This charming, commodious house has been and remains a much loved family home, situated as it is in the vibrant heart of Stoke Gabriel, a quintessential English village sitting on the east bank of the River Dart in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Stoke Court has a history, which accounts for and adds to the appeal of the very individual structure and layout. It dates from the 19th century with ingenious extensions and additions to that Victorian original bringing the interior smartly up to date providing the facilities expected of a home today but without sacrificing all of the original character. Come through the handsome and sturdy Scandinavian Redwood gates and continue down the drive to catch a first glimpse of the secluded lovingly tended walled Garden.
Step through the main entrance off the drive into Garden Floor, and the Outer Hall. There is a new staircase to the left, but come straight ahead first through the Inner Hall to find the striking Dining Room and Kitchen with its vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and stone fireplace with multi fuel burner and Delabole Slate Hearth. The Kitchen is fully fitted with Neff integrated appliances; dishwasher, electric double ovens with inbuilt microwave, and fridge freezer. A white porcelain sink (with additional filtered cold water supply), Porcelanosa tiles, and generous worktop space, five ring gas hob (one for a Wok) with additional two ring induction hob.
French windows at the far end of this lovely bright room, the heart of this house where there is space to sit and relax, open out onto to the first of the two paved terraces to the garden; glimpses from here of the River Dart.
Come back to the Inner Hall and see the first of the double Guest Bedrooms which also has French windows onto the paved terrace. There is a full range of floor to ceiling wardrobes (there are fitted wardrobes in all five bedrooms) and directly opposite is a full Bathroom with shower over bath also with Porcelanosa tiling.
From here we go upstairs to The Master Suite which includes a Dressing Room, fully tiled ensuite Shower Room, master bedroom with a full range of bespoke wall to wall – floor to ceiling American Walnut wardrobes. Back to the Garden Floor and the Utility Room, (fully equipped with washing machine and Belfast sink, wall and floor cupboards) and leading to The Home Office and Gym; this is also a super storage space which could even accommodate a canoe or kayak.
Via the Outer Hall and Staircase we come now to the front section of the house, ground floor, where there is a Butlers Pantry/Utility room, used when entertaining as it shares this floor with the Sitting Room and adjoining Snug. The Pantry is equipped with Neff oven and electric Hob, dishwasher, washer dryer and generous amounts of cupboards.
The Sitting Room, with Gas wood effect fire, has a bay window and double opening doors to the Snug, which makes it simple to use this large area for entertaining and family gatherings, or close the doors and there are two welcoming Reception rooms.
The Snug can be used as a Formal Dining room if required. (Access from the Snug takes one out to the road and easy level walk of mere minutes to the shops, bistro, and 13thC church and pre-school rooms. A few steps further and you find the Village Orchard, from which residents may gather fruit at any time, and the enclosed childrens playground. Go right through the orchard and you will find yourself at the edge of the Millpond and the River Dart.)
Through a small lobby from the Snug, there is an under stairs storage cupboard, and the door to the Second Full Bathroom, again with shower over bath, and the door to the Shower Room. The First Floor provides a further three double Bedrooms, one En Suite, and a separate cloakroom. There is access from the first floor to the boarded out Attic.
Running down the side length of the property is the newly tarmacadam driveway with parking for 2/3 cars and of course access to the Walled Garden, where there are two terraced patios, two lawns and rockeries, flower beds, trees and shrubberies and a garden pond.
This is an impeccably presented home, ready to move into, and with a versatility which lends itself to a unique variety of possible usages. It can continue to be a comfortable and very private family home, with an office space for those who wish to work from home, or space for growing children to have fun. Equally a calm, quiet space for perhaps an older family member or two to have their own accommodation all on one level, it can provide all of that. Part of it can be a Holiday Cottage (the Ground and First Floor levels) as it was successfully run for 4 years by the current owners. It could lend itself to a Bed and Breakfast just as easily.
There is existing Full Planning Permission for a Conservatory at the rear overlooking the garden and an annexe on the lower terrace which could be additional accommodation, studio, office etc.,
This village and community has a strong identity, it has an active Boating Association where children (and adults) can learn to sail, or canoe, it has amongst others an Art Society, a Poetry Reading Club, a Cricket and a Football team, Scout Troop with Hut, an Annual Fete which draws many happy people, and a Wassailing ceremony in January each year to encourage growth in the village orchard!
It is a short distance from the bustling medieval town of Totnes with its individual shops, cafes and restaurants, also having a mainline railway station with direct connections to London Paddington or Plymouth and into Cornwall
There is good access to the A38 Devon Expressway, linking Plymouth and Exeter where it joins the M5. Schooling in the area is excellent with well-regarded. independent, comprehensive and grammar schools.
Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage.
Council Tax Band C
From Totnes take the A385 Paignton road for approximately 1.5 miles, before turning right at the top of the hill marked for Stoke Gabriel. Proceed along this road through Aish and then turn right keeping on Aish Road towards the village. At the junction turn right and then follow this road into the village passing both pubs on your right, and the property is on your right shortly after the dogleg to the left.
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