Riviera Retreat

South West England Devon Torquay

  • From £800 a night
  • Sleeps 24
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A large holiday home for great-value group stays in seaside Torquay

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Choose this exceptionally large townhouse in Torquay for a group get-together and you can experience life on the English Riviera in all its glory. You’ll be close to the beach, to the resort's famous palm-lined promenade and to the wide choice of seafront eateries and attractions. Torquay has a marina, a harbour and a famed microclimate that means it gets more sunshine than almost anywhere else in the UK. It’s no wonder that it’s been the classic seaside destination since Victorian times when large houses lining leafy avenues were built. It’s in one of those historic houses that you’ll find Riviera Retreat: a 10-bed 10 bathroom self-catering holiday home sleeping up to 24 people that’s within walking distance of everything Torquay has to offer.

The Victorian roots of the building are subtly evident, but for the most part this place has been thoroughly modernised. Under the high-sculpted ceilings of the living room, there is a baby grand piano, glass tables, big comfy sofas and a wall-mounted Smart TV, fireplace and cosy snug. Off the hallway where a wooden bannister sweeps to a scrolling finish, you’ll find the games room that all generations will love. Enjoy the retro games consoles, seven-foot pool table, dart board, vinyl record player, retro radio, bar two drinks fridges, mood lighting and more. The colour scheme and the sense of fun is continued throughout the house. It’s mostly black, white and grey with pops of colour and exotica here and there.

There are zebra print runners on the dining tables, tropical plants, prints and objet d’art spread throughout the house. Some of this sounds opulent, but overall this is a simple holiday home, providing a place to stay that’s fun, functional and contemporary. Its biggest luxury is perhaps that every bedroom has its own shower room and loo (nine are en suite, one bathroom is just across the hall). There’s a mix of doubles and twins, some with sea views, which means that it suits multi-generational groups of families and friends and corporate trips very well. But other groups, including respectful stag and hen groups, are also welcome by request.

The kitchen is designed and equipped specifically for larger groups, with double ovens, fridges, freezers, toasters, kettles, plenty of cutlery, crockery, pans and a laundry area. The large dining room with 65 inch Smart TV and evening mood lighting can comfortably seat 24, and provides a great space for eating, training and small events.

Whoever you come with, the proximity to Torquay’s attractions is inviting. A short walk away (750 metres) you reach the beachfront and promenade. Riviera Retreat is in Torquay’s oldest district, with Torre Abbey Gardens as one of the closest neighbours. Torquay station is under five minutes' walk away which means Riviera Retreat is easily accessible by train, less than three hours from London. And when you get here, you’ll see there’s no need for a car. Restaurants, bars, gym, shops, leisure facilities, bus stops – everything is on your doorstep. You’re better off on foot, in a boat or on public transport– not just for Torquay itself, but for its surrounding attractions, which include everything from the cliff railway and beach at Babbacombe Bay to the caves of Kent Caverns and lots more great beaches.

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The large games room features a 7-foot pool table, darts board, several games consoles including retro Pacman, a small bar with 2 x drinks fridges, a 65” smart TV, board games and toys for the kids, mood lighting for evenings.

The lounge has beautifully moulded ceiling, 2 dining tables and 8 chairs, 4 large comfy sofas to seat 10 with additional footstools, a linked snug which can seat 8 people, a 65” smart TV, fireplace with light changing options, music speakers - and a baby grand piano!

The spacious dining room seats up to 24 persons with complimentary baby high- chairs, has “mood lighting”, a 65” smart TV, and feature dresser.  It looks particularly wonderful in the evening for special dinners together.

The kitchen is fully equipped and designed for our large groups that want to self cater easily. It has a dishwasher, 2 x American stainless steel fridge freezers, 2 sinks, 2 ovens, a large ceramic hob, several kettles, toasters, lots of storage, plenty of crockery, glass-wear, kitchen utensils, pots and pans. But if you don’t fancy cooking, there are loads of local restaurants and take-aways that will all deliver. There is a separate utility room with both washing machine and dryer.

The bedrooms will ensure you have a great night's sleep and with 9 of the 10 bedrooms ensuite, designed for your comfort and convenience. Sleeping for up to 20 persons in 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms (9 ensuite). 4 additional people can be accommodated with sofa beds and fold away beds (extra surcharge). All communal areas are fully kitted out with modern and luxury conveniences. All utilities, bedding, towels, entry and exit clean are all included.

Suitable For

No pets. We accept single sex groups (stags, hens, business groups etc). Over 25s only.


Everything is available on your doorstep!

WALKING distance
 2 minutes to the fabulous Aztec Gym, spa, 2 x indoor pools and 1 x outdoor pool and restaurant with cabaret every evening.
 2 minutes to a delicious bakery serving hand-made cakes and hot food snacks
 2 minutes - to bus stops taking you all over the English Riviera.
 3 minutes to Alberts bar (Karaoke)
 3 minutes – to 2x mini supermarkets / off licences open early - late.
 3 minutes - to the nearest bars, restaurants, cafes, and night life.
 3 minutes - to the pick-up for the Torquay Tourist railway.
 3 minutes – to Riviera centre (public) indoor pool and play centre.
 3 minutes – to the nearest take-aways (kebabs / fish and chips / Chinese)
 3 minutes to “JDs” and “Sportie’s” Bars – both with darts and pool table
 3 minutes - to the nearest post office.
 5 minutes – to Torquay train station
 5 minutes – to Abbey-park – ideal for picnics, sunbathing, or just a leisurely stroll, with lakes and swans.
 5 minutes - to the nearest sandy beach.
 5 minutes - to Torquay theatre.
 5 minutes to some of the best cafes and restaurants with sea views.
 10 minutes – to Torquay harbour with its’ numerous bars, cafes, live music, and huge variety of restaurants.
 10 minutes - to the town and main shopping street with banks, cafes, shops, and summer market stalls.
 10 minute - to the famous Torquay Museum.
 10 minutes - to Torquay bowling alley with pool tables and bar.
 10 minutes - to Torquay spinning wheel.
 10 minutes - to the sea (crabbing / fishing both offered).

DRIVING distance (approx. taxi fare = £1.00 per minute driving)
 5 minutes (or about £5 in a taxi) – to the nearest larger supermarkets; Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Co-op, Lidl, M&S Tesco Express, The Range
 5 minutes (or about £5 in a taxi) – Babbacombe downs and Babbacombe cliff railway
 5 minutes (or about £5 in a taxi) – Bygones (life-size Victorian shopping street)
 5 minutes (or about £5 in a taxi) – Kent’s Cavern / prehistoric caves
 5 minutes (or about £5 in a taxi) – Torre Abbey Museum
 10 minutes (or about £10 in a taxi) – to Morrison’s (Paignton)
 10 minutes (or about £10 in a taxi) – Paignton Zoo
 10 minutes (or about £10 in a taxi) - Babbacombe model village
 10 minutes (or about £10 in a taxi) - Cockington Court
 10 minutes (or about £10 in a taxi) – Torquay Hospital (excellent)
 15 minutes or about £15 in a taxi) – Paignton Pier and beach
 20 minutes (or about £20 in a taxi) – Trago Mills (massive shopping complex with cafes and shops and superstore)
 30 Minutes (or about £30 in a taxi) – IKEA Exeter
 30 Minutes (or about £30 in a taxi) – Exeter shopping centre (huge and v. good)


Open all year


From £900 a night for a short weekend up to 20 people
Summer prices £5000 a week

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The Owner Says

A spacious luxury self-catering 10 bedroom property just 750m from the beach. Perfect accommodation for groups that want to walk to all amenities - family or friends’ get-together, an inexpensive vacation, birthday or anniversary celebrations, corporate stays etc. Riviera Retreat is stylish, child and baby friendly, sleeps up to 20 persons, with the option of 4 additional guests. A true home from home.

Located in the prime holiday resort of Torquay in Devon in the English Riviera. Walking distance to the beach, Torquay marina, nightlife, bars, restaurants, shops, gym, pool & spa facilities, and all the holiday amenities you could possibly need.

The spacious sociable accommodation consists of an exquisite lounge with a snug, a stunning games room with its own private bar, a large dining room for up to 24 persons, and a fully equipped modern kitchen. There are 10 comfortable double bedrooms (9 ensuite), some with sea views, all with flat screen TVs, and a selection of double, king, twin or super king size beds. Baby travel cots are offered complimentary if required. In total there are 10 modern bathrooms plus a cloakroom, all newly fitted in white and chrome furniture. Outside is a charming, decked dining area for the warmer days, and a separate seated smoking area is also provided.


Contact Website  07950 652 97  Riviera Retreat, Torre House, Falkland Road, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5JR

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Getting There

From the South Down Expressway (A380/A381) follow signs to head towards Torquay on the A3022/Riviera Way. After a little more than two miles turn left on to Chestnut Avenue (signposted for Torre Abbey) and then an immediate left again onto Falkland Avenue. Riviera Retreat is on the right after a short distance. Torquay Railway Station is just a few minutes walk away.


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  • Smart TV
  • Wifi

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