Not one of Devon’s main players, and certainly not famous for its beaches or shimmery turquoise horizons, Totnes is where those in-the-know are heading for their quirky Devon day trips, and we think it’s about time to bust the secret. A perfect, pastel-coloured base for your short break to the lush lands of Devon, Totnes is an artisan-dream, with trinket-box boutiques, sloping side-streets and candy-floss coloured cafes at every turn. Time to see what makes this English Riveria town tick, with this, our latest exposé on the UK’s secret hotspots: Totnes!
Where is it?
You’ll discover the historic market town of Totnes within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also lies along the scenic River Dart, meaning you get riverside-charm thrown in to your short break free of charge!
Did you know?
Totnes is home to its very own local currency, the Totnes Pound. Launched in 2007 the Totnes Pound was introduced as a way to support the local economy – ensuring local money is spent in (and stays within) the town. The currency can be brought and exchanged in the town and is accept by over a whopping 75 local businesses.
From the defining Totnes Castle to the 1,500 years old yew tree over in the Dartington Hall Estate, you can immerse yourself in the mysteries of a time-gone-by.
Shop-alcoholics unite! Because Totnes is has an unbeatably cutesy cluster of shops from which to browse. We recommend a trip to China Blue for ceramic nick-nacks, Curiouser and Curiouser for kooky gifts, Country Cheeses on Ticklemore Street for speciality goods and Roly’s Fudge for – you guessed it, fudge!
Where to eat
The famous farm
The next best thing about Totnes? You’re only a fifteen minute drive away from Devon’s (and maybe even England’s!) most famous of veggies. The Riverford Kitchen sits on a quaint farm in the quiet pastures of Devon, where it has quietly grown in popularity and reputation since its founder first started the venture delivering vegetables to 30 friends in Devon. Here, you can pitter-patter through the organic veg-patches to Riverford’s gorgeous dining area, where a freshly made, ever-changing menu is presented in rustic batches to share with the rest of the communal table – that’s right, it’s a group affair! Mingle with foodie enthusiasts and revel in the tender bites of organic pork, crisp bite of shredded onions and sweet tang of hand-picked tomatoes – it’s an event you won’t forget!
Where to stay
Lovely South Devon Totnes Cottage
Tucked away in the winding streets that make up the ancient quarter, this tastefully furnished cottage is an amazing base from which to explore Totnes. Built into the original Saxon fortifications that surround Totnes castle, this hideaway has a spacious lounge with a woodburner set in a stone fireplace and a secluded sunny walled garden adorned in winding wisteria. There’s a 32” flat screen TV with DVD for those cosy nights in. However it’s also has a fabulously central location, meaning you can hit the bars without worrying about the designated driver – win win! See the cottage for yourself here.