The Daily Telegraph - Saturday
A BUSTLING HIGH STREET
TOTNES, DEVON Av. £296,583 +56pc searches
Rosie Davies-Smith, along with her husband Nick and baby Sloane, moved from Deptford in London to the outskirts of Totnes during the pandemic. Davies-Smith, who runs a PR agency called PR Dispatch (prdispatch. com), now works remotely from her 19th-century Devon dream home.
The 1850s farmhouse has low beams and an Aga and “all the country quirks”, she says.
It is set over four floors with a cellar, outbuildings and a wide garden that runs down to a tidal creek. “We have a four-hour window twice a day to get a small boat, paddle boards or canoes out to Salcombe and the sea.
“This is the dream and I pinch myself every time we walk down to the creek,” she says.
It wasn’t just about the house, she was also drawn to the independent brands in Totnes. In the lockdown the family could pick up a pie from Pie Street and order groceries from Wine & Greene. Even the children’s clothing store, Small Folk, offered a click-andcollect service.
“Totnes has a really vibrant community, with a lot of independent shops along the high street and a market that runs every weekend. These factors plus the nearby Riverford Organic Farmers attracts urban buyers,” says Mark Proctor of Knight Frank.