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Battisborough House, a beautiful South Devon country house for rent with panoramic sea views

Available to rent for residential trips for schools, as a large holiday home or as a venue for functions, meetings, classes & retreats

Large Group Accommodation for Family House Parties

Battisborough House nestles idyllically in 6 acres of gardens and woodlands, tucked away in a most secluded and peaceful location, surrounded by mesmerising open countryside, for up to 24-30 guests. It boasts stunning views over the English Channel in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within walking distance to the beach. When you stay at Battisborough you have sole use of the house and grounds with permission to walk across the private farmland in front of the house to access Mothecombe beach and the Southwest coast path.

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Dining room laid for a dinner party
Evening party in a hired marquee
Hired marquee ready for a party at Battisborough House
Sea views from the window of Battisborough House

What makes us the perfect choice for your self-catering holiday?

Battisborough House is the ideal venue for a good old-fashioned holiday by the sea, no matter what the season. Situated in the peaceful countryside with lots of privacy. The House is set up to withstand the rough and tumble of our active guests. There’s so much to do at the house, within the grounds or down on the beach, that you will hardly need your car. Open throughout the year, it’s fantastic for a large house party of friends, to celebrate big birthdays or to enjoy family gatherings and reunions. With space for up to 2 well-behaved dogs who know that a venture upstairs or a snooze on the sofa is against the house rules!

You arrive at the house through the entrance pillars and down a tree-lined driveway. There is parking for at least eight to ten cars. With a variety of room choices – double, twin, or dormitory-style. We can accommodate up to 24-30 guests. All beds are made up according to your sleeping plan, and towels are provided.

Our facilities include more than ample bath/shower rooms, a farmhouse kitchen, a big dining room, a large sitting room, and an additional snug. We even have a dedicated drying room for wetsuits and coats. Outside, you’ll find a BBQ, sports equipment, a campfire area, a tennis/basketball court, a playing field, a flower meadow, woods and private beach access. Get ready for adventure!

Battisborough House with views across to the sea
View of Battisborough House through the trees

What do we provide?

Sleeping, Eating and Relaxing

  • Space for up to 24-30 guests in a mixture of double, twin and dormitory-style rooms, some with bunk beds and the option of 2 further truckle beds
  • 4 ensuite bath/shower rooms and a further 3 separate bath/shower rooms and toilets
  • Handsoap and toilet rolls
  • 4 downstairs showers and toilets
  • All beds will be made up according to the requested sleeping plan
  • Bath and hand towels, bathmats, oven gloves and tea towels
  • Big farmhouse kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Dining room that seats 48
  • Large sitting room
  • Snug
  • Huge hallway
  • Dedicated drying room for wetsuits and damp coats.
  • Boot room.
  • Up to 2 dogs are welcome.
  • Boardgames and television
  • Wifi and a landline telephone (incoming calls only).
  • BBQ
  • Outdoor tables and chairs

Use of all facilities

  • Camping and campfire area
  • Tennis/basketball court
  • Private access to Mothecombe Beach and the South West Coast Path

Don’t forget to bring

  • All food, supermarkets do deliver to the house
  • The basics such as milk, tin foil, cling film, oil, salt and pepper, tea and coffee
  • Shampoo and shower gel, plus additional toilet rolls if staying for more than  a few days
  • Swimming towels
  • Beach kit, buckets and spades, cold box etc
  • Tennis rackets, football, basketball, rounders and cricket equipment.

Availability Calendar

For booking and tariffs please visit our booking page.

We are always happy to chat through your requirements and can answer any questions you may have. We will also be pleased to discuss the booking of bespoke dates, or the organisation of special breaks, retreats or events.


Guest Reviews

A gem of a location

Enjoyed a fabulous week with family and friends at Battisborough House.  An ideal set-up, stunning setting with a huge amount to see and do.  Highly recommend the Surfing Cow ice cream from the farm next door, as well as the walk over to Mothecombe Beach and a pub lunch in Noss Mayo.  A gem of… Read more “A gem of a location”

Summer House Party

The perfect venue for my birthday party

Battisborough House provided the perfect venue for my birthday party, one I won’t forget! The numbers for the evening grew beyond the capacity of the house so I was able to use Hatch Marquees to put a marquee on the driveway. We were able to sit down to eat and then clear the decks for… Read more “The perfect venue for my birthday party”

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Guest at a house party at Battisborough House
Barmen laying up for a private party
Marquee with view of the sea
Marquee set up ready for a party as Battisborough House

What about the accommodation?

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Ground floor facilities

The property comprises an oak-panelled hallway (from an entrance hall) leading to a large reception room, kitchen, dining room, snug, stairway and farmhouse kitchen.

Back from the beach

There's a big boot room to dump muddy boots and coats or beach kit. Damp coats and wetsuits can be left in the drying room for the next day. The downstairs showers are ideal for washing off the beach.

Reception rooms

The impressive oak-panelled hallway leads to a large reception room with 3 large sofas and enough comfortable chairs for family  or a group of friends to chill out and enjoy the evening. Games such as chess, monopoly, articulate and many more are available.

There is a separate snug to escape to with a good book.

The kitchen

The spacious farmhouse style kitchen has a large four-door aga which provides the main source of cooking and keeps the kitchen beautifully warm. There are two large electric ovens, a microwave and an industrial dishwasher (detergent provided). A big farmhouse table provides working space and seating within the kitchen.

There is plenty of crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots, pans, mugs and tumbler glasses for a family house party. You can self-cater or engage a chef for your catering.

Utility room

There is a washing machine and dryer in a utility room next door and additional refrigeration and freezer space in an outdoor corridor which also leads to four showers and downstairs toilets.

Dining room

The dining room has four tables which can seat at least 12 adults each, arranged to suit your occasion and needs.


Bedroom plan for family house parties

Battisborough House can sleep up to 32 guests in the following bedroom configuration:

  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • 2 family ensuite rooms, each with a double bed, single bed and an optional truckle bed
  • 2 double ensuite rooms
  • 3 dormitory rooms, each with 3 sets of bunk beds for 6 guests in each

Bedroom plan

First Floor
Room 1Twin (2 singles)
Room 2Twin (2 singles)
Room 3Family Room (1 double, 1 single + truckle bed), ensuite
Room 4Bathroom
Room 5Family Room (1 double, 1 single + truckle bed), ensuite
Room 6Double/ensuite
Room 7Double/ensuite
Room 83 double bunks (sleeps 6)
Room 93 double bunks (sleeps 6)
Room 103 double bunks (sleeps 6)


Large sitting room with views to the sea
Family room for teachers
Children in the hallway and stairs
Double bedroom with views over the sea

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Self-catering prices for 2024

Season3 nightsFull Week
High Season
July, August, Easter, May Half term, Christmas and New Year
Low Season£2,415£4,810
New Year£3,200N/A

Contact Us

Ready to experience the magic of Battisborough House? Get in touch with us today to book your stay or find out more about large group holiday rentals, We look forward to welcoming you to our idyllic retreat in South Devon.

Sunset from Battisborough House over the sea
Large farmhouse kitchen
Tennis court with views of the sea
Sea views from the window of Battisborough House

Things to do

No need for your cars there's so much to do in the extensive grounds around the house or down on Mothecombe Beach and the River Erme.

At the House

There are endless opportunities at Battisborough House, here are a few examples:-

  • Cook outdoors: either on the BBQ or in our campfire area where children can enjoy den-building whilst the adults get the fire going
  • Group fun: book an organised activity at the house such as archery, or pistol/rifle shooting. Hold matches between friends football pitch, tennis/netball/volleyball court. Or use the grass for a friendly game of cricket, rounders. Set up relay races or your own Olympics for team events.
  • Enjoy nature: mark the changes in tides, flower pressing, kite making, daisy chains, bark rubbing, fairy dens, weaving a bird’s nest and bird watching.
  • Equipment-free outdoor games: tag, red rover, hide and seek, Simon says, what's the time Mr Wolf? Duck Duck Goose! Red light, green light, statues, follow my leader, blind man's bluff, wheelbarrow races, leapfrog
  • Indoor ideas for wet days: lotto/bingo, murder mystery, talent evenings, cards, movie nights, quiz nights, wink murder, sardines, the chocolate game
  • Visiting a working farm (seasonal) and tasting the locally made Surfing cow ice cream

On the beach

There's so much to entertain the younger members of the group besides enjoying a dip in the sea, here are some ideas:

  • How many different things can you find within the hula hoop?
  • Rock pooling at low tide
  • Beachcombing and games with bottles/ driftwood etc
  • Sieving for Flotsam and jetsam
  • Scavenger hunting or creating sand art
  • Damming and diverting the stream, making a boat to race
  • Playing games such as rounders, cricket, tag or inventing target games
  • Exploring tidal zones of the beach
  • Making a tide clock

Where an activity requires licenced instructors we use Reach Outdoors which is registered with the Adventure Activity Licencing Authority (AALA) providing qualified instructors for adventure activities and outdoor education. They cater for a wide variety of clients and groups including corporate events, stag & hen,  birthday parties, family days, and everything in between.

Sports and beach equipment

Basic football, cricket, volleyball and tennis equipment is available. A backpack with buckets and spades is taken to the beach for rock pooling or building.

Fun things to do locally and further afield

OrganisationsContact numberWebsite
Kents Cavern Babbacombe01803 215 136Website
Discovery Surf, Bigbury01803 215 136Website
Singing Paddles, Kingsbridge07754426633
Forest and Beach, Beesands01548 580744Website
Salcombe sea n shore01548 842276
Ali Jones
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth0844 893 7938Website
Devon Adventure01392 240740
Reach Outdoors01803 524 950
Saltram House, Plymouth01752 333500Website
Morwellham Quay, Tavistock01822 832766Website
Eden Project01726 811972Website
Dartmoor Prison Museum01822 322130Website
Dynamic Adventures01803 862725
Salcombe Watersports01548 844142


Boats at Salcombe, Devon in the summer
Children bodyboarding down at the beach
Barbican in Plymouth at night
Dog sitting on the grass enjoying the sea view
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Sea views from the window of Battisborough House
Guest at a house party at Battisborough House
Sea views from Battisborough House in the summer
Bunkbed room for guests