If you're after a country way of life, Cardigan and surrounding area is fantastic. You honestly can't get better or greener in my opinion. I have travelled extensively (worldwide) and lived all over the UK, however this is the place where I was born and naturally gravitate back to. I have since given up work and bought a smallholding here. The Cardigan countryside is as close to natural perfection as you'll ever find. People are friendly and down to earth. Crime is low. Property prices (by comparison to the rest of the UK) are also low. It's close to the sea and there is a plethora of beaches to choose from. Its country & cliff top walks are spectacular. My husband, who was born in Manchester and spent most of his life in the Midlands, couldn't believe his eyes when I bought him to Cardigan for the first time - in his words, he couldn't believe that anywhere so beautiful existed in the UK. Sounds corny I know, but once you get to know the area and take in its beauty, you'll see what I mean. It has a seductive quality and you'll find it difficult to leave. If you're a visitor, I urge you to seek out a 'local' to be your guide for a few days and go off the beaten track. On the downside... Cardigan school isn't particularly good, but Crymych school (15 mins away) is one of the best in Wales (although it is welsh speaking). This is not the place to come if you're career minded...unless manual labour and minimum wage are your thing. Nor is this the place to come if you're a sun-seeker. While the summer's are glorious (although always a couple of degrees cooler than england), the winters can be harsh. But if like me, you seek a more natural way of life, you will relish the beauty of every changing season. The nightlife here is also pretty pants, the pubs are poor and while there are plenty of restaurants, few are any good. That said, the local village pubs always offer a warm welcome and will typically do anything for their 'locals'...often not closing until the early hours of the morning! As for the question of whether property prices are on the up in this area...much like the rest of the UK, Cardigan has been hit by the recent downturn, however it's prices tend to move inline with the rest of the UK, but normally with a delayed effect of up to 2 years. Prices have remained steady over the last 8 years and our last 'boom' was approx. ten years ago. In my opinion, areas that are as naturally beautiful as this, which posses a strong tourism industry, can only ever increase in value. Question is, when and how much. If you're looking for a relatively quick turnaround, I suggest you stick to the coastal/tourist areas around Cardigan such as St Dogmaels/Poppit, Gwbert, Moylegrove, Cenarth and Llangrannog.
Answered on Apr 6 2010,