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Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise below in the full cost breakdown.

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 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 fun 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/Sky/DVD/video, 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, 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 (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. 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.

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The place

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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Electricity costs are included.

Towels are provided free of charge (but please bring beach towels).

Baby sitting
Baby sitting is available
There is a barbecue
There is a broadband internet connection. A WiFi connection is available free of charge.
Property is within 5 miles of coast
Two travel cots are available
There are three cots available
A dropsided or traditional cot is available
There are two dishwashers
DVD player
There are twelve DVDs
Electricity costs are included
There are two freezers
Fridge (Larder)
There is a larder fridge
There is one fridge-freezer
The property has a woodburner
This property has central heating
Heating costs
Heating costs are included
High chair
Two highchairs are available
Indoor Pool
There is an indoor swimming pool
Linen, duvets and blankets are provided free of charge
There are two microwaves
Parking is off the public road on the grounds of the property. Parking for up to 40 standard sized cars.
Pets are welcome by arrangement. A maximum of 3 dogs are permitted, by arrangement.
There is a phone for incoming calls only
There is a piano
There is an unheated or solar heated outdoor swimming pool
Professional catering
Professional catering is available by arrangement
PVR player
There are two personal video recorders
Short breaks
This property accepts short breaks.
Smoking is not allowed at this property
Towels are provided free of charge (but please bring beach towels)
Tumble drier
There are two tumble driers
There is satellite television
Washing machine
There are two washing machines

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Full details

Location:Battisborough Cross, South Hams, Devon
Changeover day:Saturday
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Bedrooms: 17 ( 9 Double, 5 Twin, 3 Family )
Star Rating

Since:This holiday home has been let by Helpful Holidays since 2014. See page 116 of our 2017 brochure
Good for:Large gatheringsDogsFood & drinkPoolsPools DevonSouth Devon
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A truly superb property.


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