For those in a position to consider buying a second home, the choice of possible locations in the UK can be somewhat overwhelming. Devon, England’s fourth largest county, is one of those locations and has for a long time been a popular place to purchase second homes – and for good reason.

The county boasts two completely separate coastlines (one abutting the English Channel and one the Bristol Channel), and no other county possesses two entire national parks (the hauntingly beautiful Dartmoor and the picturesque Exmoor). Add to this one of the lowest population densities in England, the only natural UNESCO world heritage site in England (The Jurassic Coast, which it shares with Dorset) and the ubiquitous Cream Tea – and you begin to see why Devon is such a sought after place to buy a holiday home.

But enjoying the Devon life takes a bit of planning and getting used to – especially if you are familiar with the hustle and bustle of a city like London, for instance. Choosing a good second home insurance policy is a must, but a little more challenging perhaps is adjusting to the slower pace of life that is indicative of so many rural areas across Devon.

For those who make the leap, however, the rewards are often very clear: a sense of peace and tranquillity that can sometimes be lacking in many other parts of England, along with easy access to beaches, moors and rivers that provide a real sense of freedom – so pleasant, you may well make it your first home.