Alston Hall

Battisborough Cross, Devon

About a mile from Battisborough Cross, at the end of a long drive, is Alston Hall, a three-storey, detached residence, built in 1906 as a rectory. Many facilities remain from its more recent role as a country house hotel, including indoor swimming pool (38’ x 18’ x 3’6” deep) and French windows opening to an enclosed, lawned, walled garden.

Surrounding the house are 3 acres of grounds, mostly south-west facing, with superb views over 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, tables/chairs) and play area (swing, trampoline); two all-weather tennis courts. Professional catering and butler/maid service available, by arrangement (extra). 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.

Terrace with steps up to porch; oak-panelled entrance hall with huge fireplace (open fire), comfy sofas/chairs and piano; above, 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. Snooker room; ground-floor cloakroom. Big dining room. The kitchen is newly fitted for large scale catering. Utility room. Quiet office area. Sweeping staircase up to galleried landing and vast master suite (6’ bed) with dressing room, huge en suite bathroom and lovely views; on this floor, eight more bedrooms, all good-sized with en suite bathroom – four double, two twin, and two family rooms (double plus single). Further stairs up to eight more bedrooms, all with en suite bathroom – four double, three twin and a family suite of double and twin bedrooms with beamed arch between, en suite bathroom and small seating area (steps up, sofa) in the ‘tower’.

  • Central heating, electric panel heaters and open fire
  • Pre-ordered groceries and professional catering available
  • Piano, broadband internet connection, 12 TVs, 1 video, 12 DVDs, 2 personal video recorders
  • Games room, indoor swimming pool and outdoor swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, croquet
  • Linen, duvets, blankets and towels provided free of charge
  • 2 travel cots, a traditional cot, 2 high chairs and babysitting available
  • Fridge, 2 freezers, 2 microwaves, 2 dishwashers, 2 tumble driers, 2 washing machines
  • Phone
  • Barbecue

Low season: £4,460

High season: £7,175

Christmas and New Year: £6,900

Battisborough Cross is a 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.

Property details

  • Sleeps: 38
  • Bedrooms: 17
  • Tennis court: Yes
  • Beach nearby: Yes
  • Internet access: Yes
  • Open fire: Yes
  • Catering: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Child friendly: Yes

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