Cottage / 17 bedrooms / sleeps 38 Home 1094864
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L194 - Alston Hall Cottage
Cottage / 17 bedrooms / 16 bathrooms / sleeps 38
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Swimming pool
- Great for children of all ages
- Car advised
- Pets welcome
- Great for children of all ages
- Pets welcome
- High chair available
Description from owner
About a mile from Battisborough Cross, at the end of a long tree-lined drive, is Alston Hall, a 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 pool chairs and French windows opening to an enclosed, lawned, walled garden (table/chairs, 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 28 May to 17 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
About a mile from Battisborough Cross, at the end of a long tree-lined drive, is Alston Hall, a 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 pool chairs and French windows opening to an enclosed, lawned, walled garden (table/chairs, 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 28 May to 17 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 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 (woodburner), comfy sofas/chairs, window seats and piano; above, 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, TV/DVD; the other, more cosy with TV/DVD 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). Big dining room with long table seating 28 and two smaller tables (seating 6 and 4), with door opening to the front lawn. Adjoining is the kitchen with two electric cookers, two dishwashers, two microwaves, and plenty of fridge, freezer and food preparation space. Utility room (two washing machines, two tumble driers, fridge-freezer). Quiet office area with desk. Sweeping formal staircase 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, shower over bath) and mostly garden views (some distant sea glimpses) – four double, three with interconnecting doors (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, shower over bath), 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'. All bedrooms have TV. Both floors have rear staircase to ground floor. Arrival after 4pm. Professional catering and/or butler/maid service available, by arrangement (extra). Gardener attends three days a week. Damages Deposit £500. Beach and beautiful coastline, 2 miles; pub, 2½. Concessionary rates available for scuba diving at Fort Bovisand Dive Centre and golf/spa at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club. This is a hugely spacious and well organised place, excellent for family and extended family groups, special birthdays and celebrations at any time of year.
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.
Location description from owner
The Devon 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.
Bed & bathroom
- 9 Double Beds, 10 Single Beds
- 16 family bathrooms
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Private indoor pool
- Private tennis court
- Shared garden
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Games room
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- Video player
- DVD player
- Towels provided
- Secure parking
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
Bookings Team at Helpful Holidays (Property Manager Helpful Holidays)
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- Calendar updated:
- 29 Apr 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
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