With its stunning beaches, glorious countryside and quaint rural villages, we all know why Devon is one of the best counties in the UK.
But if website ILiveHere.com is to be believed, it seems that not everyone is a fan.
The results are in from the site’s annual worst places to live in the UK vote and – ridiculously – two Devon towns make it into the top 20.
Torquay has the dubious distinction of squeezing inside the top 10, as it was voted the ninth worst place to live in the UK.
Staying in South Devon, Newton Abbot finished a not-quite-as-bad-but-still-bad 19th.
No other places in Devon make the top 50, while Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was voted as the worst.
Granted, not everywhere in Devon is perfect – but some of these reviews are pretty harsh by anyone’s standards.
In a post entitled ‘Torquay: The English Chavopolis’, one reviewer takes umbrage with the quality of food outlets on offer, saying: “Decent restaurants are few and far between. The existing ones have closed down faster than you can say Torquay is cr@p. This is because residents prefer to frequent the local McDonald’s.”
Another poster says: “If you fancy watching a fight any night of the week, I can recommend no better place than Torquay for quality solid wall to wall no-holds-barred duking it out guaranteed non-stop nightly action.
“It’s also the place to go for 24/7 street vomiting and urination, police abuse and hearing the phrase “are you looking at my pint?” used as punctuation.
“Be aware that the “time gentlemen please” bell simply denotes the point at which the landlord has decreed that the fighting must adjourn from the bar to the street and roughly translates as “seconds out” to the combatants.
“Jewel Of The English Riviera? More like Beirut on a bad night dressed up in Burberry baseball caps and Adidas trainers if my experience is anything to go by.”
Okay, so Torquay may not be perfect but those reviews do ignore some of the best features of the English Riviera which offers some stunning coastal views and walks.
Cockington Village and Country Park is a 450-acre is a mix of picturesque well-ordered garden landscapes, open parkland, rural countryside and substantial woodland.
Kents Cavern is a labyrinth of prehistoric caves which has spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and includes the oldest human dwelling in Britain and Torquay Museum has some incredible artifacts and an Agatha Christie gallery.
Okay, even among Devon residents Newton Abbot does not have the best reputation. But don’t you think these comments go a little too far?
“Well well well….what can i say?!?! i have lived in and around newton abbot for most of my life, something which I am most certainly NOT proud of. Although it does have its good points, such as it makes any holiday you go on so much better as you’re so glad to get out of this hell hole!!,” one reviewer says.
“I am one of the lucky ones who have managed to get away from this poor excuse of a town. But unfortunately, I am scarred for life with the memories and experiences I have taken away with me.
“The best thing that could happen to this backward little town would be if a massive wall was built round buckland and milber and to use that area as a prison.”
They are not the only ones critical of the South Devon town, with another saying: “Burberry and Von Dutch have only just reached here so its like an explosion of vomit styled tartan, but really popular in the towns only club “Enigma!”, how appropriate…”
It is not all bad though. A quick glance at Tripadvisor actually reveals some pretty decent things to do around Newton Abbot.
Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve is a 114-acre area of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh which is home to a huge range of wildlife.
There is also Stover Lake and Stover Trail to enjoy on a nice walk.
If that is not enough for you, there is also Decoy Country Park which has a lake, playground and playing fields.
If horse racing is your thing then there is the Newton Abbot racecourse.
And who can forget the Devon landmark that is Trago Mills?
See, it’s not all bad.