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Totleigh Barton

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

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. There is a beautiful and productive garden and orchard. The recently renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. It lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby.


Totleigh Barton has 12 single rooms and two shared rooms. The main work/ living space is fully accessible and there is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en suite bathroom.

The nearest railway station is Exeter St Davids. We can arrange for course participants to share a taxi to and from the station if you contact us in advance.



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.

The nearest train station is Exeter St David’s, which is just over an hour’s drive away from Totleigh. 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. You can share the fare with others travelling to Totleigh, paying the driver on arrival. We can also arrange for a taxi to take you back to Exeter St David’s on Saturday morning at 10am.



Centre Director:
Mary Morris
Assistant Centre Director:
Eliza Squire
Centre Assistant:
Helen Reddaway
Centre Administrator:
Sue Walker

Totleigh Barton
Sheepwash, Beaworthy
Devon EX21 5NS

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