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Alston Hall

Battisborough Cross, Devon (Ref. 976180)


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  • Sleeps 38

  • Bedrooms 17

  • Bathrooms 17

  • Pets Yes

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "A little tired but a fantastic property and gorgeous gardens."

    Best holiday with 27 family.

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2022

  • "Interior looking very tired."

    Overall clean and a warm welcome. Facilities could do with updating. Kitchen although well stocked for pans, cuttlery etc is very smal for a large party of people. Hot tub etc would be a very useful addition and a bar that guests could stock

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Your suggestions have been passed to the property owner - The Helpful Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by BradleyJan 2022

  • "Perfect property for a family gathering and so much to do if the weather isn't great."

    Indoor and outdoor pools are brilliant especially for the younger family members. Brilliant holiday

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2021

  • "The property was in a very poor condition internally and obviously has not had money spent on it for some considerable time."

    To say that our holiday was ruined by the state of the property is an understatment. Dont book here.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you felt the property was in poor condition. As can be seen by the many other positive reviews we’ve received, this opinion is not reflected amongst other visitors to the house. As a large property, there is always something to do and the owners invest a significant amount of time and money in order to keep the house well maintained and in good order. We have regular inspection to insure this is reflected and believe our photos and descriptions are accurate and are confident Alston Hall is a great place to enjoy a holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BenAug 2020

  • "Met by the lovely Ashlee on arrival who gave us a tour of the premises, and explained the various features."

    All the rooms were clean and well presented, and everyone one of our group of 38 thoroughly enjoyed themselves. On the minus side, the food storage capacity wasn't great for 38 people which meant frequent shopping visits. Perhaps the small unused office could be adapted for that purpose. Under normal circumstances more of us would have used the local restaurants, but Coronavirus limited availability. We only encountered one small problem during our stay, and that was a power failure during a thunderstorm, but the notes available at the Hall meant we were quickly able to restore all power with the exception of the pool pumps, which was sorted by the very pleasant odd job man, Jeff. Both pools were made good use of during the fantastic weather we had during our stay. Overall an excellent holiday, in outstanding accommodation, and one I would highly recommend for a family/group get-together. With regards to Sykes, I did try to amend by credit card details online as I had a new card, but there was no facility to do so. It was only after nearly three hours of trying did I eventually speak with a member of staff who told me it was possible to do it online when paying my balance, but as I had already paid my balance I was back to square one. So there was in effect no 'good housekeeping' deposit available.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2020

  • "Alston Hall was like stepping back in time, but with modern luxuries."

    It was welcoming, laid-back but very much a stately home experience. Our family of 18 had a fantastic time and our mum, who was celebrating her 80th birthday, loved the week spent living as lady of the manor. So well deserved, and such a treat for us all. We hope to return one day soon.

    Reviewed by MicheleJan 2020

  • "Great venue for a large self-catering group, our 2nd visit."

    Reviewed by LaurieDec 2019

  • "Alston Hall is a wonderful place for a large gathering with its number of bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms."

    We really enjoyed the week, and made good use of the indoor and outdoor pools. The littler children enjoyed the swings and trampoline as well as just enjoying running along the corridors! I liked the fact that the house was grand but yet comfortable and the furniture solid so I didn’t have to worry about child-caused damage. There were lots of little nooks for adults to sit and read or chat. The snooker table was much enjoyed, and the mezzanine desk was just right for our huge jigsaw. I agree with others’ comments that the kitchen isn’t really adequate for a large number. There were plenty of plates, cutlery, glasses etc so that was fine but the ovens weren’t big enough for us to easily heat our provided meals from the Galley Girls (whom we recommend, their food was excellent). It’s odd that there’s not storage for food in the larger kitchen with the ovens (not helped by the fact that the large new fridge wasn’t working for our first five days) so we were constantly traipsing food through from the utility room where there was cupboard space. So that was slightly tiring. But we’d love to come here again. Everyone enjoyed it. Apart from the only-just-about-ok kitchen, other facilities were great. We liked the two washing machines and two tumble dryers, the staff especially Geoff were very helpful, the grounds are great for games and outside play; the information brochure from the owners was very useful indeed. Holbeton Village stores delivered milk, breads and newspapers for the whole week which was really helpful, do use them. An excellent holiday to celebrate my 70th birthday!

    Reviewed by PamelaJul 2019

  • "Good liaison."

    Reviewed by KittyJun 2019

  • "The house is fantastic, much larger than expected with a wide variety of activities, games, books etc."

    , in a good location with far reaching views to the sea and to Dartmoor. The furniture and decoration was rather dated, and the bathrooms were very basic in many rooms, but we all found the beds very comfortable. The tennis courts are in very poor condition so I don't think you should advertise them as they are not suitable for a game of tennis. The new kitchen was a disappointment for us. It is not well planned for catering for 30+ people, as there are not enough ovens, sinks, workspace, equipment or knives. The housekeeping staff and gardener were helpful and friendly.. The gardens were tidy and pools very clean, it is a wonderful venue for a group holiday, particularly if you don't want to cook much.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2019

  • "The tour and explanation of the property was great."

    Very clean. Because everything was not prrgect decor wise it made you relax with children. having said that the decor was lovely and well maintained in reception rooms . kitchen needed updating which is being done now. dining room could do with recarpeting but at least you didn't stress too much with wine and food. swimming pool excellent. snooker room was great. all 23 guests were very pleased with their rooms. loved allbthe sporys ewuipmentcwe could use. local maps very helpful. towels and bedding lovely. good relaxed atmosphere. very helpful handy man and Kim was lovely.

    Reviewed by KatharineApr 2019

  • "We had the most amazing weekend celebrating my husband's 50th and my daughters 18th birthday."

    Alston Hall was an amazing venue, everyone slept well on comfortable beds with great facilities to keep even the youngest of our party happy. The swimming pool was fab for the younger models and the truculent teens loved the snooker and the tennis court! The kitchen however really lets the property down. The ovens/cookers are old, woefully inadequate and don't work well. Catering for 34 was a real challenge and I've cooked for this number in a middle of a field!l (scout leader). It needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency. The dishwashers whilst welcome aren't the most effective with broken dispensers meaning that lots of stuff needed rewashing. It didn't ruin our enjoyment but meant that it took much more effort to get food out for everyone on time... however it is brilliant to find proper sized pots and pans to allow us to cook enough mash and veg for everyone.. We would love to come back in 3 years to celebrate my daughters 21st!

    **Owner Response** Thank you for your feedback. We're delighted that you had such a successful holiday at Alston Hall and can confirm that plans are underway to upgrade the kitchen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2019

  • "32 people had a great week at Alston Hall."

    The experience was very positive and the only negative comment given was that the cooking facilities were quite aged and in need of updating. The Maintenance man and the Housekeeper were very helpful and friendly and went above and beyond expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Alston Hall. Sykes made the whole booking and payment process easy and were on hand to help with all of my questions.

    Reviewed by StephenJan 2019

  • "Alston Hall was great!"

    We had a marvellous time there, what a location! And the house was also pretty good. The only thing we missed was good pressure on the shower-water on the second floor ....

    Reviewed by HansDec 2018

  • "Fabulous large house, great for big family gatherings."

    Loads to do and great facilities.

    Reviewed by SheilaNov 2018

  • "We were looking for a large property with sufficient bathrooms to accommodate our extended family and one dog who were all travelling from different parts of the country to Devon."

    Alston Hall fitted the criteria perfectly. We arrived at the property and were welcomed and were shown around by the absolutely charming property manager named Rosie, both she and the property exceeded our expectations and although I must admit that the kitchen was more than adequate it could do with a re-vamp but I must say the beds were really comfortable and the property was lovely and warm. Absolutely everything expected was provided with the exception of hairdryers, a small thing when you consider the enormity of the accommodation. The size, comfort, charm, facilities, warmth and character as well as location of Alston Hall takes your breath away. Needless to say we had a fabulous family break and none of us would hesitate for a minute to hire or recommend it again for any large gathering from family to corporate events....it truly is magnificent. Seeing is believing, a brilliant property!!!!!!!

    Reviewed by MadelineOct 2018

  • "We were there with a group of 30 range between 1 and 75 years and we felt very welcomed."

    Everyone loved the pools and the fantastic house, with space enough for everybody. Lana our housekeeper and Jeff the gardener were helpful and very friendly. And thankyou very much to Helpful Holidays, the staff is great, they attended me from the first contact and the booking in October last year until now. Everything went easy and smoothy.

    Reviewed by BirgitJul 2018

  • "Having had to cancel our original weekend break in March due to the snow we re-booked for May with your help and had a wonderful time."

    The surprise cake/gateau was amazing and delicious! We were a family party with an age range of 1 year to 90 years and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2018

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  • 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, 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

The property

Alston Hall is a remarkable three-storey country house down a long drive a mile from Battisborough Cross.

Originally a rectory and then a hotel, it is designed for comfort, fun and relaxation for huge groups of family or friends.

The entrance hall, which doubles as a sitting room, has a wonderful feel of grandeur, with its oak paneling, stained glass, piano and wood burning stove in a massive fireplace, and a magnificent gallery above with more seats.

You can spread out in two more comfortable sitting rooms.

If you don't want to take advantage of the professional catering, the kitchen is fully equipped to cater for extensive meals to enjoy in the dining room with its long table supplemented by two smaller ones.

You can even engage a butler or maid for true country house luxury.

After dinner, head through to the snooker room, where you might have stashed your bottles in the bar.

If you need quiet time, you will find a handy office with desk to escape to.

And at the end of the day, drift up the elegant stairs to a choice of 17 bedrooms spread over the first and second floors, each one with an en suite bathroom so no one has to queue.

With its former role as a hotel, the house has all sorts of fabulous activities to enjoy, including an indoor swimming pool, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, a play area, three acres of lawns and gardens and an enclosed walled garden with barbecues.

No one can complain they are bored!

If you do want to venture beyond the grounds, you can find more activity at Fort Bovisand where you enjoy concessionary rates for scuba diving, as you do at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club where you can play a round or be pampered in the spa.

Mothecombe beach on a stunning stretch of coast is just a couple of miles from the Hall and you can walk in either direction on the South West Coast Path.

And in the unlikely event you tire of country house living, the bright lights of the lively city of Plymouth await.

Alston Hall is a very special house to gather with friends and family.


2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

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

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

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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

Region Information

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
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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