Welcome To The Churston Court
A Country House Hotel in the Heart of Torbay
Welcome to Churston Court. This unique hotel is under new ownership since October 2016, and is entering a bright new chapter in its distinguished history.
Churston Court is a former manor house of exceptional historical interest. Situated in a rural enclave just outside Brixham, the sea is only a few minutes’ walk away at Elberry Cove, while the Dartmouth Steam Railway calls at nearby Churston Station. The house is dripping with atmosphere, with its old paintings, tapestries, four-poster beds and suits of armour. The hotel stands in its own grounds, with a large car park, terrace and lawn. Although within minutes of both Brixham and Paignton, Churston Court is in deep countryside, with wooded hills and country lanes all around. It is the perfect place for all those who appreciate true atmosphere and quality – whether for dining, weekend breaks, special events, or simply dropping by for a drink.
The manor of Churston Ferrers is of Saxon origins and is mentioned in the Domesday book. Churston Court was the seat of one of Devon's leading families, the Yardes, and their successors. The 15th century church of St Mary the Virgin next door was originally their private chapel. The house itself is a magnificent grade II* listed structure which retains a medieval core, while most of what you see dates from the 17th century. The house has close links with Agatha Christie, who was a regular guest of Lord Churston here. She regularly attended the church, and paid for a new stained glass window there. Several Agatha Christie books feature the local area – in fact the “C” in the ABC Murders stands for Churston.
Churston Court is located in the village of Churston Ferrers, just off the A3022 a mile west of Brixham. The village stands on a neck of land between the sea and the River Dart. The hotel is within walking distance of Churston Golf Club. A mile to the south is Galmpton, a working village with a popular pub, The Manor Inn, and a busy quay on the River Dart. A short distance outside Galmpton lies Greenway - Agatha Christie’s riverside holiday home, which is now a National Trust property open to the public.
The Perfect Wedding
The beauty and history at Churston Court, the size of the property and grounds, and the church next door combine to make it the ideal venue for weddings. Two of the ancient rooms in the hotel are licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. while our 20 bedrooms offer the highest standard of accommodation. For larger parties, there are a further 5 bedrooms available at the hotel's sister establishment, The Manor Inn at Galmpton, just a mile away.