Oxland House is situated in the idyllic riverside village of Stoke Gabriel and is the perfect location for family holidays and adult gatherings alike.
Beautifully designed with the needs of guests in mind and with stylish interiors, this house is a very special setting for celebratory get-togethers and family gatherings. Built in 2016 to a very high standard, the house sits within a beautiful garden and boasts Georgian features throughout whilst at the same time allowing guests the comfort of modern amenities. These include a luxury kitchen which will satisfy the most adventurous of chefs as well as underfloor heating, wood burning stoves, high speed wifi and a Sonos sound system.
The house faces south and is built over three floors with all five bedrooms situated on the first floor. Looking out over the garden is the large fully equipped kitchen and dining area where guests can relax and enjoy the view. There is a brand new 3 oven electric aga with a conventional module attached, a large island with bar stools and family table with ample room for ten people, plus a sofa to relax on when the job of cooking gets too much. For coffee lovers there is a Nespresso machine, a filter coffee machine and two coffee plungers plus a selection of teas. Some coffee for all coffee makers is supplied.
Across the hallway is the sitting room with three large sofas, smart TV with a Netflix account, DVD player and wood burning stove not to mention the numerous books and games for plenty of family entertainment. There is also a piano in the hallway for those who are musically inclined.
The study down the hall offers peace and tranquility and in the afternoon the room is bathed in sunlight through the french doors which open out westward onto the garden. Here one can enjoy a quiet read or a game of backgammon or chess or simply relax and enjoy being away from it all.
Upstairs there are three double bedrooms all with super king beds, wall mounted televisions and en suite bathrooms, plus two smaller twin rooms which share a family bathroom. Please note, bedroom four is a smaller room and the exact dimensions can be found on the floor plan. All bed linen is 100% cotton and there are hairdryers and blackout blinds in all rooms. We have taken care to ensure that all rooms have adequate plug sockets and the three double rooms also have ethernet sockets and cables.
Up the stairs to the second floor is a large games room with a table football table, large sofa, TV, Xbox with games plus a variety of children's toys which will keep the little ones entertained for hours.
Note: the house is fully set up for families with young children and babies. The following equipment is supplied:
High chairs x 2, microwave bottle steriliser, stair gates on both staircases, camping cot, moses basket, activity centre, bouncing chair, small rocking horse and small wooden push-along.
We have taken the time to anticipate your every need and have put together a property guide with personal recommendations so you can make the most out of your stay. This includes an insider's guide to all the very best things to see and do plus a little insight into the property. There is also the practical but essential information about how to use appliances and what to do in an emergency to ensure we make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible.
Oxland House sits in an acre of grounds which includes a beautiful garden and young orchard. Sit on the terrace and enjoy the views over the South Hams hills or while away the day rocking gently in the hammock underneath the walnut tree listening to the birds sing. The large lawn is perfect for tots and children and the seated fire pit can be enjoyed day or night. There are sun loungers and a large table and chairs on the terrace plus an extra table at the side of the house to enjoy the evening sun.
Enjoy cooking on the Webber gas BBQ or a game of ping pong or croquet. There are a number of children's ride on toys, a wooden tree swing and a variety of other games.
The house is perfectly situated in the South Hams with one of the most beautiful rivers in the country a 10 minute walk away. If the mood takes you within ½ hour you can feel the sand in your toes on one of Devon’s many stunning beaches or if you prefer hills and heather then Dartmoor National Park is equally accessible with endless opportunities for walkers.
The village of Stoke Gabriel is situated on the stunning River Dart and there is plenty to keep you entertained. There is a village store and two pubs, The Castle and The Church House Inn, the latter being one of the oldest buildings in the village dating back to 1152. It is situated on Church Walk just metres away from the church of St Mary and St Gabriel, worth a visit just to see the yew tree in the church yard which is estimated to be approximately 800 years old. Fulfill any wishes you may have in the traditional way by walking backwards around the tree chanting the rhyme:
"Walk ye backward round about me
seven times round for all to see
Stumble not and then for certain
one true wish will come to thee."
We are lucky to have a restaurant and a café in our village and both are worth a visit. Emma’s restaurant is situated next to the village shop and opposite the Church House pub and serves tasty home cooked food on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus fish and chips on Wednesdays. Booking is advised and there are rarely tables available at the door.
The River Shack café nestles on the creek by the river in a truly gorgeous setting and is not to be missed. The children can occupy themselves with one of Devon’s favourite local pastimes of ‘crabbing’ whilst you kick back and relax in the sun and enjoy the beautiful view.
Invented to keep children amused and interested for hours on end, crabbing involves seeing how proficient you are at enticing the local crabs on to your bait and building up a stash in your bucket. Once you’ve had enough, children and parents alike, then gently tip the bucket over and enjoy watching the crabs scuttle back into the river only for them to be caught once again by an enthusiastic young fisherman! Crabbing buckets and lines are supplied by the owner.
Canoe trips up the river Dart can be arranged through Totnes Kayaks who are based in the village by the quay. This is one of the best ways to experience the river and it’s natural beauty and wildlife and if you are lucky you may see some seals, fish or kingfishers. Canoe trips can take you down to Dartmouth or to the nearby villages of Tuckenhay or Dittisham where you can eat lunch by the water soaking in the truly beautiful views.
There are a huge variety of beaches and coves to choose from with over 22 in Torbay alone, many of which carry the prestigious Blue Flag award. Torbay has topped the charts for having the best beaches in the country for a number of years and being only 5-7 miles away it is easily accessible.
Alternatively crossing the river using the car ferry in Dartmouth or the bridge in Totnes will take you to the stunning beaches of South Devon. The whole of the South Devon coastline is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and boasts a vast array of beaches from large with easy access to remote and quiet. There are beaches for surfers, beaches with cafes, beaches with sand dunes or rock pools, some which are sandy, some which are shingle, the difficult thing will be choosing which one to go to!
Four miles away is the medieval market town of Totnes, famed for its independent character and shops. The town became the first in the country to set up a Transition initiative with the aim of reducing and eventually eliminating its reliance on fossil fuels and the Totnes pound was introduced in 2007 in order to strengthen the local economy and to incentivise people to use local businesses. The Civic Hall Square hosts a market every Friday and Saturday throughout the year and there is a wonderful array of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops where you will find English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, contemporary and vegetarian fare.
Twenty minutes in the opposite direction is the beautiful and vibrant harbour town of Dartmouth. Situated on the banks of the river, Dartmouth offers a multitude of cafes, gastro restaurants and boutique shops not to mention the numerous festivals and events which take place throughout the year. There is always something happening in this exciting town and it is a food lovers' paradise just waiting to be explored!
Torbay, also known as The English Riviera comprises the towns of Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham as well as the surrounding countryside. Famed for its wonderfully warm micro-climate it is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations and with more attractions than any other UK resort there is no shortage of things to see and do. In 2007 the English Riviera was recognised for its rich geographical, cultural and historical heritage by becoming one of only 57 areas around the world to be endorsed by UNESCO as a Global Geopark. A Geopark is "a unified area that advances the protection and use of geological heritage in a sustainable way and promotes the economic well-being of the people who live there" (Wikipedia).
Stoke Gabriel is a wonderful base to explore South Devon and Oxland House is the perfect house to do it from, offering you an indulgent and relaxing stay. On arrival you will be provided with a welcome hamper containing a range of locally produced organic products including a bottle of wine. Tea, coffee, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, herbs, spices and other basic cooking ingredients are all provided and there is a selection of wine which you are welcome to use and on departure the cost will be deducted from your deposit. The price of each bottle will be shown in the house guide.
We live close by and are on hand should there be any problems.