Budleigh was praised as an 'unspoilt coastal hotspot' in the 2022 Sunday Times 'Best Places to Live Guide' sponsored by the Halifax.
‘Whether you’re a silver surfer or a fresh-air family you can make waves at this seaside resort’
It’s proximity to Colyton Grammar School, second in The Sunday Times Parent Power list of top secondary schools in the South West was sited as the reason for the influx of young families as well as Budleigh being popular as a retirement resort.
‘It means that you are as likely to spot paddle-boarders making the most of the low tidal range as a regiment of whiskery colonels’
Local business owner, Suzanne Stuart-Banks said she could ‘Get everything she needs in town apart from getting her shoes resoled or a key cut’, (although we used to have a cobbler in the town once). She praised the ‘beautiful golf club, the best croquet laws in Europe and a community that cherishes local life.’
The article listed the classical musical festival, which attracts international artists and encourages local talent as a highlight and also mentions the literary festival in March with Budleigh resident Hilary Mantel as its honorary president.
The listing quoted Budleigh as being the best place to live if …'you want to begin a new chapter by the sea.'