Topsham is the tops
It has been listed as among the best location in the South West in a new guide.In fact, it is only second to Wadebridge in Cornwall in a new list published by the Sunday Times.
And Gittisham, near Honiton, also gets a commendable mention in the guide – it's listed as the eighth best village to live in the whole country.
The guide takes a very wide range of elements into account, including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low-crime rate, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.
Each area is also assessed on its own individual assets, whether it is a popular local festival, a, impressive selection of fascinating and/or historic architecture, or even the location's proximity to an airport.
Margaret Baldwin, who is city councillor for Topsham, said that she welcomed the recognition – but insisted that the town should have topped the poll.
She said: "It is a wonderful location and has a vibrant community. It is steeped in history and there is superb eating and shopping. It should have been first."
Topsham has stunning views, beautiful walks, fantastic pubs and restaurants and an impressive range of unique shops. It has hugely popular community events like the carnival and Nello's Longest Table.
But its increasing and understandable popularity comes at a cost. And it's a cost that is increasing all the time.