Stoke Gabriel Area Guide

Stoke Gabriel

Often referred to as the ‘jewel of the Dart’, the village of Stoke Gabriel can be found on the banks of picture perfect Eastern River Dart creek which is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A quintessential Devon village, it is surrounded by rolling countryside and abundant wildlife, and life here is very much central to the river, and the stunning Mill Pond.

Slightly off the beaten track it is reached via lanes from the Totnes /Paignton Road, but it is only approimately 10 minutes from both towns and approximately 20 minutes from Brixham, from where it is easy to take the ferry over to Dartmouth or a boat to Torquay.

As one of the larger villages it has good facilities, with a choice of shops, two pubs, a riverside café, parish church with a famous 1000+ year old yew tree, children’s play park and community apple orchard. There is a small primary school which is a popular choice and feeds into three grammar schools in the locality in addition to KEVICC in Totnes. Home to a thriving and very active community there is much on offer and in particular the Stoke Gabriel Boating Association with its wonderful clubhouse and facilities is always a hive of activity.

The Quay is the perfect place for children to go crabbing and has the River Shack café which is popular with locals and visitors alike. In addition there are beautiful walks along the riverbank or through the old apple orchard up to the church. Apples are an important part of the village’s history and they still do an annual Wassail to bless the orchards and wake the trees from their winter slumber. Making the most of any good harvest is Hunts cider which produces delicious cider on the outskirts of the village.

In addition heading out of the village is New Wood trees, a specialist tree nursery established in 2008 which produces English field grown multi-stem trees. And Sharpham Winery which has recently relocated its winemaking operation to the Sandridge Barton Estate on the edge of the village. The multi-award winning winery, which was located on the Sharpham Estate (literally across the river from Stoke Gabriel) for 40 years, recently moved to a new winery next to Sandridge Barton’s large vineyard, so it is all v exciting for the future of multi award winning Sharpham Wine and the village!

The housing stock is diverse with quite a large number of new build houses catering to different price ranges, some very contemporary properties with stunning views over the millpond, and a lovely range of older properties from characterful cottages to large Victorian residences. With something for everyone this is a very sought after and popular village.