We hear from Anna Sharp at Savills about their thoughts on the recent surge of interest in west Cornwall.
At a glance, the Penwith peninsula in far west Cornwall is wild and windswept, with a dramatic coastline shaped by the powerful Atlantic and with far-reaching, panoramic views in every direction. Jutting defiantly into the jaws of the Atlantic, it is where Cornwall is at its most Cornish. But scratch below the surface and you will discover that the area is host to far more than just cliffs and echoes of Poldark.
Recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, west Cornwall boasts white-sand beaches with world-class surf, scheduled monuments and World Heritage sites, and an ever expanding, award-winning food scene, including restaurants from Michelin starred chefs and food festivals. The internationally recognised arts and culture community has been bolstered by the presence of the Tate in St Ives and the Minack Theatre, with smaller, independent galleries, film houses and Open Studios abundant across the area.
One of the special things about west Cornwall is that there are parts of it where you really can get away from the crowds, even in the middle of summer. It is possible to feel like you are completely away from the real world, sometimes going for hours without seeing a soul.
The team at Savills have witnessed a surge of interest and demand for properties in west Cornwall, with recent sales in St Ives, Marazion, Mousehole, and more rural west Penwith, proving that the attraction of the ‘Wild West’ has been reaching beyond just those in the know. There is a timelessness to the area, with large swathes of unspoilt, untamed countryside and some of the most exceptional properties in the county, allowing an escape from the increasingly frenetic, on-demand nature of modern life.