Dartington Area Guide

Just 1 mile from Totnes is the village of Dartington, located between Totnes and the Dartington estate lies this thriving village. With the fabulous The Cott Inn which is one of the Oldest thatched inns in Britain, it has been welcoming guests since 1320AD however it has moved with the times and is now well known as one of Britain’s best pubs with rooms. In addition to this there is Dartington Primary school which has a good reputation in the area and is much sought after. The playing fields around it and the Meadowbrook community centre and open air swimming pool has become a real hub for locals, especially since the community owned New Lion Brewery set up a tap room in the community centre. A great place for all the family playing great music and great fun in the summer with the kids mucking around on the playground or all weather pitch and food stalls and the great Pizzalogica

Webbers Yard just across the way is a thriving small industrial estate which in addition to the usual type of industries has a wonderful artisan bakery The Almond Thief, extensive pet shop, pottery studios and Tanner Bates with its wonderful handmade leather goods. In addition Dartington has a Village Stores with post office and garage and is a much loved village.

The Dartington Estate, a walk along the river from Totnes is a magical estate. Purchased in 1925 by the pioneering Dorothy & Leonard Elmhirst the neglected 14th century estate became their “Dartington Experiment” – restoring the estate buildings and setting up a host of farming, forestry and educational projects. This experiment was formalised in 1932 with the creation of The Dartington Hall Trust, which oversaw Dorothy and Leonard’s charitable work.

Early initiatives included Dartington Hall School, Dartington Tweed Mill and later Dartington Glass. Dartington also rapidly became a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world, creating an exceptional centre of creative activity.

Now it is a well known centre for learning, arts, ecology and social justice with a busy diary of events, including the annual and much loved Summer School, Ways with Words literary festival and not to mention the Barn Cinema, Green Table café and the shops at the Cider Press.

Dartington Church of England School is a is a church school and their vision is “Together We Grow, Together We Flourish’ which underpins the curriculum. They are strengthened and supported by being part of a wider community, the Learning Academy Partnership. As a Multi Academy Trust, they are part of a group of exceptional academies across Torbay and Devon who work together for the good of the children and communities.

For more information and a more general over view: https://www.visittotnes.co.uk/see-and-do/attractions/download/