I'm the West Country doing a little reconnaisance before moving here in September. And I have to say that I love it! I'm really enjoying Bristol. Its quite big (confession, I did wonder why the map wasn't as 'handy' as a Luton one, then clocked, its cos its bigger.. well done!).
And its very beautiful! Built all over hills (remind me of this when I have to cycle), its got so much character: but is strangely anarchic at the same time. The ravaging bombing of WW2 has left Bristol with a rag tag of architectural styles sat next to each other.
And I like the people. And it has great places to eat. And its near the sea! And it just feels less frenetic than the south east!
In short; come visit!