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East Bickleigh

(Ref. 976183)

Halwell, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely week staying at East Bickleigh, there were 6 adults, 1 child and two doggies, its a beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings and a lovely owner."

    The swimming pool is fab, the garden opposite the cottage was great, perfect for the doggies to run around and play and a trampoline perfect for my gymnastics mad 13 year old. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Amalia5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our family holiday at East Bickleigh, beautiful house with a great swimming pool and games room."

    A few added extras would have made it a 5 star holiday home, a hairdryer, some extra towels for the swimming pool and a few blankets/throws for the sofas. But that said, East Bickleigh is situated in beautiful countryside, close to beaches which makes for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Erika4.1Jul 2023

  • "This was our second visit to East Bickleigh."

    Great location for exploring South Devon. Friendly owner - easy to chat with and answer questions. Highlight: the indoor pool - great space for all ages. Another plus for us was being able to walk straight from the front door and enjoy he countryside with our dogs. House is a a good size for extended families but lacks accessible private garden space. Yes there is a shared pea shingle space outside the kitchen door and yes there is a small patio outside the family room; but it is not possible to access the grass area to the rear of the property as the path is totally overgrown. Whilst it is lovely to have some greenery at the front of the old farmhouse, currently it is in need of a severe trimming back to provide more light to the lounge/dining area. It does have a lovely rustic charm and all the amenities you need for a family holiday but just needs a bit of tlc on the maintenance side to make it a more comfortable indoor space. Some new website photos wouldn't go amiss as there have been a few cosmetic changes since they were taken. Would we return ? Yes, we would :)

    Reviewed by Ann3.4Jun 2023

  • "My family had a great time in the rustic farmhouse."

    My grandkids loved staying in an old farm house. They had a fantastic time. They loved the heated pool and games room. Plenty of ground to walk our 3 dogs. Could do with a bigger sink in our bedroom but okay for the week. A very large kitchen with everything you need, plenty of room in the lounge for 6 of us and 3 dogs. We loved Totnes and Kingsbridge which is very near to the farm. We had a great day in Dartmouth got the boat back to Totnes. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Michael3.8May 2023

  • "We enjoyed a lovely week in Devon at a lovely location and were pleasantly surprised with the chocolate cake and milk which had been left by the owners."

    The kitchen was large and very well equipped with ample space downstairs for 6 people and 3 dogs, however, we were disappointed with the standard of maintenance and cleanliness and not what we expected at a Sykes property. The following 'snags' were discovered during our stay at the property; 1. The finial on top of the newel post at the bottom of the stairs was loose and detached 2. The mixer tap is the kitchen was very loose 3. Some of the cupboard doors in in the kitchen were loose and broken 4. Both of the baths were chipped and in need of re-enamelling 5. The handle on the large fridge was loose 6. In two of the three bathrooms, the water supply stopped intermittently during bathing 7. There was no 'Information Book' at the property to advise guests of nearest Doctor Surgery, Hospital or Vets 8. None of the heated towel rails worked despite their being plugged in 9. The novel idea of building a breakfast bar around the glass-covered well was of great design, however, the light in the well did not work and it was full of cobwebs and spiders 10. The underfloor heating system was efficient but it was devoid of any way to regulate the temperature as the thermostats did not work so all three bedrooms were very hot at night 11. There were no re-cycling or rubbish instructions available so we disposed of this at the area where there were several bins (presumably the rubbish area) which was untidy and unhygienic 12. The 6th wooden floorboard from the front door had partially collapsed at the step edge 13. The electric socket by the window in the twin bedroom was coming away from the wall The door handles on the double and family bedrooms were loose 14. The swimming pool was very well kept, however, the air and water temperature were too cold and not at all comfortable to take a swim 15. General housekeeping was definitely not to the standard expected for a Sykes property. I trust you will accept this review in the spirit it is intended, as this is not a general moaning session but an opportunity for the owners to improve the facilities.

    Reviewed by Julie Dawn3.1Apr 2023

  • "Great time Beautiful cottage in a stunning location Thank you"

    Reviewed by Zara5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great place and really enjoyed our stay."

    Thank you! :)

    Reviewed by Samuel3.8Oct 2022

  • "Bathrooms tiny and showers, 2 in baths and 1 verydifficult to access and operate."

    Family room 1st floor patio excellent but grounfd floor access to it has steep steps difficult for elderly. Ground floor access to sunny area needs furniture and privacy. Swimming pool and games room first class.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage, it was very comfortable and the owners were very welcoming and helpful."

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Aug 2022

  • "We stayed in 'East Bickleigh' 17 - 24 June, 2022 and were disappointed."

    The pool was lovely and we enjoyed it immensely, even though the water was quite cold. Our grandson enjoyed the toddler pool. The house was not up to a good 'comfortable' standard. We were sometimes able to hear conversations from next door. Windows would not close properly. The lounge was very dark and cushions needed renewing - dirty. The kitchen was a lovely size and well equipped. However, we had to wash items before we used them. I have a fear of spiders and they were all over, including behind the bed and wardrobe, which obviously had not been cleaned before our arrival. Beds were comfortable. Linen was clean. The ensuite in the double room was very small and not fit for purpose. When the door of the 'showroom was open, one could not open the shower door and so one could become trapped! Outside the grounds were lovely. To get to the bbq we had to climb stairs and go through a bedroom or climb steps unsuitable for elderly or very young. Food had to be taken up from the kitchen, which was awkward. It would have been much nicer to have the bbq outside the kitchen door, partitioned from the semi beside us. Their table and bbq was outside our kitchen door. The garden furniture was disgusting! Full of webs and white spots of lichen. It was in real need of renewal or refurbishment. As a consequence, we only ate there once and the weather was bbq weather! To make matters worse, there were newly painted chairs ready on the owners patio, but these were not offered to us. I would not stay here again.

    Reviewed by Ann2.5Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing location and property, the photos do not give a proper perspective of size."

    It was like walking into the tardis. The pool was really clean and again bigger in real life than the photo shows, also the outside play was better than the photos published. We were amazed how well the kitchen was equipped.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7May 2022

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay at East Buckley, wonderful for the dogs!"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2022

  • "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 Susan5.0Feb 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 Julie5.0Jan 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 Carole5.0Dec 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 Peter4.7Nov 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 Christian4.4Sep 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 Mark3.4Aug 2021

  • "Had problems contacting Sykes"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 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 Paul3.1Jul 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 Jane5.0Jul 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 Carolyn5.0Jul 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 Camilla5.0Jun 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 Jill5.0Sep 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 Julie5.0Jul 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 Rosie4.7Aug 2019

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

    Reviewed by Matt4.7Jun 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 Leslie3.1Jun 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 John4.7May 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 Chris4.1May 2019

  • "All perfect except the trampoline netting was broken"

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Apr 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 Maureen5.0Feb 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 Colin5.0Dec 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 Sam3.1Aug 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 Ann3.8Aug 2018

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

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

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 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 Julie5.0Jun 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.Shared Childrens play area, barbecue, indoor pool
  • Three well behaved dogs welcome
  • There is a pet charge of £20 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

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.

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