Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Totleigh Barton, Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5NS

Contact: 020 7324 2554



Arvon offers five-day residential writing courses for schools and groups, tutored by two professional authors, and held in historic writing houses in countryside locations. At the heart of Arvon is the desire to encourage anyone, regardless of background, to find their voice through writing; whether you want to bring talented writers, or individuals who need more support, each week is shaped around the participants’ needs and interests.

An Arvon week provides a chance to develop writing and language skills, alongside imagination and creativity. The experience can also improve participants’ communication skills and self-belief. For many, these five days can be life-changing.

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. There is a beautiful and productive garden and orchard. The recently renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings.

The centre lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby. The nearest railway station is Exeter St Davids.

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What group sizes do you cater for?
The centre can accommodate up to 16 students and two teachers who act in loco parentis.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
There are 12 single rooms and two shared room. Bathrooms are shared among up to four students, usually fewer.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Please get in touch with details about your school or group for up-to-date fee information.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
A risk assessment for the centre is sent to the school upon booking.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Joe Bibby
Learning and Participation Coordinator  0207 324 2562

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Centre staff are all first aid trained and are on-site in the day. Emergency contact numbers are provided for adults acting in loco parentis overnight.

Please list facilities available.
We provide lunch for the group each day, and participants take it in turns to cook dinner in groups of four, with the support of the centre staff. Supplies for self-service breakfast are provided. The cost of all food is included in the overall fee.

Outside of workshops and evening readings, the entire centre and grounds are available for participants to find a space to write, talk or arrange additional activities. This includes the dining room, the lounge, and a large heated barn with comfortable sofas, computers and a projector. There are also desks in many of the bedroom to use for personal writing time.

There is no wi-fi provided for participants and phone reception is poor; however we do have internet access if necessary and a phone for students to contact families. We think this disconnection from communication technology is an important part of the experience, and allows students to leave the usual distractions behind and focus completely on their writing.

What are your disabled facilities?
The main work/ living space is fully accessible and there is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en suite bathroom.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Residential Writing Courses