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Ben Venue - Lemon Tree Cottage

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Sleeping four guests, Lemon Tree Cottage is perfect for families or couples. Situated in Torquay, there are beautiful walks to enjoy.

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. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Living room with electric fire. Kitchen/dining room with Italian marble floor. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electric fire, electricity and full gas central heating included (October-March £25per week, £20 per short break)
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Double oven
  • No garden
  • Ground floor facilities

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

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  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Luxury CollectionLuxury Collection
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • No PetsNo Pets
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 16/10/2015
    A lovely holiday let, spacious and well equipped. The owner had clearly taken time and thought to create the overall effect. Unfortunately there is no outside space to sit in and to walk back from the town you have to trudge up 3 very steep hills interspersed with 2 flights of steps with over 80 steps in each. We enjoyed our stay and particularly appreciated the peace and quiet of this location.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/09/2015
    Great cottage owner is lovley home from home

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 31/07/2015
    Although the property is in a quiet location it is a bit too far out and not really ideal for walking. The walk into Torquay is very steep. The apartment now needs some updating. We were really disappointed that on arrival it was not very clean and in order to feel comfortable vacuumed the apartment and after stocking up on cleaning materials thoroughly cleaned the kitchen including the work tops, cupboard doors and all the crockery and utensils. We even found a dirty duster in one of the bedrooms. Would recommend the owner invested in updating and getting a good cleaner. The property could be beautiful. Not ideal also not having an outdoor area to sit the evenings.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Lemon Tree Cottage is a 5* listed building. Sleeping four guests, the Cottage is perfect for families and couples. The Cottage is exactly as described and all of the photographs on the website give a fair and true representation of the property. Torquay is known to be quite hilly but boasts as being an ideal base from which to visit places such as Dartmouth and Exeter plus there are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves and beaches to take advantage of. We take great pride in cleaning both Ben Venue and Lemon Tree Cottage to a high standard and this is reflected in the many high scores we have received for cleanliness. We do encourage all of our guests to contact us should there be any issues whilst in residence at the House / Cottage.

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