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Ben Venue - Ben Venue

Torquay Grade 5 Star rating View Map
Pets 2
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From a touch of luxury to characterful heritage, experience one of our truly inspiring holiday properties.


With four poster beds, piano, pool table and elegant décor; Ben Venue is a truly charming property. Even celebrities have holidayed here!

Steeped in history, Ben Venue is an imposing listed Victorian house built in 1890, once owned by the brother of A.R Johnson wax polish empire of America. Ben Venue (HKKB) is attached to Lemon Tree Cottage (HMMS) and the owner’s apartment. In Ben Venue (HKKB), many original features are still evident, with a very grand staircase, and large chandeliers throughout as well as high ceilings which add to the charm and character of this most beautiful property. It is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, from the piano in the entrance to the four-poster beds, the large bathroom and en-suite shower rooms. There have been many famous celebrities who have visited the property over the years and enjoyed many a game of snooker on the full size snooker table - see all the photos adorning the walls including Ray Reardon, Max Bygraves and Bobby Davro to name but a few. All of the rooms have elegance about them; there are huge picture windows, and sea views from the ground and first floors. Lemon Tree Cottage has its own entrance and is also decorated to a high standard from Italian marble floors to beautiful furnishings. Torquay has so much to offer and these are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends reunited and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks, with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing, angling and to study the natural wildlife at leisure. Stunning views are to be seen just about everywhere across the bay, out over the English Channel, along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill or inland towards the tors of Dartmoor. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Torquay town centre and Living Coasts are about 5 minutes away. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with French doors to dining conservatory with sea views. Large dining room. Billiard room with full-size snooker table and sea views. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with gas/electric range and breakfast area. Utility. Sun room. Separate toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with gym and seating area. First floor: Study with TV. Double bedroom with sea views and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, shower cubicle (jet shower), toilet and door leading to twin bedroom. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and wash basin. Three further double bedrooms, each with 5ft, four-poster bed, two with sea views and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

  • Electricity and full gas central heating included (Winter £35 per week, £30 per short break)
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Gas/electric range included
  • Freezer
  • Large, lawned garden and furniture
  • Secure cycle store
  • Full-size snooker table
  • NB: Water fountain in garden

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • No smoking

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  • Four Poster BedFour Poster Bed
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • WifiWifi
  • Luxury CollectionLuxury Collection
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-30
    An excellent place to stay for a large group or family as plenty of room to spread out and the snooker room was a real hit in the evenings. Slightly faded grandeur, but that only added to the charm. An enormous house!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-16
    Very enjoyable stay

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-09-25
    We had a lovely stay. Kay allowed us in bit early and we were very pleased with the tour of the house. It was accurately reflected on your website. The property is spacious and has lovely bedrooms. Dining in the conservatory was lovely on a nice evening. The snooker went down well also. It is about a 10-15 min walk to the harbour .... not too bad going as its downhill .... good for the heart coming back up hill!! Shame the trees at the front of the house block out a bit of the sea view, but there are still lovely views from most windows. We would definitely consider staying here again if we returned with a large group to Torquay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-08-21
    A wonderful place and a fantastic landlady. It is a very large house, that could do with a bit of updating..??? Ie showers were not brilliant, but not awful either. We had one day of rain and we all felt totally relaxed just chilling and doing whatever in the house. When the price ( we went mid august) is divided by twelve people, it is very cheap, for everything. All clean sheets, towels etc etc. Fully equipped kitchen. Landlady/owner is in attached property, but will not bother you unless you have a problem or want you want a chat. A biggy is, unless you have a car, it is quite a walk to a bus stop and is on top of quite a long steep hill.....if you have mobility problems. We would not hesitate at all to recommend this place. It has it's quirky side and also it's cared for grandeur side. We would.......sorry, will, be returning.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-12
    It was a privilege to stay in this fabulous house. Perfect size and location for us and a real bonus to be able to take our pets.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2014-12-28
    The whole family booked for this Christmas week holiday in Torquay and we loved every minute of our stay in this glorious house. It's ideal for a large party with plenty of room to laze around. Some rooms were a little chilly, due to radiator problems, which should really be rectified in extreme cold conditions [especially with the young or elderly], and this would be the only very minor criticism. We enjoyed the splendour and charm of this beautiful house, located in an ideal position close to shops, restaurants and of course the lovely beach. Everyone loved their stay here; it was truly a memorable Christmas holiday for all our family and we'd highly recommend it to anyone. We would certainly go back for another holiday there. The owner was incredibly kind and caring, helping with all our needs and the caretaker gave us a warm welcome when we arrived. All-in-all first class!!

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