Sherlock affects the housing market in the West Country

20 February 2012

The dramatic countryside was formed by the Ice Age.

The Hound of the Baskerville’s was filmed in Dartmoor. Its stunning scenery formed by the Ice Age has also attracted other celebrities recently with Spielberg’s War Horse and We bought a Zoo, featuring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, also filmed in the area.

Devon long houses are proving to be popular second homes in the area.

Sherlock’s recent antics in the moors of South West England have incited new interest in the area.

The recent spate of hit films and TV shows advertising the area has instigated a renewed enthusiasm for housing in the area. According to the Daily Mail, properties that are attracting most interest are picturesque thatched Devon long houses, typically built between 15th and 19th centuries.

Exmoor and Bodmin Moor comprise the rest of the West Country’s famous moors. Exmoor is known for its regular hunts and sporting interests whereas Bodmin Moor is renowned for its legend, the Beast of Bodmin, a wild cat that is said to roam the area.

Property prices in the area are also increasing due to local planning restraints protecting the area.


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