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Leopoldina | Luxury Self-Catering Home | Totnes, South Devon


Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, Devon, UK

What do Buckingham Palace, The Marble Arch, Regent's Park, and Leopoldina have in common? Each are creations of the celebrated Regency architect John Nash. Once the stables to Sandridge Park and now a luxury self-catering home above the River Dart near Totnes, this grand Italianate manor might have housed silken steeds in its past life, but these days it beckons Devon merrymakers to grip South Hams life by the withers.

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One part Picturesque ideology, one part homage to the farmhouses of Leopold, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopoldina was born from a game of architectural make-believe. With a dovecote tower, spoked oeil-de-boeuf windows, and a lawn ha-ha to hold the dowager's grazing horses, Leopoldina is one-of-one. All it took was an architectural historian to lead Nash's 19th-century vision into the now. A glass conservatory, eco-tech, and toasty floors that warm bare feet bring modern chi to the ever-present refinement of 1805, in a luxury self-catering Totnes home so sensitively shaped that it was commended in the Architect of the Year Awards.


Indoor folk with a penchant for never-ending vistas, this one's for you. A stuccoed chameleon that adapts to suit the souls within, Leopoldina is the shape-shifter of Stoke Gabriel; all at once a quiet spot to think and a glass-in-hand gathering place. Beneath the pyramidal roof there's limestone floors, green slate countertops adorning maple cabinetry, and oak stairways that have a serpentine quality to their organic joinery. On the milk-white walls hang monochromatic calligraphy and crafted-paper works by a neighbouring artist, while Sicilian screen-prints bring the colour palette of the Tyrrhenian to this luxury Devon eye-catcher.


Step outside and into a subtle and serene landscape shaped for aristocracy, where hares have wild races between the croquet lawn and monkey puzzle trees, and roe deer pop by to make lunch of the roses. While buzzards wheel above the tulip trees, mosey down to your private beach on the River Dart for a chance sighting of seals having a slumber on the pontoon. Or, dive in the heated pool for a game of Sharks and Minnows. Here, in nature's cradle, suppers around the garden banqueting table continue long after the sun has set, and many a memorable gathering happen among carafes of elderflower wine from the vineyard upstream.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £5,150 per week, £3,895 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are six bedrooms and five bathrooms at this luxury Devon home, split between the east wing and the main house; two have super king-size beds, two have king-size beds, and two have single beds. In the east wing is a suite (ideal for families) with a zip-and-link super king bed on the ground floor and a king bed on the mezzanine level, each with an en suite shower room. In the main house is the primary bedroom with en suite bath and WC, and separate dressing room. Also in the main house, a king-size room and two single rooms share two bathrooms: one with bathtub with handheld shower, large walk-in shower, and WC, and one with bathtub with handheld shower, and WC. There is a downstairs WC by the boot room, an additional shower room with WC in the detached games room, and a room under the pool area with shower and WC, accessed from outside.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated pool (available May-September), private beach on the River Dart, yoga space with roof terrace, and games room with table tennis
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are welcome. One cot and one highchair are available, but there are no stairgates.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample off-road parking for eight cars, and garage parking for two cars. The Bulthaup kitchen has a double oven, five-ring hob, dishwasher, two tall fridge-freezers, and a microwave. The utility room contains a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a separate boot room. There is underfloor heating throughout ground floor and in bedroom two, with radiators on the first floor. Please note that the garden is not enclosed, the ha-ha wall and pool wall are drops without railings, and the River Dart is accessible; so please exercise due diligence if you are travelling with children. The pool has an electric cover that is lockable. The roof terrace off the yoga room is not suitable for children so please keep the doors locked unless in use by adults. The games room is above the double garage in a separate building adjacent to the house with a dedicated entrance; it has a kitchenette with hob, sink, and small fridge-freezer. The wooden children’s chalet in the garden has an internal staircase and balcony, and supervision may be required. There is no helipad at the house, but guests may land on the adjacent grounds on prior request (a fee may be payable).
  • Homestay includesA luxury welcome hamper including Popti Bakehouse crackers and Slap & Pickle Devon chutney, iPad, Wi-Fi internet (and 4G access), two Smart TVs, Control4 multi-zone home audio system, Dualit coffee maker with ESE coffee pods, gas barbecue, books and board games, luxury bed linens, towels, and bathrobes, and unlimited logs and kindling.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyTwo electric chargers (a 12 kva charger outside, and a 22 kva charger inside the garage, type 2 fitting), air source heating, and septic tank
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One of the sweet single rooms, with curated artworks above the headboard
This is a home designed with gatherings in mind

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Stoke Gabriel

A quintessential English village burrowed on a River Dart creek, Stoke Gabriel might take the biscuit for the prettiest town in Devon. Among its pastel rowing boats and cob cottages, you´ll find shacks serving up coconut laksa and vineyards pouring Madeleine Angevine.

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Stoke Gabriel

Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury home is near Totnes, within the sweet South Devon town of Stoke Gabriel, perfectly located for visiting the English Riviera, the South Hams, Dartmoor, and villages along the River Dart.
  • By Car Leopoldina is around 10 minutes from Totnes, under one hour from of Exeter and Plymouth, and four hours from London.
  • By Train Totnes Train Station is 10 minutes away, and Paignton is 20 minutes away by car. There are regular trains from London Paddington to Paignton via Exeter with a journey time of four-and-a-half hours on Great Western Railways.
  • By Air Exeter Airport is 40 minutes away from Leopoldina by car.

From the owner

“What we love most about Leopoldina is its sense of privacy - it can only be seen from the river. It is quiet and peaceful, and the views of the surrounding woodland tracks the changing seasons, each bringing some dazzling new scene or species to discover.”

From the owner

Leopoldina was built in 1805 as the coach house and stables to the neighbouring Sandridge Park, at the centre of what was then quite a large estate on the banks of the River Dart. It has a fascinating history since medieval times: the Pomeroy and Gilbert families owned it for long periods, Sir Walter Raleigh leased it in the late 16th-century, the Solicitor General owned it in the late 18th century and it was home to the second generation of the Baring family in the early 19th century. In the 20th century, the estate was requisitioned during World War II and used by US forces preparing for the D Day landings in 1944.

It has been a holiday home for our family since 2000 and we worked with an award-winning architect to convert it into the modern and comfortable home that you will find today; a place where spaces flow seamlessly into each other, and which can effortlessly adapt to changing use, from informal family gatherings to great celebrations, from wrapped-up winters to outdoor summers. And all the time the eye is drawn outdoors, with different vistas from every window, as the light moves across from east to west as the day unfolds and the tide on the river ebbs and flows.

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Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Stoke Gabriel with an insider’s perspective.

Circa, Sandridge Barton

To Eat

Circa, Sandridge Barton

Located inside an old stone milking parlor, a legacy of the dairy farm that it once was, Circa is all about sharing and showcasing the best produce from the Sandridge Barton estate and the local area. A place to relax and unwind, sit back and enjoy some wonderful food paired with a lovely glass of wine, grown only a stone’s throw away.

Dartington Hall, Totnes

To See

Dartington Hall, Totnes

Let´s call it estate hopping. Once your own extensive lawn and private River Dart beach have been thoroughly explored, take the short trip to this 1,200-acre estate in Dartington to spend an afternoon among the fern-covered stone walls and dramatic topiaries of its Grade II-listed gardens. After, grab a seasonal bite at The White Hart.

Surfing, Bantham Beach

To Do

Surfing, Bantham Beach

Deep in the South Hams at the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham is home to one of Devon´s best surfing beaches. Backed by soft sand dunes, the beach overlooks Burgh Island, accessible by sea tractor. A wide expanse of shallow sloping sands, rock pools and a “Gastrobus” serving snacks makes this a favourite with families.


To See


This sweet little town on the edge of Dartmoor has developed a chic London feel, thanks to an influx of newcomers choosing to relocate from the capital. An established centre for antiques, don´t miss Ashburton Craftmongers for beautiful, locally made crafts, or Catherine Waters and Franklin & Hare for gorgeous antiques.

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