In north Devon where the River Torridge starts to meet the ocean, you’ll find the delightful port town of Bideford — full of sandy shores, old street lamps and maritime life. This community of 18,000 people has drawn in holidaymakers and cultural explorers for centuries. Just 40 miles from Exeter, it’s a slice of immaculate coastal culture that’s close enough to a major city if you want a break from the waves. And you’ll find a selection of new builds in Bideford for sale with Wain Homes.
New Build Homes in Bideford
Six schools and early learning centres are rated as “Good” by Ofsted
Bideford has two beaches — Instow and Westward Ho — and many more nearby
The town has exceptional seafood and international dining venues
A pair of theme parks, The BIG Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Park, provide a thrill for the family
Exmoor National Park is 20 miles northeast along the A39
WHY BIDEFORD IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Once the UK’s third largest port, Bideford hasn’t sunk into obscurity. Far from it — as the main town in Torridge council, it’s home to much of the magic on the South West coast. Writer Charles Kingsley is just one of many artists who’ve celebrated Bideford’s beauty and it’s not hard to agree with them. Whether you’re ambling along the quay, grabbing a drink on Mill Street or cycling through Victoria Park, the white-and-pastel architecture will help you fall in love with seaside life from the first day you arrive.
Bideford remains a beacon for creatives or anyone who wants to be surrounded by coastal craftsmanship. The Burton Gallery is a destination for visual art, while Dartington Crystal sets the standard for Devonshire glassmaking. With it being on the coast, seafood is part of life here. Get used to the taste of fresh fish, muscles and crab or locally sourced meats and vegetables, helping you eat well after a trip to the beach.
Surfing, fishing and boat tours are town staples. But there’s plenty to do for the whole family — from Devon’s tallest rollercoaster at The BIG Sheep to kayaking and climbing walls at The Ultimate Adventure Centre. You have six schools rated as “Good” by Ofsted too, including St. Helen’s Church of England Academy, Snapdragon’s Preschool and Bideford College. Bus routes are very reliable and most places are within walking distance.
MAKING YOUR HOME IN BIDEFORD
Living in Bideford means you’re a stone’s throw from neighbouring towns and villages such as Northam, Appledore and Instow. Some buses take you around the nub of the coastline while others cross east over Torridge Bridge. Services from Bideford Quay can take you to Barnstaple, then down on the train to Exeter – the whole journey lasts around two hours. From there it’s another 25 minutes to Exeter Airport.
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