Falmouth 'fourth best place to live in Britain'

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth 'fourth best place to live in Britain' Falmouth 'fourth best place to live in Britain'

FALMOUTH is the fourth best place to live in the British Isles, according to The Sunday Times.

Fifteen southwest towns have been named in the top 101, with Fowey and Wadebridge also making the list.

The accolade comes in part one of The Sunday Times’s annual Best Places To Live supplement, which is published on Sunday March 16.

The respected guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top 101 best locations to make your home.

The list ranks Falmouth, in Cornwall, as one of the top four places to live in Britain. The places were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Editor Helen Davies said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages. We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list. There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating, and everyone has different priorities, so this year our supplements cover everything from the countryside to inner-cities.”

 

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2:52pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Jirakitt says...

Absolute Rubbish.
It's the best (after penryn of course)
No4.......really!
Absolute Rubbish. It's the best (after penryn of course) No4.......really! Jirakitt
  • Score: 1

12:26pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Boscawen says...

It's an absolute disgrace - only 4th, what were they thinking?
It's an absolute disgrace - only 4th, what were they thinking? Boscawen
  • Score: -13

9:38pm Sun 16 Mar 14

ElevenEleven says...

"Crime rates, house prices and school perfornance"... I can only conclude we have **** good schools round here!
"Crime rates, house prices and school perfornance"... I can only conclude we have **** good schools round here! ElevenEleven
  • Score: -9

8:52am Mon 17 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

These lists are a joke. No doubt having high house prices pushes a town higher up the list (more appeal for city-based 2nd homers, etc) , whereas it should be the other way round. Where would it come in a list of affordable towns in which to live and work?
Also, Falmouth may have good shops for holiday browsing, but try finding any more practical household items - if Trago doesn't stock it, you're pretty much ****ed.
And if "positive local spirit" means trying to demonize students and outsiders in general, plus constant bickering about local issues on sites like this then yes, Falmouth has that in abundance.
These lists are a joke. No doubt having high house prices pushes a town higher up the list (more appeal for city-based 2nd homers, etc) , whereas it should be the other way round. Where would it come in a list of affordable towns in which to live and work? Also, Falmouth may have good shops for holiday browsing, but try finding any more practical household items - if Trago doesn't stock it, you're pretty much ****ed. And if "positive local spirit" means trying to demonize students and outsiders in general, plus constant bickering about local issues on sites like this then yes, Falmouth has that in abundance. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 13

9:06am Mon 17 Mar 14

Ian Bennett says...

If it's cheap houses you're looking for, Lord B F-S, you could always come up here to County Durham, but given the choice between Falmouth and Ferryhill, I know which I would choose.
If it's cheap houses you're looking for, Lord B F-S, you could always come up here to County Durham, but given the choice between Falmouth and Ferryhill, I know which I would choose. Ian Bennett
  • Score: -17

10:04am Mon 17 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Although that part of the world has its merits, Ian, I probably wouldn't go to that extreme, although I am considering "downsizing" soon (through necessity rather than any real enthusiasm).
Although that part of the world has its merits, Ian, I probably wouldn't go to that extreme, although I am considering "downsizing" soon (through necessity rather than any real enthusiasm). Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: -1

12:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

esswords says...

Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.
Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high. esswords
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

esswords wrote:
Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.
Really? That surprises me. The recommendation should push the prices up a bit more. But I wouldn't be seen dead reading a paper from that stable.
[quote][p][bold]esswords[/bold] wrote: Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.[/p][/quote]Really? That surprises me. The recommendation should push the prices up a bit more. But I wouldn't be seen dead reading a paper from that stable. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Mon 17 Mar 14

esswords says...

Lord B F-S, here's the whole piece (which the Packet might not be able to post themselves).
"Falmouth has always been a place of wonderful sea views, beaches and countryside, but recently it’s become much more than that. Where once the steep town on the Fal estuary attracted retirees and holidaymakers, now it is becoming a cultural hub tucked away in a corner of Cornwall. The arrival of University College Falmouth has played a large part in its metamorphosis into a lively place of young creatives, small businesses, bookshops, cinemas, galleries and world-class yachts in the harbour. The final seal of approval? Rick Stein has opened a chippie. It’s what Falmouth has kept, though, that makes it special. It’s still a fishing town, and there’s a quirkiness about the many bars and restaurants, from the Gylly Beach Cafe to Dolly’s Tea Room & Wine Bar. The housing market is slow and steady, with terraced homes selling for about £230,000. The schools are good, and nearby Truro provides private schools, chain stores and a mainline station.
Why we love it: It’s fresh and it’s fun."
Lord B F-S, here's the whole piece (which the Packet might not be able to post themselves). "Falmouth has always been a place of wonderful sea views, beaches and countryside, but recently it’s become much more than that. Where once the steep town on the Fal estuary attracted retirees and holidaymakers, now it is becoming a cultural hub tucked away in a corner of Cornwall. The arrival of University College Falmouth has played a large part in its metamorphosis into a lively place of young creatives, small businesses, bookshops, cinemas, galleries and world-class yachts in the harbour. The final seal of approval? Rick Stein has opened a chippie. It’s what Falmouth has kept, though, that makes it special. It’s still a fishing town, and there’s a quirkiness about the many bars and restaurants, from the Gylly Beach Cafe to Dolly’s Tea Room & Wine Bar. The housing market is slow and steady, with terraced homes selling for about £230,000. The schools are good, and nearby Truro provides private schools, chain stores and a mainline station. Why we love it: It’s fresh and it’s fun." esswords
  • Score: -6

4:34pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

esswords wrote:
Lord B F-S, here's the whole piece (which the Packet might not be able to post themselves).
"Falmouth has always been a place of wonderful sea views, beaches and countryside, but recently it’s become much more than that. Where once the steep town on the Fal estuary attracted retirees and holidaymakers, now it is becoming a cultural hub tucked away in a corner of Cornwall. The arrival of University College Falmouth has played a large part in its metamorphosis into a lively place of young creatives, small businesses, bookshops, cinemas, galleries and world-class yachts in the harbour. The final seal of approval? Rick Stein has opened a chippie. It’s what Falmouth has kept, though, that makes it special. It’s still a fishing town, and there’s a quirkiness about the many bars and restaurants, from the Gylly Beach Cafe to Dolly’s Tea Room & Wine Bar. The housing market is slow and steady, with terraced homes selling for about £230,000. The schools are good, and nearby Truro provides private schools, chain stores and a mainline station.
Why we love it: It’s fresh and it’s fun."
Yes, that's quite a good review, although I thought Rick Stein's "chippie" was awful when I tried it. Harbour Lights nearby is a great real no-nonsense chippie though, and the views are better. Cheers.
[quote][p][bold]esswords[/bold] wrote: Lord B F-S, here's the whole piece (which the Packet might not be able to post themselves). "Falmouth has always been a place of wonderful sea views, beaches and countryside, but recently it’s become much more than that. Where once the steep town on the Fal estuary attracted retirees and holidaymakers, now it is becoming a cultural hub tucked away in a corner of Cornwall. The arrival of University College Falmouth has played a large part in its metamorphosis into a lively place of young creatives, small businesses, bookshops, cinemas, galleries and world-class yachts in the harbour. The final seal of approval? Rick Stein has opened a chippie. It’s what Falmouth has kept, though, that makes it special. It’s still a fishing town, and there’s a quirkiness about the many bars and restaurants, from the Gylly Beach Cafe to Dolly’s Tea Room & Wine Bar. The housing market is slow and steady, with terraced homes selling for about £230,000. The schools are good, and nearby Truro provides private schools, chain stores and a mainline station. Why we love it: It’s fresh and it’s fun."[/p][/quote]Yes, that's quite a good review, although I thought Rick Stein's "chippie" was awful when I tried it. Harbour Lights nearby is a great real no-nonsense chippie though, and the views are better. Cheers. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 4

12:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ElevenEleven says...

esswords wrote:
Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.
That's funny, because Truro was in the headlines last week for being the third least affordable city in the UK (in terms of price vs. average local wage), and prices in Falmouth are quite comparable to Truro.
[quote][p][bold]esswords[/bold] wrote: Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.[/p][/quote]That's funny, because Truro was in the headlines last week for being the third least affordable city in the UK (in terms of price vs. average local wage), and prices in Falmouth are quite comparable to Truro. ElevenEleven
  • Score: 6

1:13pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

ElevenEleven wrote:
esswords wrote:
Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.
That's funny, because Truro was in the headlines last week for being the third least affordable city in the UK (in terms of price vs. average local wage), and prices in Falmouth are quite comparable to Truro.
Good point, EE, I thought something about this simply didn't add up!
[quote][p][bold]ElevenEleven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]esswords[/bold] wrote: Lord B F-S, you need to read theactual article in the Sunday Times, with regard to house prices Falmouth was commended for its LOW prices, not high.[/p][/quote]That's funny, because Truro was in the headlines last week for being the third least affordable city in the UK (in terms of price vs. average local wage), and prices in Falmouth are quite comparable to Truro.[/p][/quote]Good point, EE, I thought something about this simply didn't add up! Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 4

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