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About Totnes


Perfectly situated on the beautiful river Dart, between the spectacular wilderness of Dartmoor and the stunning South Devon coastline, Totnes is the ideal holiday destination. If you are looking for holiday cottages, Totnes has plenty nearby.

Totnes is located on the beautiful river Dart halfway between the wilds of Dartmoor and the estuary at Dartmouth. Totnes is a traditional market town dating back to Saxon times with a wealth of architectural and cultural heritage. The town is guarded by the classic Norman motte and bailey of Totnes Castle, administered by English Heritage and open to the public. Totnes has a thriving market on Fridays and Saturdays and the town centre has a wonderful selection of individual shops, places to eat and traditional inns. For visitors using public transport Totnes has a mainline railway station with fast services to London and good links via coach and bus throughout the local area.


There is a good variety of different eating out experiences to be found in Totnes, ranging from vegetarian cafes, organic restaurants and traditional bistros. Rumours in Totnes is a local favourite of ours.


Totnes hosts an eclectic mix of boutiques and high street stores, there is a distinct appreciation for natural products and handcrafted goods up and down the high street. Totnes market is locally renowned for it’s selection of foods, produce, antiques and collectables and runs every Friday and Saturday throughout the year.


From Totnes you are within striking distance of the beaches in Torbay (Goodrington, Paignton and Broadsands) as well as the beaches of the South Hams (Blackpool Sands, Slapton Sands and Bantham). take a look at our South Devon Beach Map


There are some fabulous walks around Totnes, a favourite of ours is the Dart Valley Trail that follows the river towards Sharpham Estate and offers some amazing photo opportunities looking over the estuary. The adjacent paved path make this great for bikes and pushchairs or if you want a break from walking on uneven ground.


If you are staying in one of our holiday cottages, Totnes has plenty of things to see and do. It is possible to hire kayaks to explore the river Dart that runs through Totnes from a different perspective. The locally renowned ‘Round Robin’ makes for a great day out, travelling by ferry, steam train and open top bus between Totnes, Paignton and Dartmouth. The Dart Rock climbing centre just outside Totnes provides a physical challenge for more active individuals. On the opposite end of the spectrum ‘China Blue’ offers a range of pottery related arts and crafts. Totnes also has a swimming pool that is open to the public.

Totnes Castle is an English Heritage site that sits high up overlooking the town. Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is a stones throw away where you can meet some of its unusual inhabitants up close. The South Devon Railway offers steam powered trips to Buckfastleigh where you will find the Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary. Being in Totnes you are a short drive from Paignton Zoo, Woodland Family Theme Park, Pennywell Farm and Buckfast Abbey.


Totnes railway station is a mainline station station and there are regular bus connections to Dartmouth as well as Exeter and Plymouth.


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Pridhams – Cornworthy

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