Population (and density): 2,905,200 (266 people per sq/km)
5 biggest places: Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Bath
Major attractions: SS Great Britian, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge, Roman Baths, Marlborough Downs, Stonehenge, Kingsholm rugby ground
What the expert says: "It ultimately comes down to confidence of the purchaser and that stems from the demand of the public to spend money on food and drink. Coming out of recession has taken longer than we thought generally, so there has been some build up of demand, which is now being realised thanks to confidence in the West Country market increasing.
"There is, as ever, a cross-section of sites available. In terms of demand, there is more demand than there was last year, but it still seems to be a cash-dominated market, meaning that the vast majority of purchasers have got a high volume of cash funds available.
"We are seeing strong demand for free-of-tie leases, but not such strong demand for tied leases. As for village freehold pubs we are seeing good quality pubs selling well between £200,000 and £450,000; we have sold a number of sites in Gloucestershire in that price range."
– Chirs Irving, divisional director for Fleurets
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