Five reasons you should move to the South West

Five reasons you should move to the South West

We love the South West.

Of course, we would say that because CJ Hole has been selling, renting and managing amazing properties in this amazing corner of the UK since 1867.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Here are five great reasons why you should move to the South West in 2020…


1. The seaside

Forget your Brightons and your Bournemouths.

Some of England’s best beaches are right here in the South West.

Which means you don’t need to go on holiday so relax and soak up some sun – you can do it right on your doorstep.

One of the best seaside towns in the South West is Burnham-on-Sea.

The beach at Burnham-on-Sea is the second longest stretch in Europe, too, and the town is home to some amazing period homes right on the seafront.


2. Outdoor space

So, the seaside is a real tick in the box for the South West.

But what if you prefer long walks over rolling hills and incredible views?

Well, we have that too. In abundance.

There are few more beautiful places in England that the Cotswolds, which runs the length of the South West from just beneath Stratford-upon-Avon in the north to Bath and Trowbridge in the south.

If you live in Bristol’s bustling centre, in places like Downend, Henleaze, Southville, Bishopston or Bradley Stoke, having the Cotswolds on your doorstep really is something special.

Throw in the Malvern Hills around Worcester and the Wye Valley near Newport in South Wales and it’s clear to see why the South West is a outdoor space lover’s dream.


3. Employment opportunities

Employment in the South West provides a huge range of opportunities for workers across a multitude of sectors.

Bristol’s burgeoning start-up and tech scene is growing all the time and attracts young professional renters and buyers and families to areas like Clifton, Redfield, Kingswood and Westbury-on-Trym in their droves.

Worcester, Cheltenham and Gloucester, too, offer employment opportunities across manufacturing, banking and education.


4. Great schools

Schools across the South West are among some of the best, consistently, in the UK.

Bristol, for example, is home to 28 ‘Outstanding’-rated primary schools, including:

  • St John’s CofE Primary School in Clifton
  • Henleaze Junior School
  • Ashton Gate Primary School

In Newport, Glasllwch Primary is rated ‘Excellent’ by Estyn, while seven schools in Worcester carry a five-star rating from


5. Property prices

Over the years, places like Bristol, Worcester and Gloucester have seen an influx of workers moving out of London to find more value in property and a quieter pace of life.

Compared with the lofty prices of the capital, property in the South West offers far more value to both buyers and renters.

And for those needing to get back to London or Birmingham for work, Bristol, Gloucester and Cheltenham offer train services to the capital inside two hours, while the Second City is reachable in less than an hour.

If you are dreaming of moving to the South West, take a look at our latest properties for sale and to rent.