Where to buy a holiday home for less
you to Narberth, a gem of a town which until about 25 years ago was dying on its feet. Then some councillors had the bright idea of reducing the rates for shopkeepers to rock bottom, and things took off. Today you’ll find Ultracomida, a fabulous bistro and deli, antique centres, art shops, boutiques and a top hotel, The Grove. The average price for a detached house is just £237,000, according to Rightmove, compared to £335,000 for the same in Tenby.
If only the coast will do, then Saundersfoot, the next bay along from Tenby, has a buzzing local community and is less dependent on tourism for year-round joie de vivre. The famous Boxing Day splash is a highlight of the year. “I am seeing a lot of people moving here from Cornwall and Devon,” says Carol Peett of West Wales Property Finders. “It’s better value than southwest England and in all but two of the streets, Saundersfoot is less pricey than Tenby.”
For years, local estate agents, noticing potential clients blanch on seeing the prices, have pointed them towards Kingsbridge, a ferry ride up the estuary. Less crowded in summer, with more to do in winter, it is far better value. Dartmouth is also a lively town, popular with tourists due to its cobbled streets, art galleries, Agatha Christie’s house and top-notch eateries.
A slightly more left-field suggestion is Hope Cove, five miles west along the coast. “Salcombe is glitzy but this is more of a family-orientated place,” says
A house in Saundersfoot, right, £625,000 with Fine and Country