We’ve been all over England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. If I got to pick my favorite place, I’d retire in Totnes, England. A town of 7,500, it is not far from the south coast, between Exeter to the north and Dartmouth to the south. Totness is protected from the ocean weather and fog, on the beautiful River Dart. Train service to London is close by and about a 5 hour ride.
If you would like to retire in Totness, England, here’s what you should know. We found a 2 bedroom furnished flat with a cute little garden for $900 US a month a block off the main street. Utilities were extra. The market is right down the street and a tea shop (with the best pastries ever made) in the next block. The ferry that runs in the summer will take you down the Dart estuary all the way to Dartmouth, another interesting town. Our home was a 400 year old building that had been a cider mill, then a flour mill, a distillery and finally made into flats. Year round, the weather ranges between 48F – 68F.
The castle here was built in 907 and remnants are still standing. Totnes is a market town for the surrounding countryside with a shopping, galleries, a great little art store and restaurants. There is a little china factory with an outlet store.
A big hit for my husband was the South Devon Railway, a 6 mile ride from Totnes to Buckfastleigh. It runs up the River Dart from March through October. They operate both steam and diesel locomotives and there are a number on display for viewing. The train has been running, off and on, since it was built in 1872. A loyal group of volunteers now work to keep it running as an excursion train. There is another close-by train ride from Kingswear to Paignton on the Dartmouth Steam Railway – another six mile run, but right along the English Channel.
What a great little town!
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