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East Bickleigh

Halwell, Devon (Ref. 976183)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "What a wonderful property."

    We had 6 adults, 2 children and 3 large dogs and never felt crowded. The property is beautiful and had everything you need.

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2022

  • "The was a wonderfully well equipped cottage."

    There was every appliance you could wish for and the kitchen utensils selection was awesome! I did a good bit of baking whilst there and I didnt have to improvise on anything! The cottage was large & comfortable and clean. The owner was always on hand and very helpful. I took my 2 children & grandkids instead of buying Christmas pressies and all age groups had a fab time, they all loved the pool! We had 7 adults & 4 dogs and nobody felt under anyones feet! The house is spacious and welcoming. It was a short drive to many local towns / villages / beaches etc. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by JulieJan 2022

  • "We had a family Christmas gathering in December."

    The house is large and didn’t feel cramped for 6 adults and 2 kiddies, plus 2 large dogs. The kitchen is very well stocked (I left my brand new muffin tin there by mistake so please enjoy

    Reviewed by CaroleDec 2021

  • "Amazing property with lots of room and parking."

    We had a fantastic time there and will certainly be back again. Didn't realise from the advert that the pool wasn't connected to the property but it was only a short walk, no problem.

    Reviewed by PeterNov 2021

  • "The accommodation was outstanding, our only issue was that we were under the impression that we would be in a secluded cottage, but we were surrounded by other types of accommodations with not much privacy, and had to share the pool with all these on a rota system, but fantastic location, and the owners did everything to make our stay enjoyable."

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed both your stay at the property and the location. We do mention on our website, that there are other properties on site and that the pool and games room are shared.  There is also a note to say that during the Covid-19 pandemic, use of the swimming pool is available on a rotation basis with each property allocated a daily 2 hour slot with exclusive pool use enabled for that cottage during those 2 hours. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristianSep 2021

  • "This Cottage complex was chosen because we could spend most of our time on site with the pool, games room, play area and trampoline available."

    This now leads onto the issues. The games room had a selection of power tools and a jet washer left in this room and had a white PVC-U door that was unlocked giving access to the laundry which had extra power tools, machinery and chemicals for the young inquisitive children to investigate. We were all also looking forward to sitting next to the pool and having a swim and playing games with the kids. Due to Covid a rota was still in place so you could only be in the pool area for a 2 hour time slot each day, a little disappointing but we could make that work. I swam only once due to the unhygienic state the pool, the filters on the side on the pool under the water level were black with hair and other dirt, water cloudy, silt on the bottom of the pool at the 1.3 meter deep end, long hair tangled around you as you swam, and no shower facilities to use before your swim because this had been locked for use by people hiring the shepherds hut only. I regularly swim at my local pool that would be closedown if left in this state. There was a man hole cover that was left open allowing sewage smells escaping and a trip / fall hazard when walking along the road between the pool and trampoline area. The cottage had a few maintenance and cleaning issues, door knobs fall off, lose electric sockets, microwave had. white filth under the rotating plate, cobwebs everywhere, the lounge sliding sash window jammed open at the top (it was summer so not a problem). I also to a cycle but found the local roads to be too dangerous for me to use, narrow roads, sharp bends, high hedges and cars traveling at about 40mph. I also cycle regularly in the New Forest so I’m aware of dangers when on the roads, but could not bring myself to chance using these roads. The roads aren’t anything the cottage owners can change but by letting anyone reading the reviews they will know not to transport your bike with you on a holiday at this cottage.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "Had problems contacting Sykes"

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2021

  • "We had the best time staying at East Bickleigh."

    The only issue we had was that we couldn’t stay longer!! We hope to come back, although it’s now pretty booked up, which doesn’t surprise me!

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2021

  • "The level of other holiday lettings on site was not clear, the pool area was in need of greater safe tiling at the edge of the pool, more introduction to the site would have been welcomed."

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "Lovely house for a group stay."

    Great facilites with pool and games room. We cooked every night in the well equipped kitchen. Hosts were approachable, friendly and obliging.

    Reviewed by CarolynJul 2021

  • "The cottage was brilliant, it was perfect for our family."

    Our 2 year old and 4 year old really enjoyed themselves, having a swimming pool, playground and trampoline on site was everything they wanted!

    Reviewed by CamillaJun 2021

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at East Bickleigh."

    It was an absolutely ideal location for us all to de stress after the last 6 months. The farm was even nicer than the photographs suggested. Beautifully cosy and comfortable and the kitchen was really well equipped. The owners were great. There to welcome us , around should we need anything but completely unobtrusive. We would love to return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

    Reviewed by JillSep 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful, very well appointed, the swimming pool was a godsend as we didn’t have the best weather for the first 3 days, the owners were attentive , but certainly not in your face."

    There were some lovely walks around the perimeters of the farm, so it was good to get out with the dogs without having to take them in the car. We went with my son and his 3 children and the cottage was plenty big enough, beatifically en-suite rooms. The kitchen was huge , and plenty of utensils and dishes to cook with , we didn’t eat our as much as we would have done due to the covid. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone , the complex had another 2 small cottages, a huge barn and a detached house, so for special family occasions it would be just the spot.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2020

  • "We had a fantastic holiday here."

    Having the use of the pool and games room was amazing for the kids. The house was really lovely and very well equipped. It could possibly have been a tiny bit cleaner but it wasn't a problem.

    Reviewed by RosieAug 2019

  • "Great place to take families, central location and great facilities."

    Reviewed by MattJun 2019

  • "The property was excellent, it just needed some tweaks on maintenance ie stairgate, and front door lock."

    Brian the owner apologised for the swimming pool being cold as he was waiting for a part which was fixed on the Monday, the pool took till the Thursday to come up to temperature. We had a 4 and 2 year old in our party and booked East Bickleigh for the play area, sadly it was very dilapidated and overgrown with weeds and grass, it lacked maintenance and was certainly not as described in the photos! We appreciate that weather plays a large part in maintaining grounds and Brian the owner soon got onto cutting the grass when asked but it tainted what was a good holiday, an observation of the properties was that the grounds needed cutting back. Our 4year old enjoyed the adjoining farm as he is tractor mad. We will certainly visit East Bickleigh again as it was ideally placed it is just unfortunate that some aspects were not up to standard .

    Reviewed by LeslieJun 2019

  • "Such a wonderful week for all of the family - young and not so young."

    The grandkids did nor want to go home. Favourites were the swimming pool and the day out at Woodlands - even the bad weather that day could not dampen the enjoyment. We hired the 2 interconnecting cottages and the arrangement worked perfectly.Thank you

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "In an ideal place close to coast and Dartmoor."

    Ideal for our son and daughter in law and our two grand children.

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2019

  • "All perfect except the trampoline netting was broken"

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2019

  • "We simply loved the comfort and features of the cottage, the kids were over the moon with the pool, games room and trampoline, and having all this on a working farm with little lambs just over the fence was amazing, My youngest grandson made friends with a cow who he is still talking about!"

    Reviewed by MaureenFeb 2019

  • "This is the fourth time we have met up as a family at East Bickleigh."

    The setting is wonderful and the cottage contains everything one could wish for in a holiday cottage. We were warmly welcomed as usual. We are already planning our visit again next year.

    Reviewed by ColinDec 2018

  • "Lovely holiday cottage."

    The shared pool was great. The cottage needed a good clean in general especially the oven and surrounding area. The white goods also dirty so wouldn’t be washing my clothes. Owner informed.

    Reviewed by SamAug 2018

  • "The cooker and surround including the hood would benefit from an annual deep clean."

    The oven was positively disgusting! The bathrooms needed some mould treated. Everyone enjoyed the pool.

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2018

  • "Our third May visit with family and friends."

    The lovely indoor pool one of our main reasons for returning.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2018

  • "Such a gorgeous spacious cottage."

    we went as a family for our daughters 30th birthday. the place is very remote but only a short drive from supermarkets etc. The swimming pool and games room were used as unfortunately for us we had rain 5/7 days and some of the family went home early. would definately recommend

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin with en suite bathroom with big bath, hand shower, WC and basin, 1 x family room with king size double and two singles and en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin and French windows to steps to patio
  • Ground floor WC with basin
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove and dining area
  • Kitchen with French windows to steps to patio.
  • Underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for six cars
  • Childrens play area, barbecue, indoor pool
  • Three well behaved dogs welcome
  • There is a pet charge of £10 per pet for the second and third pet
  • Note: Note: Swimming pool is 39' x 19' x 3' to 4'6" deep, available from 8am to 8pm; occasionally the pool is also used by owners' family and friends
  • Note: During the Covid-19 pandemic, use of the swimming pool is available on a rotation basis with each property allocated a daily 2 hour slot with exclusive pool use enabled for that cottage during those 2 hours
  • The times for each slot will rotate throughout the week
  • Whilst this rota is in place, pool opening hours have been extended from 7am – 9pm daily.

The property

East Bickleigh is one of two cottages converted from a farmhouse dating from the 1600s.

Comfortable and characterful with all the brilliant farm facilities to share, it is ideal accommodation for a family of any age.

The sitting room is full of charming traditional features like the wood floor with cosy rugs, beams and a wood burning stove in the fireplace to snuggle up beside.

The kitchen is well equipped with modern conveniences for cooking meals to enjoy in the dining area in the sitting room, and your eye will be drawn to the sunny French windows and the fascinating old well which has now been safely covered with glass as an interesting and historic feature.

Head on upstairs to bed in the three comfortable bedrooms, all en suite with a huge Victorian bath off the twin and French windows off the family room.

Outside is the farm to wander and the shared pool and games, and you also have your own patio with barbecue up steps for enjoying the peace.

Note: This property is on the same farm as The Roundhouse 976196, Oak Tree 976220, The Hay Barn 976197 and Swallows Reach 976144; it can be booked with Oak Tree, with which it shares interconnecting doors, and together they sleep 12.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Halwell is a small village in wooded farmland equidistant from the busy little town of Kingsbridge and popular Totnes.

Region Information

Note: Swimming pool is available from 8am to 8pm, and is closed on Tuesdays from 2pm to 3.15pm and Wednesdays from 9.15am to 10.30am in term time; occasionally the pool is also used by owners' family and friends.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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