The beautiful Elizabethan town of Totnes is just three miles
away from our holiday cottages. Also within a short drive are
the picturesque seaside towns of Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge.
Totnes is a charming market town in the heart of beautiful South
Devon. Positioned on a hill that slopes down to the river Dart,
Totnes has its own medieval castle, along with pretty boutiques,
cafés, museums, art galleries. The town is reputed to have
more listed buildings per head of the population than anywhere
else in Britain, and a stroll around Totnes' cobbled streets is
an attraction in itself. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan but with
a distinctly rustic West Country flavour. On Tuesdays during the
summer, you can experience the delights of the Elizabethan market.
In recent times Totnes has gained an international reputation
as a centre for learning, arts, alternative lifestyles - particularly
"green living and sustainability", and culture. Totnes
offers an exceptional range of small independent retailers and
is famed for its promotion of ethical products, wholefoods and
fair trade goods. It is a remarkable place to visit for its heritage,
culture and its very pretty setting.
Totnes is also the starting point for boat trips along the beautiful
river Dart, and journeys on the South Devon steam railway.
'Dartmouth is one of England's most beautiful treasures. The
stunning estuary views, together with Dartmouth's ancient narrow
lanes and medieval and Elizabethan buildings, makes Dartmouth
a must-see for anyone visiting this part of Devon. The town's
natural deep water harbour, is ideal for sailing or fishing, and
children enjoy catching crabs on the quayside.
Dartmouth has a reputation for good food, with many fine restaurants,
as well as arts, antiques and boutique shops. A cobbled market
place features colourful stalls and farmers markets supplying
There is plenty to do in Dartmouth, including taking an estuary
boat trip, visiting Dartmouth's waterside castle, taking the steam
train ride to Paignton, or visiting the National Trust Gardens.
Salcombe is a small town steeped in history and character. It
lies at the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary, sheltered from the
open sea and surrounded by countryside. Here you can amble at
leisure along the old cobbled streets and alleyways, taking in
the lovely, quaint buildings and exploring the small boutiques,
specialist shops, restaurants, waterfront pubs and art galleries.
Or you can sit on the quay and watch the world go by. There are
two sandy beaches, north and south sands, and also a passenger
ferry to the sandy beach at East Portlemouth. Overbecks the local
National Trust Property is well worth a visit.
Kingsbridge is a pretty estuary town, with delightful shops,
popular farmers market, and an excellent Leisure Centre. Stroll
along the quay side, or take a river cruise to Salcombe.