Living in Totnes

If you are thinking of a move to Totnes, our specific area information will help you learn more about this picturesque Saxon River town in the stunning South Hams. Whether you're looking for property for sale in Totnes or property to rent in Totnes, the team at Marchand Petit Estate Agents in Totnes is always happy to help. We're conveniently located at The Plains, a riverside area easily accessible on the main thoroughfare.

Attractions / Things to do in the area

Visiting this fascinating town you can go on a history trek and seek out the ancient Leech Wells, or uncover the legend of the Brutus stone.

Sit by the picturesque riverside in a bistro or park, or take a boat trip from the Steamer Quay or jump aboard a South Devon Railway steam train to Buckfastleigh.

Shops at Dartington is a fabulous craft and shopping centre to enjoy whatever the weather, laid out as a small village, with cafes and restaurants, to fashion, gifts and food.

Dartington Hall is another asset of the Dartington Hall Trust; a place of learning and an independent charitable organisation occupying an 800 acre estate, based near Totnes.  The Hall arranged around a magnificent medieval courtyard provides distinctive accommodation, and a stay here offers many walks through the famous Dartington Hall gardens and along the River Dart.

A visit to Woodlands Family Theme Park is a must for all ages, whatever the weather, as the park offers indoor adventure play as well as a zoo, falconry centre and water slides to mention but a few. The Woodlands Caravan and Camping site means you can stay right next door to all the fun.

How about a visit to a local vineyard producing classic English wines, resulting from a happy marriage of climate, soil and grape variety termed terroir? Wine and cheese going so well together means Sharpham Wine & Cheese seem to have thought of everything as cheeses are fully hand-produced in the new purpose-built creamery sited next door to the winery.

About the Area & History

Totnes, a Saxon river town in South Devon dating back to 907AD when Totnes Castle was built, is one of the UK’s oldest towns. With its long history, Totnes was one of five Devonshire towns mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The town’s location – being both the highest port navigable, and lowest bridging place on the River Dart, insured it was one of the wealthiest in medieval and Tudor Devon. This is evident today by the number of 16th and 17th century merchant houses lining the main high street.

Already an important market town by the 12th century, Totnes still thrives as a centre for commerce. The population of some 8,000 can enjoy a range of facilities for artists, painters and musicians. Not only is there a twice weekly market, where you could be served by a stall holder in Elizabethan costume, but there are many and varied shops, offering crafts and unusual gifts to boutique fashions.


Schooling - King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) with status as Performing Arts College, and thriving Sixth Form is regarded as one of the best post-16 providers in Devon. It has achieved International Schools Award, with European links in France, Germany and Spain. The college has yet again received the award for 2012.

A Good School and a Great Place to Learn - Ofsted 2013

King Edward VI Community College staff and students are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the huge progress that the College has made in the last two years. Not only has Ofsted rated the College as resoundingly ‘good’ in all four inspections areas: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management but it achieved these results under the tough new criteria introduced in January 2012. The glowing report follows the best GCSE and A level results in the College’s history and a rigorous inspection – with less than 24 hours’ notice - on 11 and 12 November 2013.

Transport Information

Totnes has excellent road and rail links. It is on the main railway line with a direct service to Paddington, and the station is about 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. There are several direct National Express Coach services a day from London Victoria and Heathrow Airport and links via Exeter from other destinations.