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Holcombe House

(Ref. 1013735)

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  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Beutiful property in an extremely nice part of Torquay."

    Holcombe house is very well equipped. It provides very comfortable accommodation that will support 12 people easily. There are also an additional two pull out beds in the rooms our grand children stayed in so you could actually accommodate another two. With three very comfortable lounges a separate dining room and two kitchens, there was plenty of space for our three generations of family to spread themselves around. The house has been very tastefully restored while still maintaining its victorian period charm. It is not too hard to imagine yourself living in the house during that period when standing in the upper bay windows that have good views of Torquay Harbour and beyond. Torquay town center being a 10 minute walk away and Meadfoot beach also around 10 minutes walk. It might take you a little longer to walk back depending on your fitness levels. Anstys Cove being a piqturesque thirty minutes walk away. My two older boys and there partners went for a run each morning and fully enjoyed the hill challenge:)

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are delighted that you liked the house and the location so much and managed to explore the area on foot, there are some lovely walks, places of interest and views close by. We hope to see you again one day, it’s such a pleasure to welcome guests back, especially such appreciative ones. Richard and Penny. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2024

  • "Wonderful large house."

    Our party of 12, plus baby and plus one dog were easily accommodated. The four children were thrilled to have their own lounge. The large dining room meant we could all eat together. Short walk downhill to Torquay or along coast road to Babbacombe. The 64 bus stop is by the house and was useful for our two elders to get back from Torquay without the hill climb. Great family break at Holcombe House.

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and enjoyed having plenty of room for everyone. It’s great to hear that you got out, explored around and about, and made use of the local bus service. We hope to welcome you again, there is so much to see and do in the local area. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Feb 2024

  • "A fabulous family home for family holidays."

    3 lounges and a big dining table and room made the experience excellent ....and a place we'll look to return to.

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your family holiday so much. We do hope to see you again in the future, it’s always such a pleasure to welcome returning guests. Penny and Richard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Dec 2023

  • "A well maintained property."

    We had a wonderful Christmas. Highly recommend.

    We’re so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas in Holcombe House and hope to welcome you back one day, it would be lovely to see you again. Happy New Year to you all! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Dec 2023

  • "Holcombe House is an absolutely stunning property."

    The rooms are spacious, comfortable, clean and well equipped, with two kitchens to ensure large groups can easily be catered for. The large dining room was excellent for not only our catering needs but as an entertainment area as well. The bedrooms are simply fantastic, with wonderful views from the front two. We were a group of 9 adults with two dogs and would certainly recommend Holcombe House as a holiday retreat.

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are always delighted to hear that guests appreciate the house and find everything they need for a great holiday with a large group. We hope that you might return for another holiday, there’s so much to see and do in the area and it’s a real pleasure to welcome such appreciative guests back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have had another wonderful week with our family at Holcombe house already booked for 2024 our fourth visit ."

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, it’s such a pleasure to welcome your and your family back and we’re already looking forward to you visiting again in 2024! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2023

  • "A beautiful house, perfect for a large family gathering."

    In my opinion very good value considering the quality of everything the property offers. Every room has been thoughtfully furnished with everything the guest could need. Highly recommend....thank you for a lovely stay.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you consider the house to be such good value and appreciated the effort we’ve put into furnishing it. It’s so good to hear that you found everything you needed for your stay and we do hope that you visit again, it would be lovely to welcome you back. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Verna5.0Aug 2023

  • "Well what can I say, we have just returned from a week at Holcombe house and I honestly couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to stay."

    The house is huge and immaculately clean and fresh. We had absolutely everything we needed in the kitchens to prepare meals for our big family. We were away for my mums 70th birthday, so this was a special family gathering and the house suited us perfectly. The beds are big (super king I think?) and really comfortable. Some of the bedrooms are huge which is ideal if like us you want to set up little beds on the floor for young children to sleep in with you. You’re also spoilt for choice with 3 separate lounge rooms, ideal if you have older kids/teenagers that want to have their own space in the evening. The location of the house is also ideal, just a short walk to Torquay seafront. I also have to mention that the owner was so helpful in contacting us directly with directions to the property before our stay and was so quick to respond when I emailed her a question. On top of this, on our return we realised we had left something at the house and she arranged to have it posted back to us immediately. We will definitely be returning, thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Thank you for your lovely review, we’re always delighted when people enjoy the house so much and find it has everything they need for cooking and preparing food for a big crowd. It would be wonderful to welcome you back, there’s so much to explore around and about and we always enjoy seeing returning guests, especially such appreciative ones! Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property was everything we had hope for and more."

    The family were overjoyed with the accommodation and facilities, and the baby slept so contented in the wonderful cot you provided!! And I must say that we found all the beds to be very comfortable too!! We had several family meals in the dining room, which was very grand, and barbecues in the garden. We even played Boules on the lawn, and enjoyed the sunsets on the terrace, over a few glasses of Rose. Thank you to all of you for making our holiday so special and enjoyable.

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are delighted that you had such a special holiday in Holcombe House - and particularly that your baby slept so well in our cot, such a bonus on family holidays! We hope to see you again one day, it’s such a pleasure to welcome return guests, especially such appreciative ones. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Will5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our family stayed at this beautiful house to celebrate my husband's 80th birthday in April."

    Our whole family thoroughly enjoyed staying could not ask for a better holiday stay. So comfortable all facilities brilliant. Thank you Richard and Penny for splendid welcome pack and your kind wishes to the birthday boy. Had an amazing party night mid week with children, grandchildren and friends. Could not have chosen a better cottage. Thanks again B & B

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are so pleased that you had such a good time together at Holcombe House celebrating such a special event with your extended family. We hope that you might choose Holcombe House to make more memories in the future, it would be such a pleasure to welcome you back! Richard and Penny. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Apr 2023

  • "We gathered for a 60th birthday celebration with our grown up children, their partners and some of our friends."

    The house was perfect. plenty of space in every room. A big lounge where we could all sit. A lovely formal dining room. Having two kitchens and loads of oven space made big meals much easier. It’s rare to find a rental home so well equipped and everything worked as it should. The beds were really comfy. We even managed a walk to the beach!

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed Holcombe House for your special big birthday celebration with family and friends! It’s always good to hear that guests find the house well equipped, comfortable and with plenty of room for everyone - we hope that you come again one day, it would be a pleasure to welcome you back. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "There is 1 common washroom for 3 bedrooms, apart of that this house is fantastic"

    I am pleased that you thought the house was fantastic and hope that you and your party enjoyed your stay. As noted in the details, there are four bathrooms (including three en-suites) for the six bedrooms as well as a separate downstairs toilet. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laxman4.7Dec 2022

  • "The house was amazing, extremely comfortable (especially the beds) and beautiful."

    There was more space than we needed, but as the weather was not great it gave us enough space for the week. Loved the high ceilings and the kitchen had everything we needed even down to cooking a Christmas Dinner ! Did manage to walk down to the harbour once and back up (phew) but would imagine in the summer it would be a great location for beaches, etc. Thank you for the correspondence and the information at the house - all much appreciated.

    Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you liked the house, enjoyed your stay so much and found everything needed to prepare Christmas dinner! We hope to welcome you again one day, it is always a pleasure to see returning guests. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Dec 2022

  • "Holcombe House, Torquay is absolutely amazing!"

    ! Very large house including all rooms, spacious in all area's, fully equipped throughout, very comfortable mattresses on all beds, clean, well equipped, everything you need including leaflets on I.e. local restaurants, things to do etc. We couldn't have booked better for our family long weekend!! What you read about this house, is what you get & we all highly recommend!! Thank you so much to the owners Richard & Penny.

    We’re delighted that you enjoyed your family weekend in Holcombe House so much and found it so comfortable and well equipped. We hope that you return one day, it’s a real pleasure to welcome guests back, particularly such appreciative ones. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely house, good facilities, was cool even in the hot weather."

    Was a bit of a steep walk into Torquay though, got taxis back up the hill. Shame that Uber dont operate in Torquay, is far better system than queuing at taxi ranks or phoning cabs. We had a great week, went too quick.

    We’re so pleased that you had such a great week and found the house comfortable even in the recent heatwave. We hope to see you again one day, it’s always a pleasure to welcome return guests Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful property, beautifully kept and clean with everything needed for a family stay."

    Large house which meant there was lots of space for us all. Would definitely recommend!

    Thank you for your review, we’re so pleased that you liked Holcombe House and found that it had everything you needed for your holiday. We hope you return, it’s always a pleasure to welcome back such appreciative guests! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2022

  • "A gem of a large property on the outskirts of Torquay."

    The kitchens (yep 2 of them!) were set up for cooking for large groups and having multiple cookers made life easier getting the Sunday roast onto the huge dining table a breeze. The large gardens are not dog safe, not a problem for us as Alfie is happy to be on a leash whilst doing his pottering around. The off road parking was large enough to get 4 cars on with a bit of a squeeze. The outside sitting area and BBQ made for pleasant afternoon when the sun decided to make an appearance.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay -and that you got a bit of sun! We hope to welcome you and your party back one day, it’s such a pleasure to welcome return guests. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2022

  • "Holcombe House is a fantastic property and our group of 11 felt privileged to stay there."

    The house is very well equipped with good quality items and beautiful decoration throughout. It was spotless from top to bottom when we arrived. Communication with the owner was excellent.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Holcombe House so much. We hope to see you and your party again one day, it’s such a pleasure to welcome such appreciative return guests. Richard and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2022

  • "We are a family group of 6 adults and two children under 6 and have just had a wonderful Easter holiday at Holcombe House Torquay."

    This very large house is a stunning home in a quiet location which is well furnished and equipped throughout. Most of the adults in the group are very good cooks and were impressed with such a well supplied kitchen in a holiday home. We had one evening meal in a local restaurant during our stay so the kitchen was tested thoroughly by the family cooks! The three lounge areas are very comfortably furnished alongside an impressively large dining room . The bedrooms are large with very comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. Outside has good seating for meals and drinks along with a charcoal BBQ. We found this home the best we have rented for a large family holiday, within walking distance from the harbour/town area.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are delighted that you had such a good holiday and pleased that you found the house comfortable and the kitchen so well equipped for your family chefs! We hope to see you again one day - there is so much to see and explore in the area - and it’s such a pleasure to welcome return guests. Penny and Richard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely house enjoyed by the whole family."

    well equipped house. helpful owners. recommend waddling duck bistro couple of minutes away excellent food. Model village well worth a visit. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and agree with both your recommendations! We hope to see you again one day, it’s always a pleasure to welcome return guests. Richard and Penny. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "A great property and nice location with amazing views."

    Property very spacious and well equipped. We had a great Christmas at Holcombe House!

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so delighted that you had such a great Christmas! Richard and Penny. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2021

  • "What can you say about Holcombe House." looked magnificent in the pictures but was even better in reality. It is a truly amazing property - my daughter described it as staying in 'National Trust' property. It is a large house with many rooms, but its is also very warm and homely - we felt immediately comfortable there. The kitchen is where we ate most of our meals and, as is often the case, was the gathering spot. We spent a number of shared evenings in the main living room, which easily accommodating the seven of us (and dog). The annex kitchen was used by the kids for their studies, so near enough but far enough. The two additional TV rooms were ideal to give everyone enough space so we weren't in each others pockets the whole time. The kids also enjoyed some very competitive games of table football in the conservatory. The bedrooms we used were all huge, although the two in the annex were smaller, they weren't small. We also had bathrooms for each pair, so again allowing for plenty of comfort and no waiting. The grounds whilst not massive were plenty for the dog and I even managed an afternoon in the sun to read my book - not to be sniffed at in mid-October. A word of advice - the gateway is a little tight for those with larger cars so best approached from up the hill as on a slight angle, but this isn't an issue and there was plenty of parking space (the Google maps pictures are not up-to-date). I could not recommend this property enough - we were a party of seven + dog and it was perfect for us but could easily accommodate bigger groups. On the (very sad) day of leaving my wife described it as a privilege to stay in such a magnificent property....that about sums it up.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Holcombe House so much. We hope that you and your party return some day, it would be a real pleasure to welcome such appreciate guests again. Richard and Penny. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Grant5.0Oct 2021

  • "My family and I had the most wonderful stay at Holcombe House."

    There was plenty of room for us to spread out in the large reception rooms. Our first evening we all enjoyed a meal in the beautiful large and airy dining room with a lovely view of the setting sun. The bedrooms were large and airy as well, with comfortable beds. I holidayed in Torquay as a child and am glad I came back and introduced my family to the English Riviera, we were lucky to be blessed with a full week of sunshine everyday. Everyone loved Torquay, we experienced great food at all facilities we visited with friendly service staff. An excellent holiday we will definitely be back to visit again. There were a couple of negative things I would like to mention which did not spoil a great week but I feel need mentioning. The recycling bins were already full up when we arrived on the Friday, we put them out as instructed on the Wednesday. We had to use black bags for our waste. The bin men emptied the black boxes already filled from the previous occupants and then emptied our black sacks into the boxes!! We struggled to keep on top of recycling as there are not enough boxes for a large party of people. Also, the garden was very overgrown when we arrived which did add a slight disappointment to the overall impression of such a grand house. However, this was sorted within a few days, which made a big difference.

    Thank you for your review of Holcombe House, we are delighted that you had such a good time and enjoyed your stay so much. We have taken on board your comments about the rubbish, we think the problem was a previous guest omitting to put out the refuse and recycling for disposal on the correct day resulting in an extra week’s refuse to be disposed of. We have now provided double the number of bins and recycling boxes so that should this occur in the future it will not prove such a problem. Thank you for letting us know about it. We hope you choose to revisit Holcombe House one day, it’s always a pleasure to welcome return guests. Richard and Penny. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa4.4Jun 2021

  • "The house was lovely, even better than we expected."

    It had everything we needed and was spotless, the bedrooms were so spacious and comfortable, I highly recommend a stay, the owner should be proud to have such a beautiful house.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

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  • Main house: Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite bath, handheld shower, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size with TV, 2 x super-king-size
  • bathroom with bath, shower over, and separate shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Snug
  • Sun room
  • Annexe: Two bedrooms: 1 x adult bunk room with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove in annexe sitting room
  • Range oven
  • microwave, American fridge/freezer, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 3 x Smart TVs, 1 x TV, WiFi, USB ports in every room and a selection of books, games and DVDs for all ages
  • A games room in the onservatory with football table, dart board and seating area
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3/4 cars
  • A 7kw Electric Vehicle charger
  • Enclosed private garden with lawned areas, patio area and seating
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: The annexe can be accessed via both internal doors from the main house on the ground floor and first floor, as well as externally, and can be closed off from the main house Note: No same sex groups, stag, Hen or similar styled groups accepted at property

The property

Enjoying an excellent position in the popular seaside town of Torquay is this wondrous period property dating back to the 1860s, Holcombe House.

Boasting six bedrooms laid out over the main house and a separate annexe, this grand holiday home is ideal for a large family or group wanting to convene in this sunny Devonshire town, being close by to the beach, harbour and all the delightful amenities.

Enter into the long hallway and notice the classic Victorian tiling on the floor straight away, along with the polished wooden floors; discover a snug on the first right containing two sofas and Smart TV, perfect for finding a quiet moment to yourself.

A sun room sits at the front of the house, with the washing machine found in here along with seating.

Gather together in the large sitting room for a family film night, with three large sofas to spread out on and another Smart TV, and you can cosy up in front of the real flame gas fire.

Discover the wonderful dining room next, perfect for a special occasion, with a seat for all twelve guests, high ceilings and a large window, it has an elegant aura in here.

Socialise in the morning around the breakfast table in the kitchen, home to a range of appliances for your convenience including a huge American-style fridge/freezer and a dishwasher.

Providing a perfect spot for a family of the group or a couple is the annexe, enter through the internal or external door to find a homely sitting room with a woodburning stove and Smart TV, and a vibrant red fitted kitchen and dining area.

Head up the annexe stairs to find two lovely bedrooms, a twin and an adult bunk room, with both each benefitting from an en-suite shower room.

With an internal door to the main house upstairs too, you can continue onto the landing to find four spacious and stylish super-king-size bedrooms, with one boasting an en-suite bathroom, one with a TV, and another with stunning views over the town and towards the sea, served by the family bathroom.

A wrap around garden provides a fabulous place to enjoy sunny summer afternoons with your loved ones, with a large outdoor dining set on one of the patio areas for some alfresco evening meals, and plenty of lawn space for family games and letting the dog stretch their legs.

Head out to discover the delights of Torquay, learning about the local history in Torquay Museum, getting some great holiday snaps at Torquay's Dinosaur Museum with the life-sized dinosaurs and fun exhibitions and interactive displays, picnicking in the beautiful Princess Gardens, and taking strolls around the picturesque Torquay Marina and Victoria Parade.

For an exciting sea adventure, take a jet ski safari offering the perfect way to explore the stunning scenery of the English Riviera!

The Torre Abbey Museum is a fascinating day out for art and antique enthusiasts with amazing collections in this historic building, all set within 7-acres of beautifully kept gardens and home to a palm house and a café.

Enjoy long summer days on the beach at Torre Abbey Sands, or head to Meadfoot Beach closer to Holcombe House and where you can hop onto the amazing South West Coast Path which provides an easy way to explore the area.

Don't miss a chance to visit the incredible Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, an ancient network of underground caverns offering tours and activities, a great family day out for all ages!

Also within reach is the delightful village of Babbacombe with its charming Babbacombe Model Village, and the bustling seaside town of Paignton with the fantastic Paignton Zoo Environmental Park which is home to lions, tigers and even gorillas, along with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company, Paignton Pier, and the waterpark Splashdown Quaywest.

Relish quality time with your loved ones at Holcombe House in the charming seaside location of Torquay.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Paignton 3.6 miles; Brixham 8.5 miles; Dartmoor 17 miles.

Famous for its sandy beaches, promenades, palm trees and plentiful attractions, the popular seaside town of Torquay in South Devon has been welcoming visitors for the best part of 200 years. Torquay holds many delights for both families and couples, from an abundance of children’s activities whatever the weather, to coastal walks, restaurants and nightlife. Local attractions await at Cockington village and craft centre, Torre Abbey, Kents Cavern. Enjoy the wealth of sea life on a boat trip across the Bay to Paignton, Brixham or Dartmouth – and even more exotic animals can be found at Paignton Zoo. Torquay is at the heart of the English Riviera, a UNESCO Global Geopark. Take the Dartmouth Steam Railway and enjoy a boat ride up the River Dart. Explore Greenway the home of Torquay’s world famous crime writer - Agatha Christie. A stay in Torquay can be as relaxed or as active as you choose and is certain to inspire you to visit again.

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Note: No Same sex groups, stag, Hen or Similar styled groups accepted at property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas