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Swallows Loft

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Bigbury, Devon Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Another great week at Swallows Loft."

    Love the area with plenty of walks. Pub and village store easily walkable. Very quiet with plenty of bird life on your doorstep. House very well equiped and parking so useful to have.

    Reviewed by Vivien4.7May 2024

  • "The property was perfect, great location and all what you need for a comfortable stay."

    Location is quiet and great for surrounding areas. The mezzanine bedroom was fun for the kids too. We arrived late in the rain to a warm and cozy atmosphere. We would recommend this place and will certainly be booking again.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2023

  • "Swallows Loft is a great cottage in a handy location for exploring the South Hams."

    It was easy to find and a nice generous parking space made arrival easy. The garden is perfect for dogs; contained and safe. Our children loved exploring the cottage’s quirks and especially the loft bedroom which was great fun for the week - as others have noted it is snug up there and the stairs are not for the feint hearted but this only added to the experience. It is super cosy - we turned the heating off completely (in October) as it was quite warm enough without it. Two loos in a cottage that size is a plus and the downstairs bathroom was lovely. A couple of suggestions for visitors would be arrive with some staples as there isn’t a welcome pack and bring some more towels (or wash them mid stay, as we did).

    Reviewed by Lucy4.1Oct 2023

  • "We loved Swallows Loft, and had a great week with the added benefit of wonderful weather!"

    The property is a delight, beautifully decorated and furnished, equipped with absolutely everything we needed during the week. It was a bit of a downer to have not even a pint of milk to make a drink on arrival? The concreted coffee in the storage jar did not help! The provision of towels was minimal for a week. Just felt these things didn’t create a caring feeling from the owners?

    Reviewed by Jeanette4.4Sep 2023

  • "Swallows loft was a great place to stay, the beds were comfortable and the kitchen facilities were perfect although it took a while to learn how to use the electric cooker!"

    Our landlord was lovely and helpful. Highly recommended . The loft bedroon was as described I loved it but not suitable for anyone over 5' ! Possible best suited to young fok I am an active 75 year old and it was a bit taxing All in all a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Vicky4.7Jun 2023

  • "Thank you for a very comfortable bed."

    The sofa was very comfortable too. Might be nice to have bigger bathroom sheets.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "A peaceful haven of nature, wildlife and peace tucked down country lanes!"

    We loved our stay at Swallows Loft and are already planning the next visit! The surrounding area is beautiful. A 5 minute drive to the lovely beach down single track country lanes. A shop and a pub in walking distance. The home itself is beautiful- on 3 levels, ground floor with a big double bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. First floor with a lovely open plan kitchen with everything you could ask for and a sofa area with a small paved patio. Upstairs is a cosy 2 single bed sleeping area with Velux windows. The little garden area is a haven for birds and a sun trap too! 2 little blackbirds will visit you on the window sill for their daily feed of currants! Table and chairs with cushions and an umbrella are available. There is also a clothes line for drying the wetsuits! We cooked in the kitchen and ate out too whilst visiting the nearby villages of Modbury, Bigbury and Salcombe. A little gem. Thank you Bruce for letting us stay in your gorgeous Swallows Loft…

    Thankyou for choosing my home as your holiday destination I’m so pleased that you enjoyed staying at Swallows Loft and the weather was nice for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "It was a joy to stay in this little house or was it a ship."

    Very quiet,walks from the door step and in a great position to explore Devon. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Vivien4.7Apr 2023

  • "The Swallows loft was a great place to stay as a base for exploring beaches and Dartmoor."

    The loft space was ideal and a real novelty for our two teenagers. Even though they are Used to their own double beds at home it was enjoyed by both. I think it would suit a young adult or two if they were up for it - made them feel like they had their own space whilst giving us adults privacy and room on the ground floor. I crawled up there to tidy before leaving and it was more roomy than I expected from other reviews - so much storage space to unpack. TVs in every bedroom too a very well thought out and designed space. We enjoyed being there and looked forward to returning from days out. We enjoyed coming home and stretching out on the sofas to watch tv and play games at the breakfast bar. When we cooked it was easy with everything needed. The walk-in wardrobes were great too if you wanted to stay longer there is ample room to unpack. The only downside was that with the heating on when we got there we had to turn it off permanently as it made sleeping uncomfortable especially in the loft space. (We are outdoorsy types so find central heating too stuffy generally so if you like being warm this is a plus) but meant we did struggle to get or keep our coats, shoes, towels, wetsuits dry in Oct - but there was plenty of airers for outside in summer. Plenty of windows and balcony French windows to let air in! The bottom of the stairs by front door became a tight derobe/coat and towel dry dog spot as weather was autumnal as expected for Britain.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, good facilities, good location."

    The only thing is the mezzanine bedroom is not for tall people.

    Reviewed by Martyn3.8Jul 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in a perfect location."

    15 mins drive to the beach, supermarket delivers but you don't need that as the store in the village is cavernous and has everything you need. two showers, one bath ensures everyone has the room to bathe after a day at the beach. It is so quiet, and the garden wildlife is Amazing - pheasants, foxes, a couple of Ospreys circling above, swallows, crows - the list goes on!

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2022

  • "As regular visitors to friends in Bigbury on Sea we were aware of the sort of place it would be and were not disappointed."

    In fact it was better than we expected and we were impressed by everything included, some of which are not mentioned in the details. Although stated, the loft bedroom was very small and with such a low ceiling it was extremely hot for sleeping. Maybe better suited to a couple of children as opposed to adults. Suggestions to make it even better, we would suggest new outside patio sets, these are very old plus change the shower curtain in the downstairs en-suite. We also ran out of loo roll very quickly and would have expected replacements available in the property. Loved our stay and would definitely book again if required.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2022

  • "A great week spent at the cottage, lovely cottage , very clean and well maintained and very well stocked."

    Only comment would be the setee uncomfortable, would be nice to have some cushions or support. For anyone staying and wanting to eat out, do book tables and don’t wait until last minute as we found most places were fully booked even in early June. Take cash to Bigbury on Sea to park as wifi terrible and really hard to pay online down there.

    Reviewed by Martine4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in immaculate condition."

    All mod cons available. Nice quirky layout. Not far from the sea but very narrow roads. This was our second visit.

    Reviewed by SANDRA4.7May 2022

  • "Very comfy cottage in a quiet location, the layout of the house resembled a yacht with the bedroom downstairs and the living room and kitchen in the middle hence all the photos and models."

    Would stay their again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "This was a great place to stay."

    Very quiet although in a small development of a country house divided into about 4 separate homes. Country views, comfortable and cozy, and very good for our dog as well. Really near, by car, to a great restaurant called the oyster shack; not posh not cheap but fantastic seafood. We had a minor problem with the hot water on the first morning but once we worked out how long the boiler took to reheat the water (about half an hour) there were no problems at all. I hope to revisit soon.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely card tragedy tastefully modernised."

    Top quality utensils/cutlery/etc The only negative would be the lack of headroom in the upstairs bedroom, very restricted and quite difficult to either make the bed or use the bedside drawers, otherwise just perfect.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do make all our guests aware via the property description that the ceiling in the second bedroom does slope and there is restricted head room in that bedroom. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky4.7Sep 2021

  • "My 2 week stay at Swallows Loft Bigbury this September was a long awaited holiday ."

    Although the cottage was smaller than expected it is well equipped and well designed . The loft bedroom was very small however and this caused a problem for a taller member of the party . However what a beautiful piece of heaven it is . The garden is well Maintained and very lush will flowers, birds, butterflies and insects with the occasional visiting pheasant !! The cottage is well equipped and was clean and tidy tucked away and very peaceful. Bigbury on sea was a short drive away and was a joy to behold at all times of the day . Be sure to check tide times as it changes week to week . Lots to Do in South Devon shopping, steam railways days out for children in adventure parks ,ambling,swimming such a great place to visit .

    Reviewed by Marnie3.4Sep 2021

  • "Amazon prime and netflix a bonus."

    Pillows v hard .As described really

    Reviewed by Felicity4.4Jul 2021

  • "The property description was extremely accurate."

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Jun 2021

  • "Location was nice and quiet not too far from a lovely beach , and not too far from shops."

    Would not suit everyone as down narrow roads but if like us wanted somewhere to relax perfect. Garden good for relaxing and big enough for the dog to have a run .

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Jun 2021

  • "Swallows loft was superb."

    From the accommodation perspective we were very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The local pub however was far to expensive but the Chinese takeaway from Modbury was excellent. It was hard to find places to walk the dog and driving in places was rather precarious.

    Reviewed by SANDRA5.0May 2021

  • "This little gem is like a home from home."

    We had such a lovely time and so did our two dogs. The cottage was extremely clean and had everything we needed and more. The beds were comfy, the bathrooms were clean and spacious and having a private harden for the dogs made the stay much easier and safer for them. We would definately book again in the future. The location is perfect to access the surrounding beaches in just a short drive.

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in very peaceful surroundings."

    The only thing that spoilt the holiday - nothing to do with you - is the extortionate prices of drinks in the local pub (Pickwick Inn) and also the Pilchard Inn on Burgh Island. I know this has probably all been put down to 'COVID' as their excuse and places like these want to recoup some of their lost income but all it is going to do is keep the tourists away from the West Country. This is not just OUR opinion but we spoke to many people during our holiday and the concensus of opinion was exactly the same! These pub owners should realise that GREED will never pay and people will just walk away! Sorry about all of that - I've finished now - but just to reiterate Swallows Loft was absolutely lovely and we would definately recommend it to our friends.

    Reviewed by Bridie5.0Apr 2021

  • "A gem of a cottage."

    Immaculately clean and kitted out to a high specification.It is in a lovely area close to great beaches and walks and we had a great week blessed with unbroken sunshine.The front garden is a great sun trap and there is a small seating area off the lounge which got the morning sun. Recommend Bolberry Down,Bigbury and Bantham beaches ( expensive parking) Sadly we won’t be returning as the steps to the house and garden were too much for our aged collie dog.There were public footpaths close to the cottage for short dog walks but unfortunately access to some of these were not dog friendly for our old girl as she couldn’t get under or over the stiles. Also the narrow rutted lane turning left out of the cottage was not fit the faint hearted or those with low slung cars. In conclusion a perfect getaway if you are fit and be fair the steps are mentioned in the description but I hadn’t fully appreciated the difficulty for the dog.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2021

  • "A very nice property and enjoyed our stay would definitely recommend this Cottage to our friends"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2020

  • "Perfect accommodation in a great location."

    Our first time in this area of Devon, this comfortable and well equipped cottage is an ideal base to explore the beautiful countryside and beaches. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was spotless, with every home comfort."

    Excellent for driving to all local beauty spots. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location to explore the area."

    Cottage equipped with everything you need for a SC holiday. Would definitely recommend. Owners replied to queries very quickly.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Aug 2020

  • "The perfect cottage, perfect location, the perfect holiday."

    Little touches like the Devon shortbread left out for arrival and essential milk in the fridge for a cup of tea! Any queries were answered promptly by the owner who was most helpful. I would highly recommend this holiday cottage to everyone!

    Reviewed by Arlene5.0Aug 2020

  • "Furnished and equipped to a high standard."

    Great location for walking either from the door, coastal paths or Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Jul 2020

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  • Reverse-level, over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor twin
  • First-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor kitchen/diner and sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric double oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.6 miles, beach 3.4 miles
  • Note: Restricted headroom in loft bedroom
  • Note: Property is accessed via a set of steps, not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No children under 12
  • Note: Restricted headroom in second floor bedroom

The property

Nestled in the village of Bigbury, within close reach of the sandy beaches at Bigbury-on-Sea, is this delightful, detached cottage.

Boasting three floors with a light and airy decor, Swallows Loft is a welcoming base for families wanting to explore the delights of South Devon.

As you enter the property, to your immediate right is the first of the bedrooms, featuring a king-size bed and a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower over, so you can best decide how to prepare for the day.

Head upstairs to discover the first floor, providing a snug sitting area with a woodburner and corner sofa, allowing you to fully relax of an evening, indulging in some television or simply reflecting upon the day’s events.

Just off the sitting room is the kitchen/diner, well-appointed with integrated appliances and plenty of work space to prepare your meals, along with a dining table and breakfast bar to enjoy these meals at.

Accessed by a set of steps in the living room, the second bedroom can be found in the loft, hosting twin single beds.

To the outside is a lawned garden and sun trap terrace where you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst soaking up the sunshine.

Bigbury-on-Sea is just a few miles away and has a sandy beach with safe swimming conditions and an abundance of watersporting activities to try.

Walkers can enjoy rambling the famous South West Coast Path, which runs along some of the county’s most beautiful areas, while the popular resorts of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Plymouth boast an array of things to see and do – perfect for a lovely day out.

Swallows Loft is a charming retreat, ideal for those wanting to capture the beauty of South Devon, first-hand.

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

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About the location


Bigbury-on-Sea 1.9 miles; Kingsbridge 6.8 miles; Salcombe 10.5 miles.

The village of Bigbury is approximately a two mile drive from Bigbury-on-Sea, with its popular sandy beach, golf course and famous Art Deco hotel on Burgh Island. From this beautiful countryside area, enjoy walking routes along the Avon Estuary, or visit the Oyster Shack restaurant to sample some fresh Devon seafood. From Bigbury, explore the South Devon coast with its fabulous sandy beaches and its breathtakingly beautiful coastal path or visit some of the charming towns and villages dotted throughout the area, such as Modbury, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The city of Plymouth and the beautiful landscapes of Dartmoor are also within driving distance.

No babies or children under 12