Davina here - Last weekend Nick, Elfie and I went for a long weekend to Totnes, which is a small market town in Devon known for offering an alternative, bohemian lifestyle (there are only 2 chain shops in the whole town - amazing!). We went there predominantly because Nick's brother William and his partner Hannah live there. They are about to move to New Zealand for a year so we wanted to see them before they left but I was also intrigued by what I'd heard about the town.
We stayed in a tiny village five minutes away called Harberton in a lovely scandi influenced cottage, which we found on Airb+b and was such good value for money and the perfect size for the three of us. We had the most amazing weather so could really take advantage of the cottage and have breakfast outside but it was still cool enough in the evenings to light the fire and be all cosy because of the thick cottage walls.
We had so many plans for our trip but because of the amazing weather we ended up going to the beach a lot and taking long bike rides instead but I will give you my original list below anyway. My highlight of our trip was by far an evening meal with Nick on the South Devon Railway steam engine train. We showed up to the 1930's restored train station and everybody was dressed up beautifully and we were all given a glass of wine on our arrival and escorted into the stunning train station. We were by far the youngest but that didn't bother us at all. The tables were set beautifully and we had individual personalised menus. We were lucky to sit on the riverside for the whole journey - if you get a chance to go do reserve a riverside table and you must book months in advance!
I also absolutely loved going to the Riverford Field Kitchen for lunch, where you pay a set price and are surprised by the menu on the day, which consists of whatever they have available on their farm. Its was so magical walking through the farms to get to the restaurant and then discovering what they were busy cooking for us - it felt like being guests in someone's home. Its a great place to take children too as they have loads of toys outside for the children to play with, the older ones can explore the farm and they only charge £6 for young children.
I really enjoyed Totnes and so loved all the shops and market stalls. It was so refreshing not to be bombarded by chain shops and it was lovely to see lots of Waldorf school inspired shops too and of course lots of traditional tea rooms. I loved the weekend flea market and in particular I loved a flower stall called Wild Flower Florist, where I bought William and Hannah a gorgeous bouquet and several mini succulent plants.
Here is my list of good food, shopping and adventures made up with the much needed help of William and Hannah.
Thank you so much W + H for such a lovely trip and giving us such good advice about places to visit. x x
- Dinner on South Devon Railway
- Totnes Food Market (monthly thing)
- Sunday afternoon Lunch at Riverford Field Restaurant
- Good Ice Cream
- Fish and chips: this is the best around. (Nearby are nice beaches as well. good for crabbing etc.)
- Totnes best coffee
- Totnes best veg and now fishmonger!
- Totnes best butcher: Luscombe Butcher
- Totnes Flea Market (Friday - Saturday) - where the beautiful Wild Flowers Florist stall is.
- Totnes High Street (NOT SUNDAYS) for general lovely shopping, tea rooms and craft shops
- Ashburton, Dartmouth for more vintage and craft shops and tea rooms!
- Totnes pool is very classic local pool
- Hedgehog Hospital
- Rare Breeds Farm
- Otters and Butterflies Farm
- Miniture Ponies, bit expensive and a quite a long drive but looks super cute
- Garra Rock beach is really lovely and remote (but a longish walk with kids from car park) and there is a stunning - super contemporary restaurant there too.