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Swallows Reach

(Ref. 976144)

Halwell, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was lovely and had everything we needed."

    It was so warm and cosy and in a lovely secluded location. The pool was great and also warm, so comfortable for winter use. The owners added extra touches such as a beautiful Christmas tree and a lovely cake. We will definitely return, maybe a summer visit would be nice so we can sit in the lovely garden and enjoy the views. Thank you for everything. I loved it so much I wanted to stay.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Dec 2023

  • "A beautiful barn conversion exactly as listed."

    We were celebrating 3 very special birthdays and Swallows Reach was the perfect place to celebrate. There was plenty of room 8 adults didn’t feel on top of each other. A really beautiful property with a home from home feel.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Nov 2023

  • "Just come home from a fantastic time away at swallows cottage."

    Lovely place, plenty of space, beautiful views. We didn’t get a chance to use the games room much but it looked good. Swimming pool was a bit chilly but the room was warm which was nice.. brilliant stay. Would highly recommend. Owners are really nice and helpful too.

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Oct 2023

  • "Had a wonderful weekend here."

    The property was spacious, well equipped and very comfortable, with plenty of room for a family of 10 plus 2 infants. The children especially loved the pool area. The owners were also very pleasant and accomodating. Great location too with only a short drive to a few different seaside towns. We will definitely be returning. Thank you

    Reviewed by Jerry4.4Sep 2023

  • "Overall a good stay, a bit more overall maintenance could be carried out, lamps etc."

    skirting in kitchen a pain every time you used the dishwasher it came off, the description of the pool use on your sight didn’t make it clear the swimming pool and games room was shared by other holiday let’s, it gave the impression it was used occasionally by the family, the ground floor bedrooms would benefit from ventilation as no opening windows are in the rooms. Towel radiators in the bathrooms would benefit from being warm to dry towels, randomly the radiator in the dining area would come on full blast, some kind of storage area would be good for bikes etc.

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Aug 2023

  • "Idyllic location and views, peace and tranquility."

    Excellent swimming pool. A problem with barn conversion ground floor bedrooms in hot weather with no windows though. Opening doors, but unlikely to leave them open overnight. The sofas in the lounge were the most comfortable we've ever known, excellent.

    Reviewed by Joan3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely stay at Swallows Reach for May Half term."

    We were a family of 10 and multi-generations. The accommodation worked well, with every room having a bathroom and the living area was well equipped and comfortable for dining and cooking in. Our only disappointment was the BBQ area - it was in the shade come the evening and under a tree which shed a lot of debris so we couldn't really use that area. Only a minor point and not an issue as we ended up eating and cooking inside instead. The Kids loved the games room, swimming pool and play area and the dog loved exploring the extensive grounds. Although inland a little, it it well positioned for the South Devon beaches and we explored a new place each day. Highly recommend Hope Cove, Mill Bay and South Milton Beaches - although make sure you leave Swallows Reach by 9.30am to ensure you get parking! Thanks to the host for a great week - we hope to be back.

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely converted barn ,lovely setting plenty to do for the children (and adults lol)pool was good games room good little park for the children ,my only concerns were stairgate was a little flimsy could do with updating and we were missing a shower screen which didnt matter plenty of other showers to use ,20 min drive to paignton ,torquay acouple more lots to do in the area ,zoo steam trains woodland activity center ."


    Reviewed by Clark4.7May 2023

  • "Swallows Reach was absolutely as described, it is an ideal property for multi generation get-togethers."

    The terrace was great on warm evenings, it's very rare to find such a quiet spot where you can literally just hear the birds and sheep. The swimming pool and games rooms are excellent. We used the pool mornings and evenings, plenty of space we never found the pool crowded. The only one suggestion I would make - it might be helpful for families with young children to have a gate at the top of the terrace steps. We had a toddler who was determined to escape . One of the best family holiday homes we have stayed at, and would recommend. Thank you Brian & Amanda for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, perfectly positioned for Totnes, Dartmouth & all the surrounding attractions."

    We had a few technical issues, which Brian (the owner) resolved as best he could, but this didn't detract from a great stay. The only suggestions I'd make would be updating the photos on the listing... the kids were a bit disappointed with the play area being completely different. Also a few kids plates/bowls/cups would be useful... The pool was a great bonus, but maybe some sort of allotted time for each cottage would help so it doesn't get over busy/rowdy. Other places we've stayed at have released 2 hourly time slots at the beginning of each day for each cottage to book, which worked really well. We will definitely return in the future.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for bringing to our attention that the play area has been upgraded, we will upload some new photos very soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ioan4.1Mar 2023

  • "Three generations of our family had the most fantastic stay."

    Spacious, we weren’t on top of each other. It was spotlessly clean. Everything that you could possibly need for a family of 10. Utensils, cutlery, crockery, serving dishes. Gadgets. You don’t need to take anything at all. Other than food and drink. Huge fridge. It really was a home from home. Very comfortable. Views are wonderful. We have already recommended to all our family and friends and will continue to do so. Owners are lovely, friendly and helpful. Swimming pool is perfect. We couldn’t fault a single thing. Book with absolute confidence.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Mar 2023

  • "Holiday property very well equiped and comfortable."

    The pool and games room were much enjoyed by our grandsons. We had a great week.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at swallows reach."

    It was quiet and the views are amazing. When we needed advice with how to work the oven, problem was solved with one quick phone call. There was only a few small points to would like to mention. All the door locks are quiet hard to use. Also although we brought dishwasher tablets with us, both the rinse aid and salt were empty, therefore we couldn’t use it as it didn’t wash anything properly. I don’t fell that when going on holiday you think about taking salt & rinse aid. It is a problem easily solved. But maybe people need to be made aware that in order to use the dishwasher they need to take these items with them. As a whole we absolutely loved this property. I would love to stay there again.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We apologise for the oversight of not filling the rinse aid and salt for the dishwasher, this was an oversight from our side. However, had you mentioned this to us during your stay, we would have been more than happy to rectify the issue. We're not quite sure what you mean about the door locks being hard but we will take a look at them. We are glad that you liked the property and the views. We hope to welcome you back again sometime in the not too distant future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tessa4.1Feb 2023

  • "Great cottage ."

    Spacious bedrooms and all come with en-suite bathrooms. Spacious living area . This cottage is perfectly suited for large families .We all had a great time in the indoor pool and the games room with table tennis and a pool table kept us occupied . There is a nice village pub “The Old Inn” a mile away which serves really good food and there is a local spar which closes by 20:00. For anything else Totnes town is 5 miles away. I would certainly recommend this cottage . Cons: we had a bit of issue with the heating on the lower floor bedrooms as the floor heating did not work. We were provided with portable heaters which were fine . But on a longer holiday could be bit of a problem.

    Hi there, thank you very much for your feedback. The owner has informed us that the underfloor heating has been fixed, so won't be an issue for any future bookings. - The Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vasudevan4.7Jan 2023

  • "The house was nicely presented and clean on arrival."

    Lots of plates and dishes. Bedrooms were all a good size with comfortable ensuite bathrooms. Tje heating was playing up during our stay so it was a bit chilly at times. The hosts provided heaters to help the situation which was appreciated. The pool and games area were a real success with all the family. Observations on the house more mugs for hot drinks and larger sheet towels in the bathrooms would have been an advantage. A couple of the bathrooms had loose taps which need tightening up and one loo would not flush properly. Issue but none of which affected our stay , they are observations. Lovely quiet setting close to the coast and some lovely seaside and market towns .

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Dec 2022

  • "We enjoyed our 3 days stay at shallows reach."

    Property was nice and clean, children enjoyed their time. Brain was helpful. The pool was great, the view from shallows reach was exceptional. Nice and relaxing holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Mohammad Fuad Bin3.8Sep 2022

  • "This must be the most well equipped holiday let that we have stayed in."

    The photos do not do it justice. It is in a beautiful location and the swimming pool just adds to the holiday. We had 3 children who were in the pool most days. Dartmouth is a must with the steam train and ferry. A very nice holiday thank you

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jul 2022

  • "Brilliant location, calm and relaxing, we are a family of 8 with a teenager who enjoyed the games room, the swimming pool was great, on our own in there at times, garden areas well maintained."

    Swallows Reach was just perfect for us spacious will everything you need, will definitely revisit. Thank you to our hosts who were there if needed fortunately we didn’t have any reason to call on them.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had such an enjoyable time at Swallows Reach."

    Three generations of our family and friends were very comfortable. The swimming pool a great extra. We played, relaxed, walked and saw some of the locality The area is lovely, enhanced by mostly summery weather. Definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent property for a family holiday."

    Close to lots of attractions for children. My grandson loved his visit to Thomas the tank engine on the South Devon Railway. The house has everything you need and the swimming pool went down great with the family. The owners were very helpful with any questions. Would definitely recommend. We had a great time. Would give 5 star if able to.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous week."

    Loved the cottage and the area. My grandson enjoyed swimming every day and challenging me to a daily game of pool, the puppy loved being here. Even the weather was superb with brilliant sunshine every day.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely break at Swallows Reach."

    The cottage is very nice with outstanding views. The swimming pool was brilliant our party all enjoyed the pool which was immaculately clean. A couple of little snags, being a large party when we cooked a full English it would have been much easier to have had an additional frying pan. We were also a little disappointed that there was not an outside table for us all to sit at as the weather was quite nice. But overall the holiday was enjoyable and it was nice for all the family to be together.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful short break wish it had been longer."

    Property pictures do not do the property full justice In particular the setting with wonderful views. The house is very well equipped, warm and comfortable. We had three generations in our party and the combination of spacious pool (with lovely hot showers) the games room the playgrounds and lovely gardens to sit and enjoy views suited everyone. The farm and animals especially new born lambs a bonus .

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Feb 2022

  • "The property is in a lovely setting and very easy to find."

    The house is exceptionally clean and has everything you need for a nice stay. The swimming pool is the icing on the cake as is the games room. I would recommend staying at this property for a perfect break.

    Reviewed by Ruseell5.0Nov 2021

  • "Friendly owner."

    Accommodation clean, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Quiet, scenic location. Lovely, off road walk to a wonderful traditional, local pub.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Sep 2021

  • "Second time visiting this house."

    Well equipped comfortable house. Great that all bedrooms are en-suite. In very good location for days out.

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Sep 2021

  • "Location of property superb, facilities ideal for young families."

    Owner very welcoming & helpful. Only grievance was uncomfortable pillows which were very firm but ideal for some people. Would definitely recommend the area .

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Aug 2021

  • "Swallows reach is a lovely place to stay you won’t be disappointed if only it ..."

    Swallows reach is a lovely place to stay you won’t be disappointed if only it had an enclosed garden for my dogs to run around in I would go there year after year

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely family get away, couple of minor niggles but nothing that would put us off returning"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic location, really helpful owners, lovely barnhouse accommodation, great swimming pool and kids equipment."

    Small niggle, the floorboards being heard of the main living area by those in the lower bedroom areas. I guess only an issue for families with young children who like to get up really early and play in the living area when others still sleeping downstairs.

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Jul 2021

  • "What a wonderful property in a exquisite location"

    Reviewed by Kelly4.4Apr 2021

  • "Had a fantastic time at Swallows Reach."

    Brian, the host, is very helpful and friendly. The accommodation is superb. Very well presented and equipped with everything you could need. Superb views. Lovely walk to a local pub. Loved having exclusive use of the pool .... we think this should stay after Covid. Would totally recommend.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Amazing holiday cottage."

    This is our second visit to Swallows Reach and it did not disappoint. Clean and well equipped with an exceptional location. Dog Friendly. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful location"

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Jul 2020

  • "Due to a maintenance problem the pool was not as warm as we had expected."

    Brian the owner did explain over the phone and was very apologetic. The pool, fittings, changing rooms etc., are built to an exceptionally high standard. We were slightly irritated by the noise from movement (especially from the heavy feet of the children) over the wooden floors when sleeping in downstairs bedrooms. Some kind of soundproofing between floors would help. Otherwise it is a lovely barn conversion in beautiful peaceful surroundings and in a great location. The owner was very friendly and offered to help with anything if we needed it. We were made to feel very welcome.

    Dear Mrs Dean, we are glad you enjoyed your stay at Swallows Reach. We confirm the maintenance in the pool has been completed and now the water is up to an optimal temperature Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diana4.7Jan 2020

  • "The accommodation was outstanding and the facilities and garden were amazing."

    Couldn't be bettered.

    Reviewed by Frazer5.0Aug 2019

  • "Our family celebrated my husband birthday at the cottage and we all had a brilliant time thank you!"

    All the facilities as were advertised. Really comfortable and quiet location. Sheep and geese wandering in the next fields, amazing! Only a couple of issues. Need a couple of bath mats in the showers over the bath (quite slippery)! A couple of taps need tightening too, also a couple of loose toilet seats! But would recommend to anyone!

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback following your stay at Swallows Reach.  We have now added a non-slip mat in the bath. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2019

  • "The place was better than we thought."

    Although we did recently find out we were paying almost the same for three days as we would for a week but thats Sykes we are not overly happy with but understand the reasons behind it. The cottage itself was amazing and the owners were superb, would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Calvin4.7May 2019

  • "No - all was as it should be."

    The Sykes brochure details were spot on and the quiet rural views from the property were an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2019

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Swallows Reach this Easter."

    The accommodation and facilities to include a pool and games room were perfect for everyone, even the dogs enjoyed themselves! We especially liked the bedroom set up, 2 x double rooms and 2 x triple rooms, great for two families with a combination of 3 boys and 3 girls, all rooms were en-suite which was great all round. If staying here, you will need a car to get around even to the local pub as the roads are not particularly safe for walking. Great location for beaches and local towns, we enjoyed a couple of meals in the town of Totnes which in our opinion was better than Kingsbridge. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Apr 2019

  • "We hired Swallows Reach for a family break to celebrate a special birthday."

    We ranged from under one to almost 70 and it was perfect for us all! So clean, lovely facilities (the indoor pool was a massive hit!) and a great location for exploring the South Hams. Tastefully decorated, well equipped and an absolute pleasure to visit with helpful owners available to assist when needed. We’d love to return!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Mar 2019

  • "Extremely large, comfortable, warm, private and well equipped accommodation surrounded by orchards and open fields."

    Excellent showers and beds, huge kitchen. Wonderful swimming pool which was kept warm enough to use every day even though it was January. Friendly owner; some very small maintenance issues which didn't affect our stay and were reported to him at the end of the holiday.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2019

  • "There are a few house keeping issues for example loose taps, very dirty and worn out cusions and doors not shutting easily, due to them being swollen the overall appearance of the house was amazing but is let down by these very small things."

    The owners did come to meet us and we're very happy to help with any problems we may have had. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks for them posting some small items that we left behind.

    Reviewed by Diana4.4Dec 2018

  • "It’s exactly as we imagined a beautiful property in a quiet safe and relaxing location"

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2018

  • "The owner Brian was very helpful and friendly , Every requirement was available , The setting is beautiful with walks on the doorstep over the 300 acre farm."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2018

  • "Wonderful holiday home in a perfect location."

    Reviewed by Lucas5.0May 2018

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  • Three levels
  • Two first floor bedrooms: 1 x family room with super king double and single (can convert to three singles) with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x king size double with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin
  • Two lower ground floor bedrooms: 1 x family room with super king double and single (can convert to three singles) with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x king size double with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin
  • Lower ground floor WC with basin
  • Ground floor open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, 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
  • Sorry no smoking
  • 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

Swallows Reach has been converted from a detached barn and is smart and spacious.

Head up a few steps and through glass doors into your light, modern open plan oak-floored living space complete with comfortable seating around a cosy wood burning stove.

You will find the bedrooms on the floors above and below, two on each level and all with TV and big beams.

As well as the shared play areas and pool, you have your own large and private patio where you can fire up the barbecue and enjoy long views as far as Torbay.

At the back is a big lawn area for stretching out in the sun or running around.

Swallows Reach is a peaceful spot with lots for children to get active with.

Note: This property is on the same farm as The Roundhouse 976196, East Bickleigh 976183, Oak Tree 976220 and The Hay Barn 976197.

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