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Sandridge Boathouse

Stoke Gabriel, Devon (Ref. 975918)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

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

    We’ll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2022

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

    Reviewed by JacquelineSep 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 AnnetteJul 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 WendyMay 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 StevenOct 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 IanOct 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 AnnetteOct 2020

  • "A delightful secluded place to stay"

    Reviewed by HeatherbelleAug 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 JohnJul 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 MartinJul 2020

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

    Reviewed by WendySep 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 KerryAug 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 WendyMar 2019

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

    Reviewed by AndreaOct 2018

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

    We have already booked for a return visit.

    Reviewed by WendySep 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 MarianSep 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 MartinAug 2018

  • "Amazing place, loved every minute!"

    Reviewed by RichardMay 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 PaulineMay 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 6pm in winter
  • Don't forget your torch - and binoculars!

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.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Area Shower Room Balcony Sitting Room

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.

Region Information

Note: Arrival before 6pm in winter.

Note: This property will change to a FRIDAY changeover at the beginning of 2022

Note: As a precaution to protect guests health during the Covid-19 pandemic, it will temporarily no longer be possible to be driven to and from the steps at Sandridge Boathouse by Landrover on either your arrival or day of departure. We would like to reassure you however that your luggage will continue to be transported on your behalf each way by the owners

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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