Local Accommodation

The Rowden Atelier workshop is located in the heart of the countryside, about 10 minutes from the village of Shebbear in North Devon. The nearest towns are Torrington, Holsworthy, Bideford, Barnstaple, and Hatherleigh, and students tend to find their own accommodation either nearby, or in, one of these towns.

This is an idyllic place to spend six months, a year or even longer, giving you the creative headspace to slow down and learn your craft intuitively, without the distractions of the city. At every turn, picturesque landscapes abound, from our very own onsite lake to the moors of Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the rugged South West coastline.

If you’re wondering where to stay at Rowden Atelier, course administrator Rachel Hudson is here to assist you in finding accommodation to fit your personal circumstances during your time at Rowden. Many of our students take up places vacated by those leaving as they join, and some also share accommodation. We have a list of houses owned by former students who now will let them to current students. As a guide price, to rent a room in a shared house could cost between £220 and £270. To rent a family house could cost between £400 and £600, and to rent an apartment or small house could cost between £350 and £500 per month.

A woodworking course student's yurt

It is possible to get cheaper accommodation than this; we have students that stay on site in caravans, or tents. At the end of the year, they might sell the caravan or camping equipment. One thing to bear in mind is that you’d have to negotiate your ground rent and the provision of electricity with Ted Lott, the owner of Rowden Farm.

We strongly advise that you have some form of transport, more than a push bike. The workshop is in the countryside and even getting a bottle of milk requires a ten-minute drive to the local village.

Things to do in the local area

North Devon is a very sparse part of the country and being at Rowden, your closest town will be Great Torrington or Holsworthy – both around a 20 minute drive away. But this doesn’t mean there will be nothing to do during your stay. Whilst you are here you will meet a great bunch of people who enjoy being active out of the workshop. Surfing is a big past-time here, and being surrounded by numerous beach hotspots, you are spoiled for choice.

Students' surf boards and wet suits

Another activity you could take advantage of is cycling. The Tarka trail isn’t far off, it’s route ventures through Great Torrington, Bideford, Instow and Braunton. A beautiful cycle route which shows off some stunning Devon landscape. Alternatively, the North Devon and North Cornwall coast offers plenty of opportunities for rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and much more.

If your inclinations lie more in the direction of a cosy pub with a fire and some great ale choices, there are numerous local villages which host some great classic English pubs serving good pub food as well as locally-sourced ales.

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