Stoke Gabriel

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Stoke Gabriel is a picturesque village set on an idyllic creek in the heart of the beautiful South Hams countryside.

About Stoke Gabriel

The ancient, quintessentially English village of Stoke Gabriel is located in unspoilt countryside on the edge of an idyllic creek of the River Dart. Its waterside position makes it popular among boating enthusiasts and perfect for trying your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding.

The village benefits from a couple of shops and a Post Office, two pubs, and a lovely old quay where children can go crabbing, There are also many peaceful strolls to be taken along the riverbank or through the apple orchard and winding village streets.

Stoke Gabriel lies equal distance from the historic maritime town of Dartmouth, the ancient market town of Totnes, and the English Riviera town of Paignton. For a beach day out you can choose between Brixham, Paignton or Torquay in one direction, or head towards the beautiful beaches at Blackpool Sands and Torcross in the other. Whilst if you would like to experience the rugged bleak wilderness of Dartmoor, it is less than half an hour's drive away.

A holiday cottage in Stoke Gabriel provides a picturesque spot to relax and unwind in the heart of the beautiful South Hams countryside.

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Totnes Kayaks
(Less than a mile)

What better way to explore the beautiful river Dart than by kayak. Totnes Kayaks gives you the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the river, experiencing nature and wildlife close up.  All equipment is rigourously safety checked, all gear is provided and no previous experience is necessary.  The friendly team also monitor tidal conditions to ensure your safety and offer friendly guidance on where to go and things to spot. 

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Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy

Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy
(2 miles)

On a thousand-year-old farm of five hundred acres, Sharpham vineyard is one of England's foremost quality wine and cheese producers, and in the summer months they invite you to visit, explore, experience and learn about the production processes in this beautiful corner of South Devon near Totnes. Designed and built in 1770, the house itself overlooks fields and wooded slopes above the River Dart, making it the perfect setting to experience the best of South Devon produce. Both wines and cheeses boast award winning statuses so you can imagine the pleasure that comes from a tour, a Vineyard Ramble, a Trek and Taste visit or a complete Sharpham Experience lasting a decadent four hours exploring the estate.

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Dittisham Boats
(2 miles)

If you like messing about in boats Dittisham Boats have lots to choose from.  Operating from the pontoon by the Ferry Boat Inn in Dittisham they offer a range of easy to operate motor boats and sailing boats as well as kayaks and paddleboards.  Whether you venture upriver to Totnes or downriver to Dartmouth, this is a particularly beautiful stretch of the River Dart and a day out on the water will be a highlight of your holiday. 

www.dittishamboats.co.uk

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Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo
(2 miles)

With over 2,000 animals across 80 acres – you’re in for a really wild time at Paignton Zoo. Get up close to some of the animal wonders of the world across the specially designed habitats - from the savannah to the wetlands and the tropical forest.  Run wild in our play areas or hop aboard the unique Jungle Express train to get even closer to the action.
The zoo is a registered charity and part of a worldwide network of zoos which cares for and breeds rare species thanks to visitors who help fund the work. Come rain or shine Paignton Zoo is a fun filled day out for all the family.

Paignton Zoo Totnes Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EU (T. 01803 697500)

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Great day out for kids that like animals. Bigger zoo than you'd expect.

May 2017



Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures
(2 miles)

Giving you the opportunity to take canoeing to the next level with guided tours in long canoes along the beautiful River Dart, Canoe Adventures offer a variety of options and opportunities to really make the experience your own with canoe share for families, riverside picnics, ice cream, wildlife, history and fire craft to be enjoyed. You can join a tour or opt for private hire with visits to the popular Sharpham Vineyard for family celebrations, hen parties, stag dos, school trips and corporate outings.  Keep an eye on the website for scheduled trips including the Dart by Moonlight which is a complete cracker!

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The River Shack
(Less than a mile)

A light and bright café in a beautiful location overlooking the estuary. While the kids go crabbing you can sit and enjoy the views with lunch or a snack, accompanied perhaps by a locally brewed beer or Stoke Gabriel village Yarde cider.  

The River Shack  The Quay, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RD (T: 01803 782520) 

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Lovely food, friendly and efficient staff and reasonable prices. Good menu choices as well.

May 2017


Fantastic setting, with a lovely terrace... ideal for sitting out on a sunny day and having a coffee or glass of wine. We tried eating there in the evening and found the food rather disappointing, so wouldn't recommend it for food.

May 2017



Emma's
(Less than a mile)

A homely eatery serving consistently good food including all day breakfasts, sandwiches, cream teas, coffees and delicious local meat, fish and seafood dishes.  Children welcome with smaller portions available, unlicensed but diners are welcome to bring a bottle.

Emmas Paignton Road, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RD (T: 01803 782697)

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Delicious menu, packed with local ingredients. Only open Weds - Saturday and best to book as tiny.

May 2017


Amazing food and gave us an anniversary card too.

October 2017



The Church House Inn, Stoke Gabriel
(Less than a mile)

Friendly and popular early 14th century pub with good value food and sunny front terrace.

The Church House Inn  Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6SD (T: 01803 782384) 

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Great food, good friendly local feel, thoroughly enjoyed the times we visited and had good.

March 2017


Lovely traditional pub, with good basic, home cooked pub food.

May 2017


Love the Church House Inn, great folk, good food. Really worth a visit.

July 2017


Ok, but we ordered simple sandwiches and 2 portions of chips. Came as toasties with 1 chips.

October 2017



The Vineyard Kitchen
(2 miles)

In a fabulous alfresco setting at Sharpham Vineyard overlooking the River Dart, The Vineyard Kitchen draws from the Middle and Far East to create exciting and delicious dishes. Expect superb local fish and shellfish and meat cooked in the wood fired oven or over vine prunings, accompanied by exceptional salads and, of course, Sharpham wines.  

The Vineyard Kitchen Sharpham Vineyard (T: 01803 732178)

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Hunter's Lodge Inn
(2 miles)

Excellent food at a reasonable price and great local beers and ales, all in a cosy pub environment.

Hunter's Lodge Inn  Cornworthy, Totnes TQ9 7ES (T: 01803 732204)

 

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Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(9 miles)

Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!

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Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 2017


Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too

July 2017


Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .

August 2017


Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.

August 2017



Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(10 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017


Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017


Beautiful stretch of shingle beach - dogs allowed all year. Not many facilities - we went to the Strete end of the beach as there is a great little coffee hut there - great coffee and friendly staff.

September 2017


Wonderful nature reserve with well signposted walks.

September 2017


Beautiful beach right across from our Cottage

September 2017


Really interesting area and good walks along the coast and by the Ley. Generous provision of toilets and parking and a number of places to eat. Would particularly recommend The Start Bay Inn, The Boathouse and Seabreeze Cafe at Torcross. Also very handy that there is a bus should you want to walk one way and get a bus back. Very beautiful and peaceful.

October 2017



Beesands

Beesands
(11 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017


Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017



North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(12 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017



Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(13 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams

December 2016


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