Totleigh Barton


Totleigh Barton pond and garden

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.

“To step over the threshold into Totleigh Barton has always been to step into a world of writing.”

— Penelope Shuttle

"Totleigh feels a calm and wonderfully creative place to be - that feeling of being able to let my hair down and leave everything at home behind."

— Carol Forbes

"The whole package – tutors, venue, staff, environment, food – totally empowering, energising and unblocking. Thank you!"

— Course participant



The main work/living space is fully accessible and there is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en suite bathroom.


Totleigh Barton was built in the 16th-century, and in a recent study it was found that people have been living on the site of Totleigh Barton for nearly a thousand years, and it is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Travelling by car

From Okehampton, take the A386 towards Hatherleigh. At the roundabout outside Hatherleigh, turn left and take the A3072 to Highampton, where you need to look for the right-hand turning for Sheepwash (on a sharp, left hand bend). After about a mile, turn right to Totleigh, immediately before the bridge over the River Torridge, and down a narrow lane, signposted Totleigh. After about 3/4 mile, on a long rise, you’ll see the Arvon sign at the start of a track on the left. The house is at the very end of this track.

///juggle.ideas.scrubbing is Totleigh’s what3words address, which can be more reliable than a street address or postcode so enter it into the free what3words app to find us that way.

Travelling by train

The nearest train station is Exeter St David’s, which is just over an hour’s drive away from Totleigh.

For residential retreats: You must arrange and pay for your own taxi to Totleigh Barton. Please contact us if you’d like advice on local taxi firms.

For tutored residential courses: Please contact us at least a week before the course starts if you’d like a taxi to collect you from the station. The pick-up point is immediately outside the main station exit at 3.30pm. The fee for the taxi from Exeter St Davids will be free, covered by Arvon. We can also arrange for a taxi to take you back to Exeter St David’s on Saturday morning at 10am.

Further information

Please see the accommodation, food and accessibility page for further information.


Artistic Director and Centre Director: Mary Morris
House Manager: Helen Reddaway
House Manager: Sandy Potter
Centre Administrator: Kerensa Wilton

Totleigh Barton
EX21 5NS