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The Roundhouse

Halwell, Devon (Ref. 976196)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 18

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 8

  • Pets Yes

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

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful holiday staying at the The Round House at Bickleigh Farm ..."

    We had a wonderful holiday staying at the The Round House at Bickleigh Farm We had 17 adults and 1 toddler in our party and the house was so spacious, providing everything we needed Great Pool and games room We were all sad to leave but hope to return again

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2022

  • "We had a fabulous week at the Roundhouse."

    8 adults and 7 children ( aged between 1 and 7) Huge barn convertion gave us plenty of space. The children enjoyed the playground and we struggled to get them out of the swimming pool. Wonderful location set in the heart of rural Devon, near to some fantastic beaches. The owner was very helpful and always friendly. I would 100% recommend.

    Reviewed by StevenMay 2022

  • "Beautiful comfortable property in a stunning location."

    There was thirteen in our party and plenty of space for us all. Kitchen was well equipped with ample crockery, utensils, pots and pans and a very useful utility room. My only request, and this is being picky, would have been for a bigger fridge with less freezer space, although there was a second fridge in the utility room we could have done with a bit more fridge room given the size of the party but not a real problem and I appreciate every group is different and you can’t cater for everyone all of the time. Perhaps also another bin to make recycling easier. Bedrooms had plenty of storage and beds were really comfortable, en-suite always had immediate hot water. Catered well for children, they had a large play area and they loved the beautiful indoor swimming pool which was accessible all day. Location within easy reach of many tourist locations. Would definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by CharlesMay 2022

  • "We had a fabulous time, just a shame that the Roundhouse could do with some TLC ..."

    We had a fabulous time, just a shame that the Roundhouse could do with some TLC , it is very tired in places which is a great shame when it could be amazing

    Reviewed by RexMar 2022

  • "An amazing place to stay for our group of 14."

    Couldn’t fault a thing and very well equipped. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JuliaMar 2022

  • "Great place for get together, fantastic barn conversion."

    On down side the 4 downstairs bedrooms are really noisy need ear plugs, as can hear every footstep or if anything gets dropped in kitchen. false ceilings would help. The use of pool games room and outside space is great for family get together. Enjoyed our holiday thank you

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2022

  • "Fabulous property in a Great location with brilliant facilities."

    The only negative comment would be that some of the interior items are beginning to look tired, from general wear. The ideal property for large families,

    Reviewed by GinnyJan 2022

  • "The Roundhouse is a beautiful house."

    The owner was lovely on arrival, making sure we were all ok and asked if we needed anything. The swimming pool was warm and inviting. The house had amazing under floor heating so we were constantly warm, sometimes too warm but we couldn’t resist lighting the fire! We would absolutely recommend The Roundhouse to others and really hope to visit again one day. Thank you B.Davies

    Reviewed by BonnieDec 2021

  • "Hi, Can you please let the owners of the Roundhouse in Bickleigh know that were all starting to go down with Covid since using the cottage at the weekend."

    Kind of inevitable based on the fact such a large group got together, but may be worth asking them to clean more thoroughly as there was still poo stuck to the loo in our room, so I’m not sure it’s the level of cleanliness it should be.

    We are sorry to hear that your large party is showing signs of covid symptons, We hope you start to feel better soon. We have passed your comments onto the property owner who will ensure (as always) that a thorough covid clean is carried out before the next guests arrive. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraNov 2021

  • "Thank you Brian for a wonderful stay at The Roundhouse."

    It’s a beautiful property in an idyllic setting with plenty of room for our huge family. The beds were so comfortable and it had everything we needed. The grandchildren especially enjoyed the swimming pool and games room.

    Reviewed by KeithNov 2021

  • "It was an amazing property and the owner was very friendly."

    It worked as accommodation for 18 although a bit tired. The seating in the main area was very uncomfortable but we understand that practical furniture is needed. The kids loved the swimming pool and the various dens in the property. The biggest let down was that on arrival you were greeted by a pile of rubbish alongside the property. There is ample space to put the recycling/rubbish away. Also there were no instructions in the property and/or floor plans but I suspect that this might be because of covid. So overall good and we would come back, but there are a few things that need attention, thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback. The local authority have been having trouble with the rubbish collection, it must have been missed that day. The instructions were removed but are in the process of being updated and reinstated. We have never had any comments about the furniture before and we are surprised to hear this, we think this is likely due to personal preference. Glad to hear of your positive comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EstherOct 2021

  • "The peaceful private place and the great family experience enjoyed by all ages ..."

    The peaceful private place and the great family experience enjoyed by all ages A big thank you to Brian the Owner & his family

    Reviewed by GordonOct 2021

  • "The Roundhouse was a great place for our large group of friends to get together."

    All en-suite rooms, plenty of seating, huge dining table, well equipped kitchen. Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2021

  • "Our stay at the Roundhouse with our extended family was very enjoyable!"

    It is a beautiful property, though we did experience some maintenance issues i.e broken bed base, and broken dishwasher, which wasn’t ideal when there are 13 people staying there! Unfortunately, these issues weren’t fixed during our stay, but we understand that these things happen, and can’t always be readily rectified. I can’t understand why the broken bed base wasn’t noticed before though. I think for the size of the property, then 2 dishwashers would be ideal. There were also other minor maintenance issues, i.e loose handles etc, so I think when time allows, the property does need to have a maintenance overhaul. The place was generally very clean, though I think the floors indoors and patio outside could do with a deep clean. The patio in particular was quite mucky. The area is lovely, and it’s the perfect house for a large gathering.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback following your visit to The Roundhouse. We are pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed the property and the facilities it offers. We are however sorry to hear of the issues you encountered during your stay. I cannot see that you contacted us to report the broken bed base and dishwasher? We can now confirm that these issues have been rectified. Following an extremely busy season the owner of this property intends to carry out a full maintenance overhaul and deep clean. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaniceAug 2021

  • "The place was filthy We found cigarettes in drawers , tissues, broken glass ind sofas, plastic water bottles under bed."

    There were broken tiles on kitchen bathrooms. Some of the kitchen cutlery abs bowls were flaking off paint from the knives. It needs refurbishment and an update to match the cost expectations.

    Thank you for your feedback which we have passed to the property owner for his action. We are very sorry to hear of the cleanliness issues you encountered, you will see from previous reviews this is very unusual. Had you notified us on your arrival we would have been more than happy to arrange for the housekeeper to return to the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2021

  • "A lovely place with great surroundings and facilities."

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2021

  • "Hosts were brilliant, helped with questions before our arrival too."

    Would love to revisit we had children age 4 to 17 and all enjoyed the stay because of the games room and swimming. Also, we really liked the covid rules of only one cottage in the pool so it was like a private pool which was fantastic. Felt like a home from home, lovely rural setting but not to far to drive to get to Torquay or Salcombe. added bonus of the new play area , very enjoyable relaxing break

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage, great hosts, definitely recommend this cottage."

    Reviewed by MatthewDec 2020

  • "The Roundhouse is a fantastic place to stay."

    The accommodation is in a great location. The barn is huge, we were only a small family but this barn could easily accommodate several families. The seating area in the lounge and kitchen were superb. The bedrooms comfortable. Due to Covid the shared swimming pool was allocated on a two hour slot each day to every cottage/barn. This worked so well and think this would be a preferred option to most as it felt more like a private pool. Overall an enjoyable week away in a lovely place and would definitely stay here again. Thank you Brian and Amanda.

    Reviewed by ClareSep 2020

  • "What a lovely farm house."

    Rooms were very clean and tidy, the layout was perfect for our three families. Set swimming times was a very good idea and the surrounding area was stunning. Would definitely be going back next year, for longer, if it wasn’t already booked out. Our family really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by TomSep 2020

  • "Great location- kids loved all the space to play with their new friends."

    Pool was excellent and house was a great space for us all

    Reviewed by Linda MarieAug 2020

  • "Unfortunately for a property of that size we would have expected to have an extra cooker and extra fridge space."

    There was no cupboard space for food storage. In the past in similar size properties we have had two dishwashers.

    Reviewed by PaulineDec 2019

  • "Great property with tons of space."

    The location was perfect for so many different activities. We would definitely re visit.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2019

  • "Brian the owner has been absolutely amazing from start to finish, nothing was too much hassle."

    The house and grounds are just amazing and has so many nice little touches to make sure our stay was the best. Clean, accomodating, comfy and plenty of space for people not to feel like they are top of eachother. Everyone of our party have said they would return. A weekend was just not long enough to get the most out of what the house could offer us. A snippet of info for those staying that want to order taxis, make sure you preorder before you get there if you have large numbers (no Uber in the area) and weekends are very busy. All in all it has been the best place us girls have stayed in England and will be coming back.

    Reviewed by VikkiSep 2019

  • "Fantastic property in a lovely location."

    There were 14 of us ranging from 7 to 89 and there was plenty of room for us all to either be together or to be able to have some quiet time away from all the others. Everyone had a fantastic holiday. It wasn't the cleanest property we have stayed in (and I have to say after reading other reviews we were a little concerned before arriving). However, the bits that mattered to us (beds, bathrooms and kitchen) were clean and a bit of dust on the wooden beams or under a chest of drawers didn't matter. The kids loved the pool and games room, and spent a lot of time on the piano and on the swinging chairs (not sure the adults enjoyed the piano quite as much!!!). Would thoroughly recommend and if we were to all get together for a mass family holiday again, would definitely consider returning.

    Reviewed by StephanieAug 2019

  • "We found the house as described but it was very grubby , the swimming pool was very poor, patched in places with cement but there was a hole in the floor of the pool that you could put your whole foot in and the baby pool was so sharp in lots of repaired places we had to get jelly shoes for the babies as they had cut feet."

    The door to the pool area was open all the time as it was warped and split that was mentioned in visitors book and a review back in dec 2018 and it was no different now to then . The house was lovely once but now sadly neglected and upkeep was minimal. Childrens stair gates were non functioning and with 3 under 3 years old it was a worry the gardens were beautiful once but again no care taken for years as the footpaths, entry at the front were totally overgrown, the back entrance up steps had a rose overgrown to such a level we had to cut it back with a knife as we were attacked by it everytime we used that door We asked for a ragged rug to be taken away as we tripped over it when we arrived and underneath it had not been cleaned for months with the amount of dust underneath it . The bbq was completely full of ash and the grill was still covered in dried on food which we tried to clean but we would not use it . There were no loungers to have sat out in the garden in the sun and the washing line was a make piece of line slung from the balcony rails We did have a tumble dryer but that is not sufficient for 18 people It was beautifully equipped at one time but it is now unkempt and tired which sadly needs a much bigger cleaning team in between lets than is currently being used We had to look beneath the dust, cobwebs and filthy plates etc and a disgusting dishwasher to the reason we chose the round house. It gave us all bedrooms and ensuites and plenty of room for the children to play .that we needed and we had a great family holiday when we had cleaned it up a bit

    We are delighted that you enjoyed a great family holiday, and pleased to confirm that a new door for the pool house has been ordered, a new rug laid down, and new stairgates installed in the Roundhouse. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2019

  • "We were a family party of 20 with children’s ages ranging from 3 weeks to Ten years."

    It was perfect. The shared leisure facilities were excellent for the children also nice patio for big bbq and the barn conversion was a high standard, spacious and really unique. We were made welcome on the farm and the owners very accommodating.

    Reviewed by DianaMay 2019

  • "Lovely location, very spacious and well laid out, as a group of 17 we always had ..."

    Lovely location, very spacious and well laid out, as a group of 17 we always had our own space to relax, highly recommend this place

    Reviewed by SteveMay 2019

  • "There is a great swimming pool, indoor and heated."

    Not all rooms have showers, only have baths that can be a problem for older guests and those that just do not have baths. There are showers in the swimming pool changing rooms that are available from 08:00 to 20:00 a quick walk across the private road.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "This was a family holiday to celebrate a big birthday."

    The accommodation was great big enough to house the whole family. The outside space was great for the younger members of our group to run off steam and the pool was the icing on the cake. Brian the owner was very helpful before we arrived and on check in.

    Reviewed by RApr 2019

  • "To celebrate my husbands 70th birthday I knew that all he would want was to have all our family together under one roof, a total of 17 of us."

    Not an easy task finding somewhere that big and keeping it a surprise. Having searched the internet I found the Roundhouse and kept coming back to it. Not far from where we live, all bedrooms en-suite, added bonus of a swimming pool and a games room. It turned out to be everything that I had hoped for and went ahead and booked it. Our two daughters and I managed to get my husband to the property and he had no idea that we had arranged a surprise weekend away with the family. We then had another 6 friends arrived on the Sunday when the family had gone to stay for a couple of days, again he didn't realise. When they left it was a couple of days to ourselves. We had an amazing week and Bryan was so helpful in all aspects of our stay. Would definitely recommend and would go back again. Brilliant for us.

    Reviewed by CynthiaMar 2019

  • "The hosts provided lovely essentials tea, coffee, milk, cake & dishwasher tablets."

    Building its was great plenty of room for 17 adults & loved that each room had an en-suite.

    Reviewed by JessFeb 2019

  • "Stayed here for a 60th birthday celebration with family."

    There was 18 of us staying in this beautiful barn, it was well equipped with everything you need, the beds were comfortable the underfloor heating warmed the barn lovely even though it was snowing and cold when we arrived, the patio runs the whole length of the barn with steps up to the garden. Brian was very helpful with nothing too much trouble. We would love to come again for the next family celebration!! Thanks Brian and Amanda X

    Reviewed by StevenJan 2019

  • "Great place worked well as not the place we booked originally."

    There were 13 adults staying and generally worked well. Place is a little tired and could do with some overhauls especially where lights not working and doors not locking well are concerned. Cobwebs were everywhere but up high and being a barn conversion not unexpected. Pool was great for us although the pool door did not lock which could be a concern with people with children. Cooking facilities were good although not lacking in baking trays not many fitted in the oven. House was lovely and warm often too warm but all rooms had thermostats so could be adjusted. The only problems we had was no quiet place to watch tv if everyone was talking in the kitchen/dining area and there are a lot of steps which were not all that easy if some of your party are older. We had a great week though and would recommend.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2018

  • "Had an amazing time at the Roundhouse."

    Very comfortable for our large family. Children loved the pool and games room. It was fantastic to sit all 15 of us round the huge table in the kitchen for meals. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by MandyNov 2018

  • "The pool facility is invaluable, especially when our grandchildren,s ages range from 14 months to nearly 18 years!"

    Brian is very approachable and we enjoyed a very happy time at the Roundhouse. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2018

  • "The pictures don’t do this place justice."

    The Roundhouse is a big yet sociable house perfect for big groups. All bedrooms have en-suites. Plenty of kitchen equipment and crockery too. Great facilities in shared swimming pool and games room. Fabulous location for visiting Dartmouth, Salcombe, Bigbury on Sea, Hope Cove, Totnes and Dartington

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2018

  • "The house and grounds are really special but are spoiled by poor maintenance and hit and miss cleaning."

    I think the premises should be inspected prior to arrival of new occupants to avoid disappointment, clearly the Roundhouse was not. Some examples - 12 lamps with spent bulbs, TV controls no batteries, no tea towels or dish cloths, no oven glove, no instructions for cooker, washing machine etc., to hand, dirty saucepan, serving dishes had water in them, oven filthy, we purchased new oven tins for our own use. Some windows appear to have not been cleaned for many months, ornamental planters full of dead weeds, small trees and bushes obstructing some paths. In various places we found two pairs of men's under pants, a dummy and child's socks. All this may sound petty to some people I am sure but having spent £3.000.0 for a week I think we deserved better. ***Owner Response*** Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. We’re pleased to hear how much you liked the house and facilities but sorry to learn your stay was spoilt by the issues you highlighted. We’ve spoken with the owners who have agreed to their regret that things weren’t perfect and they had hoped the positive actions they took during your stay had helped to resolve the majority of these for you. The owners have reassured us that following a busy summer season they will be working hard to ensure the property is presented as expected and that future guests won’t experience problems. We do hope that overall you enjoyed your holiday and we hope we’ll get another chance to welcome you back soon.

    Reviewed by WallaceAug 2018

  • "We had an amazing week at The Roundhouse - the space is amazing and we particularly loved the ‘den’ space with the hanging chairs - the kids thought this was heaven!"

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2018

  • "Perfect setting."

    Loved the pool and the kids play area. Plenty of room for a big family. Cleanliness was excellent. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by TonyJun 2018

  • "The house was so spacious allowing people to enjoy time together in the huge lounge and kitchen We celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary, enjoyed the World Cup footie, Royal Ascot, star gazed at midnight and enjoyed beautiful beaches and stunning Dartmouth."

    The garden was beautifully landscaped and a pleasure to sit in, so many birds. The much bigger than expected pool and children's play area kept the younger of our party busy and amused. 4 generations plus their dogs will be recommending the Round House to friends and family

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2018

  • "Absolutely fantastic house, easy access to various places."

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2018

  • "A fantastic place for family/friends to stay!"

    Bedrooms and ensuites beautifully presented. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots n pans but no provision for storing our food other than the fridges! Annoyingly we had to dismantle the dishwasher to de-clog and rinse out the jets as it was not cleaning properly.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2018

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  • Three levels
  • Seven bedrooms
  • On the first floor: 2 x king size doubles with en suite bathrooms with baths, showers over, WCs, basins
  • On the ground floor: 2 x super king doubles (can convert to twin) with TV and en suite bathrooms with baths (one with shower over), WCs and basins, 2 x twin with en suite shower rooms with showers, WCs and basins, 1 x king size double with TV, en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin and French windows to terrace
  • In the annexe: 1 x family room with king size double, two singles, TV and en suite bathroom with bath, WC and basin
  • Second floor mezzanine seating area
  • First floor open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen
  • Ground floor hall
  • Den with TV
  • WC with basin.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, 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
  • Children's play area, barbecue, indoor pool
  • Three well behaved dogs welcome
  • There is a £10 per pet pet charge for the second and third pet
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • 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

The Roundhouse is a huge and splendid house converted from a barn.

With seven en suite bedrooms and a private little annexe, it makes sociable and flexible accommodation for a wonderful big gathering of friends or family.

The grandeur begins as soon as you step into the main hall, the height of the house with vast rafters.

The impressive open plan living space stretches the width of the house.

Cook in the well equipped kitchen area, then eat all together around the long oak and stone table below designer lighting.

Afterwards, snuggle up together below the big lofty oak beams around the wood burning stove and watch a family movie on the home cinema system.

On the same level are two of the comfortable bedrooms at either end of the house.

For enjoying a quiet book or the countryside views, climb up the vertical ladder to another comfy seating area on the mezzanine.

Children can gather in their own den on the ground floor with a TV and fun piano.

You will find five more bedrooms on this floor, all good sized and with French windows off the master double.

The annexe is ideal for anyone who loves a little peace and privacy, with exterior entrance and comprising a big en suite family bedroom with comfortable chairs, TV and drinks making facilities.

Outside is all the activity you could wish for, with the shared splendid indoor pool, play area, games room and the farm walks to enjoy.

The Roundhouse also has its own big private sunny terrace at the back with furniture and barbecues and steps up to a lawn and a pretty meadow area to the side for running and chilling out.

The Roundhouse is a very special and thoughtfully designed house to welcome everyone.

Note: The Roundhouse is situated on the same Bickleigh Farm as Oak Tree 976220, East Bickleigh 976183, The Hay Barn 976197 and Swallows Reach 976144.


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Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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 Tuesdays from 2pm to 3.15pm and Wednesdays from 9.15am to 10.30am in term time; occasionally it is also used by owners' family and friends.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas