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How can Santa Fe Relocation help my move to Cornwall?

Over the past 120 years, we have been creating seamless moving journeys for our diverse customers. Through a comprehensive selection of moving services, we make the often stressful experience of moving as carefree as possible. Whatever you need for the perfect move to Cornwall, our talented team of relocation experts will work to find the right solution. For more information on how we can help, contact us on +44 (0)208 963 2513, or by sending an email to: moveme@santaferelo.com.

Cornwall moving services

We provide moving services of unrivalled quality. Take our pet relocation service for example; we will make sure your furry friend is transported safely and in comfort. Perhaps you need storage before your move to Cornwall? Our facilities are well-equipped to hold whatever it is you need stored, just let us know and we’ll make the arrangements. We can also offer our cost-effective shipment protection plans, which guarantee the protection of your belongings against any unforeseen circumstances.

Cornwall highlights

  • Spectacular beaches and coastal landscapes
  • Affordable housing market
  • Strong sense of community
  • Fascinating history and heritage

Cornwall history

It’s fair to say that Cornwall has always been, or at least always felt, separate to the rest of the United Kingdom. This isn’t a comment on isolation though; rather it’s to say Cornwall has always had an incredibly strong identity and the locals are particularly proud of it. This identity dates back to what were probably the county’s earliest residents; the Britons. Celtic in origin, they spoke a dialect that over millennia evolved into the Cornish language still adorning many road signs and buildings. The language itself has had something of a renaissance in recent years, with more and more people learning to speak it!

Cornwall’s position at the end of the UK has meant that it has been something of a final frontier throughout its history. When the Romans invaded Britain properly in AD 43, they found the rugged Cornish landscape (Dartmoor in particular) difficult to conquer. In fact, historians have only been able to identify three Roman forts, compared to the plethora of sites scattered across the England.

This theme of resistance (geographically assisted or not) continued until the rise of the Anglo-Saxons and the incursions of the nearby kingdom of Wessex. Cornwall managed to retain its cultural heritage, despite losing several key battles and even aligning themselves with the Vikings at one point. As the Saxon age ended and the Norman one began, Cornish identity started to erode under the weight of a unified England. The 18th century saw the Cornish language teeter on the brink of extinction, but a revival in Celtic culture in the 20th century drew thousands to Cornwall’s near-mythical allure, a trend that continues to this day.

Life in Cornwall

Most people usually picture the idyllic coastlines, rolling green hills and quaint rural villages. Cornwall is so much more than this though, and digging a little deeper reveals an incredible richness of diverse communities. It’s important to remember as well that the locals are usually very proud of whichever village it is they’re from, although give them a smile and they’ll welcome you with open arms. If it ever seems like the locals are being cold, it’s probably because the tourist season (July-August) is about to begin!

Life moves at a slower pace in Cornwall, something that might shock you if you’re moving from a big city. People walk rather than run and if the buzz of city life is something you crave, Cornwall probably isn’t for you. This languid pace of life is evident in the local idioms, phrases and individual words as well. For example, asking someone for a favour might be met with “dreckly”, which is the Cornish way of saying “I’ll do it when I do it, not before”. Don’t interpret this as hostility mind you; it’s just the Cornish way.

Where to live in Cornwall

Deciding where to live in Cornwall depends a lot on what you need and want in a new home. Budget is something to factor in as well; a cottage overlooking the ocean is going to cost considerably more than a townhouse in central Cornwall. One certainty of living in Cornwall is the need for a vehicle, because oftentimes your weekly shop will involve travelling for a few miles. Living in some of the larger towns and cities does alleviate this, although you should still be aware that transportation in Cornwall is a far cry from the likes of Manchester and London.

Life by the sea

For the best of Cornish coastal life, Falmouth is stunning for sure and its plethora of white sand beaches make it look more Caribbean than Cornwall! Naturally the tourist season sees the streets of Falmouth chock full of surfers (Newquay is another top surfing destination), beach goers and people simply looking for a spot of seaside fun. If you end up living here, it won’t be long before you join the locals in grumbling about (but secretly enjoying) the busy summer months.

City convenience, rural charm

If you can’t imagine leaving the conveniences of a city, but want to avoid the trappings of bigger metropolises, Truro could be the place for you. It’s centrally located, meaning it can be a great ‘basecamp’ for exploring the rest of Cornwall, plus it has all the amenities you’d expect in a modern city. Truro certainly doesn’t lack in character, which is epitomised in the Victorian villas, Georgian townhouses and a spectacular neo-Gothic cathedral.

Outstanding natural beauty

Choose the Roseland Peninsula for its exceptional vistas of rugged coastline and wooded countryside. Unlike the busier seaside regions, much of Roseland is tranquil bliss just begging to be explored. Blustery walks along cliff side paths, intrepid expeditions to hidden coves, the Roseland Peninsula represents Cornwall at its wild, primal best.

Property in Cornwall

Although cheaper in areas than much of the UK, Cornwall still features some exceptional properties epitomised by beautiful architecture. Many granite stone cottages were built throughout the Victorian era and the 20th century. Also, Cornwall’s predominantly rural landscape means you’re much more likely to find a home with either a large garden, or substantial land. Converted farmhouses are particularly popular and can represent great investment opportunities, if you’re willing to put some renovation work in. With an average property price of around £263,000, Cornwall is much more affordable than London’s average of £654,000.

Whatever you need for the perfect move to Cornwall, our friendly team of experts will work to make it happen. We are Santa Fe Relocation, your one stop moving company. We make moving home easy for you.

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