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 £300 and £400. To rent a family house could cost between £500 and £800, and to rent an apartment or small house could cost between £450 and £700 per month.
It is possible to get cheaper accommodation than this; we have students that stay on site in caravans, that have been sold from student to student over the years. There are only a few of these but we can let you know what might be available for your start date. We also can also advise on alternatives, whether short or long term that you may not find through traditional searches – that have been home to our students time and again over many years. Let us know if these options will be of interest to you.
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.
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.
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.