The event takes place at Dartington Hall (map); there is a parallel day on June 30 at nearby Sharpham House (map). See Programme page for more details.

Please note that the venues are not within walking distance, so you will need to choose where to spend the second day based on your programme preferences. We will run a minibus shuttle between Dartington and Sharpham on the morning and evening of June 30 (see schedule for details, and book here), but not in the middle of the day. It is possible to get a taxi between venues, but no public transport is available. The venues are approximately six miles apart, but takes around 15 minutes by car – or longer if you are stuck behind sheep or a tractor.

If you are planning to spend Day 2 of the symposium at Sharpham House, it could make sense to stay there for the duration of the event. See below for information about accommodation at Sharpham – please note there is a minimum two-night stay (28 and 29 June 2016).


Schumacher College (Dartington Hall)

Dartington Hall / Schumacher College is located on a 1,200-acre mixed estate outside of Totnes, in South Devon. Dartington has a 70-year history as a place for thought and creativity and for challenging the conventions of rural sustainability and rural life; Schumacher College provides transformational education across a number of fields of thought, and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. In 2016 the College launches a new programme in Arts & Ecology, including an MA/MFA Award which launches in September 2017.

The nearest rail station is Totnes, which is on the west coast main line.

The nearest airport is Exeter.

If you are coming from outside the country, particularly from outside Europe please see more information here about travel.

Satnav: TQ9 6EA

Local taxis: see below


Accommodation at Dartington

Dartington Hall has a variety of accommodation available. To book hotel-grade accommodation (limited space available) please go here. Single student accommodation with shared bathrooms are available for £35 per night for bed & breakfast. Please email for more information. If you are interested in the cheaper accommodation ask for Higher Close (Hening) rooms. When requesting a room please make sure to mention this is for the LANDSCAPE SYMPOSIUM.

Please note that if you book Bed & Breakfast accommodation your evening meal is not included. You can eat at Dartington at the White Hart, or at one of the many nearby pubs or restaurants in and around Totnes, or join us in the Conference Bar for pizza and a glass of local ale or of multi-award winning Sharpham wine.




Sharpham House

The Sharpham Trust is an education and conservation charity based on the Sharpham Estate, comprising 550 acres of land following a three-mile stretch of the River Dart in South Devon. Sharpham House is a Grade 1-listed Palladian villa set in a Capability Brown designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply wooded River Dart. The estate is also home to the multi-award winning Sharpham Wine and Cheese.

The nearest rail station is Totnes (15 minutes by car), which is on the west coast main line.

The nearest airport is Exeter

If you are coming from outside the country, particularly from outside Europe please see more information here about travel.

Satnav: TQ9 7UT

Local taxis: see below


Accommodation at Sharpham

Accommodation at Sharpham

Sharpham House provides an unique opportunity to stay in a grade 1 listed country mansion set in a majestic location high above the River Dart. The house and gardens exude a sense of peace and tranquility with exquisite views in an area of designated outstanding natural beauty. The house can accommodate up to 31 guests for the Symposium on a bed & breakfast basis (£55 for a standard room / £65 for a premium room). To book and for more info please contact Louisa or phone +44 (0)1803 732542.

If you are staying at Sharpham House we advise that you have your own transport (or arrange in advance to share with a friend also staying at the house) –  a parking permit will be provided as part of your stay. There will be a minibus shuttle service at the beginning and end of the day (see schedule for details, and book here).

Sharpham House is a Retreat Centre with a friendly, relaxing atmosphere similar to that of a family home. A Sharpham member of staff will greet you and ensure you are settled when you check in between 6pm and 9pm on the first day, and you will be given a code to the front entrance on arrival. Please speak to the House Manager ( about safekeeping valuables as there are no locks on doors. Towels and bedding are supplied and a hairdryer and iron are available upon request.

Please note that there is a minimum two-night stay at Sharpham House over the conference period (28th and 29th June 2016)




Staying elsewhere

This is a tourist area so off-site accommodation is plentiful. You can get more information from the Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Schumacher College also has a list of local and almost-local providers of Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Download it.

There are numerous campsites nearby. Try looking here and here]



If you are travelling from within the UK, the nearest rail station is Totnes.

The nearest airport is Exeter.

Reaching Dartington from within the UK

Reaching Sharpham from within the UK

Read information about travelling from outside the UK.



During the day, you can usually find a taxi waiting at Totnes Station, although this is not guaranteed. Times when there may not be a taxi waiting are 8.00 – 9.15 and 15.00 – 16.40 and late at night.

Happy Cabby Taxis 01803 559292
Taxis Totnes 01803 226657
Station Taxis 01626 330077
Badger Cabs 01803 840400
South West Taxis 07803 126396
South Hams Cabs 07772 744598
And Some Cabs 01803 840009



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