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24 acres, South Downs, Stoke Gabriel, Devon
Sold (STC) - Guide Price £1,150,000

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DESCRIPTION Stylish, reverse level conversion of a substantial stone built Threshing Barn and Round House. The property is just one of four nestled in an elevated position at the end of a long private drive. This truly is a rare opportunity to acquire such a wonderful property in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty hidden away and protected by nature.
Full use of space and light with impressive open plan living area, incorporating kitchen/dining room overlooked by galleried entrance hall and relaxation areas.
Large and comfortable sitting room created from the converted Round House.
Delightful views over private woodland and adjoining pasture with water views from a variety of points, including sitting room, dining area and garden room.
Nearly 1 kilometre of water frontage to the River Dart, tidal Mill Pool and stream.
Wonderfully peaceful and private setting at the end of a long private drive, yet still an easy stroll into the village.
Beautifully maintained and well stocked gardens adjoining open farmland.
Extensive area of private, mature woodland and water meadow providing a natural haven for wildlife, including deer, badgers, foxes, otters, kingfishers, buzzards, owls, ravens, herons, egrets, geese, ducks and swans.
Plenty of private parking, plus driveway and enclosed courtyard.

 

SITUATION Stoke Gabriel is a popular and attractive South Devon village, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty beside a beautiful creek of the River Dart estuary. This quaint salmon fishing village is famous for its ancient quay and huge tidal Mill Pool, and has an excellent selection of local facilities including a shop and post office, two inns, primary school, restaurant, café and church. With direct access to the River Dart it is popular with boating enthusiasts, and there is a thriving local community spirit with a wide variety of clubs and societies. A few miles downstream, and accessed by ferry across the River Dart, is historic port of Dartmouth, famous for its Royal Naval College and annual Regatta, whilst upriver is the attractive market town of Totnes, acknowledged throughout Britain as a leading centre for environmental issues. The delightful South Hams area of South Devon is renowned for its rolling countryside, pretty villages and spectacular coastline, whilst just to the north the wild uplands of Dartmoor beckon on the horizon. 

GALLERIED ENTRANCE HALL 10' 0" x 10' 6" (3.05m x 3.2m) This light and airy space overlooks the main living area and provides a dramatic introduction to the house. There is a built-in storage cupboard, walk-in linen cupboard and timber door to a generous cloakroom/wc. (6'9" x 6'7" – 2.06m x 2.01m). 2 x Central heating radiators. Stairs descend to: 

OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/DINING ROOM 38' 0" x 18' 10" (11.58m x 5.74m) This lovely spacious area has vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and roof timbers, and is overlooked at each end by the galleried entrance hall and a similar reading/relaxation gallery. The kitchen/breakfast area has a range of bespoke Farrow and Ball 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 down through the woodland to the water, exposed ceiling timbers, large wood-burner, built-in cupboard and a half glazed stable door to stone steps leading down into the courtyard. 2 x Central heating radiators
Further doors open from the kitchen/dining area to the:
 

UTILITY ROOM 14' 8" x 7' 6" (4.47m x 2.29m) With fitted floor and wall cupboards, built-in fridge and freezer, butler's sink, plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher, electric cooker point and under-stairs store cupboard.  

SITTING ROOM 23' 6" x 22' 9" (7.16m x 6.93m) This large and comfortable room was created from the former Round House, a feature of which is the massive timber ceiling beam that supported some of the original machinery. There are exposed walls of warm local stone, slate flagged floors, a cast iron multi-fuel stove, and views through the windows or French doors to the water and the gardens. 2 x Central heating radiators
Another feature of the main kitchen/dining area is the spiral staircase that connects both the upper and lower levels of this reverse level property. This rises up to:
 

READING GALLERY 19' 0" x 16' 7" (5.79m x 5.05m) An additional sitting area that overlooks one end of the kitchen/dining room and has a wide bay window with views through the treetops to the water far below. The vaulted ceiling continues into this area which also has a range of low level solid timber fitted storage cupboards suitable for TV, video, music etc. as well as fitted bookshelves.
Leading off this area is the door to the:
 

MASTER BEDROOM 19' 8" x 17' 6" (5.99m x 5.33m) A large "L" shaped room, this has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed roof timbers, and Velux windows on three sides offering extensive views over the garden and fields to the Dart valley. A timber door leads to an en-suite shower room complete with low level WC, wash basin and electric shower all lit by a further Velux roof window. 2 x Central heating radiators and heated towel rail.
The same spiral staircase also continues down to a:
 

LOWER HALL 6' 3" x 23' 6" (1.91m x 7.16m) This hallway has substantial exposed stone walls and ceiling timbers, airing cupboard, and provides access to the two guest bedrooms, family bathroom, and study/cellar. 1 x Central heating radiator. 

BEDROOM 2 14' 1" x 9' 3" (4.29m x 2.82m) This light and airy double bedroom looks out on, and has access to, the private courtyard via a fully glazed door and full height windows and is adjacent to the: 

FAMILY BATHROOM 10' 0" x 5' 9" (3.05m x 1.75m) Modern bath with shower over, low level WC and hand basin in fitted units. Central heating radiator. 

BEDROOM 3 12' 7" x 10' 3" (3.84m x 3.12m) A cosy double room that also looks out on, and has access to the private courtyard via a fully glazed door. A further door leads into a stylish, fully tiled, en-suite bathroom comprising free standing roll top bath, low level WC and circular hand-basin. Central heating radiator, heated towel rail and electric underfloor heating to bathroom. 

STUDY/CELLAR With restricted head height the room includes fitted storage cupboards, bookshelves, desk and wine rack. 

REAR ENTRANCE LOBBY 7' 0" x 5' 8" (2.13m x 1.73m) Glazed door to lower rear terrace. Central heating radiator. Door to:

 

GARDEN ROOM 12' 8" x 8' 0" (3.86m x 2.44m) This delightful room has a vaulted ceiling and full height glazing on two sides affording a splendid view down through the woodland to the Mill Pool plus French doors out to a secluded terrace and lower gardens. If required, this room could also make a fourth bedroom. Central heating radiator. 

OUTSIDE There is a private parking area for several vehicles beside the house and main entrance. From here a wrought iron gate opens to the beautifully maintained and landscaped terraced gardens, which are a feature of the property. The gardens contain a number of tender plants including hibiscus, camellias and rhododendrons plus fig, kiwi and arbutus, all of which fruit freely in the mild climate of South Devon
The garden is divided into three levels. At the top is the upper garden with a lawn fringed by a range of colourful shrubs and plants. Natural stone steps and paths descend to the middle terrace which can also be accessed by French doors from the Sitting Room.
The middle terrace has a large sunny paved area, a further lawn edged by a variety of ornamental shrubs and trees, and a pond containing water loving plants and amphibians. Beyond this is a further garden area with a gently sloping lawn fringed by more shrubs, trees and plants. A wicket gate opens to a decking supporting a potting shed, and there is a further tool shed opposite. At the far end, the gardens border open pastureland with views over the Dart valley and of the surrounding countryside of the South Hams.
From the middle terrace a paved flight of steps leads down to the secluded lower terrace, which also has 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 old stone steps descends from the kitchen/dining room into large private courtyard that can also be accessed by vehicles through double timber gates. Enclosed on all sides by high stone walls, it offers valuable outside space for the two ground floor bedrooms, which both open on to it, and also contains a large store for logs and the heating oil tank, as well as access to the separate boiler room.
Below the property is a further gated area ideal for boat or caravan, beside which is a small, two bay open fronted pole-barn and a useful timber workshop. Access to this is via a shared vehicle track from the main drive, or by a path that leads down from the house and gardens.
 

LAND A special feature of the The Round House is its beautiful and secluded location alongside the River Dart and yet within a few minutes stroll of the village. The additional bonus of a long water frontage, including a running mooring, provides an exceptional opportunity for a discerning purchaser in this desirable area of South Devon.
The property is situated in its own small estate consisting of around 20 acres of mature deciduous woodland and approximately 4 acres of water meadow and marsh. The woodland has been managed with respect for the local wildlife and as such it provides a rare haven for protected species such as otters, bats and dormice, and a variety of other mammals including deer, badgers, foxes, hares, rabbits, and stoats. Birdlife includes ravens, buzzards, woodpeckers, owls, and kestrels as well as huge range of water birds such as heron, egrets, geese, ducks, swans and the occasional migratory osprey!
A number of private paths and tracks lead to a variety of points from where are some wonderful panoramas to be enjoyed over the water, village and surrounding countryside as far as Dartmoor. The Yalberton stream flows through the meadow and marsh into the River Dart, and this useful area also has the benefit of its own mains water supply.


 

SERVICES Mains water and electricity, telephone and broadband, private drainage, oil fired central heating. 

DIRECTIONS From Exeter and the M5 motorway follow the A38 dual carriageway towards Plymouth and then fork left on the A380 towards Torquay. After passing Newton Abbott, continue around the Torbay ring road (A380) towards Paignton/Brixham and at the junction with the A385 turn right at the traffic lights towards Totnes. In a quarter of a mile turn left beside The Parkers Arms pub, signposted Stoke Gabriel. Follow this road for 1.6 miles and at Four Cross, just before the village of Stoke Gabriel, turn left into Waddeton Road signposted to Waddeton and Galmpton. Proceed down the hill, passing Higher Well Farm on the left, for 0.4 miles and, at the very bottom of the hill turn right into a No Through lane alongside a stone cottage. Follow this lane for 0.2 miles to its end and then turn left through a gate and over a cattle grid marked South Downs - Private. Continue up the drive through the woods and The Round House is the last property on the right at the very top.  

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