"a soft West Country accent"

A map of the West Country
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA map of the West Country - Credit: Kelisi
The West Country refers to the largely rural area of south-western England which includes Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and sometimes Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

The dialect of this part of the country differs from standard English quite dramatically, with influences from the Welsh and Cornish languages. It is actually quite close to historical English from the Anglo-Saxon period. Popular culture considers the West Country accent to be connected with farmers and fishermen – the traditional economy of the area – but a recent study suggested that Britons view their fellow countrymen with a West Country accent as more trustworthy than many other accents!