Our guide to self-catering holiday cottages in Totnes

There’s something special about Totnes, and it’s known throughout the South West for its unique character and sleepy historic charm. This charming market town perches on the River Dart and its sloping main street is crammed with quirky boutiques, handicraft stalls and deliciously unusual shops!

Things to do in Totnes

Nestled in the centre of South Devon, Totnes has it all. The Norman castle overlooks the cobbled market town and offers fantastic views over the South Hams. The sloping main street is lined with weird and wonderful shops, and if Totnes is known for one thing throughout the region it’s got to be colour! Totnes holiday cottages make a lovely hideaway, as they're surrounded by countryside, history and all kinds of intriguing attractions.

The River Dart ambles through Totnes, making for some beautiful walks, and Pete Goss built his catamaran on its banks back in 1998. There’s also plenty of opportunity elsewhere for getting active. Dartmoor National Park is ideal for a long stroll as well as seeing the scenery the park has to offer. If that doesn’t take your fancy, we’re sure a visit to Sharpham Vineyard might get your excitement levels up. This vineyard offers both a selection of fine wines and cheeses. It’s location on the banks of the River Dart makes it one of the prettiest places to visit in the area and if you’re around from January to April, make sure you take one of the guided tours.

If you’re visiting Totnes during the festive season, look out for Totnes night market. Taking place on the three Tuesdays before Christmas, this high street event offers quaint market stalls, independent shops and live performances. There’s also local produce, mulled wine and even Santa himself to look forward to.

Totnes Attractions

Totnes is bursting with attractions and we’re pretty sure you’ll find something to keep you entertained during your stay. Have a once in a lifetime experience with a Virgin balloon flight. You’ll never forget this amazing adventure as you fly high above the West country.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll love Woodlands Family Theme Park. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or not, you’ll adore the zoo farm, indoor play area and rides and slides. Even young children will enjoy this perfect day out as there are plenty of things to keep the whole family on their toes. Experience the Falconry Centre, mini crazy golf course, toddlers play area, or if you’re really lucky, you might get to see one of the special events held throughout the year, including May Day Mayhem and Vintage Car Rally.

For a more laid back experience, head to Dartington Barn Cinema. This independent cinema resides in a 14th century barn and caters towards all tastes. From independent films to the latest popcorn movie, there is something for everyone here. You’ll even find children’s matinees on a Saturday afternoon.

Restaurants in Totnes

For traditional fish and chips, there’s only one place to head to. Squires Fish and Chips is one of the most popular restaurants in town. Situated just outside of Paignton, we’re partial to our fish and chips in a takeaway tray so we can take in the surrounding views. As all meals are cooked to order, you’ll find gluten free meals on the menu alongside many more items.

You can’t have a British holiday without a trip to the local pub. We highly recommend The Maltsters Arms if you’re looking for a swift one. The 18th century inn is tucked in the countryside close to Totnes and Dartmouth. If you’re feeling peckish, choose from traditional pub grub, a quick snack or quench your thirst with a local ale. In summer, enjoy a barbecue by the outdoor Croc Bar and put your feet up as you relax in the sunshine.

For a glass of vino, head to Rumour Wine Bar. Alongside a refreshing glass of wine, have a stunning meal made from fresh, local produce. Alternatively, The Waterside Bistro is a continental style restaurant with an outdoor patio area for you to relish the views across the River Dart. Select from a range of meals, such as fresh fish and seasonal items. With a specials board to browse too, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Pennywell Pig Week

Spend some time with the Pennywell miniature piglets this half term at Pennywell Pig Week. South Devon’s Pennywell Farm makes it easy for children to get up close to some seriously cute animals, and their half term week is all about the miniature pigs that have us all saying “aaaah”. The attraction will be welcoming a very special piglet just...

The Maltsters Arms

One of the things we love most about the Dart is the riverside pubs that line it...and The Maltsters Arms is one of our favourites. Tucked away in the countryside not far from Totnes and Dartmouth you’ll find this 18 th century inn perched right beside the water, and it’s the kind of place where you’ll lose track of time...
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