Collectively known as the electoral ward of Kenn Valley; Kenton, Powderham, Exminster, Dunchideock, Ide and Shillingford St George occupy a broad spread across the West and South of Exeter. Starcross, whilst not a part of Kenn Valley, is often included due to its proximity. For many, Kenn Valley is fast becoming the destination of choice for families and professionals who want to keep the hustle and bustle of Exeter at arms’ length whilst maintaining acceptable access to the M5 and A38.
Now enveloped by a modernised suburb, the once canal village of Exminster enjoys breath taking Estuary views, 14th century heritage and highly regarded property. Powderham, Kenton and Starcross remain as small rural hamlets linked by the A379, forming one of the main arteries to coastal towns including the seaside holiday resorts of Dawlish Warren & Dawlish. For those looking to move further from the coast and into the country, Ide and Dunchideock each share pubs, convenience stores, schools and churches in a typically Devonian setting. The shoreline hamlet of Starcross was predominantly known for its ferry crossing to Exmouth. 1846 saw the birth of the local station by South Devon Railway, bringing tourism and a public goods exchange, which even now enables easy commute by train to Exeter, Plymouth and beyond.
With such a varying degree of landscape, each area within Kenn Valley has its own clear identity. Generally speaking, properties range from early 1300s to present date but one would expect to find quaint character properties as opposed to residential estates (with the exception of Exminster and Starcross). Naturally, there are areas of infill and minor development which have sprung-up over the years but by-in-large those who seek individual rustic charm need look no further. Properties vary from Devon long-houses, thatched stone cottages, late 19th century mid terraces to the occasional contemporary self-build.
‘Luxury bed and breakfast accommodation and the ultimate in fine oriental dining with beautiful landscaped gardens’
Fore Street, Kenton, Exeter, Devon EX6 8LD
‘Located on the picturesque Exe EstuaryA traditional village pub serving good home-cooked food alongside Cask Marque Approved real ales and great wines from around the world’
Church Road, Cockwood, Exeter EX6 8NU 01626 890 373
‘Locally sourced, restaurant quality food, served in a relaxed pub atmosphere’
2 High St, Ide, Exeter EX2 9RN
‘12th-century thatched country inn with locally sourced pub-style grub, real ales and a garden’
Kenn, Devon EX6 7UW
On the Exeter to Plymouth line
The Strand, Starcross, Exeter, EX6 8PA
‘The Exe Estuary Cycle Trail takes in some of the most fantastic views in the UK’www.exetrail.co.uk/starcross.php
‘Excellent changing rooms and showers, plus launching and berthing facilities for sailing dinghies and catamarans’
Powderham EX6 8JJ
The ferry runs between Exmouth and Starcross, from Easter to Monday 31 October 2016, 7 days a week. A typical crossing time is 15-20 minutes, depending on tides
Exe To Sea Cruises, Jerry & Mark Rackley, email@example.com 01626 774770 or 07974 022536
‘A fortified manor house with a cafe and country store, hosting events large and small throughout the year’
Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ
Cycling along the river between Exeter Quay and Starcross, stopping off at The Double Locks or The Turf for refreshments on the waywww.exetrail.co.uk/starcross.php
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