Immediate Surroundings (click thumbnail for more info)

The River Dart : the river where the oak trees grow

The word "Dart" means "oak tree" in Celtic old Devonian and the oak-lined riverside walk below the Coach House is testament to that. From the house you can take a short footpath down to the river, turning right a shady glady walk along the river bank to the bridge. From there you can walk up on the Dartington Estate, as far as Dartington Hall with its tea rooms, pub and exquisite gardens. Turning left at the weir, as the river narrows and divides around Dartington Island, you can take a circular river walk coming back through the ancient churchyard. In other directions there are numerous short and longer walks along green lanes, through fields and quiet country lanes

Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall is a walk or short drive from the Coach House. It is an inspirational place, with a 3-fold vision of the Arts, Social Justice and the Environment. There is a huge area of garden with magnificent trees and borders to wander in, a welcome centre, pub, tea room, and even a small cinema in a converted barn. Regular events can be found on their website at www.dartingtonhall.co.uk

Riverford Farm Shop

If you run out of anything, all the food here is organic. I usually end up with a bigger bag of shopping than I’d planned! An inspirational shop and deli.

Hill House Nursery and Tea Room

Hill House Nursery and Tea Room is a short drive from the house to Landscove, the gardens at Hill House are exquisite and the slices of cake huge!


Staverton Nursery and Tea Room

Within walking distance from the Coach House, a quirky place with lots of unusual plants and garden ware, the friendly tea room has lovely views of the river.

Totnes

Home of the Transition Town Movement, and a place of vibrant spirituality, there’s lots going on all year round. It’s a friendly, working town, mostly occupied by local, quirky and creative shops.

A flea and food market is held every Friday.

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The River Dart

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Dartington Hall

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Riverford Farm Shop

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Tea Rooms

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Totnes



Further Afield (click thumbnail for more info)

Up on the Moor

Should you want to go for a long day’s walk, the possibilities are endless. OS maps can be provided, and tea room stops pointed out!

Down the River Dart

From Totnes you can take a trip down the river to Dartmouth enjoying stunning scenery and birdlife along the way.

Beaches and sea are about ½ hour’s drive, with many coastal walks.

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Up on Dartmoor

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Down the River Dart


As well as residential retreats we also offer day retreats and group events. Each event will focus on a specific theme, and include a combination of teaching, silence, creativity, spiritual practice and personal reflection. The use of the garden, library and sanctuary will be available to participants.