Regional Information

Stacks Devon and Somerset have bought and rented properties for clients all over these wonderful counties for many different purposes.

Our clients have bought shooting estates on Exmoor, weekend bolt holes in the South Hams, buy to lets in Exeter, family homes with land on Dartmoor for access to the great schools in Exeter and good country houses in Somerset for its quick train service to London and access to Taunton schools. These are just a few of the examples of the variety that this area offers and the broad knowledge and experience that Gideon and Christy have between them.

Rainfall

Below is a rainfall contour map for the peninsula from which you can see that whilst we have a higher than average rainfall here, the reality is that these areas of higher rainfall are restricted to specific locations, usually upland areas and their rainshadows.

For a detailed look at todays weather in the West Country click on http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/sw/watchet_forecast_weather.html

Light Pollution

Most of us in the West Country enjoy the privilege of a star filled sky at night when the weather permits. If light pollution is important to you in choosing a location you may find this map useful.

Air
Exeter airport has daily scheduled flights to and from Belfast, the Channel Islands, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich, together with flights to Alicante, Malaga and Paris http://www.exeter-airport.co.uk

Trains

The main London (Paddington) to Penzance line provides a fast and frequent service to Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter with sub two hour journeys to London from Taunton on certain services. The London (Waterloo) to Exeter line is single track for much of its length and consequently much slower but it does provide a useful service via Honiton.
Paddington – First Great Western – fastest journey time to Exeter of 2 hours 4 minutes
Waterloo – South West Trains Cross-country throughout the UK – Virgin Trains.

Road

There are two main routes to Exeter from London, the M4 to Bristol/ M5 to Exeter, which can be done in 3 hours, and the M3/A303 via Basingstoke/Andover, which can be done in a similar time when traffic is light – Exeter airport has daily scheduled flights to and from Belfast, the Channel Islands, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich, together with flights to Alicante, Malaga and Paris.

The spread of property types and prices is considerable. Devon cottages are available away from the coast and sub regional centres from £300,000. Good village houses from £600,000, Old Rectories from £900,000 and hobby farms from £750,000. The exceptions are the coasts where proximity to the sea invariably commands a premium. This premium is considerably less on the North coast.

The Excellent private schools in Exeter, Taunton, and Tiverton are also having a significant uplift on the values of good houses within 15 minutes drive as does proximity to the mainline stations at Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter. The areas of the counties not affected by these factors, principally inland north west Devon still represent the best value for money.

There is a great diversity in the style of state school available, from the tiny village primary schools on the edge of Exmoor the large, highly acclaimed secondary schools in all the major towns and cities. Colyton Grammer, near Honiton is currently the best performing state school in the country.

Independent Schools

These are listed below. Many operate bus services to outlying rural areas.

  • Blundell’s Preparatory School |     01884 252393    01884 252393     01884 252393 | www.blundells.org | 3-11
  • Blundell’s Preparotory School Blundell’s Road Tiverton Devon EX16 4NA
  • Blundell’s School | 01884 252543 | www.blundells.org | 11-18
  • Blundell’s School Blundell’s Road Tiverton Devon EX16 4DN Bruton School for Girls | 01749 814 400
  • Bruton School for Girls Sunny Hill Bruton Somerset BA10 0NTBrymore School | 01278 652369 | www.brymore.somerset.sch.uk | 13-17 Brymore School Cannington Bridgwater Somerset TA5 2NB
  • Exeter Cathedral School | 01392 255298 | 3-13Exeter Cathedral School The Chantry Palace Gate Exeter Devon EX1 1HX
  • Exeter School | 01392 258712 | www.exeterschool.org.uk | 7-18 Exeter School Victoria Park Road Exeter Devon EX2 4NS
  • Grenville College | 01237 472 212 | www.grenvillecollege.co.uk | 2-18Grenville College Belvoir Road Bideford Devon EX39 3JP
  • Kelly College | 01822 813100 | www.kellycollege.com | 11-18Kelly College Tavistock Devon PL19 0HZ
  • Kings College | 01823 328204 | www.kings-taunton.co.uk | 13-18Kings College South Road Taunton Somerset TA1 3LA
  • Kings Hall | 01823 285921 | www.kingshalltaunton.co.uk | 3-13 Kings Hall Kingston Road Taunton Somerset TA2 8AA
  • Manor House School | 01404 42026 | www.manorhouseschoolhoniton.co.uk | 2-11Manor House School Springfield House Offwell Honiton Devon EX14 9TL
  • Millfield | 01458 442291 | www.millfieldschool.com | 13-18 Millfield Street Somerset BA16 0YD
  • Queen’s College | 01823 272559 | www.queenscollege.org.uk | 3-1 Queen’s College Trull Road Taunton Somerset TA1 4QS
  • Shebbear College | 01409 282000 | www.shebbearcollege.co.uk
  • St Johns School | 01395 513984 | www.st-johns.devon.sch.ukPrep St Johns School Broadway Sidmouth Devon EX10 8RG
  • St Margaret’s School | 01392 273197 | www.stmargarets-school.co.ukSt Margaret’s School 147 Magdalen Road Exeter Devon EX2 4TS
  • Taunton School | 01823 349200 | www.tauntonschool.co.uk | 13-18 Taunton School Staplegrove Road Taunton Somerset
  • The Maynard School | 01392 355990 | www.maynard.co.ukThe Maynard School Denmark Road Exeter Devon EX1 1SJ
  • Wellington School | 01823 668800 | www.wellington-school.org.uk | 10-18 Wellington School South Street Wellington Somerset TA21 8NT
  • West Buckland School | 01598 760281 | www.westbuckland.devon.sch.uk | 3-18 West Buckland School West Buckland Barnstaple Devon EX32 0SX

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"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
2018-11-21T12:39:48+00:00
"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
2018-11-21T12:47:38+00:00
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
“We want to thank you so much for the very professional and sensitive support you have given us in navigating through the various properties we have considered for investment of our small inheritance.”
2018-11-05T22:55:02+00:00
“We want to thank you so much for the very professional and sensitive support you have given us in navigating through the various properties we have considered for investment of our small inheritance.”
"extremely helpful, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts to assist us"
2018-11-21T12:33:22+00:00
"extremely helpful, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts to assist us"
"utterly tenacious..."
2018-11-21T13:06:52+00:00
"utterly tenacious..."
"Relentlessly provided us with the context and facts we needed to make an informed decision "
2018-11-21T12:50:28+00:00
"Relentlessly provided us with the context and facts we needed to make an informed decision "
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
2018-11-21T13:09:36+00:00
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
"You have an empathetic approach which, added to your knowledge and wise guidance, has made the whole thing a lot less stressful"
2018-11-21T13:17:15+00:00
"You have an empathetic approach which, added to your knowledge and wise guidance, has made the whole thing a lot less stressful"
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
2018-11-21T13:16:29+00:00
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
"Well done in taking us to a house we didn’t know we wanted … and then fell in love with!"
2018-11-21T13:14:45+00:00
"Well done in taking us to a house we didn’t know we wanted … and then fell in love with!"
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
2018-11-21T12:44:59+00:00
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
"I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is."
2018-11-21T12:46:40+00:00
"I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is."
"I completely underestimated how much of a difference you would make"
2018-11-21T12:43:03+00:00
"I completely underestimated how much of a difference you would make"
"Because I had invested in the process of working with a Buying Agent, I had the confidence to go ahead"
2018-11-21T12:21:23+00:00
"Because I had invested in the process of working with a Buying Agent, I had the confidence to go ahead"
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
2018-11-21T13:21:20+00:00
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
2018-11-21T13:18:01+00:00
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
"Being able to 'stand behind' Stacks, whilst they brought their negotiating skills to the fore, took us to another level"
2018-11-21T12:22:38+00:00
"Being able to 'stand behind' Stacks, whilst they brought their negotiating skills to the fore, took us to another level"
"You made a huge difference to our search as I am sure you do for all your clients."
2019-05-02T11:00:08+00:00
"You made a huge difference to our search as I am sure you do for all your clients."
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
2018-11-21T12:52:31+00:00
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
"Should I move again, I shall definitely use you again"
2018-11-21T12:51:23+00:00
"Should I move again, I shall definitely use you again"
“We really enjoyed working with Sara and Stacks and would highly recommend having them on your side in the home buying process”
2019-06-19T13:54:55+00:00
“We really enjoyed working with Sara and Stacks and would highly recommend having them on your side in the home buying process”
"delivered a great service at a reasonable cost"
2018-11-21T12:30:52+00:00
"delivered a great service at a reasonable cost"
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
2018-11-21T13:11:13+00:00
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
"You saved me many miles of driving and were very professional"
2018-11-21T13:19:40+00:00
"You saved me many miles of driving and were very professional"
"a calming, guiding presence where nothing was too much trouble"
2018-11-21T12:13:26+00:00
"a calming, guiding presence where nothing was too much trouble"
"The best decision we could have made!"
2018-11-21T12:55:52+00:00
"The best decision we could have made!"
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."
2018-11-21T12:57:31+00:00
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."
"Stacks has been an invaluable source of experience and wisdom on the successful landing of just the right house"
2018-11-21T12:53:20+00:00
"Stacks has been an invaluable source of experience and wisdom on the successful landing of just the right house"
"Without somebody on the ground asking the right questions on our behalf, finding a home would have been truly impossible."
2018-11-21T13:15:37+00:00
"Without somebody on the ground asking the right questions on our behalf, finding a home would have been truly impossible."
"The house is ideal ... and it is nothing like our first (unsuitable) ideas!"
2018-11-21T12:56:37+00:00
"The house is ideal ... and it is nothing like our first (unsuitable) ideas!"
"a fantastic job in impossible circumstances"
2018-11-21T12:17:11+00:00
"a fantastic job in impossible circumstances"
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"
2018-11-21T12:37:14+00:00
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"
"always courteous and pleasant, and most importantly, in our opinion, trustworthy."
2018-11-21T12:19:57+00:00
"always courteous and pleasant, and most importantly, in our opinion, trustworthy."
"It made a potentially very stressful process very straightforward"
2018-11-21T12:48:37+00:00
"It made a potentially very stressful process very straightforward"
"carried out with discretion"
2018-11-21T12:28:29+00:00
"carried out with discretion"
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
2018-11-21T12:58:19+00:00
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
"Stacks takes great pride in their service, is an expert in their field and above all, demonstrated integrity in all our interaction with them"
2018-11-21T12:54:09+00:00
"Stacks takes great pride in their service, is an expert in their field and above all, demonstrated integrity in all our interaction with them"
"How extraordinary to have found what we were looking for"
2018-11-21T12:42:07+00:00
"How extraordinary to have found what we were looking for"
"You we able to give us confidence that we were doing the right thing"
2018-11-21T13:20:39+00:00
"You we able to give us confidence that we were doing the right thing"
"We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking of using such a service"
2018-11-21T13:13:46+00:00
"We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking of using such a service"
"We love the house and cannot wait to move in and get settled."
2018-11-21T13:10:27+00:00
"We love the house and cannot wait to move in and get settled."
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
2018-11-21T12:35:46+00:00
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
"helped our parents downsize from the family home, in what was a traumatic move for them"
2018-11-21T12:41:04+00:00
"helped our parents downsize from the family home, in what was a traumatic move for them"
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
2018-11-21T12:38:34+00:00
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
"Through the whole process they went above and beyond, and it was worth every penny!"
2018-11-21T12:59:15+00:00
"Through the whole process they went above and beyond, and it was worth every penny!"
"was fantastic at explaining and helping us with everything that was happening"
2018-11-21T13:07:43+00:00
"was fantastic at explaining and helping us with everything that was happening"
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
2018-11-21T12:32:12+00:00
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
2018-11-21T13:12:00+00:00
"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
2018-11-21T13:12:46+00:00
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
2018-11-21T13:18:39+00:00
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
"...negotiate on anything"

Financial Times

2018-11-06T14:00:36+00:00

Financial Times

"...negotiate on anything"
"Thank you very much for the professionalism, patience and understanding"
2018-11-21T12:55:04+00:00
"Thank you very much for the professionalism, patience and understanding"
"We are delighted with our choice and so are the children."
2018-11-21T13:08:49+00:00
"We are delighted with our choice and so are the children."
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
2018-11-21T12:45:49+00:00
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
"I gained a house, setting and location which are right for me"
2018-11-21T12:43:48+00:00
"I gained a house, setting and location which are right for me"
"Practically, I needed someone to do the legwork and the eye-balling"
2018-11-21T12:49:38+00:00
"Practically, I needed someone to do the legwork and the eye-balling"
"Your advice on how to effectively instruct and motivate our professional team allowed us to complete in one month."
2018-11-21T13:22:31+00:00
"Your advice on how to effectively instruct and motivate our professional team allowed us to complete in one month."
"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"

Sunday Telegraph

2018-11-06T13:59:47+00:00

Sunday Telegraph

"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"

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