Little Riverside is run by the two of us – Debbie Carnegie and John Hagger. We’ve lived in Totnes nearly forty years and for the last twenty years have settled in the best location!
We share a passion for where we live and what it offers. We have converted our timber framed house to make it possible for more people to come and enjoy this unique location with us.
John learnt the Total Immersion swimming technique from local swimming teacher Kari Furre. He now swims upstream and loves it! Debbie is more of a warm weather girl, but the river and the wildlife are a constant delight.
In the late summer evenings we like to quietly escape in our canoe, go up stream, and gaze at the stars, listen to the owls and watch the bats. Paddling home in the dark or by the light of the full moon is one of the most treasured aspects of the river.
Family, friends and food play a large part of our lives. So we feel very fortunate to be able to walk out of our gate into a natural playground. With the steam railway within a ten minute walking distance and the rare breeds farm our family are spoilt for choice!
John runs Tanner Bates making leathergoods mostly from Devon Leather. There is a retail shop and you are very welcome to pay a visit.
Debbie loves her garden swimming in the river and in the sea and taking care of her bees. During lockdown she has spent a lot of hours playing with paint and learning the art of the artist. Being a Grandmother gives her a lot of joy.
We look forward to welcoming you to Little Riverside.
Debbie and John
A welcome, quiet retreat – something that was much needed and appreciated. Despite being late in the year, was able to have some lovely walks…… John and Debbie have done everything they could to make my stay as comfortable as possible: to them many thanks.
Cosy little place in a lovely location – ideal for Dartington Summer School. Plenty of room for all our musical instruments. Accommodation worked well, and the bed was particularly comfortable, which meant we were able to rest well between the busy days on the course. We were too busy to really enjoy the location, but this was just as well, given the mostly dreadful weather conditions! Worth a return visit…
A perfect mini break. Lovely accomodation in a beautiful setting. We’ll be back for a third time!
We’ve had a lovely break from the city life in particular the trip to Paignton Pier for some good tacky fun fair British seaside fun, taking a picnic in the canoe up the river, waving at the steam train, a freezing wild dip, making scones when it was too late to find a cream tea and driving through the beautiful rolling hills. The perfect getaway!