Estate agencies in Cornwall must be enjoying the spike in interest in the region thanks to Poldark, the BBC drama, as it returns for its fifth and final series. Shot on location in Cornwall the programme has propelled the scenic county into the international limelight with tourists visiting from around the world. Visit Cornwall found that 13 per cent of visitors cited the BBC programme as the key reason for coming to the region.
Cornwall is also becoming increasingly popular with retirees. In the latest report from Cornwall Council, a third of the region’s population is will be aged 65 or over by 2036. This year The Sunday Times declared the Cornish town of Falmouth was one of the top five best places to live in the South West.
The ‘Poldark effect’ has prompted a rise in enquiries for retirement rentals since it first aired in 2015, according to Jamie Turnbull, Business Director of Girlings Retirement Rentals, who expects the next few weeks to be busy again.
Jamie says, “We’ve noticed an increase in people enquiring about our retirement rental properties in Cornwall since the series began. The region is very beautiful with great coastal resorts and market towns that appeal to people who want to retire by the sea or countryside, away from the hustle and bustle.
“We are seeing more people downsizing and selling their homes in the busy home counties and London and moving down to the south west for a slower pace of life.”