Teignternet is about celebrating life in Teignmouth and the surrounding area. But if you’ve lived in the area for a while, it can be easy to take some things for granted. So we asked Natalie Trice, who moved to Bishopsteignton in the summer, about what it’s like to start a new life in South Devon.
Natalie moved with her husband and two sons from Marlow in Buckinghamshire at the end of July. She is currently selling her house, so decided to rent so the family could spend the summer by the sea getting used to the area. “We like Bishopsteignton for several reasons,” she says. “One is we have a great view of the estuary; we decided if we were moving to Devon, we wanted to be as close the water as possible. It is great for popping into Teignmouth and over to Shaldon, but equally we can get to Newton Abbot in ten minutes and we love catching the train into Exeter.”
Natalie and her family have been coming to Devon for years so she says they were pretty clued up on what to expect. “We moved from the busy Home Counties rat race and this is a fantastic contrast. I love the fact that the pace of life is slower, people have time to stop and chat and are so friendly and welcoming. We obviously came in the peak summer season but even so, it is has been fantastic to spend the whole summer here and really get to grips with the areas.”
“We love being so close to the sea and having the freedom to go to the beach in the morning and then returning for a walk with the dog in the evening is just brilliant,” she adds.
The best thing about moving to Teignmouth is “the sea for sure”. Not only is it brilliant for the boys and the dog but Natalie loves nothing more than sitting and watching the water as she works. It’s also great for getting out on the family’s boat.
So far, all has been positive, with no disappointments and no regrets about the move.
The most memorable moments since moving include one of her sons catching a massive crab in a competition and eating dinner at Ode, in Shaldon watching a glorious sunset. “Looking out of my bedroom window each morning to a slightly different view of the water is pretty memorable,” she adds.
Part of exploring a new area is discovering great places to eat. The Clipper is a favourite. “We have been known to have breakfast, lunch and dinner there,” she laughs. For breakfast, The Oystercatcher in Teignmouth is a hot spot. And for coffee, The Old Java Coffee House wins. But when it comes to chocolate cake, she argues that it has to be Finley Browns.
Part of moving to a new area involves starting at a new school. However, when it came to finding school shoes, Ridgeways in Newton Abbot “were brilliant – I was really impressed with their calm customer service even on one of the busiest days of the year”.
After a couple of months finding her feet, Natalie is really looking forward to getting to know the area better and starting to make business and personal connections. “This feels like an exciting new chapter in our lives,” she concludes “and there is just so much to look forward to and embrace in Devon.”
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