Devon is a county in the south-west of England with a combination of both coastline, urban areas and rolling countryside. It has a rich and varied history, having begun as a Roman settlement and containing two of the country's oldest synagogues. Devon has something for everyone, from beautiful historic houses to sparkling beaches, mysterious woodland and fascinating museums and from excellent shopping centres to a plethora of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. Those looking for quiet, countryside living might opt for any one of the gorgeous villages dotted throughout the Devon countryside, whilst those intent on urban living can choose between places such as Barnstaple and Exeter. Housing in the county is as varied as the different styles of living available, from pretty cottages in rural villages to sleek modern apartments in urban areas and everything in between.