At Green Tree Court, we recognise how lucky we are to live and work in Exeter. It’s one of the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in the UK and labelled a “glorious gateway’ to the west.” Here are our top 10 things we love about Exeter.
1) The countryside and green space
You could describe living in Exeter as rural bliss. Whether you want to walk to a quiet, thatched country pub for a pint or really escape into the wilds, there’s no shortage of rolling hills and countryside to explore. The city centre itself is green and leafy too – with Exeter University renowned for being one of the greenest campuses in Britain. Explore the Exeter Green Circle Walks or hope on your bike and follow the Exe Estuary Trail all the way to Exmouth.
2) Fresh air
Going hand in hand with the countryside walks and green spaces, is the wonderful fresh air. Even in the city, most of the time air pollution levels are low.
3) Friendly people
Perhaps it’s the fresh air? Perhaps it’s the pace of life? People in Exeter do seem more friendly than other parts of the country. There are also organisations like the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, which works tirelessly to train and inform people to make Exeter a more dementia-friendly place to be too.
4) Delicious local produce
The fertile countryside and sea yields a wide selection of fresh produce, which can make even the most basic lunch taste divine. From local breweries to artisan bakers, if you like your food, then you’re in for a treat. And don’t forget our delicious local specialities like the perfect Devon Cream Tea.
5) Cafes, restaurants and bars
Following on from the fabulous local produce, Exeter and Devon is home to some of the UK’s top chefs, making the most of the delicious, fresh local food and drink. Michael Caines has just been awarded a Michelin-star for Lympstone Manor. And a meal at the award-winning Gidleigh Park near Chagford is on every serious foodies’ wish-list.
6) The seaside
You’re never far from the sea when you live in Devon. Join the bucket and spade brigade at Exmouth or Sidmouth sandy beaches. Set sail on your yacht from Salcombe. Or catch some waves up on the north Devon Coast at Croyde.
7) A wealth of local history to explore
From Roman coin hordes to the blitz, Exeter has a rich and varied history to explore. Look around the stunning cathedral, discover the subterranean world in our underground passages and see if you can find Parliament Street – which holds the accolade of being the UK’s narrowest street.
Culture vultures can take their pick of theatrical performances and concerts held regularly across the city. There are also regular art exhibitions and permanent displays at the city’s excellent RAMM museum.
9) Excellent transport links to London and the rest of the UK
Exeter is on the main railway line, so you can be in London in around 2 ¼ hours or in Birmingham in 2 ½ hours. There’s also the option to fly, with daily flights to London City Airport taking just over an hour.
If you like to shop, you’ll find everything from high-end high street favourites to boutiques in Exeter. The flagship Princesshay area and John Lewis ensure the popular high street has a buzzing atmosphere. Or head out to Topsham and to Dart’s Farm to stock up on everything from fresh carrots from the fields and walking gear to a new Aga or toys for the kids. There’s also an Ikea scheduled to open next year, ensuring that every taste, and wallet, is catered for.
About Green Tree Court
Are you looking for a residential care home in Exeter? Green Tree Court is a modern, purpose-built nursing care home on the easily accessible outskirts of the city. It has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). For more details please call 01392 240400.