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When’s the last time you lost yourself in Grade II* listed gardens, dozed off by the River Dart and slept in a 14th Century palace? It’s never too late to have a first time.
Dartington Hall Hotel is on the Dartington Estate – a truly inspiring retreat, set in 1,200 acres of rolling farmland and deer park with Bronze Age walls near the ancient market town of Totnes, in South Devon.
Dartington Hall Hotel offers a wealth of things to do, with walks along the River Dart; 25 acres of Grade II* listed gardens to explore; craft, gift, fashion, food and beauty shops; and an independent cinema in a 14th century barn.
The hotel bedrooms are arranged around a magnificent medieval courtyard – two of Henry VIII’s wives called it home for a short spell – and its White Hart Restaurant serves award-winning cuisine prepared from fresh local produce.
The Dartington Estate hosts over 1,000 events each year including exhibitions, arts festivals, food fairs, opera, films, plus events focussed on wellbeing, happiness and society. Dartington Hall is committed to supporting the arts and positively contributing to society and our planet.
Why We Love This Hotel
- Medieval courtyard in a 1,200-acre estate
- 25 acres of Grade II* listed gardens
- Savour a taste of the ‘West Country’
- Stroll along the banks of the River Dart
- Independent 14-Century Barn Cinema
- Boutique shops selling gifts & craft
- Buckfast Abbey & South Devon Railway nearby
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking (200 cars)
- 50 Bedrooms
- 12 Meeting rooms
- Non smoking hotel
Stylishly decorated bedrooms are arranged around the magnificent medieval courtyard and effortlessly fuse heritage with comfort. All rooms have views onto the beautiful courtyard and gardens. The majority of bedrooms benefit from en suite bathrooms, however, a small number of standard double rooms feature a private bathroom across the corridor. Room service is not available.
Standard Double with Separate Bathroom
Country style bedroom with private bathroom, 170 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Please note that a separate, private bathroom is available a short distance from the room. These rooms are not en suite. Double bed.
Standard Double with En Suite Bathroom
Country style en suite bedroom, 170 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Double bed.
Country style en suite bedroom, 170 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Two single beds.
Country style en suite bedroom, 395 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, and hairdryer. Separate bath and walk-in shower. Queen-size bed.
Country style suite, 618 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, and hairdryer. The Florence Suite has a master bedroom, a separate lounge area, and an en suite bathroom with separate bath and walk-in shower. King-size bed.
- Totnes Train Station (1.5 miles)
- Exeter Airport (31 miles)
- Bristol Airport (94 miles)
Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL, Great Britain
The M5 becomes the A38. The road then divides, left to Torbay or straight on to Plymouth. Take the Plymouth/A38 road. After passing the two slip roads to Ashburton take the next exit, signed to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. Turn left onto the A384 and follow signs to Totnes. After approximately 4 miles, you will enter the village of Dartington. Shortly after the village sign, turn left at Dartington Church and follow this road for 1 mile. The main car park is on the left, below the overspill car park. The entrance to the courtyard is directly opposite the main car park.
Take the A38 up to the A385 turning, signposted Dartington. After approximately 3.5 miles you reach the mini-roundabout in Dartington village. Bear left towards Buckfastleigh and after 400 meters turn right at the church. Follow this road for 1 mile. The main car park is on the left, below the overspill car park. The entrance to the courtyard is directly opposite the main car park.
White Hart RestaurantRR
With its flagstone floor, roughcast walls, lime-oak settles and crackling log fire, you can tuck in to delicious, locally inspired food in a warm, welcoming environment - using the freshest of ethically sourced produce, such as single-suckled beef and grass-reared lamb; fish from the nearby market; and local cheeses from speciality cheese-makers. Some ingredients are picked from Dartington's very own estate. It may come as no surprise then that the White Hart holds two AA Rosettes for its delicious Devonshire cuisine.
Adjacent to the 14th-Century Barn Cinema, in the medieval courtyard, the country-style Roundhouse Café offers a selection of delicious hot and cold snacks. With free Wi-Fi, it is the perfect place to grab a drink - offering teas, coffee and bottled beers - and go online.
Al Fresco Dining
In the summer, dining at Dartington Hall reveals an altogether different flavour. Take a seat in the fresh open air – sunny or shade – and dine al fresco. A picnic area is available in front of the Roundhouse Café and refreshments and outside seating are available at the White Hart.
Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a Devonshire afternoon tea whilst staying in this glorious setting – savour homemade scones with fruit preserve and cream, sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea. Both traditional afternoon tea and champagne afternoon tea are available to order and can be enjoyed in the Roundhouse Café, the White Hart, or any one of the hotel lounges. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance, at a special price, when booking your room via ClassicBritishHotels.com.
The unique surroundings of Dartington Hall present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets catered for. Early suppers and high chairs available for children.
Take a little time to explore the shops at Dartington Hall, offering everything from beautiful glassware, through to designer handbags.
- Arran Aromatics
- Cranks Restaurant
- Craft Centre & Home Accessories
- Dynamic Adventures
- Fashion & Jewellery Gallery
- Tog 24
- Gifts & Stationery
- Glass Gallery
- Kitchen Shop
- My Time
- Tanner Bates
- Food Shop
- Toy Shop
- Totnes Bookshop
- Venus Cafe
The Dynamic Adventures office is located by the boutique shops on the Dartington Estate and affords guests the opportunity to paddle a kayak or a Canadian canoe on the River Dart, learn archery in the woods, or hire a bike and explore the cycle paths surrounding the Estate.
The Barn Cinema
Set in a renovated 14th-Century barn within the grounds of the Dartington Estate, this independent cinema offers an eclectic programme of films, including arthouse, world and mainstream features, in an intimate setting. There are also live screenings from the very best of theatre, opera and ballet, as well as outdoor showings in July and August.
Take a romantic stroll through 25 acres of Grade II* listed gardens, with sculpture by Sir Henry Moore, Peter Randall-Page and Willi Soukop, and look out for the 500-year-old Spanish chestnut trees. Over the years, a number of leading landscape architects have shaped Dartington's gardens; from the formal Arts & Crafts style hedging of Henry Avray Tipping, to 'painting' with colour and form by famous American landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, or Percy Cane's vistas from the High Meadow and the Glade. In the gardens you may come across badgers, foxes, stoats, deer, rabbits, bats and a wide variety of birds, including three species of woodpecker. In spring, woodland walks are awash with spectacular displays of magnolias, camellias and cherry blossom, and wildflower meadows are adorned by carpets of bluebells, primroses and snake's head fritillaries. Come autumn, the maples of the high meadow and valley field turn burgundy and gold.
- 24-hour front desk
- Luggage storage
- Laundry service
- Accessible public areas
A unique landscape of water, woodlands and dramatic granite outcrops set against heather-clad high moorland, Dartmoor is the largest area of open country in Southern England. Explore this spectacular landscape through its abundance of walking and cycling routes, or go off-road with activities such as horse riding, climbing and kayaking.
This best-loved tourist attraction is a former Great Western Railway branch line which runs for seven miles, from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, along the valley of the river Dart. Rolling through the beautiful Devonshire countryside, stop off at Buckfastleigh and visit the South Devon Railway Museum, or Totnes, built entirely from buildings and artefacts rescued from heritage stations in the region.
The South West Coast Path National Trail runs along the whole stretch of heritage coast, taking in rugged cliffs, river estuaries and a diverse range of wildlife. The South Hams, stretching between Torbay and Plymouth, covers 60 miles of spectacular coastline and has over 30 beaches, some of the finest in the UK.
Home to Benedictine monks, visitors can admire the abbey’s Cistercian style characterised by its austere façade, with a mixture of Gothic and Romanesque windows and archways. An ornate interior includes the Lady Chapel, with its central Madonna figure; beautiful mosaic, marble floors; the stained glass windows of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel; and the dramatic High Altar.
- 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence
- Silver, Best Dining Pub/Restaurant - Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards 2013
- Bronze, Best Dining Pub/Restaurant - Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2013
- Condé Nast Johansens Sustainable Hospitality & Corporate Responsibility Award 2015
- Condé Nast Johansens Sustainable Hospitality & Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2012
- Green Tourism Silver Award
- Certified Member of Social Enterprise UK
- Bronze Award, Best Business Tourism Venue, VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016
Set in a glorious 1,200-acre estate in the heart of South Devon, with 25 acres of Grade II* listed formal gardens, Dartington Hall offers a rural retreat with plenty of space for meetings and events. Located between Exeter and Plymouth, the hotel features 12 meeting rooms seating up to 220 delegates. Dartington's spectacular Great Hall has a 4 metre by 11 metre stage, a minstrels’ gallery, a high-beamed ceiling and its own private garden, which can accommodate a marquee. The beautiful 14th-Century Barn Cinema can also be used as a lecture theatre and seats up to 185 guests. One of South Devon’s finest golf courses, Dainton Park Golf Club, is 6 miles away and Sharpham Vineyard, for wine tasting and tours, is 3 miles away.
- Ground floor
- Natural daylight
- Wheelchair access