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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

View of sunset over sea from Battisborough House
Sunset over sea at Battisborough House in Devon

Battisborough House Reviews

Below are a selection of reviews from guests who have stayed at Battisborough House. If you would like to leave us a review, please use the form at the bottom on the page.

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Ideal location for a sea swim group

Battisborough House is an ideal location for a sea swim group. The views from the house are breathtaking and it is only a short ten-minute walk down to the sea. Upstairs there’s ample room, for twelve people to sleep in relatively luxurious bedrooms, and for more than twenty if sharing bunkroom-style accommodation. There is a hose down area and dedicated drying room for a wet salty swim kit, a large communal kitchen with a cosy Aga to huddle round after a chilly swim and gallons of hot water for everybody to enjoy a bath or shower in. As well as a large kitchen table which can seat twelve, there is also a dining room with refectory tables and a stunning sea view. There are two large reception rooms with comfy seating, although the best place to sit as long as the sun is shining is outside on the picnic tables with views south out across the English Channel. We are a sea swimming group from Hampshire and have been visiting BH for a number of years now. It is the perfect location for us to enjoy wonderful wild sea swims together!”

Angus, Sea swim group

Couldn’t imagine going anywhere else!

We always look forward to our visits to Battisborough House, drawn in by its exclusive use, stunning grounds, and convenient proximity to the local beach and further exploration. The accommodation is spacious, clean and our children love the large dormitories so that they can spend down time with their friends. Becky, our host, radiates warmth and hospitality, ensuring we feel utterly welcomed throughout our stay. Nothing is too much trouble; the children relish activities like hot chocolate by the campfire and indulging in a plethora of games during their leisure time. Their dietary needs are impeccably catered to, with no request too challenging. They always return home raving about the ‘best breakfast ever.’ Battisborough House has become a right of passage for our Year 6 children and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else!

Leanne M. School Teacher

Something I will never forget

One day when we were down in Battisborough we went to the beach and went paddle boarding, this is something I will never forget.

A pupil's review

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 a location, great for families and groups – the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of Devon.

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 the band afterwards. The views out to sea provided a dramatic backdrop for cocktails on the lawn and the hallway was a great bar area. Everything was better than I could have wished for. Local friends were able to drift home while others from further afield stayed for the weekend. Thank you, I highly recommend the house for any kind of celebration.

Devon Guest

Great base for a big group

Beautiful position looking out to sea, a short walk from good beaches and with its own extensive grounds. Spacious communal areas and well-equipped kitchen for catering. Great base for a big group for social events or exploring the surroundings.


Beautiful spot

I was a student here from 1974 to 76, so it’s particularly special to me, but you will not easily find a more beautiful spot and fascinating place to visit.


Battisborough is special to me

Battisborough is special to me because of all of the memories of the beach and creating new friendships. We always have a great time together and we are really lucky to have an opportunity like this.

School pupil visited in the summer

Spending time with your friends

The best thing about Battisborough trips is spending time with your friends. It is a place where you can spend lots of time down at the beach with many different beautiful views seen on the way.

Pupil who stayed in the summer

Breathtaking views

With breathtaking views in every direction, Battisborough presents a panorama of possibilities …from stunning hikes along the coastline to beach walks.
For children, it is a chance to live like an Enid Blyton book – wholesome food, endless outdoor play, bunk beds in dorms and running free by the seaside.
Battisborough and its idyllic setting gives them an excellent opportunity to learn and grow in many vital ways.

Elizabeth L. School Teacher


If I had to describe Battisborough, I would describe it as adventurous, beautiful, picturesque, and fun. The dorms are so fun to sleep and play games in. The perfect dining hall that looks directly down the valley out to the sea is a feeling from a fairytale.

A former pupil's memory

Special to me

Battisborough is special to me as I had so many great memories of my visits there, like when we played volleyball and cricket on the the beach

A returning pupil

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