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Sandridge Boathouse

(Ref. 975918)

Stoke Gabriel, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "The boathouse is idyllic!"

    We loved every moment of our stay - so much so that we've already booked our 2nd visit for next Summer! 'Extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean, with everything we needed. The location is breathtaking - total seclusion - we loved some days sitting on the balcony in the sunshine, just taking in the view. The walk through the fields and woods to get there was beautiful. Only a short walk to the wine tasting - highly recommend! Ty was fantastic - very friendly and helpful! Thank you, we can't wait to be back!

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, view was exceptional Really quiet."

    Lots of wildlife Ty was very helpful On a personal note, I would have liked a more comfortable chair for the veranda

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Sep 2023

  • "A much needed break and the boathouse did not disappoint."

    It is a truly special place and we are happy to recommend the Boathouse if you want a real break away from it all, and watch the world go by!

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful location with amazing views and wonderful wildlife."

    Plenty to see and do in the area. Ty could not have been more friendly and helpful. Would definitely book again

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2023

  • "This boathouse is an absolute gem."

    If you are looking for a total escape from the madness of everyday life and some glorious views of the river, then this is the place for you. Every afternoon a seal popped up to say hello and we saw numerous water birds every day and even watched a crow one afternoon flying up in the air and dropping oysters from quite a height to smash the shells so he could eat them. Very clever. We couldn't fault this place in any way.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very nice property and so well cared for as well as the team on the site who were so helpful - ThanksTy."

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great location, very peaceful and helpful estate staff."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2022

  • "An exceptional property, a real escape from it all, perfect to unwind and recharge your batteries."

    We’ll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic location- must be fit to get to it though!"

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Sep 2021

  • "Property is very secluded and equipped to a very high standard."

    We had never returned anywhere before, but are now looking to book our 3rd visit. It's a delightful 'get away from it all' dream cottage where you can watch the boats go by with a large glass of something.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful boathouse in a stunning location."

    We have returned many times now and intend visiting again as soon as possible. The recent upgrades are fab, especially the WiFi for the Smart tv, although you’ll be too busy simply watching the river to care. Just be aware that it’s a short walk from the car to the boathouse ( Luggage is transferred) but its well worth the minor inconvenience. I’d also suggest taking some groceries with you, at least for your first evening.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2021

  • "A great place and we have been going for over 10 years now, but really shocked you have put the price up by 30% in the week we normally go (for 2022)!"

    30% price hike!? That is crazy

    Reviewed by Steven3.8Oct 2020

  • "It needs to be clearer on the instructions that you park at the farm and walk though a field, through the woodland and then down 71 steps."

    It takes approx. 13 minutes to get from the car to the house. We loved that, but many others may not be aware and might not be quite so enthusiastic! The kettle was very temperamental and probably needs replacing. Aside from that the house was absolutely perfect.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are pleased to hear your enjoyed your stay. The access to the property is detailed in the property description - maybe you missed this when you made the booking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2020

  • "A real home from home, and more."

    'The pre-booked' Sunday morning sailing regatta was great entertainment!. Really appreciated the extra mile our hosts went to. From the entrance via the vineyard, to the tame hello from the beautiful cattle, the visit from the seal, and impeccable weather. A real pick me up after having to defer our visit from May. (Thanks to Ty for his discreet yet readily available help too). We went home significantly fitter than we arrived due to the (stunning) daily walk to and from the car. We never book to return to a property, we have now. Fantastic property, superb location, excellent surroundings. (Just don't tell anyone, as it's our secret !).

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Oct 2020

  • "A delightful secluded place to stay"

    Reviewed by Heatherbelle5.0Aug 2020

  • "This was our second stay at the boathouse, and as before, we had a very enjoyable and relaxing week, exploring the river and surrounding estate walks."

    Ty, was very helpful in taking our trailer and canoes to and from the boathouse. We strongly recommend this holiday let, even with the 75 steps, because of the peace and quiet, wildlife and views including our daily visit from the seal.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2020

  • "Incredibly relaxing, superb location."

    It really is as nice as the pictures, if not nicer ! With hindsight it was probably worth considering hiring a boat and it would be useful if that kind of information was more readily available. Given the fact 2020 is a strange year with Covid-19 we were impressed with the thought given to preparing the property and the kind and helpful advice/service by given Ty.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2020

  • "Once again, we had a peaceful week in this beautiful boathouse, enjoying the stunning location."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2019

  • "Although the boathouse is secluded there is always something happening, from the various species of wildlife to the boats and canoes on the river."

    Our children aged 12 & 13 were never bored and always found something to occupy their time, we took laptops etc but didn't use them ( the wifi isn't the best ). At low tide we would go off exploring and enjoyed some lovely walks , high tide could never come soon enough for the kids, they loved crabbing off the mooring. Everything we needed from supermarkets to days out was within a 15 minute drive, Brixham harbour was a lovely place to visit. My husband chose to drive down to the steps instead of parking at the designated spot, he had no problems doing this in decent conditions and if we had got stuck Charlie would have been on hand to tow us out. The boathouse is a hidden gem! We were blown away and have rebooked for next year.

    Reviewed by Kerry4.4Aug 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful setting."

    It’s a bit of a treck back to the car, if you want to go out, but we are always happy to just stay put at the beautiful boathouse and watch the world of the River Dart go by. Perfect !

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation, beautiful setting, but should warn people you do need a 4x4 if you are not that mobile."

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage is an amazing place to spend a week."

    We have already booked for a return visit.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Fabulous location with excellent accommodation."

    Clarification needs to be made regarding accessibility as holiday makers need to understand that it is not a case of being able to park near the boathouse there is a hilly walk involved and luggage needs to be brought down by the farm manager.

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Sep 2018

  • "If you like peace, quiet and tranquility, watching the changes in the river and the wild life, jumping salmon, trout and the eating frenzy when the little fish are forced to the surface, this is the place for you."

    The boathouse is well appointed, clean. Walks around the estate (working farm) including a vine yard and oyster farm (low tide) added to the experience. Charlie and Becky were excellent hosts, thank you.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2018

  • "Amazing place, loved every minute!"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2018

  • "The holiday was fantastic, lovely views, starry skies."

    Wonderful location. The only comments we have is that the hobb is not very user friendly, lots of grumbling and puffing to try and get it to work. Suggestion would be to have a simpler hobb that is idiot proof. Would be a nice idea to have a astrological telescope as the night skies were amazing. We have already booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with en suite bathroom and French windows to balcony, 1 x pretty twin
  • Open plan living area with sitting area with wood burning stove, kitchen and dining area with floor-to-ceiling French windows opening to the balcony
  • Ground floor shower-room with shower, basin and WC.
  • Electric fires with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: Arrival before 3:30pm in winter
  • Don't forget your torch - and binoculars! Note: Starter pack provided for the wood burning stove, any additional load have a £25 charge to be paid directly to the owner

The property

About 1¼ miles from Stoke Gabriel, on the Sandridge Barton estate, this perfect little boathouse was built in 1760 as a bathing house.

It sits in one of the most secluded, private and romantic settings in south Devon where the Dart meanders between Stoke Gabriel and Dittisham.

A haven from almost everything, the Boathouse is accessed by walking 600 yards through a gentle valley and woods.

You and your luggage will be transferred by Landrover to the top of the 71 steps leading down to the house.

Inside is extremely beautiful and comfortable, water reflects gently on the ceiling of the lovely, large, oak-floored living space.

Floor-to-ceiling French windows stretching the width of the boathouse fold back on themselves, opening the room to the balcony and river scene beyond.

Up on the first floor are two bedrooms, both with beams and lofty ceilings to the apex - one with a super king size double bed, en suite bathroom and French windows to a small balcony; and a pretty twin.

Right on the water's edge, The Boathouse is surrounded by a wide, covered balcony with a table and chairs - this might be the best place in Devon for al fresco dining, with thick woods behind.

If you can bear to leave, there is lots to see and do nearby; the village of Stoke Gabriel is well situated, with three pubs, shops and a restaurant, and slopes down to a little quay - good for crabbing!

There are sandy beaches at Torbay, and the quirky town of Totnes is just four miles away, or you can take a ferry to Dartmouth, or visit the National Trust's Greenway and Coleton Fishacre.

No matter what you decide, you're assured of an unforgettable holiday at this unique and magical place.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Paignton 4.0 miles; Brixham 6.5 miles; Kingswear 8.9 miles

Positioned alongside a picturesque creek of the River Dart in South Devon, Stoke Gabriel is a delightful unspoiled village, a firm favourite for many visitors who come for its beautiful tranquil riverside setting. You need not venture far from the village, with a village pub, children’s play park, an apple orchard, restaurants, tea rooms and local stores. The River Shack beach café provides refreshments on the quay, a popular spot for the local pastime ‘crabbing’. Ideally placed for exploring South Devon and the South Hams, with Kingswear, Dartmouth and Brixham all within easy reach and the magnificent Torbay beaches on the doorstep.

Note: Arrival before 3.30pm in winter.

Note: Please be aware that bookings can only start on either a Friday or a Monday at this property

Note: Starter pack provided for the wood burning stove, any additional load have a £25 charge to be paid directly to the owner.