3 bedroom house for saleSouth Downs, Stoke Gabriel, Devon
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An imaginative and stylish barn conversion with beautiful gardens and mature woodland and c 0.5 km water frontage to River Dart and Mill Pool.
Galleried entrance hall • Cloakroom/WC • Impressive open plan kitchen/dining room with vaulted ceiling • Galleried sitting area • Large sitting room • Utility room • Garden room • Study • Principal bedroom/shower room suite • Guest double bedroom/bathroom suite • Further double bedroom • Family bathroom • Driveway and ample parking • Large enclosed courtyard • Useful store buildings • Further parking for boat/caravan • Well-stocked and maintained terraced gardens, adjoining pastureland • Extensive, mature woodland of about 12.5 acres sloping down to the foreshore of the Mill Pool and River Dart • Private running mooring.
Stoke Gabriel is a popular and attractive South Devon village, situated beside a beautiful creek of the stunning River Dart estuary, a few miles upstream from Dartmouth and about midway between there and the historic South Hams town of Totnes. Surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and well known for its lovely quay and tidal Mill Pool, the village has a good selection of local facilities including a shop and post office, two pubs, primary school, restaurant, café and church. It is popular with boating enthusiasts with access to the River Dart, and there is a thriving local community with a wide variety of clubs and societies. Downstream, and accessed by ferry across the River Dart, is the town of Dartmouth, famous for its sailing facilities, annual Regatta and Royal Naval College, whilst within easy reach is the attractive town of Totnes, with a full selection of shops, restaurants and other facilities. Also nearby is Torbay, known as the ‘English Riviera’, whilst to the west and south is the stunning South Hams area of South Devon with its rolling countryside, pretty villages and spectacular coastline; with estuaries, beaches and beautiful coastal walks.
From Stoke Gabriel there is quick access to the A385 Paignton to Totnes road, leading east to the A390 Torbay Ring Road and on past Newton Abbot to Exeter, where there is access on to the M5 motorway and an international airport. Alternatively, via Totnes and Dartington, is access to the A38 dual carriageway, also leading to Exeter or south-west to Plymouth, from where there are ferries to France and Spain. There are railway stations at Totnes and Paignton with regular mainline services to London, or the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
• Totnes 5.5 miles
• Torquay 8.5 miles
• Exeter 27 miles
• Stylish conversion of a substantial stone built threshing barn and round house
• Full use of space and light with stunning open plan living area, incorporating kitchen/dining room overlooked by galleried entrance hall and a further galleried sitting area
• Large and comfortable sitting room created from the converted round house
• Lovely views over the adjoining private woodland with the River Dart and Mill Pool visible from various points, including sitting room, dining room and garden room
• Beautifully maintained and stocked gardens adjoining open farmland
• Plenty of parking with driveway and enclosed courtyard
• Approximately 700m of water frontage including running mooring
• Wonderfully peaceful and private setting at the end of a shared private road, yet within easy walking distance of the village
From the private parking area a half glazed entrance door opens into the galleried entrance hall overlooking the main living area below. There is a built-in storage cupboard, walk-in linen cupboard and timber door to a generous cloakroom/wc.
Stairs descend from the entrance hall to the open plan kitchen/ dining room, which is a lovely spacious area with vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and roof timbers, and overlooked at each end by the galleried entrance hall and a sitting area.
The kitchen/breakfast area has a range of bespoke painted floor units with solid beech work tops and a four oven oil fired AGA. From the kitchen a window looks out over the private courtyard, and a further Velux window in the vaulted ceiling helps flood the area with light. The dining area has French doors to a balcony with views through the woodland to the Mill Pool, exposed ceiling timbers, woodburner, built-in cupboard and a half glazed stable door to stone steps leading down into the courtyard. Further doors open to the utility room which has fitted cupboards, built-in fridge and freezer, butler’s sink, plumbing for washing machine, electric cooker point and built-in store cupboard, and to the sitting room. This large and comfortable room was treated from the former round house, a feature of which is the massive timber ceiling beam that used to support some of the original machinery. There are exposed stone walls, slate flagged floors, a cast iron multi-fuel stove, and views through the window or French doors to the Mill Pool or the gardens.
A feature of the kitchen/dining room is a spiral staircase that rises to the galleried sitting area which has a wide bay window with views over the woodland and glimpses of the water far below. Off this area is the door to the principal suite; a large “L” shaped bedroom with fitted cupboards, exposed roof timbers, and Velux windows on three sides offering extensive views over the garden and fields to the Dart valley. The suite is completed by a modern shower room/wc.
The same spiral staircase also continues down to a lower hall with exposed stone walls and ceiling timbers, airing cupboard, and glazed door to the rear entrance lobby with doors to the gardens and to the garden room. This delightful room has full height glazing on two sides affording a view down through the woodland to the Mill Pool and French doors out to a secluded terrace and lower gardens.
From the lower hall, doors also open into two double guest bedrooms, both with glazed doors into the private courtyard.
One of these bedrooms enjoys its own beautifully presented en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath, circular hand-basin, w.c., heated towel rail and underfloor heating, whilst the other is adjacent to the family bathroom. A further door leads into the study with fitted cupboards, bookcase, wine rack, shelving and desk.
There is a private parking area for several vehicles beside the house and entrance door. From here a wrought iron gate opens to the beautifully maintained and landscaped south facing gardens, which are a feature of the property. At the top level is the upper garden terrace with a lawn fringed by a plethora of colourful shrubs and plants.
French doors open from the sitting room onto the middle terrace which has a large sunny paved area, a further level lawn edged by a variety of ornamental shrubs and trees, and a pond encouraging water loving plants. A flight of stone steps connect the upper and middle terraces and beyond is a further garden area with gently sloping lawn fringed by more shrubs, trees and plants. A wicket gate opens to decking supporting a potting shed. There is a further store shed and, at the far end, the gardens border open farmland with views of the surrounding South Hams countryside. A further paved flight of steps leads down to the secluded lower paved terrace, with French doors from the garden room and from where there is an idyllic view down through the woodland to the
Mill Pool. On the north-east side of the property, a flight of stone steps leads down from the kitchen/dining room to a large courtyard which is enclosed along one side by adjoining properties and, on the other by a high stone wall. Double timber gates open to the private lane and there is a store shed incorporating the oil tank and also a door into the boiler room with an oil fired boiler.
From the private lane a separate driveway leads below and behind the neighbouring properties to a further gated parking area ideal for boat or caravan, and beside which are an open fronted store shed and workshop. Paths lead from this area back up to the gardens and house.
Below and adjoining the house and gardens is an extensive area of mature woodland, consisting of mixed hardwoods and providing a magical and unspoiled haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
A private footpath leads to the far end of the woods to a viewpoint with a seat with lovely views across the River Dart and surrounding South Hams countryside. The woodland slopes down to the foreshore of the Mill Pool and the River Dart opposite the village of Stoke Gabriel, and a further vehicle track along the bottom of the woods leads to a point where there is access to the foreshore and a running mooring. The property has approximately 700m of frontage to the water.
Foreshore and Mooring: The boundary of the property is at ‘Mean High Water Mark’ and enjoys the benefit of its own running mooring on the tidal River Dart (subject to DHNA licence).
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