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Swallows Reach

Halwell, Devon (Ref. 976144)



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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • 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

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "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 CarolApr 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 KarenMar 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 SusanMar 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 MargaretFeb 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 RuseellNov 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 KathrynSep 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 SallySep 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 RachelAug 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 PaulAug 2021

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

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 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 DaveJul 2021

  • "What a wonderful property in a exquisite location"

    Reviewed by KellyApr 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 DebbieOct 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 CarolineSep 2020

  • "Beautiful location"

    Reviewed by LisaJul 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 DianaJan 2020

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

    Couldn't be bettered.

    Reviewed by FrazerAug 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 JulieJun 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 CalvinMay 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 RichardMay 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 NicolaApr 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 StephanieMar 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 DavidJan 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 DianaDec 2018

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

    Reviewed by DavidJun 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 MartinMay 2018

  • "Wonderful holiday home in a perfect location."

    Reviewed by LucasMay 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
  • Childrens play area, barbecue, indoor pool
  • Three well behaved dogs welcome
  • There is a pet charge of £10 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
  • Note: 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
  • The times for each slot will rotate throughout the week
  • Whilst this rota is in place, pool opening hours have been extended from 7am – 9pm daily.

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.


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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.

Region Information

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
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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