This new reverse level cottage has been designed to maximise space, peace and light. Enjoy the 12 mile views across fields, river and valleys to Dartmoor. Yet you are only a 15-20 minute walk from the castle, river, cafes and pubs of vibrant Totnes.
There is a fabulous living area on the first floor which at one end has a comfortable sitting and relaxing area with panoramic views through the end glass windows which also have a Juliet balcony. The fully equipped kitchen area is at the other end - with dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and cooker - all for your sole use. There is a new Smart TV, wi-fi, DVD player and a modern lighting system with chandeliers and wall lighting. The sofa converts to a sofa bed should there be a need to accommodate more than 3 in a party. the house is well insulated and both floors have underfloor heating which maintains an ambient temperature - warmer during the day and cooler at night. In cold months or if you just fancy something different, there is a wood burning stove. There is a modern shower/bathroom on the ground floor.
While we welcome children there are some things you should consider. At present we don't have available any games or toys. There is no stair gate at the top of the flight of stairs. In the garden there are lots of mature plants so its not suitable for ball games. Having said that there are a host of things for children in the local area depending on age/interest, including the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, Steam Railway, Canoe Centre on Dartmoor as well as some great beaches.
Accès des voyageurs
The Garden House is completely your own. There is a garden and a courtyard, table and chairs for al fresco eating.
There is a gas BBQ available if you want to use it but its worth saying Totnes is a foodie heaven eg the Curator, Riverford Farm Kitchen (booking ahead advised)
If you want to have an outside fire in the evening using the log burner on the lower lawn you are welcome to do so. There are free logs available for reasonable use and also more for sale if needed.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
The owners, John and Suzanne, and sometimes their daughters Danielle and Naomi, live in the main house in the grounds and are available to give advice. We hope our guests have an interesting and pleasurable stay and we can give ideas about good places to visit, local beaches, wild swimming, fantastic walks to suit all abilities. We give our guests maps of Totnes so you can explore this historic 15th Century Elizabethan town. On the other hand if you are coming for peace and quiet we will respect your privacy. We like to be here when you arrive to show you the Garden House and give you keys. If you are coming by train let us know arrival time and we may well be able to meet you.
We always provide the ingredients for a continental breakfast for the first morning, milk, tea, coffee and fruit.
Totnes is both a traditional and historic town with many intact Elizabethan buildings. It is also the birthplace of the Transition Town movement. in addition there are numerous alternative activities available and we can give information on yoga classes, meditation, and massage.
Sorry we are unable to accommodate pets. There are wonderful plants in the garden so it is not suitable for ball games. The Garden House is no smoking but if you want to smoke you are welcome to use the lower lawn. To protect the oak flooring please leave outdoor shoes inside the front door You might want to bring some house shoes/slippers.
I'm a 'young' 65 years old, just retired last year from a career in social work, child protecton, and training. I was born in Cheshire and lived and worked in diverse commumities in London for 40 years after studying at the London School of Economics. I married Suzanne in 1992 and we have 2 daughters Naomi and Danielle who are now in their 20's. Suzanne and I have travelled extensively most recently in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Italy. Totnes has been great for me and I love many of the activities and resources the town has to offer - walking on Dartmoor and the coast paths, finding remote beaches, playing tennis, growing squash on my allotment (and eating them!), dancing and more inner activities such as yoga, Qi Gong and meditation. I have enjoyed my first year of hosting and am looking forward to hosting guests again during 2016.
Suzanne still works professionally and enjoys the Devon countryside whenever she gets an opportunity. She loves animals, especially horses and creative arts. She is always willing to tell you about the most beatiful spots locally. If you are interested in the Transition Town movement she can direct you to the right places.