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The Hay Barn

(Ref. 976197)

Halwell, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed staying in Hay Barn."

    The barn was homely and cosy, the rooms were very spacious and lovely and warm. We had great fun in the games room but sadly ran out of time to use the pool. Brian was very quick to sort a couple of minor issues and was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful area, stunning scenery with lots to do. Didn’t get it all done so we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by George4.4Apr 2024

  • "Lovely property, in a nice setting."

    Pool was excellent, used it daily. Games room was a great added bonus we took advantage of too. Location great for exploring the local beaches and towns. Welcome treats appreciated thank you! We left a couple of items behind in error and owners really kindly posted them back to us quickly. Would recommend!

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Oct 2023

  • "Really friendly and helpful hosts."

    Would highly recommend them.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay immensely."

    The Hay Barn was well placed for visiting Salcombe, Dartmouth & kingsbridge and beyond. The swimming pool looked amazing although we didn’t take advantage- we certainly will next time. Overall a very enjoyable stay. Certainly would recommend.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Hay barn and we thought it was a beautiful property."

    Just a couple of things I’d like to mention. On arrival we took our dogs for a walk around to familiarise ourselves and the neighbours cocker spaniel decided to run out and attack my dog. My dog was on a lead and this was totally unprovoked so I think the owners either need to put a gate up or tie their dog up if it’s going to greet guests and their dogs in this manner. Secondly the bin stall which is right outside the Hay Barn and opposite the pool was a bit of an eye sore and could do with being organised a bit better as quite off putting on arrival. Thirdly the property advertises a king and queen room. The twin beds put together to make the queen do not fit together properly and I kept falling through the middle and couldn’t cuddle up to my partner. Just a suggestion but I think the electric car charger also needs to be PIN code protected or it needs a sign with instructions as to who can use to to avoid any confusion. Other than these few minor issues we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and this area of Devon is really picturesque. The garden wasn’t overlooked and there was lots of birds and nature around us. The house was well stocked with cooking utensils for those who wish to cook.

    Reviewed by Melissa3.8Apr 2023

  • "Fabulous home thank you for going that extra in making it so perfect ."

    As a family we can’t wait to return

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a fabulous week at Hay Barn."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. The swimming pool was amazing and was just across the way from the property. The grandchildren loved the play area and the trampoline. The property was warm and cosy and both bedrooms having en suits was a plus. The location was great for exploring the area and we were blessed with amazing weather (in October) and enjoyed some amazing beach days. For a holiday with children this is a great place and we would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great place to stay."

    A well equipped and comfortable cottage. The pool and games room were ideal for our young adults. We all enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2022

  • "Owner made us very welcome."

    Accommodation was in a great location, furnishings and facilities were excellent. We truly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by R4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped and the owner was welcoming and informative."

    We loved having the swimming pool, games room, children’s play park and trampoline, it made the holiday extra special.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7May 2022

  • "No complaints and no problems."

    Swimming pool was a bonus and much enjoyed, as was the underfloor heating in the cottage. The beds are very comfortable so we slept well. Situated in a good peaceful location with villages and small towns worth visiting for retired/older people. (We are not beach lovers.) We enjoyed our week’s stay.

    Reviewed by Marie4.7May 2022

  • "V nice cottage - well appointed if a little dated."

    Furniture in lounge area def required updating. For us The one draw back is whilst being ‘dog friendly’ in the sense dogs allowed, the garden area was unsecured and with other cottages and a working farm (and animals!) in very close proximity it was frustrating not to be able to let our dogs out off the lead …

    Reviewed by Julian3.8May 2022

  • "The Hay barn is a spacious, sympathetically renovated space."

    There are facilities on site for children to enjoy including the swimming pool, which was larger than expected. The local area offers many lovely beaches, small villages and towns to visit all within half and hours drive.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is our second stay and once again had a wonderful time."

    We would highly recommend Bickleigh Farm and we will be back again.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Hay Barn is well equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    The furniture was nice and comfortable as were the beds. The owners are nearby if needed. The WiFi was poor connection but was sorted soon after. Our grandchildren loved the indoor pool, games room and the trampoline and made friends with other children staying in the other properties. Would definitely recommend and would love to return.

    Reviewed by Kath4.7May 2021

  • "The cottage was well equipped and well furnished."

    Location excellent for Dartmouth, Salcombe and local attractions. The pool was a real bonus and helped as a couple of days the weather was not so good. Will definetly be back for another visit.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2021

  • "The owner was very helpful and the Hay Barn was well equipped."

    The Pool and Games rooms were excellent additions. My son and sister in law visited us and she summed the 'Hay Barn' perfectly "It felt more like a home then a holiday let" Very peaceful and quiet and the local inn "The Old Inn" in Halwell (a mile away) had fantastic food with a wide choice on the Menu and a friendly atmosphere. Dogs very welcome at the pub and great effort has been made to make it Co-Vid safe

    Reviewed by Darrel5.0Sep 2020

  • "The barn was lovely & well equipped in a very picturesque setting."

    The pool barn was beautifully done & host very helpful. Enjoyed a very relaxing break & wouldn’t hesitate to rebook. Have already recommended it to others.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2020

  • "The pool was a great hit with our 9 year old grandson."

    We had a 2 hour rotating slot every day for our cottage, which wasn't always convenient but was an absolutely brilliant and very fair way of managing this present situation. We structured our day around the slots! The Hay Barn was very comfortable and nicely situated for all the play facilities. We would be very happy to return here, and our hosts were very helpful.

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Aug 2020

  • "Quiet cottage with a nice shared pool and a walk across the countryside to the Old Inn what more does anyone need and they even arranged for the week to be sunny well done Brian and family."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Was a good holiday generally, owner was friendly and pool was big and kids loved it."

    The only point to make in the interests of a balanced review would be that there were quite a few small things that whilst not really having any impact on the holiday were a bit niggly given what we’d paid: Garden was not self contained as advertised so we couldn’t just let our dog out without supervision. This was a pain tbh. No toilet extractor fans worked. One toilet was very hard to flush. Downstairs toilet door very hard to open as it had swelled and scraped on the floor. Wifi was rubbish tbh, no bandwidth. Pool floor had a couple of tiles missing and my daughter cut her foot (not badly) on one of the edges. Shrubs around house all overgrown and so when it rained it was hard not to get wet whilst trying to walk past them. Other than that all good, but the place would definitely benefit from some TLC.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're delighted that you had such a good holiday, and happy to confirm that we've completed work on the points raised. We do not say that the garden is enclosed - the wall is not high enough to act as a boundary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gavin4.4May 2019

  • "Great place to stay with the dogs."

    Was a great base for our walking holiday to do some of the coastal walks and others around Devon. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Sharyn5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a wonderful weekend break during my sons chemotherapy treatment."

    Owners were delightful and friendly, barn had everything we needed and lovely fresh eggs for breakfast from the lovely lady down the end of the lane. Would definitely recommend and come back.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size double with TV, balustrade and en suite bathroom with bath, WC and basin, 1 x triple room, 2 beds can be zip-linked to make a super king (on request), balustrade and en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor WC/utility room with basin
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, 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 three cars
  • Shared Childrens play area, barbecue, indoor pool
  • Three well behaved dogs welcome
  • There is £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

The Hay Barn is a cottage converted from a barn on Bickleigh Farm.

Close to the splendid indoor pool and popular play area, the accommodation is comfortable and friendly for families.

You will feel at home in the country style slate-floored kitchen with its sociable dining area.

The sitting room is equally welcoming with country chic oak floor and beams and a wood burning stove in the fireplace to curl up beside.

Head upstairs to bed in the two big bedrooms, both roomy with rustic oak floors and balustrades.

You are bound to sleep well after action packed days enjoying the shared indoor pool, play area and games room and following the conservation trails across the farm.

The cottage also has its own sunny patio with a low wall for enjoying family barbecues.

The Hay Barn is an excellent base for enjoying Devon countryside and family friendly fun.

Note: The Hay Barn is situated on the same Bickleigh Farm as Oak Tree 976220, East Bickleigh 976183, The Roundhouse 976196 and Swallows Reach 976166.

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 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