If you can’t decide whether to buy a house in Devon or Cornwall, have you considered Tavistock? The vibrant market town of Tavistock is ideally situated on the western edge of Dartmoor, but only 4.5 miles from the Cornish border. The property market is buoyant in the area with an average price of £400k for a quality 4 bed detached house. The location of Tavistock with its excellent schools, market, shops, river, parks, services and proximity to Dartmoor National Park make this a very popular place to live.
The fantastic pannier market, open Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 4:30pm, has been running without a break for 900 years. Here you can find plants, collectables, art, jewellery, books, tools, delis, clothing, craft stalls and cafes. At Christmas the magical Dickensian Evening is held on the last Friday in November to coincide with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights and shops are open until 9pm.
Although there is a large food supermarket on the edge of the town, Tavistock is remarkable because the high street is packed with many independent shops and boutiques. The larger department stores being found in Plymouth, only a half hour drive away.
A short walk from the town centre you can find peace and tranquility along the River Tavy and canal where you can walk and relax in The Meadows park with its play areas, tennis, swimming pool and The Wharf Arts Centre.
Above: The River Tavy
Above: The Wharf Arts Centre & Meadowlands Leisure Pool
A short drive away and you’ll be in the stunning Dartmoor National Park – a huge natural wild playground for exploring, walking, riding and cycling the paths and lanes that criss-cross the moor.
Tavistock is steeped in history. It is famous for being the birthplace of Elizabethan naval hero Sir Francis Drake. Its fortune was made from the wool trade and in 1105 received its Market Charter from Henry I. It was also important as a Stannary Town where ores from the mining industry where weighed and valued for duty.
Above: Remains of an arch from the Benedictine Abbey built in 1318 and the West Gate of the Abbey built in the 1400’s known as Betsy Grimbal’s Tower. Blessed Grimbald was a 9th century saint revered by the Benedictines and the name Betsy Grimbal is probably a corruption.
Above: St. John’s Holy Well on the bank of the River Tavy was probably used by the monks of the Abbey.
We can thoroughly recommend Tavistock for a holiday, day out or as a place to live. For more information see the websites listed below.