Battisborough House is situated on the South Devon coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty between Bigbury and Noss Mayo. Built for a wealthy family in 1898, it became a senior boarding school in the 1950s with close links to Kurt Hahn, Gordonstoun and to the Outward Bound Movement. In 1987 it was bought by Hall Grove School and converted into a residential centre hosting family house parties and school groups.
The house provides a comfortable retreat for parties of up to 60 students in shared rooms together with four attractive double bedrooms for staff, each with its own bathroom and three additional single staff bedrooms.
A VISIT TO BATTISBOROUGH HOUSE
South Battisborough Farm
The adjoining dairy farm provides scope for farm studies with excellent talks from the farm manager who is a former agricultural college lecturer.
The grounds comprise six acres of lawns and woodland, including a tennis court, a riding manege, a small football field and an area for campfires and bivouacs.
The location is ideal for field study work. Groups can experience contrasting habitats; rocky shore, river estuary, ancient woodland and open moorland are all accessible.
Bed linen and towels provided.
We can introduce groups to local licensed outdoor education specialists who will lead adventure activities and provide a suitable educational programme.
THINGS TO DO
Set inland in southern Devon, Dartmoor is 368 brooding square miles of deep bogs, dramatic hills capped by weirdly shaped granite outcrops, or "tors", and windswept, gorse-clad moors studded with the eerie remains of Bronze Age man's mysterious civilisation.
Still a largely undiscovered treasure; the result of centuries of sophistication and extravagance, Saltram is a fantastic day out: close to Plymouth and yet in a world of its own. With varied walks throughout the estate, why not pack a picnic and let off steam in this green haven.
Mothecombe beach is one of the quieter beaches in South Devon and is only a few minutes walk from Battisborough House .
The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea.
The Hoe is a popular area for Plymothians and visitors. There is always a great deal of activity on the water, including frequent warship movements, ferries going and coming from France and Spain, fishing trawlers and a swarm of larger and smaller sailing boats.
Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh.
“Battisborough touches every young person who visits; it is a remarkable place.”