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Oak Tree

(Ref. 976220)

Halwell, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Scruffy. Cracked windows Underfloor hearing on when thermostat off in bedroom hot at night turned it all off in the end Warm water from cold tap Broken toilet seat Loose tap in bathroom Shower came on when flushing toilet Freezer always buzzing Droning in background from heating Noise from neighbours connecting doors No privacy outside everyone wandering everywhere Blown windows in conservatory no lights in conservatory or outside."

    Huge ruts in driveway Had to ring up for Wi-Fi No explanatory sheet or leaflet Lots of little things wrong just needs a bit of TLC Wouldn’t go back

    Reviewed by Anne2.8May 2024

  • "Really lovely stay at this pretty cottage."

    Lovely and warm in the cold damp weather. Had seen some negative comments from other people but to be honest we didn't have a problem. Felt the comments about overgrown shrubs was a bit harsh, given that it is winter and pruning won't happen until the Spring. Sofas were comfortable and we had no leaks. Felt there were some minor housekeeping issues, such as door knobs falling off, but these were minor issues and will be easily fixed. One thing that would have made the stay even better was a book for cottage renters with details of how things work, wifi password and places to eat and visit locally. Again something that is easily rectified. We would book again.

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Dec 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Oak Tree, but I have to agree with the last couple of reviews that the cottage is in need of some TLC and an update in places."

    Some of the niggles - the kitchen and lounge were very dark due to the very overgrown shrubs covering the windows. A new sofa is desperately needed, as the springs had gone. The shower kept turning on & off when the toilet was flushed (this was pointed out to the owner, so hopefully this will be rectified ASAP). The location and swimming pool were lovely.

    Reviewed by Carol3.1Sep 2022

  • "Issues that need looking at that were niggling: description totally misleading, both us and our adjoining neighbours felt the same."

    We walked into a ceiling in the lounge which had water dripping into a bucket for the whole week from a leaking underfloor heating system. We could hear every word the neighbours would say through the two internal doors between us, shower kept leaking as if turned on sporadically, garden furniture very uncomfortable, not modern, conservatory furniture had holes in wicker arm rests, door bolt to conservatory broken, windows to conservatory seal blown, no blinds no light either, door handles missing screws to hold them in place, outside plants blocking view through windows and access to front door needs pruning. Play area seating missing slats to seating. Cold water from taps was a problem as it came out hot! Unfortunately all the above made for a niggling stay. We will not be coming back or recommending the holiday

    Reviewed by Steve2.2Aug 2022

  • "This cottage would benefit from some TLC and a good clean."

    The conservatory has no working lights so is very dark at night and in the day you can’t see out the windows due to them all having blown. The entrance could do with tidying up , over grown and lots of weeds. On a positive note the pool was lovely and very clean and very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Lynn2.8Jul 2022

  • "Cottage looks very pretty with flowers around the front of property."

    Very spacious rooms. the room with four poster bed was furnished to enhance the age of property with beamed ceiling & en suite bathroom again designed appropriately . nice bright modern shower room off the twin bedroom. the large swimming pool was well used by us as we had excellent weather. there were a few negatives which could improve the holiday experience. the main rooms were clean however the floor lamps in the living room were very dusty & the conservatory had several cobwebs & dusty window sills. the conservatory is in need of some TLC as the woodwork is very shabby , there are no blinds in here so gets unbearably warm. the room itself is very large & furniture was comfortable & when not too warm is a good place for sitting quietly to read. the settees in living room are sagging so therefore not the most comfortable. the outside furniture was ridged old wooden furniture which again needs to be treated, therefore despite the glorious weather could not sit outside. if you have a dog with you there is no secure garden for them. we enjoyed our holiday but the owners need to spend some time & money to bring it up to scratch as it is a pretty cottage with lots of positives.

    Reviewed by Sandra3.8Jun 2022

  • "It was a lovely spacious cottage."

    Really dog friendly. Well equipped kitchen. Comfortable beds loved the 4 poster.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2022

  • "Had a great week, cottage was lovely, the views amazing and so peaceful."

    We found out later that the cottages were fully booked, yet it was so peaceful. The pool was a great plus, definitely want to go back

    Reviewed by Genee5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing hidden gem."

    The owners where brilliant with getting any issues sorted straight away. The beds where extremely comfy and spacious. We really enjoyed our stay at oak tree and would highly recommend to anyone. Would definitely come back to stay at this amazing place

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Feb 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay."

    Comfortable cottage. Swimming g pool was lovely and warm. Will be returning .

    Reviewed by Lynne3.8Feb 2022

  • "Our second stay at Bickleigh farm!"

    Oak tree was warm , comfortable, clean, spacious and full of character. The four poster bed was an added luxury and very comfortable. The underfloor heating was wonderful throughout the cottage. Lovely Views over the rolling countryside. We all very much enjoyed our stay including our three dogs Billy,Merlin and Teddy! Thank you very much and we look forward to returning soon.

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Nov 2021

  • "Very comfortable and good facilities within the site."

    Cleanliness could have been improved and also a lack of some basics like glasses etc.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.1Nov 2021

  • "We’d had a wonderful time."

    The swimming pool is great. We enjoyed the fireplace a lot. The heating is just right. Very cozy. Beautiful place. Beautiful beaches and walks. The owners are very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Oct 2021

  • "Overall lovely cottage with access to super swimming pool."

    Patio area at rear could be better physically defined between the cottages - we sat amongst our neighbour’s washing virtually every day!

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful and beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Ann4.4Sep 2021

  • "We have just spent a week at Oak Tree (myself, my husband and our 7-year-old son) and can't recommend it highly enough!"

    The house is more spacious than it appears in the pictures. The 4-poster bed in the main bedroom was beautiful and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the conservatory with a glass of wine in the evenings, enjoying the view of the hills. The pool was fantastic and the rota system worked really well - it felt very luxurious having a pool that size to ourselves. Play area and trampoline were also great. The local pub (walking distance down farm tracks but best in walking boots if it's been raining) serves excellent food, we ate there twice. We also ate at Rumour and Waterside Bistro in Totnes, both of which were very good. Woodlands theme park is just a short drive away and a good day out if you have children - don't be put off by the reviews, go prepared with a packed lunch and it's fine. As an adult, it would not be my first choice of how to spend a day but our son had a brilliant time! The owner at Oak Tree was very pleasant, came and introduced himself and, though we didn't need anything from him during our stay, I had the impression it would not have been a problem if we had. Overall, an excellent stay and we will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had stayed at Bickleigh Farm before, although in a different cottage, and the welcome was as excellent as before."

    The facilities were superb and the cottage very well equipped. Our grandchildren enjoyed the trampoline. The pool was a welcome relief in the warm weather and plenty of space to walk the dogs

    Reviewed by Darrel5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Outdoor space is fantastic for children and dogs. The brand new play area, trampoline & indoor heated swimming pool were loved by our daughter.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2021

  • "V helpful host"

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jun 2021

  • "We have had a amazing time at oak tree."

    The little towns and beaches are a short drive away. Paignton and Torquay aren’t far either and we had some lovely days out there as well doing Some crabbing. Great location all round. The property is lovely and has everything you need. The facilities that are provided are excellent and we all loved the swimming pool. The local pub is lovely and the food is yummy

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent cottage and swimming pool."

    Great area for dogs, beaches, walks and visiting nearby towns

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jul 2020

  • "This is our third year and we loved every minute of it."

    The children are safe and had a wonderful time. Amanda (owner) was making scarecrows with the children and they loved it. Looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Jul 2020

  • "The cottage far exceeded its listing, especially under floor heating you could stay here in deepest winter and never be cold."

    The pool was warm and beautiful. Loved the play areas for the children to go free range. Location beautifully rural but so accessible to all the major attractions. Friendly owners we will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Mar 2020

  • "Very nice private and peaceful setting."

    Good facilities. Dog and kids loved it.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage very peaceful lovely space"

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Aug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage."

    Perfect for young kids with all the facilities available. The swimming pool was a great hit. My older son enjoyed playing with the other kids staying in the cottages on the farm. There's plenty of outdoor space for them to play/run around. The location of the cottage is great to visit so many of the local attractions in Devon. We never had to travel far unlike when we've stayed in Cornwall and you have to regularly drive for an hour to get to places. The cottage has everything you need and the property owner visited us on the first and last day to check we were ok and check whether there were any issues.

    Reviewed by Clare4.1Jul 2019

  • "Definately recommend this cottage to friends and family."

    Will be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Jun 2019

  • "In very central location"

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2019

  • "We simply didn't want to leave this magical place!"

    So comfortable, peaceful and with excellent facilities and so near many lovely beaches. The children cried when we left! We will be back! X

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Feb 2019

  • "Nice, comfortable property in ideal location."

    Clean and tidy. Helpful and polite owners.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Aug 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size four poster double with en suite bathroom with bath, WC and basin, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Kitchen with dining area.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, 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 two cars.Shared Children's play area, barbecue, indoor pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • There is a £20 per pet charge for the second and third pet
  • 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

Oak Tree is one of two comfortable cottages converted from a 17th century farmhouse on Bickleigh Farm, with use of the splendid indoor pool, games room, play area and farm to wander.

Head indoors to your sitting room, with its cosy woodburning stove, traditional beams and TV, and on a sunny day go through to your conservatory, where you can sit quietly with a good book.

The kitchen is well equipped for preparing family meals to enjoy around the dining table.

At bedtime, head upstairs to the two bedrooms, with a romantic four-poster in the double and pretty valley views.

Outside you have your own seating area with outdoor furniture and a barbecue for alfresco suppers, as well as all the open space to enjoy beyond.

With an optional interconnecting door to East Bickleigh next door and a big dining area in one of the cottages, it is an ideal place for two families to enjoy their own space.

Note: This property is on the same farm as The Roundhouse 976196, East Bickleigh 976183, The Hay Barn 976197 and Swallows Reach 976144.

It can be booked with East Bickleigh, with which it shares interconnecting doors, 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: The swimming pool is available from 8am to 8pm, is closed on Tuesdays from 2pm to 3.15pm and Wednesdays from 9.15am to 10.30am in term time; and is occasionally also used by owners' family and friends

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas