04 Dec Totnes – Our kind of town!
Come and stay with us, in one of our lovely cottages, and you will be just 2.5 miles away from our favourite medieval market town. Totnes is quaint and quirky with a character all of its own. Driving there through our leafy lanes you will pass Parliament Cottage where William of Orange who landed in Brixham in November 1688, is said to have held his first parliament.
Totnes is head of the estuary of the River Dart, it dates back to AD907 when its first castle was built. According to records in 1523 it was the second richest town in Devon after Exeter, It is said to hav ‘more listed buildings’ per head of the population than any other town. Many famous people have lived here including Charles Babbage (1791-1871) – not heard of him? He was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer – put these skills together, and you have the man who devised the original concept of digital programming – i.e the computer.
Totnes town today, whilst retaining its heritage, is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative bohemian community and plenty of ‘green credentials’. It fiercely supportive of independent trade and its local economy – having successfully opposed Costa Coffee from opening – in fact 80% of the shops and businesses are privately owned which is one of the highest percentages in the UK. Totnes even has its own ’Pound’ to encourage local spending.
In terms of what you can expect to find, or do, in Totnes here are some ideas:
Totnes Castle – The Tudor Guildhall – The Leechwell Well (and gardens) -The Castle – Walks beside the River Dart – River Trips to Dartmouth
Lots of independent shops including excellent butchers (4) – fruit /veg/florist (6)
20 cafes/restaurants – 15 pubs/wine bars
Our 5 star award winning cottages situated in lovely countryside are just a 7 minute drive from Totnes – what better place to stay to explore beautiful South Devon?