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Swallows Dip

(Ref. 1046010)

Honiton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful setting and lovely properties (Swallows Dip and Defoe’s View) booked for a family weekend - thank you to Ann who made us feel very welcome."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2024

  • "Swallows Dip is an extraordinary holiday cottage - and I genuinely cannot think of a single thing to say other than in praise."

    The owners are lovely, the location is beautiful, the cottage is fantastic and everything (and I mean everything) has been thought of. We absolutely loved our stay and would plan to come again. Wonderful for a family, a few couples or (with the adjacent cottage) a larger group.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Swallows Dip is a lovely property, it is spacious, comfortable and has great views."

    It was very clean and well maintained. The owners are very welcoming and available to help with any issues or queries. Would definately recommend.

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Could not fault the property."

    It was amazing, this is 4th year in a row of booking with Sykes and can honestly say this property was by far the cleanest, most comfortable and true to the photos and descriptions given. The owners Ann and Steve were so friendly and knowledgeable about the area, giving us tips on where to go. Right from the minute of pulling up on the drive to leaving the property we were made so welcome. 100% recommend and 100% will be back.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely stay at a beautiful, well equipped property."

    Thank you to Ann, the owner, who was very helpful and flexible when our arrival was delayed. Cottage is set in the beautiful Devon countryside; we particularly enjoyed being able to row on the lake and saying hello to the ducks, pigs, cats and peacock! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Aug 2023

  • "What an amazing holiday we had, fabulous house with excellent facilities, hosts ..."

    What an amazing holiday we had, fabulous house with excellent facilities, hosts were amazing and always available, the grounds are stunning, the only Thing spoiling was the weather but we made the most of it, loved every minute

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay here, Ann was extremely welcoming, we even had a cream tea provided for our arrival."

    The house was well equipped and the surroundings were stunning! We would definitely recommend the property to anyone looking.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property was amazing had everything you need and more."

    The location is breathtaking, relaxed and peaceful. The owners are lovely and it was great to feed the fish, visit the pigs and ducks and just go on lovely walks. Would 100% recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Ann and Steve were great hosts."

    They were always on hand if we wanted to ask a question and quick to reply and accommodate our requests. The accommodation is in excellent condition with plenty of room and we really enjoyed the views and wildlife. All in all a perfect experience for us.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely, well equipped property."

    Beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Great central location in Devon, yet very quiet which enabled all members of the party to sleep well. Very nice views. Hosts were welcoming and checked on us during the holiday

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was exactly as pictured, very clean and spacious, amazing views and the owners have clearly worked hard to make it a lovely place to stay - they were also very lovely people."

    Perfect place for large or two families to stay.

    Reviewed by Georgia5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very friendly owners and a superb house."

    All mod cons and a perfect view of the Otter Valley. Highly enjoyable stay and would love to return again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent holiday home, very comfortable and very well equipped."

    Super relaxing weekend break!

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Sep 2022

  • "We fell in love right from the start."

    A warm welcome, fresh flowers in the kitchen and scones with clotted cream and jam (all local and fresh). The owners are really friendly, welcoming and helpful, but not intrusive. Lots of to locally. The grounds are beautiful. We will be coming to stay again for sure.

    Reviewed by Lisa-jayne5.0Aug 2022

  • "First class, could not fault it, spotlessly clean."

    Reluctant to leave. Our party included teenagers and seniors we were all impressed with the rooms and facilities. Ann was there to help if required {she is very nice} Thanks for a great week.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Anne, the owner, could not have been more welcoming!"

    We booked the property for a family get together, culminating in a family wedding, and we had a wonderful time in a beautiful environment. We would certainly book again, should the circumstances arrive. Thank you

    Reviewed by Ilse Baerbel5.0Jul 2022

  • "On holiday with the family, we had a brilliant week."

    The property was amazing made even more special in such beautiful surroundings. Ann and Steve are a lovely couple , helpful and there if needed. We would not hesitate to return!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful few days in Honiton - all the attention to detail was second to none!"

    Would highly recommend!!

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic stay at Swallows Dip."

    8 of us (4 adults / 4 teen/tweenagers) stayed for 8 nights and would happily have stayed longer. The property is very well equipped (we did a full Sunday roast) and is very clean (new) and cosy. All bedrooms a very good size - 2 en-suite upstairs. Good size family bathroom for other two bedrooms with excellent shower. Very welcoming hosts who are on site (but stay out of sight unless you need them and then are very responsive and helpful). Property has great countryside views but is easily (for those of average fitness) walkable to shops and restaurants in Honiton. Great position for exploring East Devon. Certain we will be back. Thanks for having us Ann and Steve and for helping us shelter from Storm Eunice!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Feb 2022

  • "The property is amazing, very well equipped and the kindness and support from Ann and Steve was incredible."

    Reviewed by Mauricio5.0Dec 2021

  • "A beautiful property in a stunning location."

    We loved it and felt at home from the moment we arrived. The owner was really helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2021

  • "Brought my mum here for here 70th with all the grandkids."

    It’s absolutely stunning and superbly well equipped! The photos really don’t do it justice! We all had a great time . Beautiful surroundings and town nearby with everything you could ask for. The owners were lovely people and very welcoming. We will definitely return here!

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Oct 2021

  • "Brilliant holiday!"

    The house was spotless and had everything we needed! Ann was very helpful too. The house is in a beautiful area, and the meadows and the pond etc made the view from the bedrooms wonderful! Would definitely recommend x

    Reviewed by Hollie4.7Oct 2021

  • "Swallows Dip has the Wow factor."

    In fact the comments of the young people was " Wow, this is posh". Done to a high spec throughout, comfortable beds and furnishings. A cream tea on arrival (scones, jam and clotted cream) much appreciated. A quiet area surrounded by lovely views and grounds. The town of Honiton is close by with easy shopping for provisions, Tesco, Aldi & Lidl. Other areas to visit within easy drives. The trams at Seaton are worth a visit. The only disappointment was the weather, but we made the best of it. C & R Chamberlain

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely modern, clean lodge."

    The cream tea was a lovely treat. Owners very friendly and helpful. We had a great weekend.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2021

  • "A super modern holiday venue with great hosts Ann and Steve based in a great area to explore the fantastic Jurassic coast and countryside."

    Suitable for all the family.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2021

  • "6 friends on holiday, and the cottage catered for our every need."

    Light and spacious for a large group. All the equipment you could wish for and the soft furnishings were comfortable and tasteful. In a very good location with beautiful views.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2021

  • "Swallows Dip is a beautiful cottage with all the modern fixtures etc all done to a very high standard set in a lovely landscaped gardens & a pond with fantastic views across the valley which we could appreciate even from our bedroom in the mornings."

    . Lovely views to wake up to..

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful house, landscaped gardens and pond."

    Granddaughter loved feeding the fish. Well equipped, everything you need. Steve and Ann very helpful. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2021

  • "Swallows Dip is a lovely house with everything we needed."

    The owners were very helpful and friendly. As the house overlooked the pond and the valley we saw lots of wildlife and it was very quiet and restful.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Sep 2021

  • "House was brilliant, had everything we needed and more, honestly cannot fault anything!"

    Host Steve and Ann were really nice and friendly and made our stay even better! Would recommend to any family!!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2021

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  • Split-level
  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be two singles upon request), 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be two singles upon request) with en-suite wet room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x super-king-size with en-suite bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor wetroom with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Ground source heating
  • Electric oven and electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Electric gated access
  • Enclosed patio with outdoor seating area and use of owner's five acres of land
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles; pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: Visits to the owner's private small holding can be arranged with the owner prior to your stay
  • Wide wooden stairs that can be difficult for wheelchairs
  • Note: Deep water on site, so all children must be supervised Property not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility difficulties

The property

Swallows Dip is a beautifully built, eco-friendly house boasting unique fittings and a stylish interior all within a rural setting surrounded by rolling hills and the English countryside.

This fantastic property overlooks a stunning man-made, fish-filled pond which is fully fenced and set within five acres of picturesque grounds and a lovely Devon meadow.

A unique retreat for large groups or families looking to celebrate and relax in a luxury home.

Boasting eco-credentials - powered with renewable electricity and with a ground source heat pump proving underfloor heating and hot water, the property is ideal whatever the weather, while being mindful of its carbon footprint.

Entering Swallows Dip you are greeted with a galleried landing, with the area emblazoned with natural light and featuring a spacious super-king-size bedroom, and across the hall a separate family shower room.

Making your way down to the lower ground floor the avant-garde living area boasts a chic kitchen with dazzling quartz worktops and built-in appliances, a family dining area, and a generous lounge that opens out onto a private, secure patio overlooking the spectacular man-made pond.

Also found on the lower-ground floor is another spacious super-king-size bedroom which is a handy addition to have.

The next flight of beautiful wooden stairs leads to the upper floor, featuring both master and second bedrooms which offer some of the best views in the area.

The master super-king-size bedroom has a built-in mirrored wardrobe, a beautiful and elegant en-suite, and a corner balcony where it is a must to sit back and admire the wonderful vista. The second super-king-size bedroom also benefits from a lovely en-suite and a balcony which gives an elevated view over the Blackdown Hills and down onto the pond allowing you to ponder and marvel at the cruising fish therein.

From the lounge area, walk out onto the private, enclosed patio and enjoy sitting back for a quiet moment whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the rolling hillsides.

Immerse yourself in the wonderment of watching the swallows swoop and dip in the pond.

Go for a stroll over the spacious adjoining lawned area and pause a while to drink in the magnificent view.

You can then continue down into the meadow and stroll around the mowed margin, enjoying the flora and fauna, and discovering the Field Pond where you can sit and marvel at all the wildlife that it offers in profusion.

When you're not soaking in the features of this magnificent property, you will find an abundance of beautiful scenery and wildlife in the surrounding area.

The Axe Valley Wildlife Park is only a short drive away, making it a great day out for kids and adults alike while enjoying a scenic drive from your home away from home.

A day of walking around Trinity Hill Nature Reserve, which is also accessible by car, allows you to take in Devon's picture-perfect landscapes from a higher vantage point.

Further afield, the stunning Lower Bruckland Farm Nature Reserve offers a waterside stroll with a variety of animals and natural habitats, making it a memorable day out for any animal lover.

The area is also ideal for walking and cycling, right from this holiday home's doorstep; why not explore the five acres of land on foot, or head to the nearest pub for refreshments, before returning home to catch up on the day's events?

Celebrate in style at Swallows Dip with your loved ones for a time you will never forget.

Note: This property can be booked with ref 1040465 and together can sleep a total of 16 guests

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Ottery St Mary 5.6 miles; Lyme Regis 14.2 miles; Exeter 16.7 miles.

Honiton is a delightful market town in East Devon, with plenty to offer visitors. It lies in the valley of the River Otter and is surrounded by rolling Devon hills, green wooded valleys and plenty of scattered farming villages. Honiton has an attractive High Street stretching almost 2 miles, and lined with individually owned shops, pubs and restaurants. Honiton has been famous for lacemaking since the reign of Elizabeth I and still has a few lacemakers in work today - visitors can see some fine examples of antique lace in the town’s Allhallows Museum. Honiton boasts the only public art gallery in East Devon; the Thelma Hulbert Gallery occupies an attractive Grade I listed Victorian house, and has links with the Hayward Gallery, London. Honiton is only a short drive from the dramatic 20 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth are found along this stretch of coastline, and all have much to occupy the visitor. Near to Honiton is the cathedral city of Exeter with plenty of large shops, a wealth of museums, a theatre and fabulous restaurants.

Note: Visits to the owner's private small holding can be arranged with the owner prior to your stay.

Note: Deep water on site, so all children must be supervised
Property not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility difficulties

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas