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Alston Hall, Battisborough Cross, Holbeton, Plymouth, Devon, PL8 1HN

Description of the holiday cottage

Alston Hall is a completely unique, stunning, exclusive and luxury large self catering holiday house in Battisborough Cross in the South Hams with 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms that sleeps up to 38 people, one of the finest large holiday lets in Devon.

Alston Hall is in a private location with its own long driveway approximately 1 mile from that is bright cross and is a large detached period country home that was formerly a rectory. Of the many superb facilities at Alston Hall, the heated indoor swimming pool complete with French windows opening onto your own enclosed lawn may be top of your list.

Alston Hall is set in 3 acres of gardens, lawns and grounds that soak up the sun with stunning views over the South hams countryside along with a fantastic outdoor swimming pool that is available in the summer months. Alston Hall also has a croquet lawn, tables and chairs as well as its own children's play area complete with trampoline and swing and a sunken Rose garden.

The beautiful gardens and grounds all benefit from large trees providing shade in the summer. Inside Alston Hall is completely stunning, a large oak panelled entrance hall will take your breath away and you have to reach this coming through a breathtaking front entrance. The hall is complete with wood burner, sofas and chairs for you to relax in as well as piano leading onto a galleried landing.

There are an additional 2 living rooms with fantastic views and their own televisions providing access to the garden and swimming pool. There is also a full-size snooker table in the snooker room with bar stools for you to enjoy. The amazing dining room has a table seating up to 28 people along with additional tables seating up to 10 people, perfect if you require outside caterers for your parties and guest entertaining.

To help there is an adjoining kitchen with two cookers, 2 microwaves and 2 dishwashers as well as fridges and freezers that are more than suitable for a self catering property that sleeps 38 people. Upstairs there are a total of 17 bedrooms including 9 double bedrooms, three family bedrooms and 5 twin bedrooms with a grand total of 17 bathrooms.

Just walking up the beautiful staircase to the landing is an experience in itself. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and all bedrooms have their own televisions. Alston Hall is therefore perfect if you require an exclusive and luxury large self catering holiday home in South Devon for a large group or family get-together.

Additional services provided at Alston Hall include your own butler and maid service as well as professional outside catering, perfect for private celebrations and large family groups to visit all year round. Alston Hall is also a dog friendly large holiday home that is just 2 miles from the South Devon coast with a range of beaches nearby.

If you are looking for a spectacular super large holiday let or a group in South Devon, Alston Hall complete with 17 bedrooms is going to be hard to beat, treat yourself and become Lord of the Manor.

 

Best Features

Sleeps: from 1 to 38

Pets: Yes

Contact Details

Contact Name: Sykes Cottages

Telephone: 01244 746200

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6 of 14 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 01/2024
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I booked this house for my husbands surprise 40th birthday celebration which took place the weekend just gone. It was amazing for what we wanted. Trudy was lovely from the minute we booked and always answered our questions promptly. The pool was so warm, it was like a hot tub but without the bubbles which was great for the babies! The only thing was that it was so cold on arrival as the heating hadn?t been on for 9 days previously but, again, Trudy was very accommodating and allowed us to put the heating on for longer during the day and into the night. The majority of us had a fabulous time and more importantly, hubby had the best time which is all that matters!! Thank you again Trudy ??

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7 of 15 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 01/2024
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Stayed for the weekend for a family 40th Birthday. The house is 200 years old and is in need of some tlc. It was very cold when we arrived, however we went on the coldest weekend of the year and they were accommodating in putting the heating on for longer periods. The venue for what we wanted was perfect and we had a brilliant time. The pool was lovely and the children loved it.

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7 of 15 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 01/2024
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DONT GO THERE!! Tired, dirty, evedence of mice in the house.

Cold, only allowed heating on for a small amount of the day. Thread bare carpets. Our bathroom was disgusting. Beds need replacing, could go on, list is endless.

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11 of 19 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 09/2023
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Wow, what a fantastic holiday! The house was spotless, yes it is a bit outdated and needs things doing to it but I can honestly say if you can look past that it's an amazing place for a large group of people. We went out of season and found it absolute value for money. Enough space for everyone to spread out and do there own thing but also big enough to be together. We managed with the kitchen, cooking for all the group and we all sat to eat in the spacious dining room. The pools and grounds are lovely, we all enjoyed swimming in both pools and playing rounders in the gardens. We managed to cook a BBQ using the one in the grounds for 26 people. Had such a fantastic time and I wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

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10 of 19 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 08/2023
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Please save your time and money. Alston Hall was such a bad experience for us that I had to write feedback about it to warn others about what they are paying for.

First things first, this property doesn't come cheap. We paid 10,400 for seven nights. With that price tag, you don't even get basic things like internet throughout the entire house or proper heating. I'll provide the details below:

Internet and Mobile Network: As you enter the house, your phone network is dead, and you won't get a signal. To make things worse, the WiFi only works in the small living room and the main hall. It's quite challenging if you are a group of 38 people trying to escape a rainy day and all relying on the same WiFi. In this day and age, it's surprising that they haven't invested in better internet infrastructure. They could have added routers on all floors. I've been to more remote places with high-speed internet, so there's no excuse for this situation not being mentioned during the booking process.

Heating and Baths: You are not in control of the central heating. You have to call the caretaker to turn it on or off for you. This lack of control is frustrating. The property had portable heaters in most of the rooms, but some of them didn't work. Additionally, all the attached bathrooms on the third floor lack showers, so you have to share the bathroom downstairs. I asked the caretaker, and she told me it's because they couldn't get the water pressure right on that floor. Again, it's clear that they didn't invest enough in the property. There are hotels 14-15 stories high that manage water pressure properly.

Kitchen: The kitchen is surprisingly small. Even my 3-bedroom house has a larger kitchen. You will have a hard time cooking here. I won't go into more detail, but I'll just say it's quite inadequate. They do mention having a BBQ, but be warned, they only have a tiny 70x30 BBQ machine. It's better to bring your own or you'll end up spending all day cooking. There are no delivery options like Deliveroo or Uber, and the nearest supermarket is 30 minutes away.

State of the Property: We were disappointed to find two dead rats floating in the outdoor pool, so we never used it. There was also a leak in the ceiling of room number 2. Some of the rooms smelled damp, and almost all the windows were nailed shut. Additionally, the curtain railing came off when we tried to close the curtains. A piece of wallpaper came off from the top of the wall and nearly hit us in the small living room with the piano. While they did clean the property and the bedsheets were clean, the spring mattresses were very uncomfortable.

The single positive aspect of our stay was the well-maintained indoor swimming pool. It consistently maintained its temperature and cleanliness.

In summary, based on our experience at Alston Hall, our stay was a disappointment. With the high cost and numerous issues, I strongly advise against booking here. For a potentially great holiday spot, the owners need to invest in upkeep and honest advertising.We booked through sykes cottages but Sykes' lack of action on this misleading ad is concerning. As a regular Sykes user, I'm now looking into alternatives like Airbnb."

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9 of 28 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 08/2020
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This is a great house on the surface and on all the photos that you get to see ! However this place is very very tired and mouldy and rotten . The bathrooms were very poor mould round the bath round the tiles on the ceiling ,wall paper falling off in nearly every room . The windows in my bedroom were rotten and left gaps all the way round .Infact I have never seen such bad windows except in a derelict building . This also applied to the doors in the indoor pool which were completely rotten and nailed shut , is that even legal for fire safety . So we couldn?t

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14 of 104 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 10/2018
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ALSTON HALL 9/10/2018

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 an

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19 of 106 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 09/2017
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Alston Hall is a wonderful and enchanting place, full of history and we really fell in love with it. There is masses of space both inside and out, perfect if you want a large property where the kids don't get under your feet!

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