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The Sharpham Trust is an internationally-renowned mindfulness centre on the edge of Totnes, on the beautiful Sharpham Estate.
The Trust administers three retreat venues on the Estate, where participants stay and learn mindful meditation techniques amid breathtaking natural scenery.
Grade 1-listed Sharpham House is a Palladian villa high on the banks of the River Dart, at the centre of the Estate, and it hosts retreats all-year-round. Visitors can also stay in Sharpham’s woodland campsite, meditating close to nature, and at the acclaimed Barn Retreat Centre. Sharpham’s retreats have featured in national and international media. See top right in orange Visit website for more information.
Groups and organisations with a sympathetic ethos to The Trust can hire Sharpham House for their own residential courses or retreats.
The whole Estate is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and much of it is run using sustainable and organic practices. It is home to rich flora and fauna – including the endangered Cirl Bunting.
Although Sharpham House is only open to the public on certain days (see our events on the orange BOOK NOW BUTTON TOP RIGHT), the Estate is also home to the award-winning Sharpham Wine & Cheese.
You can walk or ride there from Totnes, taking the National Cycle Route 28 towards Ashprington.
The Sharpham Trust, a registered charity administering the Estate, also operates Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground. You can get married in Sharpham House too.
|Room / Unit Type||Room / Unit Tariff*|
|Barn Retreat Centre Room||£295.00 per person per night|
|Heritage Rooms||£395.00 per person per night|
|Premium Rooms||£365.00 per person per night|
|Shared Room||£275.00 per person per night|
|Standard Room||£335.00 per person per night|
|Woodland Retreat bell-tent||£335.00 per person per night|
*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
Sharpham Estate is three miles outside Totnes on the edge of Ashprington village.
From the A38/Devon Expressway take the Totnes/Buckfastleigh exit.
On arriving in Totnes, at the first traffic lights, turn right onto the A381 towards Kingsbridge. Half a mile outside Totnes turn left to Ashprington (about two miles).
On reaching Ashprington village turn left up the hill and onto the Sharpham Estate. Follow the road downhill until you get to three way junction and then follow signs to the back of Sharpham House, where there is a small car park. This is also the way to South Wing and the Sharpham Trust office.
Please note and observe the 20mph speed limit through Ashprington village and on the Estate.
Frequent direct trains run from London, Birmingham, and the North. The journey time by train is less than three hours from London Paddington via GWR (www.GWR.com) and under four hours from London Waterloo.
Find train times and buy tickets from www.thetrainline.com
Trains to Totnes are on the Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance lines. Totnes railway station is a 5-10 minute walk from the town.
There are taxis available outside the railway station and in Totnes on The Plains. The journey to Sharpham House takes between 10 -15 minutes depending on traffic.
On foot or cycle from Totnes
From Totnes railway station, walking takes 45-60 minutes and cycling takes about 25 minutes.
Out of Station Drive, turn left at the main road, crossing over at the pedestrian lights. At Morrisons petrol station take the road straight on-ish into town (you'll soon walk past Morrisons supermarket on left). Keep going straight on over the mini-roundabout. At Jobcentre Plus the road swings right. You go straight on, passing the Jobcentre to your right.
When the road bears left around the back of the Steam Packet Inn on your left, you turn right (signposted National Cycle Network 28), up the hill for 30 metres to a sign for footpath/cycle route to Ashprington. Follow this up a long hill, and through woodland.
Go through a gate at the top, then continue downhill along this path. You will reach another gate with the Sharpham compass logo on its post, and go through that gate. Continue on about 200 metres through a third gate and soon after you’ll pass a striking bench on your left commissioned by the Sharpham Trust as a wonderful sit-spot facing down the River Dart Valley towards Sharpham House. Follow the path down and through a fourth gate. Continue down and round and you’ll go through another gate.
Straight after that gate, you’ll reach a split in the path with a sign pointing toward Ashprington. Choose the left to take a more level route to Sharpham House. Take the right to climb (sometimes steeply), eventually reaching the pillars at the entrance to Sharpham Estate.
If you’re going to the Woodland Retreat parking and luggage drop-off, look out for signs directing you there. If you’re continuing to Sharpham House, walk or ride down the road or footpath beside until you reach the 3-way junction, where you’ll see signs to Sharpham House.
The journey time by National Express coach is just over six hours from London, (Victoria Coach Station, Departures Hall) and the route travels via Heathrow Airport, (Central Bus Station). The coach is the 501 - Route Exeter, Torbay to Heathrow Airport and London.
The River Rat operates a water taxi to Sharpham North Quay. Mooring is also possible for small boats or canoes. Sharpham House is a short walk up from the quay. Tel: 07814 954 869
Community transport provider Bob The Bus goes between Totnes, Ashprington, Cornworthy, Tuckenhay and back on Wednesdays and Fridays only.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
|Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* We host retreats, events and courses throughout the year beginning on different days. As such, we are not open to the public (except on our annual open days).
Please see our Event Calendar for the dates and times of each retreat, course or event.
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