Welcome to Albany House


“You’ve got really cool lights and things”

“The best rental we have stayed in anywhere in the world”. Just two of the delightful comments from our guest books, which made us realise that we could not improve upon our guests’ own feedback, together with some great photos, when developing our website.

We have loved redeveloping Albany House since we bought it in 2000/2001. Our aim has been to give each flat its own distinctive character, but with the same high quality, style and finish, and without sacrificing comfort and homeliness. Equally, we have enjoyed redesigning, replanting and furnishing the generous garden into the charming and restful space it is today.

We hope you enjoy browsing our website, and we hope to welcome you to Albany House before too long. As James Froude, the celebrated Victorian historian, once said “Winter in Salcombe is winter only in name”!  Albany House is a wonderful place to stay all year round. But don’t take our word for it - come and see for yourself!

Richard and Carolyn Bawden


Albany House is divided into three luxurious apartments. Flats 1 and 3 sleep four, with one double bedroom and one twin bedroom each. Flat 2 has one double bedroom. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom.

All three flats have great views over the town and Salcombe estuary. Flat 3 has its own terrace, while the large garden is available to all guests. Each flat has off street parking for one car and temporary membership of the Salcombe Harbour Hotel Spa and Gym (for adults only).

A Little bit of History

Albany House is an elegant Victorian house overlooking Salcombe town and estuary.  It was built in the late 19th century by the Earl of Devon and sold in 1892 to a master mariner, Frederick William Hill, who had become a leading shipowner in Salcombe’s flourishing maritime community.

In addition to coastal trade, fast schooners built in Kingsbridge and Salcombe sailed to and from Spain, the Mediterranean, the Azores and the Caribbean carrying citrus fruits, sugar, rum, coconuts, ebony and mahogany.  By the late 19th century, the Salcombe fruit trade had declined with the advent of steamships but a number of Salcombe mariners, including Frederick Hill, instead shipped salt to Newfoundland, returning with salted cod.  The “Lady St. John”, built for Frederick Hill by William Date of Kingsbridge in 1898, was the last British sailing vessel in the Newfoundland trade.

Frederick Hill sold Albany House to another master mariner, John Gunn, and it then stayed in the Gunn family for almost 70 years.  The house was converted into three flats in 1984 and substantially rebuilt in 1999 when the original wooden beams supporting the north facing wall (overlooking the garden) finally disintegrated.

In 2005 Flat 3 was completely rebuilt, converting the existing flat into two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and adding the garden level and side extensions to provide the new living space.  The pressure was then on to upgrade Flats 1 and 2 to a similar quality and the house was only finally declared ‘up to standard’ in 2009 with the opening up of the roof space and the complete rebuilding of Flat 1.

The most dramatic changes to the garden have been the creation and landscaping of Flat 3’s terrace – not least the arrival of the great bear – and the building of the garage under the bottom third of the garden.  Until these changes, there hadn’t been a single bit of garden flat enough to site a chair safely, let alone kick a football about!

Albany House Gallery
The Outside

Photos of each flat, focussing on the accommodation, are shown in their ‘Gallery’ pages.

The photos here are external shots of Albany House, the garden and the views.
Background images & Portfolio images: Clare Booth Photography

Go on, treat yourself!

If you would like to enquire about staying at Albany House, please contact our letting agents, Coast and Country Cottages.  Their contact details are set out below, including a link to their website.  Just enter “Albany House” and you will find details of each flat’s availability and rental cost, and how to go about making a reservation.   Alternatively, please send an enquiry using the form below.
Contact details :-

Tel: (01548) 843773

Email: salcombe@coastandcountry.co.uk

Website: www.coastandcountry.co.uk
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