Dartington Hall Estate, Totnes

Dartington Hall Estate, Totnes

Built between 1388 and 1400, Dartington Hall has a long history. Originally home to John Holand, Richard II’s half-brother, until he was unfortunately beheaded, the medieval hall was later owned by the Crown and then the Champernowne family. Falling into disrepair, the hall was acquired by Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst in the 1920s and here its next exciting chapter began.

Part of a progressive and enlightened way of thinking, Dorothy and Leonard believed that all human beings are multi-faceted: deep and complex. Understanding the importance of environment in enabling people to flourish, both in connection with nature and each other, the pair created the Dartington Experiment.

Exploring how a space could be used to help change the world, Dartington Hall was opened to the public, attracting some of the greatest and most influential minds of the 20th Century. From artists to educators to political philosophers, the Elmhirsts successfully established a base for innovation and positive change.

These days, the 1,200 acre Dartington Hall Estate is home to institutes of education and charitable and commercial organisations, such as Schumacher College, Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Dartington International Summer School of Music.

As the Dartington Estate explains, “Dartington is not one thing, but a complex unity of activities.” For a taste of what’s available, pay a visit to the estate. From the beautiful grounds and deer park to the rich variety of events throughout the year to the visitor attractions, including restaurants and shops, Dartington Hall Estate is a place of wonder. Open your mind, widen your sights and enjoy.

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Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL | 01803 847000 |

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