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Alston Hall

Battisborough Cross, Devon (Ref. 976180)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 38

  • Bedrooms 17

  • Bathrooms 17

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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18 Customer Review(s)

  • Sally

    “A little tired but a fantastic property and gorgeous gardens.”

    Best holiday with 27 family.

    Best holiday with 27 family.

    - Sally, April 2022

The property

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, ball hoop for games) with pool chairs, table tennis, games and French windows opening to an enclosed, lawned, walled garden (table/chairs, two barbecues).

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 unheated outdoor swimming pool (38' x 18' x 8'2" to 3'6" deep, available 26 May to 15 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 an all-weather fun tennis court 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/Sky/DVD/PVR, piano 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, larder fridge, freezer and food preparation space.

Utility room (two washing machines, two tumble driers, chest 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 (one with 5' bed), three with interconnecting doors (all can be bolted and individually accessed), two twin (limited clothes-hanging space), 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 (one with 5' bed), 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.

Arrival after 4pm.

Professional catering and/or butler/maid service available, by arrangement (extra).

Gardener attends three days a week.

Damages Deposit £1000.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. 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.


2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room WC Private Snooker Room TV Lounge Indoor Pool Main Hallway Front Lounge Utility Office ElectricalSystemsRoom


  • Over three floors
  • 17 bedrooms: 2 x family room with 1 x double and 1 x single and en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor family room with 1 x double and 2 x single and en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size with dressing room and en-suite bath, separate walk-in shower, double basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor king-size with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 3 x double with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 3 x second-floor doubles with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 2 x twin with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 3 x second-floor twin with en-suite bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Utility
  • Reception with woodburning stove
  • 2 x sitting rooms
  • Snooker room
  • Office
  • Indoor swimming pool Outdoor pool size - 38' x 18' x 8'2" to 3'6" deep Indoor pool size - 38' x 18' x 3'6" deep
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky sports, DVD, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 40 cars
  • Garden with tennis court, childrens play area, barbecue, unheated outdoor pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome first dog free a fee will be charged for extra dogs
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop 4.2 miles, pub 4 miles
  • Note: The outdoor swimming pool is available from 26th May to 15th September
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

About the location


Battisborough Cross Is a tiny hamlet, one mile from the mouth of the beautiful River Erme estuary, the sandy beach at Mothecombe and from the open sea

Note: The outdoor swimming pool is available from 26th May to 15th September.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas