Dartington Hall Estate and Gardens

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Dartington Hall Estate and Gardens

Dartington Hall Estate and Gardens
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The Dartington Hall estate is a 1200 acre mix of farmland, woodland, commercial spaces and residential accommodation. It is home to 25 acres of Grade 2* listed gardens, which are open year round from dawn till dusk. With a rich sense of history and a host of delightful features – from a new bridge by artist Peter Randall Page to a sculpture by Henry Moore to 500 year old Spanish Chestnut trees – the gardens at Dartington are worth exploring all year round. The Dartington Hall Estate also houses 41 listed structures. Public access to some buildings may not be available but any that have received funding for restoration are accessible when possible, and many buildings can be visited if participating in an event.
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John M
1 contribution
Difficult and frustrating
May 2021 • Friends
Lovely eatate and facilities but be warned the parking company they use is a nightmare to deal with. I visited the estate for a walk in May and found the parking machine not working not allowing cash payments or card payments. My friend and I both tried to use the machine with different cards but without success. We tried to use the machine twice once on arrival and once at the end of the free period. After receiving a fine I appealed my friend was let off but I was not. There was no consistency or logic applied by this company. Suggest park outside of estate if possible or don't bother to visit at all as the parking is a right hassle if anything goes wrong. Car parking fines are automatic and controlled by cameras.
Written 14 July 2021
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Gareth R
Greater London, UK55 contributions
Tremendous!
Jul. 2021
There have been a few critical reviews of this place online - largely to do with parking and breakfast. They worried me before I got here. I can't comment on the parking front, as I used taxis across my stay, but I can comment on breakfast and the overall calibre of the place. Both were tremendous. I was staying in the East Wing in a single room. It was great- overlooking the manicured central quadrangle, the room was a good size, with a nice modern bathroom, with good shower pressure, fresh towels, and a good selection of tea.coffee making options in room. The breakfast was excellent; well organised, Covid-secure etc. But it was the quality that was stand-out; fresh fruits selections, home-made fruit compote with muesli and organic yogurt, their fabulous fresh-made cheese scones, a find selection of breads and pastries, and a top-notch set for the Full English, too. Really ,worth getting up for! I'll definitely be back.
Written 11 July 2021
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Lorraine L
Somerset, UK72 contributions
Glad to have stayed and seen it
May 2021 • Couples
Have wanted to visit and stay for years and finally made it. Room was adequate and clean however the furniture and furnishings were rather non descript. Staff were all very friendly. Had some lovely features but also a lot of 70s buildings that, to me, seemed all somewhat out of place and randomly assembled. I’m afraid to say that we found breakfast disappointing. Perhaps Covid has taken its toll, perhaps my expectations were inflated whilst I waited so long to go
Written 19 June 2021
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Tony R
Bishops Stortford, UK5 contributions
Beautiful
May 2021
A great location to stay, plenty of parking, Dartington Hall Estate gardens were a pleasure to walk around. The room was lovely and clean with a nice view overlooking the estate. There is a public footpath which takes you into Totnes which was very handy. I would definitely stay here again.
Written 16 June 2021
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pauline h
1 contribution
Car park atrocity
Sep. 2020
So today - having previously been fined for overstaying in that awful car park that charges you from your entrance and not when you have parked your car on a space - I thought that I would check out the rules should I go there. I was really shocked to see the Trip Advisers reviews. All had the same story to tell as mine. I could only read back to February 2019, it was the same complaint all the way through. I doubt that the Dartingdon managers or owners even read these reviews as it has gone on so long in the same vein. I don't think they care - so keep spreading the word until they do. Ps we never bothered to go. We don't need the angst again.
Written 8 June 2021
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guitarman555
Greater London, UK52 contributions
Nice way to spend time rather than money
May 2021
Lovely way to spend a couple of hours walking around the gardens, we were lucky it was not yet a busy time so very peaceful
Written 7 June 2021
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Joe M
1 contribution
Beware Unexpected Car Parking Fines!
May 2021
We parked in the Dartington car park on 21st May for a walk in the beautiful grounds. Unfortunately our visit was completely marred by an unexpected parking fine. The parking machines do not accept cash and you need the Ringo app on your mobile to make payment. We have the Ringo app, which we have used many times elsewhere, and proceeded to pay for parking. Two weeks later we have received a £30 parking fine! It seems that the mobile signal reception may not have been strong enough for the payment to be processed. Judging by the number of complaints about parking fines we are not the first to be caught out by this and we will not be the last. The Dartington Estate need to sit down with their Parking Partners (Total Parking Solutions) to resolve this problem. Otherwise the Estate will build up increasing resentment from their customers if a £30 parking fine becomes the normal cost of visiting the Estate.
Written 1 June 2021
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Travel E
14 contributions
Beware parking
May 2021 • Friends
Don't bother. Used to be a lovely place but beware parking and the Hall won't help you. We were overcharged by the machine for parking and had to wait 5 minutes for the transaction to even process. Pub only opens for a few hours on a weekend. Won't be back the parking fine isn't worth the risk.
Written 31 May 2021
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Derek L
1 contribution
Will not visit Dartington Hall again
Aug. 2020
Before you go, look at the volume of perfectly reasonable people who were caught out by TPS parking who manage the car parks for Dartington estate. TPS don't answer their phone and Dartingto hall don't answer their emails

Take the £75 you save on car parking and go elsewhere. To think not long ago this was a world renowned centre for the arts, now it is a centre for cheapskate parking.
Written 12 May 2021
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Susiehudson
Totnes, UK16 contributions
NIGHTMARE PARKING
Apr. 2021
Love this place but just been caught out by the parking charge.

I used the app, I did pay ! but for some reason it didn't register, is the signal really poor here ?

.. anyway £30 poorer with a tainted relationship with the place.
Written 4 May 2021
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