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Alston Hall

Battisborough Cross, Devon (Ref. 976180)

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  • Sleeps 38 people

  • 17 bedrooms

  • 17 bathrooms

  • Pets allowed

  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • 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

Reviews & Ratings

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* Based on a combined average customer score over the last 3 months

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11 Customer Review(s)

  • “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 a... more

    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!

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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 panelling, 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, two tennis courts, a play area, three acres of lawns and gardens and an enclosed walled garden with barbecues.

Noone 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.


  • Three storeys
  • 17 bedrooms
  • Nine first floor bedrooms: 1 x super king double with dressing room and en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, two basins and WC, 4 x double (one king size), 2 x twin, 2 x family rooms with double and single bed with en suite bathrooms with baths, showers over, WCs and basins
  • Eight second floor bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with baths, WCs and basins: 4 x double (one with king size bed), 3 x twin, 1 x family suite with double and twin bedrooms either side of an arch (no door) and small seating area
  • Ground floor hall with seating and wood burning stove
  • Two sitting rooms
  • Snooker room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Utility 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, tumble dryer, washing machine, 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, indoor pool, outdoor unheated pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • 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.

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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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