Staverton Area Guide

Staverton

This is a village located alongside the River Dart, upstream and across river from the Dartington Estate. Staverton which has the best surviving medieval bridge in Devon (thought to date from 1413) grew in the 1800s as it was a busy centre for cider making and slate quarrying with the size of the quarrying community becoming so large in the 1850’s that they built a new church in the neighbouring village of Landscove. Saying that there is still a large and well attended church, St Paul de Leon, but this helps to explains the size of the village and the quite considerable number of rather special houses.

The village has a thriving and active community with regular meetings and activities in the Courtroom which originally housed an ecclesiastical court and is now the town hall. Whilst the local pub The Sea Trout is at the heart of the village, with a popular locals bar which originally displayed a sign stating ‘no children or dogs’, both of which it would be full of, and all of whom were having a lovely time! It now offers exceptional food and lovely rooms.

On the outskirts of the village is a playing field with childrens play park, a cricket pavilion and a tennis court, this is also where the much loved Elizabethan annual Summer Fayre takes place . Near to the bridge a little further out is the Staverton station for The South Devon Railway which operates regular vintage Steam Trains between Totnes and Buckfastleigh, they also host an annual Beer festival here which not surprisingly is very popular!

Whilst there are no shops in Staverton, on the outskirts of the village is Ben’s Farm shop which is part of the ‘Riverford family’ and provides good local and organic produce. It has really expanded over the years and now also has a café and BBQ van in the summer.

Educationally the village has real diversity as on its outskirts there is the small mixed private primary school of St Christopher’s and to the west a 5 minute drive away is the South Devon Steiner School,  which is a co-educational school catering for 3 to 19 year olds and follows the Steiner Waldorf curriculum.

The village is surrounded by lovely countryside and is only a 10 minute drive from Totnes and the A 38 so it proves to be a popular choice by many looking for both peace and convenience.