House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 4
"Dewachen", meaning "abode of happiness", is very conveniently located for all local amenities. It is a small family house in a quiet residential area of Totnes with an ample and lovely garden with trees, shrubs and flowers and a small veggie plot. Perfect for family holidays, couples and short breaks.
Situated 5 min walk from the centre of the historic, cosmopolitan and friendly market town of Totnes at the heart of the South Hams, an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".
Near lovely walks and cycling routes to woodlands, River Dart, Dartington gardens and Barn Cinema. Totnes and South Hams are known for their cafes, restaurants, good food markets and gastro-pubs, many using local and organic ingredients. Lively night life, theatre and live music.
Take a river cruise from Totnes to Dartmouth on the beautiful River Dart, catch local steam trains or enjoy a short leisurely drive to the West Country's pristine beaches and coastal paths or the wild beauty of Dartmoor. Relax with Totnes' huge range of natural therapies and bodywork classes including yoga, tai chi and pilates.
Totnes, flagship for the Transition Town Movement and featured on BBC's "Town" documentary, is only 2 hours 45mins from London by train. Train station with hire car facilities is only minutes away. Car is advised but you could do without if you're happy just to be around Totnes or use the many means of public transport to get to beaches etc
It is possible to have two extra people if you're willing to use the summer house as an extra bedroom. A double futon and bedding is available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Goodrington 11 km|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter, (Bristol and London a little further) 50 km, Nearest railway: Totnes 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Further details indoors|
We have a double room and 2 single rooms. There is also a double futon in the summer house. Both bathrooms have shower and toilet. The downstairs bathroom also has a Japanese-stlye bath or "ufuru".
Telephone calls to landline numbers in UK and EU countries are free for up to 1 hour. (this does not include calls to mobile phones from either line). We have outdoor and indoor clothes drying facilities, including a Sheila Maid in the stairwell.
Bed linen and kitchen and hand towels are provided. Please bring your own bath and beach towels.
We don't have television or a TV licence but you can watch non-live TV on i-player or similar on our super fast broadband - up to 25mgps.
|Further details outdoors|
Private garden with seating area under willow and hammock between the trees. Small vegetable plot, fruit bushes and trees. Bike shed available (please request combination number in advance if intending to use). Resident parking (permits available on arrival).
The Devon region
The West Country / Devon region
Devon has some of the most spectacular coastline and beaches you'll find anywhere, and has a beautiful landscape that has barely changed in centuries. There are the majestic granite slopes of Dartmoor that are a must see and also the South Hams is a special holiday destination, classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
South Hams scenery is breathtaking. You'll discover a lovely welcome, in the lively street markets. Why not explore the towns of Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Modbury and Ivybridge where there are numerous events and festivals.
There is plenty of delicious food and wine,cosy pubs, superb walking and countless opportunities for great days out .
The South Hams enjoys one of the mildest year-round climates in the UK. The Summers are lovely, and hard winters are very rare.
Don't miss the Teign and the Avon estuaries, where you can catch some delicious mussels and oysters for your lunch. There is also plenty of good sea fishing in the area with mackerel, bass, flatfish among many others caught from the coast. There are also deep sea fishing boats from Dartmouth and Brixham where bigger fish can be caught.
There are lots of arts and crafts to see in the Westcountry and you can see many different skills like drystone walling, hurdlemaking, hedgelaying, cob and thatch building. The mild climate means there are beautiful gardens and flowers to be seen throughout the region.
The Totnes area
Totnes is a beautiful area in South Hams, where the English Riviera and historic Exeter and Plymouth are easily accessible. The nearby glorious harbour village of Dartmouth is worth a visit.
There is a distinctive Green Tourism approach in the area, with a lovely bohemian and alternative atmosphere to the bustling high street, lined with plenty of organic food shops, restaurants, cafes and restaurants and arts and crafts specialist shops to browse in.
Totnes has a fascinating history as well. The market town began as a Saxon settlement and helped protect against a Viking invasion.
There is a very interesting Elizabethan Museum, in a Elizabethan building in the town, which is definitely worth a visit. The town has a friendly community of writers, musicians, and herbalists. There is a great selection of bookshops and local specialist shops. Some activities to take part in:
Try a River cruise on the Dart to Dartmouth, and a then take a return ride on a steam train.
You could even take a visit to the house of Dame Agatha Christie.
Relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain or take surfing lessons with the surf schools at the lifeguard patrolled Bantham or Bigbury beaches.
Dartmoor National Park is a beautiful area and is one of the UK's largest remaining wildernesses
It has an incredible history and there are some interesting archaeological monuments to see.
Visit the Friday market in Totnes where there are also cafes, art galleries and bookshops.
Visit Dartmouth for some lovely boat trips, and National Trust properties.
Modbury, beautiful Georgian town, with antique shops, art gallery
National Marine Aquarium
Woodland Leisure Park, large indoor and outdoor activities for all ages
Steam railways at Buckfastleigh and Dartmouth
Day trip to the Eden Project
Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre, Buckfastleigh
Rare Breeds Farm in Totnes.
South Devon Railway, Totnes
Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth
Woodlands Leisure Park, Dartmouth
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28 Aug 2014
"Great house, lovely atmosphere, quiet location close to town and station"
Really loved this house, garden and location within Totnes. Great not to have tv and played scrabble every night. Picking fruit veg and herbs was a real treat for cooking meals. Summerhouse was lovely… More
10 Aug 2014
We (46,40,11) had a very good time in a really nice House! The next time we will be in lovely Totnes we will try to stay in this house again: Fine athmospehre, well equipped at all and even in the fin… More
8 Sep 2013
"Great Location for exploring Devon"
What a lovely holiday!Very comfortable holiday rental, with all creature comforts needed. Great dog friendly garden, with no chance of escaping!The house is well equipped with lovely comfortable beds… More
28 Feb 2013
"An unforgettable week"
The house was perfect for us - we stayed with my two daughters aged 10 and 14 and there was absolutely nothing to fault it.
During our week there we discovered Totnes, which is a great town, with plenty to do. We went to the market, we listened to music at the Barrel House, we took a boat trip down the river to Dartmouth...
We spent a couple of days on the beach at Thurlstone, where my daughters learnt to surf (there is a very good surfing school) and my partner and I went on long treks along the cliffs.
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