Accommodation and food roundup

This page contains important information!

Dartington Hall is in a rural area, but one that is also a popular tourist destination. When you make a booking you can choose to be resident on-site, or non-resident. However if you don’t book accommodation when you register, don’t leave it until the last minute or you may find you run into difficulty. This is not a city or large town and accommodation choices are limited.


Accommodation onsite

Dartington Hall has a variety of accommodation available. Onsite, you can choose from a range of hotel-style accommodation with shared, private or ensuite bathroom facilities in Dartington’s medieval courtyard, or single-room student accommodation with shared bathroom facilities. Given the nature of these medieval buildings, many of these rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

There are also student-style single rooms available. These rooms are pleasant but basic, with shared bathroom and toilet facilities down the hall. Built in the 1960s, and showing their age, each nevertheless commands a stunning view of the Devon countryside. These rooms are not wheelchair accessible. The number of rooms available can be quite limited, and these rooms tend to book up fast for our events.

All accommodation for our conferences/symposia is sold as Bed & Breakfast, with Breakfast served in the White Hart Restaurant. Accommodation for short courses includes all meals.

The final option is Camp Dartington which has:

  • Hot and cold water and shower facilities
  • Toilets on site
  • Accessible pitches (complete with electricity points) available
  • Prepitched Lotus Belle tents planned – details to soon be confirmed for the 2018 season
  • Please note that at this point we are unable to cater for caravans or campervans at present as our camping field is classed as a Heritage Site.

Camp Dartington is a 15-minute walk (uphill) to our main event venue and must be booked separately from registration.



Offsite accommodation

Other accommodation in the immediate area

There are many and widely varied accommodation choices to be found at AirBNB some of which are right on the edge of the Dartington estate and therefore within easy walking distance.

Totnes is a small market town, which means that most of the accommodation on this page is within walking distance, although it could take you up to 45 minutes.

Another source of information about accommodation is the official Totnes visitor information site. The majority of the accommodation listed here requires you to have your own transport. This is a rural area with poor public transport links, and although there is a bus that serves the Dartington estate, its services are infrequent and finish early in the day.

You might also try Again, bear in mind that most of the options listed here will require you to have your own transport. Or if you are relying on taxis, please note that they can be hard to find between 8 and 9 in the morning and mid-afternoon as many of the local taxis are deployed delivering children from outlying rural areas to school.

If you have transportation and you want to explore camping options, you might find this site helpful.


Further afield

As we already noted, this is an area where the economy is dominated by tourism. So if you do have your own transport and want to venture slightly further out, there is a huge range to explore. Dartmoor National Park is less than 10 miles in one direction; Torbay, Dartmouth and Start Bay less than 10 miles in another. Use main accommodation sites such as and to help you find accommodation.

If you’re coming to one of our symposia, do bear in mind the very full programme, which often runs from 9 in the morning to after 9 at night.

If you’re coming on one of our residential short courses we highly recommend staying on site. These courses are much smaller and accommodation is likely to be available.


Travel information

Find out more about getting to Dartington


This section only applies if you are coming to one of our international symposia. If you are coming to a residential short courses, your meals are all-inclusive.

This is very important information. In the evening there are few options onsite (primarily the White Hart Bar and Restaurant) and it is very important to pre-book if you are planning to eat there – or risk waiting a long time for your food to arrive. The better (and cheaper) option is to order your evening meal when you book onto the conference.


About Food (etc.)

Your conference registration includes lunch and liberal supplies of hot and cold drinks and snacks during the day.

If you are staying onsite at Dartington breakfast is included in your booking.


Evening Meal at Dartington

On the first evening we have our Gala Dinner which must be pre-booked before June 14. On Thursday evening (June 20) you have an option to purchase an evening meal at £21. This is a two-course meal with a limited menu choice (although the kitchen will always do their best to cater for any dietary requirements you may have).  If you are staying at Dartington or intending to stay around for evening activities we highly recommend you do this. We can only take bookings up to June 14.

Otherwise your evening meal choices on the Dartington estate only include The White Hart Bar and Restaurant (a full-service restaurant with a range of choices); the Roundhouse Café is open until about 20.00 and the Green Table Café/Bistro is also open in the evenings in the summertime . At the White Hart pre-booking is advised as you are otherwise likely to face quite a long wait for your meal.

Read more about Dartington’s food and drink offer.



Nearby villages all have pubs where you can find food. The two closest that we recommend are The Cott Inn (in Dartington village, within walking distance), and the Sea Trout in Staverton village. This is 5-10 minutes in the car.

Totnes also has a range of pubs, cafés, and small eateries including vegetarian restaurants. Totnes is also 5-10 minutes in a car, and within walking distance if you’re prepared for a brisk 20-minute walk.


Need something during the day?

If you want to find additional food during the day (or just want to escape the intensity of the conference for half an hour) these are open most of the day:

The Roundhouse Café (sandwiches, etc.)

The Green Table (more bistro-like with a wide selection of food.

The White Hart also serves food at lunchtime and again we would recommend pre-booking.