Stoke Gabriel: pretty and beautifully situated village (three pubs, PO, shops, restaurant, medieval church) sloping to a little quay (good crabbing) and creek (boats) off the River Dart estuary. Sandy beaches at Torbay, and Totnes (attractive old town on the Dart), each 4 miles. Brixham, good golf (Churston) and car ferry to Dartmouth (town), 5 miles.
... Sandridge Barton is a sensational property: position, view, house, standard, privacy, large indoor heated swimming pool, full-sized snooker table - all exceptional. It is 1½ miles from Stoke Gabriel. A quarter of a mile of private drive leads gently down a valley to the south-facing, original Georgian house with extensions. It looks over its enclosed garden (table/chairs, barbecue) with stream (unfenced, children beware), down to three ponds and partly wooded valley leading to the wide estuary of the river Dart. It is a fine view; all the fields and woods that run to the river are part of the estate, excellent for bird life (shelduck on the ponds, egrets nest on the estuary). Behind the house are former barns; the nearest barn is now a large estate office (phone, office available for use by arrangement, table tennis), leading to the excellent snooker room (full-sized table, table football). You are welcome to walk the estate, adhering to the country code - some beech and oak woods (bluebells).
The house - which has large rooms, filled with light - is a spacious, comfortable home.
Ground floor: flagstone-floored entrance hall off which an elegant drawing room (comfortable seating for 8) with white marble open fireplace, double French windows leading to the terrace overlooking the garden, much comfort. Sitting room with comfy seating for 6, TV/Sky/DVD/video and 5 steps up (lockable doors) to the swimming pool. Large L-shaped dining/snug/fitted kitchen with table comfortably seating 8 (10 chairs), and snug area with open fireplace, flagstoned floor, soft sofas, TV/DVD/video and double doors to patio. Excellent, well-equipped kitchen with wood floor, dishwasher, microwave, 4-door Aga, electric cooker, freezer, larder fridge, island with 2-ring ceramic hob. Utility room (fridge-freezer, washing machine, tumble drier). Loo.
Lower floor: from the hall, stairs down to a formal dining room seating 10 with 2 steps to bar area and French windows to terrace; small kitchenette (electric oven/induction hob, sink, kettle, coffee maker) with stairs up to main kitchen.
From the utility room, stairs (stairgate) down to a more basic annexe with double bed (footboard), TV, en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and door to the kitchenette; door to garden.
Upstairs, five more bedrooms:-
spacious master double (6' sleigh bed) looking to the river with TV/DVD and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower, large power-shower, separate loo). From the bathroom, cast iron spiral stairs down to the swimming pool
double (5' bed) facing the river
twin (footboards) facing the river
twin (one bed a 2’6” truckle)
Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and shower-room (suite).
The indoor heated swimming pool is magnificent, built to fit the Georgian style of the house - columns, animal murals, a large glass domed ceiling over the mosaic-lined pool (30' x 15' x 4'9" deep), two large French windows leading to the terrace overlooking the valley, so plenty of lounging space. Changing room (towels provided) with loo, and a shower.
Pets permitted in utility room only; kennels also available. Damages Deposit £500. This is a marvellous place.