're living the dream.
    CONS: Winters are gloomy, miserable and wet, summer days without clouds are rare. A lazy laid back attitude where outsiders are not made welcome, job situation and pay are very poor, I took a 10k pay cut to move down and it crippled me, places like Camborne, Redruth, St Columb major and St. Austell are full of chavs and are poverty stricken. Life seems 10 years behind the rest of the country, there is no get up and go, an appalling road infrastructure, getting around is hard work and the standard of driving generally appalling, getting out of cornwall during the summer is very stressful and once took me 7 hours to get to Hertfordshire. Very rough council estates, Harmony close, Murdock close, close hill in Redruth. The town centres in both Camborne and Redruth are like the land that time forgot, boarded up shops, rough pubs, charity shops and pound stores..avoid! The locals don't like any negativity regarding Cornwall, but constantly moan about there plight. House prices totally out of line with the pathetic wages, petrol expensive and second hand cars. Rotten work on offer, food processing factories such as Roach foods which are mainly a last resort for the huge influx of foreigners. High suicide rate, regular jumpers off of Trengweath bridge Redruth. Life seems to stop at about 16:30 for Cornish tea, when the rest of the country is still working. The only decent areas to live are very expensive and have very little to do. Dead in the Winter and packed with holiday makers during summer. AVOID unless you want to take a step back.in time in a bad way and have sufficient funds to keep afloat. Try visiting both Portreath and Porthtowan during summer and the winter, in Summer you won't be able to move or get parked, during winter Beirut is more appealing, empty, desolate and thoroughly depressing.
  8. 413x


    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 17,315

    Location: Cardiff

    I'm glad I went to Wales rather than Cornwall.
    Cornwall has a lot, but it is so far from everything. And the cities aren't big. Cardiff is big (to me) and 6 months in have struggled to make any friends. But to be fair moved over in summer and didn't really try.

    Id say go for it but be realistic. For me it's 3 hours to see friends back homeso it's no longer an evening obviously .
    However, if I had moved here 3 years ago I'd have made friends here.

    You can make friends anywhere if you are near a population centre. If you value geography, that's one thing you need to move for.

    I'm glad I moved, but it's been tough at times

    I don think I'd move to Cornwall now. Its just a little too many compromises

    Oh, summer is great, winter is not so fun (first winter!)

    Id you aren't an outdoors type, don't do it
  9. 28swphotography

    Perma Banned

    Joined: Jan 29, 2019

    Posts: 108

    Location: Midlands

    Lovely part of the world, especially now that they are bringing the choppers, back :)
  10. Zatoichi.uK


    Joined: Sep 13, 2005

    Posts: 2,721

    Jesus that was a dark first post!
  11. Will Gill

    Fruit Machine Extraordinaire

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 54,969

    Location: Cornwall

    Worst of all, we have no enter key on our keyboards, definitely avoid.
  12. Yaayuh!


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,689

    Love Cornwall, down there 2-3 times a year.
    Actually, just love the countryside in general but will be heading down west ASAP as a permanent resident.

  13. Things change I've changed


    Joined: Jul 27, 2005

    Posts: 11,897

    Location: The Orion Spur

    I grew up in Buckinghamshire stomping around lovely wooded areas, the peaty smell of the autumn soil and moss, the wood peckers, and even the sound of local cricket being played out on the green near by, I really miss Bucks, I got moved down to Cornwall with my parents when I was 14, the coastline is nice, but aside from that it's awful down here, you honestly feel dis-attached from the rest of the country, also no-one seems to support economic progress down here, they just want to stay in the dark ages.

    My local Asda wanted to expand due to growing demand, people moan all the time it's too small, yet loads of people protested it's expansion proposals and it was refused planning! The winters down are are so depressing, everyone moans about the tourists, but they spend most of the year waiting for the summer to return, I absolutely love it when the tourists are here, it gives the area some life and soul, happy families with kids running to the beach with a foam body-board under their arms, you get to see new and different people everyday, but no, locals are like "******* tourists, there everywhere!", "Want my town back", yes your town full of closed shops that can't afford to sustain themselves through the winter because no-one wants any real development down here to make Cornwall a self-sustaining economy that isn't just reliant on tourism (*takes a breath*).
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2019
  14. dowie


    Joined: Jan 29, 2008

    Posts: 46,038

    Damn, strong first post!

    Surely a lot of what you've posted about can be avoided by moving to a nice area (village etc..) not one of the towns full of chavs etc... Granted the traffic situation in summer perhaps can't be avoided so easily (unless your transport solution is perhaps 2 wheels instead of 4).

    I can't say I care all that much about town centres etc..most things can be ordered online these days. Having a good local butcher, baker etc.. can be a nice bonus though - but in various places (talking in general not Cornwall per se) those sorts of places are surviving.

    I think the key thing (if you're not say a doctor, teacher etc...) would be to be more of a remote worker/keep your current job/role etc... Whether that be working remotely almost all the time (bar the odd trip to your company office), or being self employed or perhaps being in a situate where you can work from your main Cornish home in conjunction with the weekend and have some crash pad - bedsit, canal boat etc.. for the 2-3 days a week you put in at the main office down south/London etc...

    I guess another option perhaps is to move to Wales instead - you can still get yourself a place close to the sea etc.. but perhaps better transport links that can get you into say Cardiff, Liverpool etc...
  15. el_dazza


    Joined: Sep 20, 2005

    Posts: 15,507

    Location: West End, Southampton

    Get out. Cream first.
  16. dowie


    Joined: Jan 29, 2008

    Posts: 46,038

    @FoxEye see post #127 - you might want to comment! :)
  17. moon man


    Joined: Nov 17, 2003

    Posts: 2,759

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    awesome place ,hate going back up to yorkshire apart from seeing family ,wages are terrible thats true but for me going walking and bodyboarding is pretty cheap
    also i find getting around very easy ,i can be in tintagel ,port issac ,polzeath in 30 mins or less newquay in 40 min
    just a totally different lifestyle and if you love the ocean a dream cone true to live hear
  18. FoxEye


    Joined: Feb 17, 2006

    Posts: 22,734

    Location: Cornwall

    Thanks, @dowie

    Cornwall has a rather different climate to the rest of the UK; temps rarely ever get below freezing. That means we can grow some semi-tropical plants here without bringing them indoors.

    The last two years running we've had a very long, dry summer with no rain for weeks on end.

    Currently there is some quite bad flooding up country; we're not exceptionally rained out down here. The whole UK is a bit wet, really.

    Our summers and winter temps are moderated by the ocean, so we don't have extreme cold or Spanish summer temps.
    Laid back? Definitely. Absolutely. It's one of the best things about us.

    Hostile to outsiders? I've heard this a lot but I've not personally seen it. Can't really comment.
    Yup don't come here to get rich. You can double your money just by moving into Devon. True story.
    Yeah there's some truth to this. It's not universal even in those mentioned areas but there *is* a lot of poverty in Cornwall in general. High house prices coupled with the aforementioned low wages has taken a toll.
    Roads are not the worst you'll find in the country. My Aunt who lives up near Reading says their roads are much worse.

    We're extremely rural with a low population density, and lots of places have crap broadband, etc. The Westminster govt has not been seen to invest much into Cornwall, and we've had to scrape most of our funding together from Lottery grants and the EU in particular.
    I've only really driven in Cornwall and Devon so I can't compare with anywhere else.

    There are some new dualling projects coming in the next decade, to make getting in and out quicker and easier.

    Personally I love driving down little back roads but I'm never really in a hurry. As you said, we're very laid back, and I'm quite happy to get somewhere "drekly" rather than instantly :p
    High streets are dying everywhere aren't they? I grew up in Helston and it's all charity shops, estate agents, betting shops now.
    We certainly have social issues and challenges down here. I've regularly mentioned it on here.

    Lots of drugs too! And little prospects for many.

    Again, central govt doesn't really want to invest in the area...
    Eh? That's not something I've ever seen, tbh. News to me!
    Depends what you want, I guess. Epic night life? Big city? Lots of young people?

    Yeah that's up country.

    I live in Truro. It's nice enough. It's pretty expensive with a single room in a shared house being 600-700 pcm. Thankfully I don't rent.

    Locals can't really afford to live in any of the coastal towns. They mostly used to be fishing villages but they're just 2nd homes and AirBnbs now.

    Parking is pretty dire, and you normally get to pay a fair whack even to visit the beach.

    So yeah, there's much truth to what you say, but I think the real issue is it just isn't what you are looking for.

    We're not big stressers down here; we're not high-flying professionals who party hard on the weekend. We don't have much in the way of night-life if that's your thing. We have some lovely pubs.

    People come here mostly to retire. They come for the scenery. They come to grow old and potter in the garden.

    The central govt sees us purely as a place to buy a 2nd home or a quick photo op eating a pasty. That's it. The lack of central govt investment in Cornwall is telling. Even the Welsh valleys have had more money put in than Cornwall.
  19. moon man


    Joined: Nov 17, 2003

    Posts: 2,759

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    yeh 100k didnt get me anything ,just have to put up with this rough area .not mega exiting in the winter and the camel trail can get busy in the summer but not at my end
    pic taken on sunday ,got 2 smaller gardens also

  20. FoxEye


    Joined: Feb 17, 2006

    Posts: 22,734

    Location: Cornwall

    Most people here aren't saving 100k on min wage, and sorry but I'm quite sure your house isn't worth 100k today. Perhaps you bought it for 100k in 2005 or something.

    I know a chap who bought a whole farm (lots of land) for something like 100k back in 1990, and it's worth well over a million now.