Glorious Devon, with its rolling landscape dotted with sheep, unspoilt coastline, sandy beaches, rugged moorland, and quaint picture-postcard villages, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break soaking up the stunning scenery.
In addition to the culinary treats, a holiday in Devon is a great opportunity to get active outside to make the most of the beautiful scenery. With hundreds of miles of magnificent South West Coast Path fringing the county, an invigorating coastal walk is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reconnect with the outdoors (and it’s free!). Yet there are so many things to see and do in Devon that you’ll find it hard to squeeze it everything into one holiday! From surfing to horse-riding, and stately homes to theme parks, you’ll find something for the whole family, whatever their ages and preferences.
Totnes is a small historic bohemian market town located on the River Dart in South Devon, providing a great base for exploring the beautiful countryside along the River Dart in any season.
A well-known centre for artists, painters, musicians and its twice-weekly market offering antiques, musical instruments, second-hand books, handmade clothing, and local produce. The town exudes a bohemian feel and boasts a wonderful selection of unique and independent shops, restaurants and delis offering a wealth of different produce to try.
The town is overlooked by Totnes Castle which was built in Norman times and is now run by English Heritage, the castle enjoys far-reaching views of the town as well as the surrounding Devonshire countryside.
With fantastic transport links, Totnes is on the main train line from Exeter to Plymouth and is easily accessible from London or the Midlands. The town is also home to the South Devon Railway, one of Devon’s best-loved tourist attractions, with a steam railway which runs through stunning countryside along the River Dart to the nearby town of Buckfastleigh.
Another ‘alternative’ way to get around is by the River Cruise which runs from Totnes to Dartmouth, taking in the pretty waterside village of Dittisham, and Agatha Christie’s scenic estate at Greenway on its route. Dartmouth itself is a historic port town, and offers a great selection of shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants as well as excellent sailing in the sheltered harbour.
For a day trip with a difference, the nearby Sharpham Vineyard is a lovely place for a leisurely stroll and to enjoy locally produced wine and cheese. Alternatively, it’s just over 10 minutes’ drive to South Brent, a gateway to the bleak rugged wilderness of Dartmoor.
If you’re visiting in December, Totnes is well known for its magical Christmas markets which extend throughout the town and serve as the perfect tonic for anyone struggling to get in the festive spirit. Most shops open late and the high-street becomes lined with food and craft stalls, making it a great chance to enjoy some street food and purchase a few special presents.
Totnes provides a lovely base for exploring the beautiful countryside along the River Dart in any season.
Our tips for in the town
The English Heritage castle is the focal point of the town, standing as a legacy to the once powerful Normans.
The markets in Totnes are pivotal to the town and have a reputation as some of the best in Devon.
Round Robin Circular Tour
Between April and end of October, take a leisurely one and a quarter hour river trip from Totnes to Dartmouth.
Step into our home accessories store and experience the excitement of entering Aladdin’s cave.