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Cottage | 17 bedrooms | sleeps 38

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

About a mile from Battisborough Cross, at the end of a long tree-lined drive, is Alston Hall, a large, three-storey, detached country residence, built in 1906 as a rectory. Many facilities remain for your enjoyment from its more recent role as a country house hotel, including indoor heated swimming pool (38' x 18' x 3'6” deep) with tiled surrounds (pool chairs) and French windows opening to an enclosed, lawned, walled garden (table/chairs, hammock chair, barbecue). Surrounding the house are 3 acres of well-kept grounds and gardens, mostly south-west facing, with superb uninterrupted views over rolling green fields to a glimmer of the sea and the Mewstone beyond. At the front and catching all-day sun, an outdoor swimming pool (38' x 18' x 8'2" to 3'6” deep, available 24 May to 12 September), vast lawns (croquet - mallets provided, tables/chairs positioned to take in those lovely views) bordered by a shallow sunken rose garden (unfenced) and children's play area (swing, trampoline), shaded in part by lovely mature trees; also two all-weather tennis courts and steps down to a further lawned area with plenty of space for cricket or kicking a ball around.  A long drive brings you to the front of the house and gravelled terrace with steps up to heavy oak door into porch; grand oak-panelled entrance hall with stained glass windows, huge fireplace (open fire), comfy sofas/chairs, window seats and piano; above, the impressive galleried landing with more sofas/chairs. Off the hall, two further living rooms, one elegant, full of light, with stone-mullioned windows and garden/swimming pool views, ornamental fireplace, TV/DVD/PVR; the other, more cosy with TV/DVD/PVR and door (lockable) to rear hall and the indoor swimming pool. Snooker room (full-sized snooker table, bar stools) overlooking the walled garden; ground-floor cloakroom (loo, washbasin). Big dining room with long table seating 24 and two smaller tables (each seating 6), with doors opening to the front lawn. Adjoining is the kitchen, newly fitted for large scale catering with two cookers (large oven/grill/4-ring hob), two dishwashers, two microwaves, and plenty of fridge, freezer and food preparation space. Utility room (two washing machines, two tumble driers); boot room (for coats/boots, additional freezer). Quiet office area with two desks (WiFi). A sweeping formal staircase leads from hall up to galleried landing and the vast master suite (6' bed) with dressing room, huge en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower, twin washbasins) and lovely views over the garden to the distant sea; on this floor, eight more bedrooms, all good-sized with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and mostly garden views (some distant sea glimpses) – four double, three with interconnecting doors (although all can be bolted and individually accessed); two twin, and two family rooms (double plus single). Further stairs to second floor and eight more bedrooms, all with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower), some with low/sloping eaves – four double, three twin and a family suite consisting of double and twin bedrooms with beamed arch between (no door), en suite bathroom and small seating area (steps up, sofa) in the 'tower'. Ten bedrooms have TV/DVD. Both floors have rear staircase to ground floor. Professional catering and/or butler/maid service available, by arrangement (extra). Gardener attends three days a week. Damages Deposit £500. Clay pigeon shooting available in the grounds, by arrangement (extra). Beach and beautiful coastline, 2 miles; pub, 2½. Concessionary rates available for scuba diving at Fort Bovisand Dive Centre and Dartmouth Golf and Country Club.  This is a hugely spacious and well organised place, excellent for gatherings at any time of year.   

Size Sleeps up to 38, 17 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private indoor pool, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private indoor pool
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Games room
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 17 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms of which 16 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (10), Double beds (9)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private indoor pool, Shared garden, Private tennis court
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3 star.

The West Country region

The South Hams: southernmost Devon; between the river Dart and river Tamar and south of Dartmoor, lush farmland and wooded river valleys turning to beautiful estuaries, its coast very beautiful and remarkably well preserved – sandy beaches and mighty cliffs between those estuaries, amazingly little sprawling modern ugliness. Inland too, away from main roads, it remains surprisingly peaceful.

Among special coastal places are Dartmouth; sheltered Blackpool Sands; Slapton's long curve of pebble beach and nature reserve lagoon; the cliffs about Start Point and Prawle Point, Bolt Head and Bolt Tail; East Portlemouth's beach and Salcombe's location and views; Thurlestone proving that family seaside places don't need to be brash; Bigbury's huge sands and the fun of getting to Burgh Island; waterside, oak-wood-sheltered Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers; many others, less easy of access, are for you to discover.

Kingsbridge and Totnes, both old, attractive and small, are the towns at the area's heart; Plymouth – the West Country's biggest town, with Naval base, ferry port, theatre, cinemas, history, Hoe (great views) and Barbican (where the life is) – is on the area's edge. Dartington Hall is an arts centre (films, plays, music, dance) with lovely gardens. Pleasure cruisers ply the Kingsbridge estuary and Dart and Tamar rivers.


Battisborough Cross: hamlet a mile from the mouth of the beautiful river Erme estuary at Mothecombe (lovely sandy beach, seasonal tea room) and from the open sea (cliffs, coast path). Holbeton village (good pub, excellent restaurant, PO/shop), 1½ miles; pretty riverside pubs at Newton Ferrers/Noss Mayo, 3½ miles; Plymouth, about 10½.

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Calendar last updated:28 Oct 2014

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