Wolborough House perches above the Torbay shore; a luxury Edwardian mansion commanding unparalleled views of Brixham Harbour and the sea beyond. This family-friendly retreat can comfortably accommodate a party of up to 16, making it an ideal venue for celebrations.
Wolborough House was built by wealthy local Charles Hellier in 1910. Original features include decorative plaster work, high ceilings, solid oak panelling and large period windows. The mansion strikes an enviable balance between contemporary living and period charm.
The property is reached by a private road, where beyond the stone gateway lie pristine landscaped grounds. Sea-view lawns, verandahs and mature trees frame Brixham Harbour below.
Lower ground floor
The purpose-built 'fun floor' boasts its own bar, table tennis, a playroom for children complete with a chalkboard wall, a well-equipped gym and an indoor heated swimming pool. Also equipped with a double walk in shower.
The spacious eighth bedroom is situated on this floor, with a large double ended shower & toilet next door together with a large sauna.
The lower ground floor apartment is the private dwelling of the helpful House Keepers who have full knowledge of the house and its features, should you need help during your self-catering stay.
The splendid entrance hall boasts hunting lodge decor, showcasing a stag's head among other antiques. The chandelier-lit oak staircase frames an iridescent stained-glass window.
Bright and generously-proportioned rooms destine Wolborough to entertain. The principal drawing room boasts plush seating and a plasma television with Sky TV and a DVD player, whilst Wi-Fi access is also available. The room has 180 degrees sea views over Brixham Breakwater.
The grand oak-panelled dining room holds a 16-place table complete with soft leather chairs, and a stunning original stone hearth.
A fully-fitted country kitchen characterises luxury self-catering, with a full range electric cooker with gas hob and breakfast table. There's even a separate preparation area should you wish to indulge in hired help. The room's sunny aspect graces the Devon coast and is complemented by an al-fresco dining area complete with a brick BBQ, roof shelter and lustrous grounds.
Just off the entrance hall, a full size snooker room with sea views solves rainy afternoons. The ground floor also boast a cloakroom toilet.
The bright gallery landing houses two corridors of sleeping accommodation in the form of 1 kingsize bedroom ensuite, 5 double bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms (one of which has zip and link beds that can be adapted to a super-king bed, 1 luxury master en-suite shower with twin sinks and 2 principal family bathrooms each fitted with an Edwardian style bathtub, shower and one with a shower and bathtub.
All rooms are comfortably furnished, all with wardrobes and a hair dryer in each plus 6 bedrooms have sea views, one with garden terrace views and just the lower ground with no views.
The generously proportioned master bedroom features high ceilings mounted with a chandelier and decorative plasterwork, along with panelled walls and a fireplace. The room is flourished by a French-style wooden bed, walk in wardrobe and lavish en-suite. All bedrooms but the fourth twin feature fireplaces, from ornate marble mantles to rustic cast iron hearths. The third bedroom boasts a pretty garden-facing balcony.
From its picturesque setting, guests are within easy reach of the pretty chalky beach below known as Breakwater Beach and also the charming shops, tearooms and impressive fish market which front the pretty seaside harbour town of Brixham. Berry Head to Sharkham Point, a National Nature Reserve, is a haven for wildlife. Berry Head is also the site for the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. The former artillery house now houses a public display.
The vibrant seaside town of Torquay with its wide selection of restaurants, bars, shopping arcades and lively nightlife is just over a 25 minutes' drive away and picturesque Paignton with its family-friendly Zoo and fine golf courses is just under a 15 minutes' drive away.
For those wanting to enjoy a full breadth of outdoor activities, the Dartmoor National Park and 41 National Trust homes & gardens to visit, are all within easy reach by car.
Visitors to Devon arrive through a combination of road, rail, sea and air. Brixham is highly accessible by car being close to the M5 & A380.
The Paignton, Torquay & Newton Abbot mainline train stations are very close by and the close proximity of Exeter airport makes it more or less effortless to arrive and be sure of a fabulous and ever memorable Devon stay!
Notes: For a full list of beds, as well as amenities available at this property, please go to our 'At a Glance' tab below the photo gallery.
At a Glance
- Sleeps 16
- 8 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- Sorry, no pets allowed
- WiFi available
- Private parking
- 1 King size/super king size bed
- 5 Double beds
- 2 Single beds
- 1 Single zip & link bed
- Bed linen provided
- Range cooker
- Central heating
- En-suite bathroom
- Ground floor WC
- Sea view
- Smoking not permitted
- Swimming pool
- Towels included
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
Wolborough House is fabulous in every respect. The property is well looked after with comfortable furnishings suitable for the period, with kitchen equipment more than adequate to cater for 16 people. The property has the feel of a well-loved home rather than a standard holiday rental. The whole house was heated to a constant comfortable temperature (as was the swimming pool and games room) which was very welcoming on a cold February weekend. Being right on the coast and a short walk in to Brixham, its location cannot be beaten and everyone in our party would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect coastal break.Ms Karen Pankhurst - 15th February 2018
We loved every minute of our second stay and it was a pleasure to see Angie and her husband again. The property is first class for use by a large family group.Jacqueline Wilding - 3rd November 2017
Wonderful holiday home for all the family, had a brilliant time . Special thanks to the wonderful and helpful Angie. will be back. Hazel Hynam - 4th October 2017
We had a great long weekend in this wonderful property. There are fascinating features, excellent amenities and an unbeatable location. The children loved the pool and some serious snooker was played!Also, a warm welcome from the housekeeper.A lovely stay and we would like to stay here again some time.David Maddox, Cardiff - 1st February 2017
A wonderful house in an unrivalled and panoramic positionRay, New Forest - 1st August 2016
Fab house, great views. Loved the binoculars in the dining room. Brilliant time had by all. Celebrating 2 x 60th 1 x 40th and 1 x 30th birthday ages 2- 86! Enjoyed all facilities and lovely warm welcome from Angie.Val, Pete & Family- Somerset - 1st February 2016
A wonderful weekend in this amazing house celebrating my 60th birthday with all my family. Many memories made.Celia and Family, Basingstoke - 1st February 2016
Thank you for a smashing time! Many great cheese boards enjoyed here. Beautiful! The chefs also wanted to say What a house! Thank you Angela and Steve for all your help!Anna, Alyer, David, Jenny and the Cheese Journeys Group- USA - 1st October 2015
Wonderful family Christmas at Wolborough House. Our family, age ranges from 95 to 18 months. Some members came from Australia, and we all agreed that the house and location were wonderful! Special thanks to the housekeeper Angie for all her helpBob from Swansea - 1st October 2015
Special memories to take back to Shropshire. Can I move in?! Thank you!Karen Harwood- Shropshire - 1st September 2015
Amazing house, spectacular views! Fantastic fun weekend to celebrate a 50th birthday.Twiddy Family - 1st September 2015
What a lovely house with stunning views! We have had a brilliant time here with great facilities. Loved the comfy beds and pillows. Will remember this stay for a long time!Very happy guests! - 1st August 2015
Thank you Angie for answering all our queries and for allowing us to stay a bit longer on the Sunday! So lovely to return to Wolborough House for our second stay. The house is stunning and beautifull decorated but also a welcoming place for the whole family to relax. Fabulous views across the bay- our favourite spot is watching the changing seascape from the wonderful dining room- saw mackrel swarming in the sea (and I caught some!) Enjoyed watching the gig in Brixham. Thank you so much from all of us! xWybrows, Coles, Oreszczyns, Boyles and Grandma- Winchester - 1st August 2015
I love it!Awesome!Had fun swimming in the sea and the pool.Had a wonderful time and a truly brilliant stay. Thank you so much!Roberts and Rayden Families - 1st August 2015
I have loved every minute of this holiday. The house is beautiful and is meant to be filled with people. Stunning views. I'll look back in years to come and this will probably be one of my most memorable holidays of all! Thank you Angie for all your help and patience; sorry you had an early morning knock!Clare Allitt- Atherstone - 1st August 2015
We loved all the fantastic views, facilities and company. A great weekend!Vicky Parr - 1st July 2015
Fantastic house with the most amazing views which we have tried to imprint in our memories! We had a wonderful week hardly straying from the house. We enjoyed everything and loved Brixham.Wallers, Copelands and Howell Families- Hartford - 1st July 2015
25th Wedding Anniversary celebrated in style for hubby and I. Great place, great company, we hope to come again soon!Liz Ansell - 1st July 2015
Lovely house and the pool was fun. Nice views and nice walks.Ellie Picillo - 1st June 2015
A wonderful house and location. Everyone had the most fabulous time. You'll never get tired of that view and with so much to do, you'll have to tear yourself away for the short stroll to the beach below. The only gripe would be that the beds should be larger, inkeeping with the grand rooms.... Not much of a gripe I know!Vicky Parr from Weston super Mare - 1st June 2015
Thank you so much! Second time here and even better. Great time had by all. Brixfest is so great- watching fireworks from the patio- perfect holiday! Thank you!Stubbs Family - 1st June 2015
Enjoyed a wonderful time here, great! Will come again.P M Banglam - 1st June 2015
Spent a wonderful relaxing weekend in this beautiful house. Great place to take a break! Loved the pool, amazing house to spend a weekend in! Relaxing was good!!Kelly, Mark, Louis, Gracie and Lucas - 1st May 2015
Fab house to entertain 6 children and 8 adults- perfect house to celebrate mum's 60th!!Shelley, Taff and the kids - 1st May 2015
4 Generations celebrating a 60th Birthday. Great house and fantastic views!Lin, Stuart and Family- Wandover, Bucks. - 1st May 2015
What a wonderful place to celebrate a 40th Birthday- We couldn't have wished for more! Thank you all!Simon, Nicky and Flo, Friends and Family- Milton Keynes - 1st April 2015
Wonderful place, everything we could need and more! Great help from housekeepers also.Debbie and 14 other old friends- London, Devon and USA - 1st April 2015
Thank you to the Holdens who have let us stay in their amazing house. I loved every minute; it was so cool!Kate - 1st February 2015
Absolutely brilliant holiday for the festive period and to celebrate joint milestone birthdays. The house is perfect for large get-togethers, stunning views and has everything you could need. Fabulous time with family and good friends.The Controns- Walton-on-Thames - 1st January 2015
Absolutely fantastic house! Everything was just as described even better. The caretakers were also most helpful. Highest recommendation!Tobin Denney, Ohio, USA - 1st October 2014
Beautiful house that is well maintained and very comfortable. Excellent facilities. Outstanding views. The welcome pack of milk, bread, cheese etc. was a lovely touch. Very helpful caretakers who were not intrusive. All in all a fabulous place for a weeks stay.Dr Brian Geary & family, Somerset - 1st October 2014
The visit was exceptional. The house was warm and felt like a home, a feeling that was enhanced by Angela and Steve's care and attention. It is obvious they care a lot for the house and it really comes across. It was the best birthday of my life.Peter Darby, Worcester - 1st September 2014
This holiday house was really exceptional in every way- position, size, facilities, equipment and quality. I would recommended it to anybody. We (8 adults and 5 young children) had a superb holiday and even the weather was on our side.Tony from Kent - 1st July 2014
We were so blown away with the position of the house, to sit in the leather chairs in the dining room and watch the sun set over the harbour is rather specialTeresa from Langtoft - 1st July 2014
Our second stay was as delightfully as our first which was over 2 years ago. The house is maintained to a very high standard, comfy, clean and very warm. Thank you we will definitely be back, (The only negative, if you could call it one, is we could have done with more, don't laugh, toilet paper).Patricia from Wolverhampton - 1st May 2014
We had an amazing weekend at Wolborough House and would like to thank you for your help and support which made the whole process so easy.Naomi, Wiltshire - 1st February 2013
Fab time, Lovely pool views, comfy beds & great snooker table. All together a great get-together house!Bruce family, Bridport - 1st December 2012
Beautiful house, spectacular views & lovely walks.Sandra & Tony - 1st November 2012
A grand house with spectacular views & fabulous company made this a week to treasure. A wonderful week of fun, sunshine & lots of fab seafood! Loved the house, town, weather, company & funJim & Bev's Party - 1st November 2012
Everyone's written a line! Wolborough suspends all previous expectations Thank you for a lovely weekend with lovely location & ambience Thanks, it was nice Red Lion at Eastcombe Impeccable house, warm & clean Wish we were staying here too! Perfect place for the 'when I'm 64' weekend x Great house, lovely town, thanks Beautiful setting; a great weekend Great location & views, lovely townFrom us all, Wales, Surrey, Kent, London, Sussex - 1st November 2012
Perfect house for a 60th celebration. We will be back :) Thank you Super weekend for our family ~ we'll be back. This is our 1st time and certainly will not be our last.Mincher family, Wolverhampton - 1st October 2012
The whole family together for the weekend. I couldn't have picked a more lovely place. Brilliant Marlene xxMarlene & Stephen, Retford - 1st October 2012
Spent a fabulous week here with family & friends, celebrating my 50th birthday. Had the most perfect time and have lots of memories to look back on xxxThe Hindmarsh Family, Covertry - 1st October 2012
We arrived on 21st Sept, my Daddy's birthday and I was born at 23:56 that day! I've had a lovely first holiday ~ thank you so much x The most amazing weekend and a fitting backdrop for my 90th birthday celebration. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This is my 1st time travelling outside of Australia and this is the most beautiful place to come ~ forever grateful x A truly superb weekend. particularly for an old guy (90)! A magical weekend ~ a birth, a 90th birthday and a family re-union ~ the perfect setting too. Many thanks!The Callaghan Family from UK & Australia - 1st September 2012
^Had a fantastic 50th anniversary, house superb, views amazing. Thank you for lookings after us, we will returnThe Lambs, St Alban's & London - 1st July 2012
Fantastic house...amazing views..we don't want to leave!Rachel & friends, Coventry - 1st July 2012
Pretty, Speechless!, Fabulous! Great stay, great house, great area, great views- overall, a great place to host our cousin's celebrationThe Sharma Family, Texas, USA - 1st July 2012
Fabulous to wake up to these views. House, pool and all facilities superb... We've begged Mum and Dad to let us all come backThe Eadys, Leics. - 1st June 2012
What a fabulous week! The weather has been awful but it hasn't stopped us all having the best time here. We have enjoyed so much about Brixham; crabbing by the harbour, rounders on the beach, the friendly local seal, walks around the coast and great fish & chips & ice-creams. Thank you!Nick & family, W. Sussex - 1st June 2012
Yet again another fabulous weekend in these superb surroundings. Until next time!Donna & family - 1st May 2012
Had the most wonderful time in the most beautiful house. Housekeeper Cathy was fantastic and so welcoming. Wish we could stay longer, but we will return.Steve & party - 1st May 2012
Wow- what can be said that hasn't been said before. We have had such a wonderful week. The house is amazing, Brixham is gorgeous and we have all had a holiday we will never forget. The kids (and big lads) have not been out of the pool and the views from the house have kept us all transfixed for seven days! We will be coming back for sure. Thank you once again from 12 adults, four kids and two babies xxxxx.The Short Family - 1st April 2012
Jamie's Birthday ~ Amazing place, the house is brilliant and great people. Thank you for an awesome stay. One to remember. A very memorable weekend! Beautiful views and a lovely, friendly town. Already planning a trip back. Thank You x What a house! what views!... a great time had by all. Thank YouA previous customer - 1st April 2012
Fabulous house, amazing views, what a wonderful weekend.The Vowles Family - 1st February 2012
We dont want to go home. Tried hard to hide (in the airing cupboard). Wonderful, wonderful Wolborough. Thank you so much for inviting us to your beautiful, clean, cosy fascinatingly historic home.The Kirwan Family - 1st February 2012
What a wonderful time and what a view. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.The Gray Family, Stratford on Avon - 1st August 2011
Fantastic weekend, great weather, great wine, awful snooker. We take away some lovely memories of the house but mainly will remember this for the fun and laughter shared by all.The Johnsons, Norfolk - 1st August 2011