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Alston Hall

Battisborough Cross, Devon (Ref. 976180)

3.4

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Features

  • 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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10 Customer Reviews

  • "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

    Prof WoodwardJan 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

    Mrs RamseyJul 2021

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    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.

    Mr StrongAug 2020

  • "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.

    Mr JonesAug 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.

    Mrs DonoghueJan 2020

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

    Dr DaviesDec 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 ... Continue reading

    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!

    Ms StanierJul 2019

  • "Good liaison."

    Dr CampionJun 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 ... Continue reading

    , 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.

    Mrs ChandlerJun 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. ... Continue reading

    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.

    Mrs BrowneApr 2019

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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 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.

Floorplans

2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

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

Summary

  • 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

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

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About the location

BATTISBOROUGH CROSS

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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